Articles by Melissa Hirschl


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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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The Greenberg Gals are a “Committee of Two”

Two songbirds turned snowbirds have given new meaning to the term, “make it a double.”  Joyce Stern Greenberg, and her daughter-in-law, Sandy Greenberg; part-time residents of Sun City Grand and the Chicago area, performed “Committee of Two,” last winter in Arizona. A lighthearted musical, with script and song lyrics by Joyce, the cabaret features two…

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House of Tricks is all treats

Tucked away in downtown Tempe, there is a “secret garden” of sorts: House of Tricks, a charming, cottage-style restaurant with a disarming sense of nostalgia and a sense of whimsy. Owned by Temple Emanuel members Robin Trick and her husband Robert, this bucolic oasis is walking distance from the lively bustle of Mill Avenue and…

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