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Simple Elegance for Shavuot

By Paula Shoyer The holiday of Shavuot is just around the corner (June 9-10). French trained chef and best-selling cookbook author Paula Shoyer is offering contemporary and delicious recipes. Unique to Shavuot is the often lavish and sometimes challenging dairy menu. As always, Shoyer is sensitive to those who limit their lactose, calorie and gluten intake. Paula…

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Did you take notice?

Jodi Bromberg, CEO of InterFaith Family shared this poignant message after Saturday’s tragedy in Poway. I struggled with writing this note to you. Another synagogue, another shooting, another person dead and more wounded. First Pittsburgh, then New Zealand and Sri Lanka, and now, Poway, a short distance away from San Diego. Ma nishtana? What’s different?…

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Humor can ease care-giving burdens

PHOTO:Peter Rosenberger with his wife, Gracie, who has two prosthetic legs. April is National Humor Month: We certainly cry enough tears, but do we chuckle and laugh enough? By Peter Rosenberger In an interview with AARP some years back, they mentioned so many people serving as caregivers don’t necessarily see themselves or identify as a…

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Keto meets Passover

What happens when a French-trained pastry chef and the author of four best-selling cookbooks meets the ketogenic (keto) diet, the no-carbs-allowed diet that’s sweeping the nation? Now mix in Passover, (beginning this year Friday, April 19), replete with its ancient culinary traditions, and the result is a mouthwatering fusion of the old, the new and…

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Passover foods that tell the seder story

By InterfaithFamily The ritual foods of Passover tell the biblical story of the Exodus from Egypt and the story of the ancient rabbis who wrote the Haggadah. “During the seder, we don’t just tell the story of the Exodus, we see, smell, feel and taste liberation,” says Rabbi Jill Jacobs. What follows is a brief…

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Happier, Healthier and Younger in Retirement

By Fred Sievert We all understand and appreciate the need for sound financial planning during the years preceding retirement. Who among us hasn’t gone online to calculate our retirement “nest-egg” needs and then panicked because accumulating that much wealth seemed inconceivable; especially if we started the process at age 55 or later? But there is…

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Barrett Summer Scholars

Academically talented and motivated teens can get a taste of college this summer. Participants in the Arizona State University Barrett Summer Scholars program experience college firsthand and prepare for enrollment and success at ASU and Barrett, the Honors College. Participants live on campus, engage in college-level coursework and build
a community with their peers. Students participate…

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Jewish summer camp’s X factor

Photo courtesy B’nai B’rith Camp By Jane Larkin Shabbat at camp is “cool” and adds a sense of sacredness to the camp experience. My son just returned from his second summer spent at the Union for Reform Judaism’s Greene Family Camp. While Sammy is glad to be reunited with his puppy, he misses his other…

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