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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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Front & Center Directory 2018-2019

ARIZONA FINE ART EXPO 26540 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 480-837-7163 arizonafineartexpo.com info@arizonafineartexpo.com Arizona Fine Art EXPO showcases 124 studios filled with award-winning artists. Watch “Art Made in America” before your very own eyes. Meet the artists, visit the café, stroll the Sonoran Desert Sculpture Garden, relax by the Koi Pond. Weekends come alive with music…

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The power of the shofar awakens us

The shofar is arguably the most powerful musical instrument in the world. Its mighty blast brought the walls of Jericho tumbling down. The long blast of the shofar accompanied Moses as he ascended Mount Sinai to receive the Torah. Mentioned often in the Torah and Talmud, the sound of the ram’s horn or shofar was…

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Honey: How sweet it (really) is

Honey is a symbolic food eaten at Rosh Hashanah in hopes for a sweet new year. In Arizona, there are hives producing this sweet, liquid gold across the state, from Coconino to Cochise counties. Honey bees in Arizona retrieve their nectar from a wide range of blossoms including citrus and mesquite trees, desert wildflowers and…

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Rosh Hashanah stamps tell the story of Israel

Every year at Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, the Israel Postal Company (previously the Israel Postal Authority) issues a festival stamp series including a first-day commemorative cancel for the series. The first festival series was issued in 1948. It was designed by Otte Wallish, the graphic designer responsible for the design and calligraphy of…

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Some fun facts about Rosh Hashanah

We all have learned the facts behind the holiday of Rosh Hashanah. That the holiday begins on the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, which falls this year on Sept. 9. Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day…

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Yom Kippur in Israel

On Thursday morning Sept. 20, I will open my newspaper and see the traditional day-after Yom Kippur picture: one of Israel’s busiest highways completely deserted during the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Indeed, among the secular Israeli public, Yom Kippur is often thought of as “Bicycle Day,” since the absence of cars makes every…

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A year full of holidays

(Note: Jewish holidays start at sunset the evening before the first day of the holiday) Rosh Hashanah Sept. 10-11, 2018 On Rosh Hashanah the sound of the shofar announces the arrival of the High Holy Days, or 10 Days of Awe that stretch from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah celebrates the creation of…

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Circle of Life 2018

A series of rituals guide Jewish families and individuals through each stage of life. With the exception of the rituals surrounding death, each of the following stages is often accompanied by festive celebrations. Even the rituals surrounding death bring the community together to remember and honor the deceased and to support their family. The following…

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