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‘What Were We Watching? Americans’ Responses to Nazism Through Cinema, Radio and  Media’

Pictured above: New Bedford Theatre, 1934. Photo credit Spinner Publications Stories about World War II and the persecution of Europe’s Jews were a constant presence in American movie theaters and living rooms throughout the 1930s-1940s. Award-winning films such as “Mrs. Miniver,” “The Great Dictator,” and “Casablanca” shaped Americans’ understanding of the Nazi threat, while newsreels…

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Recipes from the “Hungry Girl”

Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien has “swapped” out traditional ingredients for more healthy ones in some favorite Jewish dishes. For more fabulous recipes and heathly-eating tips and tricks, visit hungry-girl.com. Floosh’s Stuffed Cabbage (pictured above) Ingredients Cabbage 1 extra-large head green cabbage (large enough to yield 14 large leaves), core carefully removed with a sharp knife…

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Solidarity Shabbat

Last Shabbat, we witnessed the deadliest act of anti-Semitism in Jewish North American history. This Shabbat, Federations across North America are asking communities to come together in solidarity. With the support of the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of Greater Phoenix and the Board of Rabbis of Greater Phoenix, synagogues throughout the Valley are hosting a Solidarity…

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The Tzedakah Sock

For many people, the Jewish National Fund’s “Blue Box” (or pushke) was an integral part of their childhood. Teaching children to give to charity and treat people who are less fortunate with compassion instills the Jewish concepts of tzedakah (charitable giving), tzedek (justice) and chesed (mercy or kindness). Research has shown that teaching children to…

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New app for dementia intervention

Scottsdale-based healthcare technology company SMART Brain Aging, Inc., has made available its one-on-one patient intervention program for aging brain health, Brain U Online, through online subscription and iOS app, Brain U Lite. The result of five years of clinical trials with more than 3,000 participants at Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine…

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Interfaith Vigils for Pittsburgh Tragedy

We will never sit quietly when anti-Semitism and hate rears its ugly head and culminates in the type of evil that took place on Saturday in Pittsburgh. There will be several prayer services, vigils and rallies held in our commnity. We encourage you to attend one of these events and support your community. These are…

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StandWithUs Statement on Pittsburgh Shooting

By Randy Kessler, StandWithUs Northwest executive director, Oct. 27, 2018 StandWithUs staff and board members around the U.S., Israel, Canada, the UK are shocked and heartbroken by today’s savage anti-Semitic act of mass murder in Pittsburgh, at the Tree of Life synagogue during a baby naming ceremony.  Our international community mourns with the Pittsburgh community and the family…

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