Articles by Leni Reiss


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“Win-win” programming for seniors at The J

Prior to her recent move to Arizona from her native Philadelphia, Cheryl Blumenthal managed “Golden Slipper on the Main Line,” a lifelong learning program for Jewish seniors. So it appears that her position here, as the adult program director for the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, is indeed a perfect fit. Much of…

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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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