Articles by Leni Reiss


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Risa Mallin: Making her mark

Photo: Caleb Keefer and Risa Mallin on camera filming for “Antiques Roadshow.” Risa Mallin is adding another jewel to her impressive crown of accomplishments. In January, she will appear on an episode of “Antiques Roadshow” with a prized possession. But before the reveal, here is Risa’s back story: A Denver native, Risa was a welcome…

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Making the most of the encore years

Photo: Mort Dubnow, left, and Mark Cohen New York Times columnist Frank Bruni recently wrote the following: “The hell of aging is limits.” Two longtime Valley physicians are dynamically and dramatically setting no limits to their retirement years. In fact, they are crafting new and challenging outlets for their energy, intellect and creativity. Mark Cohen,…

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Meet superfan Fred Fingerhut

Pictured above: Fred Fingerhut with a 1973 limited edition of a Leroy Neiman serigraph. There are sports fans – and fanatics – and then there’s Fred Fingerhut. When I phoned the longtime, now retired gynecologist/obstetrician here in the Valley, he was at home, on his treadmill. He was engrossed in watching a taped replay of…

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Philanthropic pair sponsors MIM’s Israel exhibit

If the names Ira J. Gaines and Cheryl Hintzen-Gaines are familiar to you, it isn’t surprising. You will see them included in donor listings in playbills and for myriad charities, causes and institutions in the Valley, nationally and internationally, including Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, Hillel and AIPAC. One of the popular local points of…

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“Win-win” programming for seniors at The J

Prior to her recent move to Arizona from her native Philadelphia, Cheryl Blumenthal managed “Golden Slipper on the Main Line,” a lifelong learning program for Jewish seniors. So it appears that her position here, as the adult program director for the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, is indeed a perfect fit. Much of…

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