Holidays

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Fireworks and Fun

AROUND THE VALLEY 4th of Zooly (Thurs. 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 (Thurs. July 4). Fireworks…

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Shavuot around the state

Shavuot begins at sundown on Saturday, June 8 and ends on the evening of Monday, June 10. Although its origins are founded in an ancient grain harvest festival, Shavuot has long been identified with the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai seven weeks after the exodus from Egypt. There are many locations in the…

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Everything you ever wanted to know about Israel at 71

PHOTO: The 70th anniversary Independence Day ceremony at Mount Herzl, Jerusalem, on April 18, 2018. Photo by Hadas Parush/FLASH90 As Israel celebrates its 71st anniversary, ISRAEL21c brings you a fascinating statistical snapshot of this remarkable country By ISRAEL21c Staff As night falls on May 8, 2019, Israel will kick off its 71st birthday celebration in…

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Simple Elegance for Shavuot

By Paula Shoyer The holiday of Shavuot is just around the corner (June 9-10). French trained chef and best-selling cookbook author Paula Shoyer is offering contemporary and delicious recipes. Unique to Shavuot is the often lavish and sometimes challenging dairy menu. As always, Shoyer is sensitive to those who limit their lactose, calorie and gluten intake. Paula…

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Federation Notes: Share a Seder

April marks the end of nearly two months of Violins of Hope programming. I am proud that federation supported this important project spearheaded by two amazing leaders and supporters of Federation, Julee Landau Shahon and Rachel Hoffer. I continue to be deeply moved by the collaborative spirit of the 30 organizations, both Jewish and non-Jewish,…

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Almond Butter Honey Cake

This flourless almond cake may be the best-hidden secret for a Passover dessert! There are plenty of almond cake recipes on the internet, but most of them use finely ground almonds or almond flour for the base ingredient. This cake uses almond butter instead. The result is a dense, moist cake that is sweet and…

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Keto meets Passover

What happens when a French-trained pastry chef and the author of four best-selling cookbooks meets the ketogenic (keto) diet, the no-carbs-allowed diet that’s sweeping the nation? Now mix in Passover, (beginning this year Friday, April 19), replete with its ancient culinary traditions, and the result is a mouthwatering fusion of the old, the new and…

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