Articles by Leni Reiss


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Allan Naplan: Valley of the Sun’s own Music Man

He’s living proof that America’s Got Talent – and he definitely has The Voice! He is Allan Naplan, executive and producing director of Arizona Musicfest, the unique concert experience based at various venues in and around North Scottsdale. Prior to his current position, and following his professional singing career, Allen served in senior management roles…

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Nancy Kravetz: Not slowing down

“Arizona was a revelation to me,” says New England native Nancy Kravetz, describing her reaction the first time she saw “a palo verde tree, exotic cacti, the desert colors, sunsets and rock formations – the whole visual landscape.” She and her husband, Bob, a semi-retired gastroenterologist, and their three sons have lived in the Valley…

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Debut novel highlights Phoenix

Brad Graber says his goal of writing a novel had been percolating for years but acknowledges that he “had to make a living.” He finally decided to fulfill his fantasy by saving enough money and retiring short of age 60. A native New Yorker with a master’s degree in healthcare administration, Brad and his spouse,…

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All aboard for education and adventure

If you’re a history buff, you might be interested in an innovative travel program sponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE): A Presidential Libraries Tour to Southern California this summer, from August 6 to 11. BJE Executive Director Myra Shindler promises that “participants will connect with like-minded adults who enjoy travel and experiential learning…

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Journalistic Jewish geography

During the International Jewish Media Summit in Jerusalem last December, Arizona Jewish Life Contributing Editor Leni Reiss took advantage of the opportunity to ask several colleagues to briefly describe their publications. Their responses follow: “My material is distributed to every member of the American Jewish and foreign press. I have been reaching out for 29…

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Nothing Like a Dame

She’s a self-described “big, brassy dame” with a penchant, as a kid, for “overacting and stealing the show.” She is Paulette Rockir, a native New Yorker with a flair for mimicry and a passion to perform.  Now residing in Prescott since 2009 with her husband and biggest fan, David, Paulette was on stage in November…

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