Articles by Melissa Hirschl


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Sindi Schloss: A gem of an expert

A jewelry appraiser by day and gemstone teacher by night, Sindi Schloss sizzles with enthusiasm at the mere mention of beads, jewelry, or gemstones. A Colorado native, and self-described Type-A personality, Sindi is the owner of International Gemological Services in Scottsdale and a graduate gemologist with GIA (Gemological Institute of America). A tour-de-force in the…

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Barbara Becker creates art…and fun

Pictured above: Andrea and Barbara Becker. Art for Fun Studio and Gallery, located at the intersection of “fine arts” and “crafts” in central Phoenix, could not be more aptly named. AFF gives off an eclectic gallery vibe, but in essence, it’s a teaching studio where students can let their imaginations run wild with possibilities. Visitors…

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Yiddish is alive and well at Temple Solel

Pictured above: Sandra Charyn Bernoff, seated fourth from right, with the Yiddish club members. For Ahwatukee Foothills resident Sandra Charyn Bernoff, Yiddish is a living, breathing lexicon – not just a relic of the “old world.” As the leader of a monthly Yiddish club held at Temple Solel in Scottsdale, Sandra provides a portal to…

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Deena Goldstein: Pop Art Pets

Deena Goldstein is an artist who loves “capturing moments from life’s inspirational journeys.” A creative dynamo, with an intense passion for multimedia, digital, acrylic and salvage art, Deena created Pop Art Pets a little over a year ago, adding to her already thriving fine art endeavors. With PAP, Deena turns photos into art, enabling her…

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Debora Bloom: Teaching Tai Chi at Temple

Performing slow, gentle, flowing movements, participants in Debora Bloom’s Tai Chi classes are immersed in an ancient Chinese modality that has been compared to “moving meditation.” Known for enhancing the body, mind and spirit, these weekly hour-and-a-half classes, held at Temple Beth Shalom in Chandler and are open to everyone of any age in the…

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A financial family: Flader Wealth Consulting Group

Allan Flader knows a thing or two about money – and family. As managing director of Flader Wealth Consulting Group (FWCG) with the Royal Bank of Canada in Phoenix, Allan’s job truly is a “family affair.” His “dream team,” consists of his brother Michael, a specialist in retirement planning, brother Brian, a Chartered Financial Consultant…

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