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Tucson Film Festival is a Jewel

The Tucson International Jewish Film Festival is celebrating its 24th season this year from Jan. 15 to 24 at several locations around the Old Pueblo. The Tucson Festival is sponsored by the Tucson Jewish Community Center. “We proudly consider it a jewel in the mosaic of our arts and culture programming,” says Lynn Davis, director…

Sid Brodkin, 88, Still Living the American Dream

At age 88, Arizona author Sheldon Sid Brodkin has achieved longevity threefold: in marriage, in health and in business. Equally sharp and optimistic when envisioning the future as when recalling the past, Brodkin personifies the spirit that has propelled him through his World War II Navy service, his 60-year career in business sales and his…

Sisterly Love for Israel

Forty years after the Children of Israel left Egypt, God led them out of the desert into the Promised Land, redeeming them from slavery. In 1967, years after the horrors of the Holocaust, the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary came into the desert. They established a home here in Phoenix, dedicating their existence to seeking redemption…

Where Do Jewish People Eat? Southern Rail

As a native, I love all things Arizona – except for the politics. Newly opened Southern Rail Restaurant is steeped in Arizona history, as it takes over the former location of Jay Newton’s Beef Eaters restaurant. Built in 1961, Beef Eaters was a sprawling English-themed celebration of steak and prime rib. This special occasion restaurant…

Phyllis Novy Inspires Seniors Improv Group

Phyllis Novy has a long career of teaching and theater. She taught English to teenagers for 15 years at South Mountain High School in Phoenix and was also education director for Phoenix Children’s Theatre, which provided theater opportunities for young people for more than 50 years in the Valley. With her master’s in theater from…

Parenting: The Media Sends Us Into A Panic

Don’t you just love the media? If it’s not an impending hurricane in Florida, it’s Ebola coming across our shores, the next great economic depression, gangs, guns, rampant terrorists, etc. … There is always something perilous on our horizon, and the media seems to take great glee in over-reporting every potential threat, no matter how…

J.Kids & Teens: Hanukkah Highlights

Hanukkah, or dedication in Hebrew, commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem following the triumph of the Maccabees over the Syrians (who had outlawed Judaism) in the second century BCE. The miracle of the Temple’s meager one-day supply of oil lasting for eight until a new supply could be procured is remembered not…

Looking for Love: People Pleasers

Are you afflicted with the dreaded People Pleaser Syndrome? Before the loss of my first husband, I know I exhibited the major symptom inherent in a people pleaser, which is putting the desires and needs of everyone else before your own. While I’m somewhat recovered, remnants of my former self do linger, for, at my…

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