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Tree of Life: A Concert for Peace and Unity

PBS will broadcast nationally WQED’s locally-produced “Tree of Life: A Concert for Peace and Unity,” a free community event, presented and hosted by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to honor the Tree of Life Synagogue victims and first responders. The performance, featuring Itzhak Perlman at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, was taped on November 27, one month after the…

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Hanukkah Happenings

Hanukkah begins at sundown on Sunday, Dec. 2. There are many celebrations happening: THE VALLEY Bless the Pets Event (Sun Dec. 2). Noon. Free; please bring a donation for animal rescue groups – food, towels, leashes, toys, etc. Have all your pets blessed by Rabbi Schneider and get your picture taken with them, too! Enjoy…

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Weekend events for Nov. 17-18

Monterfish have arrived Monsterfish Grand Opening (Sat-Sun Nov 17-18). 9 am-8 pm. Included in admission. Meet Zeb Hogan, star of the National Geographic’s Monster Fish show at the opening of this award-winning exhibition. OdySea Aquarium, 9500 Via de Ventura, Scottsdale. odyseaaquarium.com Pizza & Donuts – Yum! Phoenix Pizza Festival (Sat Nov 17). 11 am-5 pm….

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‘What Were We Watching? Americans’ Responses to Nazism Through Cinema, Radio and  Media’

Pictured above: New Bedford Theatre, 1934. Photo credit Spinner Publications Stories about World War II and the persecution of Europe’s Jews were a constant presence in American movie theaters and living rooms throughout the 1930s-1940s. Award-winning films such as “Mrs. Miniver,” “The Great Dictator,” and “Casablanca” shaped Americans’ understanding of the Nazi threat, while newsreels…

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Interfaith Vigils for Pittsburgh Tragedy

We will never sit quietly when anti-Semitism and hate rears its ugly head and culminates in the type of evil that took place on Saturday in Pittsburgh. There will be several prayer services, vigils and rallies held in our commnity. We encourage you to attend one of these events and support your community. These are…

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Weekend Happenings for Oct. 26-28

  Spooktacular in Scottsdale Balloon Spooktacular (Fri-Sat Oct. 26-27). 5-9:30pm. $15; $10 ages 3-12, ages 2 & under free. Haunted house, costume contests, hot-air balloon glow, live entertainment, kids zone, trick-or-treat candy stations, fireworks and more. Salt River Fields, 7555 N Pima Rd, Salt River Reservation. azspooktacular.com Scary & Merry at the zoo Howl-O-Ween (Fri-Sat…

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Weekend Happenings for Oct. 19-21

Photo courtesy Enchanted Pumpkin Garden. Editor Mala Blomquist’s top picks for weekend fun around the Valley. It’s getting spooooooky Halloween Spooktacular and Car Show (Fri. Oct. 19). 6-8pm. Free. Halloween-thmed car show with trunk-or-treating, costume contests, live music, games, prizes, giveaways, food samples and more. The Shops at Norterra, 2460 W. Happy Valley Road, Phoenix….

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Shabbat Project Arizona

Shabbat Project Arizona, part of the Worldwide Shabbat Project, is in its 5th year in Arizona and is expanding out to more areas of the Valley. The theme of this year’s Shabbat Project is “Stop Doing. Start Being.” Built into the fabric of our Jewish life is to take just one day; Shabbat and just…

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