Articles by Melissa Hirschl


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The fabulous bead brothers

Brothers Mitch, David and Bernie Lawitz have more than DNA in common; they all share the same passion – beads. If the name rings a bell, it’s because Mitch and Bernie were previous owners of the legendary Beads Galore in Tempe, and David worked in the family business for 20 years. Their enthusiasm for beads…

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The souper heroes of ASU

In the microcosm of Arizona State University, it is predictable students are going to suffer from the aches and pains of colds, the flu, and everything in between, particularly in winter months. Thanks to the Rohr Chabad House at ASU, when bugs bed down, souper-heroes are available to come to the rescue. For more than…

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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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