Articles by Melissa Hirschl


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Making a difference with duct tape

Gabriella Aronoff is a girl on a mission. The Phoenix 8-year-old is a bundle of creativity coupled with a desire to do mitzvot in her community. Her philanthropic streak emerged at summer camp, where she took a duct tape class. “It was a really fun class, where we created bows, book marks, bracelets and even…



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RebbeSoul blends world music, Jewish spirituality

Photo by Dina Bova dinabova.com. All Rights Reserved. Welcome Shavuot with a little spiritual night music. RebbeSoul – the renowned American-Israeli Jewish singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer – will perform at 7:30 pm on Saturday, June 11 at Congregation NefeshSoul in Chandler. “RebbeSoul is an internationally recognized performer who weaves world music with Jewish…



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Tee off for Valley of the Sun JCC

If you are passionate about supporting the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, plug Silverado Golf Course in Phoenix into your GPS on April 7. That’s the date of The J’s annual golf tournament, one of the center’s largest fundraisers. Exercise, friendship, and the great outdoors are compelling factors for participation, but the main…



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Blockbuster authors to benefit Brandeis

A literary event extraordinaire, the Brandeis National Committee Phoenix Chapter Book and Author Luncheon will take place on March 14. Co-chairs Sara Leopold and Marcy Strauss have joyfully collaborated to produce an affair to remember with blockbuster authors such as Paula McLain, Steve Martini, Linda Hirshman, Ed Tarkington and Barbara (B.A.) Shapiro. Attendees will have…



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Gert the Joke Lady Laughs through Life

At age 94, Phoenix resident Gert Schuster, aka “Gert the Joke Lady,” is ready for prime time. Don’t let her soft-spoken and gentle persona fool you. This seasoned comedian and actress possesses a razor sharp wit, combined with the impeccable timing that made Borscht Belt comedians like Henny Youngman and Don Rickles legendary in the…



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Jewish Yoga

Unity of body, mind and spirit is an ancient concept manifested in many cultures. In Judaism, an ideal conduit between the two can be found in Jewish-themed yoga (sometimes referred to as Aleph Bet yoga), which integrates spiritual approaches to physical and spiritual well-being. In this mystical modality, Hebrew letters have deep spiritual meaning, and…



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Changing Hands, changing lives

Book-adoring Phoenix denizens who crave a warm, inviting ambiance to explore their favorite pastime, take heart. A touch of intoxication awaits at the Valley’s two Changing Hands bookstores, one in Tempe (Guadalupe and McClintock) and one in Phoenix (Camelback and Third Avenue). Touting itself as being a socially responsible bookstore and gathering place, each store’s…



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