Monday, Dec. 17

Temple Beth Shalom Sisterhood Concert: noon, Temple Beth Shalom, 12202 N. 101st Ave., Sun City. Temple Beth Shalom will present soloist Michael Hibben. Hibben has sung since childhood and over the years he has appeared in opera companies and sung in casts of Broadway musicals and in choral groups and church choirs around Milwaukee and in the West Valley, including the Temple Beth Shalom Choir. Reservations must be made in advance. Lunch is included. The cost for TBS members is $10; non-members $12. RSVP: 623-977-3240

Meetings, Lectures & Classes


Mahjong Mondays: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Every Monday except on Jewish or legal holidays. You are invited to come and play; no RSVP is necessary. This free program is intended for players with prior experience.

Third Tuesday of each month

Study and Lunch with the Rabbi: noon, Temple Beth Shalom, 12202 N. 101st Ave., Sun City. Join Rabbi Moss for an hour of Torah study. Bring your own lunch.

First & Third Wednesdays

Mahj Meetup: 1-3:30 p.m., Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Bring your card and join us for a friendly game of mahjong. All skill levels are welcome including beginners. There is no charge and snacks are provided. Information: or 602-944-3359

Thursday, Dec. 13

Book Discussion: 7 p.m., Arizona Jewish Historical Society, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix. Jennie and Michael Kronenfeld will lead a discussion of the book, ‘The Lost Letter,’ by Jillian Cantor. Free. RSVP: 602-241-7870 or email

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Terrific Tuesdays: 10-11:30 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Speaker: Phoenix Art Museum Docent Hiromi Yampol. Topic: ‘East Meets West: Cross-cultural Exchange Then & Now.’ Ages 55-plus. Suggested donation is $4. Information: 480-897-0588 or

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Generations After: 11 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. A social gathering. GA will provide a light brunch. Feel free to bring a kosher, pareve or dairy dish to share. Reservations: 928- 380-2360 or

Winter Wonderland of Stories: 4:30-5:30 p.m., East Valley JCC Early Childhood Learning Center at the Sunset Branch of the Chandler Public Library, 4930 W. Ray Road, Chandler. Stories, crafts and songs about winter. Information:

Thursday, Dec. 13

Class on the Book of Judges: 9 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Led by Rabbi Michael Beyo. Free. Information: 480-897-0588 or 

Class on the Babylonian Talmud: 10 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Cost is $14. Reservations: 480-897-0588 or 

Speaker Series: 11 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Speaker: Karolyn Benger. Topic: ‘The Story of Dinah.’ Cost is $14 and includes kosher lunch. Reservations required: 480-897-0588 or 

Parenting class: 6:30-8 p.m., East Valley JCC Early Childhood earning Center, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Dr. Michael W. Cohen will speak about family communication. The class is free and includes refreshments. Reservations are required by Dec. 7 at 480-897-0588 or

Sunday, Dec. 16

A Sunday of Laughs with Comedian Peter Fogel: 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. The two shows feature the national touring star of ‘My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy.’ General admission tickets are $18 general; reserved seats are $20; $15 each for a group rate for 10. Information: 480-897-0588



Saturday, Dec. 8

Simchat Shabbat: noon-1 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 10460 N. 56th St., Scottsdale. Join Gesher Disability Resources for its monthly special needs Shabbat service. Simchat Shabbat is a free and joyous service where all are welcome. RSVP: 480-629-5343 or

Community Dinner: 7:30 p.m., Chabad of North Phoenix, 22044 N. 44th St., Suite 100, Phoenix. Motzei Shabbat Parents Night Out: music and entertainment, pizza, salad and drinks by Brads Kitchen. Cost is $18 per person.


Through Dec. 9

Carefree Chanukah Celebration: 5:30 p.m., Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, 101 Easy St., Carefree. Congregants from Temple Chai, as well as members of the Jewish Social Group of Cave Creek and Carefree, will host the menorah lighting every evening beginning on the first night of Chanukah. Local families are invited to attend the event  each evening. There will be a special ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 9 that will include Temple Chai’s rabbi, cantor and choir.

Friday, Dec. 7

Chanukah Shabbat: 11 a.m.-noon, Center for Senior Enrichment, The Palazzo Assisted Living Facility, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Jewish Family & Children’s Service will partner with PJ Library for a special Chanukah Shabbat. Children will  spend time with the seniors as a way for all generations to join together during the holiday season.

Shabbat Dinner: 6:30 p.m., Chabad of Scottsdale 10215 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Delicious Shabbat dinner, yummy Chanukah treats, games and fun. Cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children. Tickets purchased after Dec. 3 will cost an additional $5. RSVP: or 480-998-1410

Community Shabbat Dinner: 5 p.m., Chabad of Phoenix, 2110 E. Lincoln Drive, Phoenix. Evening services followed by a Shabbat dinner. Cost is $18 per person. You must RSVP by Dec. 6. Call 602-944-2753 or online at

Sunday, Dec. 9

Levity, Libations and Latkes: 4-6:30 p.m., private home.Sponsored by the Ramat Gan, Israel Committee of Phoenix Sister Cities, there will be a performance by local mentalist Craig Anthony. You also can enjoy Israeli wines and salads, handmade latkes with special toppings, desserts and much more. The suggested donation is $30 per person. Drawings also will be held throughout the evening for gourmet gift baskets. Tickets for the drawings are $10 each or three for $20. Information:

Candle Lighting: 5 p.m., Native Grill & Wings, 2110 S. Gilbert Road, Chandler. Join PJ Library to light the last candle on the menorah, listen to a story and make Chanukah crafts. Native Grill will be donating 15 percent of all food sales to the PJ Library. 


Monday, Dec. 10

BNC Roz Fischer Concert & Conversation: 1-2:30 p.m., Palo Cristi Church, 3535 E. Lincoln Drive, Phoenix. Brandeis presents Phoenix Symphony members Karen Sinclair on violin, Christopher McKay on viola, Olga Gorelik on piano and Michael Kazepides of double bass. Admission is $7 at the door and no RSVP is required. Refreshments are included. Information: Joan Sitver, 602-971-0012 or

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