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Balabusta

We are buckled up on an Alaska Airlines flight scheduled from Oklahoma City to Seattle. It’s just my husband, Mark, and me. Our two teenage boys are home alone and have called and texted us at least 300 times since our departure 48 hours ago. I’m deathly ill with a head cold and sinus infection,…

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Fireworks and Fun

AROUND THE VALLEY 4th of Zooly (Wed. July 4). Firework viewing at 9 pm; event runs 7-10 pm. $45 adults, $35 ages 3-12, ages 2 & under free; reservations required. BBQ dinner, animal encounters, live entertainment, inflatables and fireworks. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. 602-273-1341 or phoenixzoo.org. All-American Festival (Wed. July 4). Fireworks…

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Do You Know Your Path? I Do (I Think).

Insights from a 40-something still paving her path to parenthood Last fall, several friends shared with me that Yatom, The Jewish Foster and Adoption Network, was accepting applications for their second cohort of people eager to expand their families through foster and adoption. I was already familiar with this phenomenal resource – in fact, I…

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Making memories with mom

Pictured above: Masada and Ruth Siegel show off their arrangements at the Arizona Flower Market. At a party recently, a high school friend approached my husband and cheekily said, “You do realize your wife Masada is going to turn into her Jewish mother. Are you prepared for that?” My husband, responded, “I should be so…

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The chuppah: as unique as you are

While other girls dreamt of the elegant wedding gowns they would someday wear, when I was young, I dreamt about my chuppah. To me, the chuppah represents the doorway into the heart of the couple married beneath. The chuppah is the most recognizable symbol of a Jewish wedding. Meaning “covering” in Hebrew and open on…

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What’s trending in Weddings

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming. Just a simple internet search can result in thousands of photographs on Pinterest alone. Each year, wedding planners come up with what they think some of the hottest trends will be in their industry. Here are a few ideas of what’s trending for 2018: Navy is the new black…

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The rise of Israeli wedding dress designers

There was a time, not so long ago, when the words Israeli haute couture could be considered an oxymoron. There was nothing elegant or sophisticated about evening dresses. And bridal gowns? A profusion of puffiness and petticoats! But times changed. Dramatically. In a country known as the startup nation, the bridal industry has captured the…

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Wedding Directory 2018

Arizona Jewish Historical Society Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center 122 E Culver St., Phoenix 602-241-7870 • azjhs.org Beautifully restored historic venue is available for weddings, b’nai mitzvah and celebrations. Open to people of all faiths. Main hall has original hardwood floors and 10-foot arched windows; also a museum gallery and lovely outdoor garden terrace. Casa Cala…

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Forming our relationships backwards

The divorce rate in the United States continues to hover around 50%, and the dissolution incidence when one or both of the parties have been previously married is about 65%. This is a national travesty. The amount of emotional angst and money spent, not to mention the extent of trauma brought to the involved children,…

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