Jewish Youth Group Sports League – known as “The League” – and Team Phoenix Maccabi will host its first community kickball tournament for teens 6:45-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

The Saturday night event will have two events – teens in grades 9-12 will play on the soccer field and grades 7-8 will play on the indoor basketball court.

The tournament is in partnership with BBYO, NCSY, NFTY and USY.

Cost is $10 for VOSJCC members and $15 for nonmembers.

For more information, call 480-481-7016 or email

Register by Oct. 26 at

Here is a roundup of upcoming events for Valley teens.

B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program

The Jewish Community Foundation’s B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program will hold a fall event 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Teens in grades 7-10 will learn about leadership, philanthropy and community service. To register, contact Andrea Cohen by Nov. 2, or 480-699-1717.


In Scottsdale, BBYO chapters will meet at 7 p.m. Mondays at the VOSJCC. Email

In the East Valley, BBYO chapters meet at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Contact: Aaron Wiener, East Valley supervisor,

Hebrew High

The Bureau of Jewish Education’s Hebrew High will hold a five-week session of Krav Maga, a self-defense system for the Israel Defense Forces,  beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1.

The third annual Kurt and Gerda Klein Holocaust Education Forum for Teens will be held 8:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The free program is for high school juniors and seniors and will address lessons of the Holocaust and include an opportunity to meet with Holocaust survivors. The forum is in partnership with Generations After, the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors’ Association, Arizona Council for the Social Studies and Arizona Council for History Education. Each participant will receive a T-shirt.

This winter, Dec. 25-30, Hebrew High will hold a Winter Care-a-Van, a weeklong trip to southern California with volunteer opportunities and exploration of Jewish values and communities.

Visit for more on these programs.

Israeli Scouts of Arizona

About 75 children and their families attended an initiation ceremony to welcome them to Shevet Shemesh, the Arizona chapter of the Israeli Scouts. The children hiked for two hours at the Lost Dog Wash Trail in Scottsdale then received their colored ties, which represent their age groups.

On Nov. 4, the group’s 20 teen counselors will head to California to be part of a nationwide scouts leadership program seminar.

Visit shevet

Jewish Student Union

Jewish Student Union (JSU) will hold a Sukkot Limo-palooza Sunday, Oct. 23, for students from Valley high schools. The event includes a barbecue lunch in the sukkah and a stop at Top Golf. Drop-off and pick-up will be from the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdsale.

To register, email

The League

Basketball games for the second season of the Jewish Youth Group Sports League – known as “The League” – are held 5-7 p.m. Sundays at the VOSJCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Because of the holidays, there will be no games on  Oct. 23. The League will also hold its first kickball tournament on Nov. 5 (see story on this page). The League is facilitated by the Valley of the Sun

JCC for members of Jewish youth groups (BBYO, NCSY, NFTY and USY). All teens are welcome to come watch the games. The League is funded, in part, by a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix.

Contact Alexa Wollach, or 480-483-7121. See the schedule at


TCTY (Temple Chai Temple Youth) will watch a daytime scary movie on Oct. 30 and make cookie jars to sell at Temple Chai’s Nov. 20 vendor fair and will join other Valley Reform synagogues for the NFTY-Phoenix Lock-In at Temple Solel on Nov. 19. Email


Jr. and Sr. USYers are invited to “Tie Dye Trivia and Treats,” 12:30-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at Congregation Or Tzion, 9096 E. Bahia Drive, Suite 106, Scottsdale. Cost is $12 in advance or $15 on the day of the event. Register at

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