StandWithUs in the Southwest

Pictured above: SWU Southwest Campus Director Sgula Dershowitz, left, with SWU ASU Emerson Fellow Mara Friedman. Since StandWithUs was founded 16 years ago, half a million college students have participated in SWU campus programs. The Israel education nonprofit has distributed tens of millions of copies of the user-friendly educational materials it developed. Hundreds of millions…


Rodney Glassman, Renaissance Man

Rodney Glassman, J.D., Ph.D., is a Renaissance man. His past and present titles include television show host, vice mayor for the City of Tucson, financial advisor, nominee for U.S. Senate, acting town manager of Cave Creek, attorney, children’s book author, vice president of the nation’s fifth largest Boy Scout Council and assistant staff judge advocate…


Jeffrey Siegel: Bringing the masters to the masses

Do you love classical music? Or, do the names Beethoven, Bach and Brahms intimidate you? Either way, Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations allow everyone – from the avid music lover to the novice – to truly enjoy a classical concert experience. Keyboard Conversations are “concerts with commentary,” as Jeffrey puts it. They are first and foremost…


Jewish Film Festivals carry on tradition

From the early days of Hollywood, films involving Jewish themes have been an integral part of the movie business. The first feature-length Hollywood “talkie” film, where both music and dialogue were on the filmstrip itself, was the 1927 film “The Jazz Singer.” The movie depicted a young man struggling over his decision between the stage…


A Desert Gathering of Diverse Musicians

The headliners for this year’s Desert Gathering Jewish Music Fest, Chava Mirel, Nefesh Mountain and Todd Herzog, all have their own musical styles, but they are deeply connected through the spiritual power of music. Desert Gathering began in 2013 as a result of Todd Herzog’s Start Me Up! fellowship through Valley Beit Midrash with Rabbi…


Kristy Morcom: Discovering Judaism through genetics

Genes are tricky. They affect everything from your blood type to intelligence. More and more companies are offering genetic testing for everyday consumers to trace their ancestry and their vulnerability to specific diseases. Most days you don’t give genetics much thought. That is unless you are Kristy Morcom, who found out she was BRCA1 positive…

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