Events

 

Ongoing

‘A Silenced Legacy — Honoring the Music and the Musicians’: Tickets are on sale for the Violins of Hope chamber concert. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Ticket information: bit.ly/2KZFoIG

Sunday, Jan. 13

Klezmer Music Festival: noon-5 p.m. East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Live music by Yale Strom, Jerusafunk, Chai Tones and Rural Street Klezmer Band. Yiddish Experience workshops, children’s activities and kosher food for sale. Cost: $15 adults, $5 children up to age 12. Tickets: evjcc.org/klezmerfest or 480-897-0588

Monday, Jan. 14

Rabbi Allouche presents: 'Defining Friendship,': 7-9 p.m., Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. We welcome you whether you are a member of a congregation or are unaffiliated! $10 at the door. RSVP: meetup.com/Jewish_University_of_Scottsdale/events/257532192/

Meetings, Lectures & Classes

Wednesday mornings

‘The News Desk’: 10-11:30 a.m., Valley

 of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The class focuses on current events and is led by retired Dr. Michael Epner.

Monday, Jan. 14

Women’s League Speaker: 6:30 p.m., Beth El Phoenix, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Come and enjoy a special presentation, ‘L’dor V’dor: Learning our Jewish History With Our Children,’ by the St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Jewish Chaplain Pam Kaplan. All are welcome. Suggested donation for those who are not members of Beth El Women’s League is $5. RSVP: 602-944-3359 or events@bethelphoenix.com

‘Messillat Yesharim- Reading Classical Texts with a Contemporary Philosophic Lens’: 1-2 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Presented by VBM, the guest speaker is Ira F. Stone, rabbi emeritus of Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Philadelphia. Suggested donation is $18. Register: bit.ly/2GzAqk7

‘The Greatest Jewish Philosopher That Nobody’s Heard Of: A Meeting with Emmanuel Levinas’: 7-8:30 p.m., Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St.,Scottsdale. Presented by VBM, the guest speaker is Ira F. Stone, rabbi emeritus of Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Philadelphia. Suggested donation is $18. Register: bit.ly/2LvQlPh

Tuesdays, Jan. 15, 22 & 27

Knitting Circle at The J: 1:30 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Share the pleasure of knitting and crocheting. Help others with projects and patterns. Can’t knit? We’ll teach you. No reservations required. Information: 480-481-7033 or harrietc@vosjcc.org

Tuesdays, Jan. 15-March 5

Creative Aging classes-Story Telling: 10 a.m.-noon, Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. The eight-week course are taught by Kim Porter, who was recently named Best Storyteller by the Phoenix New Times. Presented by Jewish Family & Children’s Service. All classes are open to adults 60 or older. Registration: jfcsaz.org/creativeaging, janet.rees@jfcsaz.org, or 480-599-7198

Israeli Dance: 2-3 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 10460 N. 56th St., Scottsdale. The classes are taught by Nancy Stone, a local dance instructor. All classes are open to adults 60 or older. Registration fees vary. Registration: jfcsaz.org/creativeaging, janet.rees@jfcsaz.org, or 480-599-7198

Tuesday, Jan. 15 

‘Civic Engagement Beyond Voting’: 6:30 p.m., Temple Chai Social Hall, 464 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. The event is presented by NCJW/AZ. Featured speakers are state Representative-elect Jennifer DeMarre Jermaine, Indivisible AZ Director Tricia Sauer and journalist and filmmaker Civia Tamarkin. Information: membership@ncjwaz.org

Art Appreciation: 11 a.m.-noon, Valley of the Sun JCC , 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Share the world of art with docents from the Phoenix Art Museum. This month, explore Art Over Adversity. Free. Information: 480-481-7033 or harrietc@vosjcc.org

Wednesdays, Jan. 16-March 6

Voice Classes: 10 a.m.-noon, Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Temple Chai choir director Dan Kurek teaches a voice class, providing individual attention. Presented by Jewish Family & Children’s Service. All classes are open to adults 60 or older. Registration fees vary. Registration: jfcsaz.org/creativeaging, janet.rees@jfcsaz.org, or 480-599-7198

Wednesday, Jan. 16

‘Who Gave You Permission? The Memoir of a Child Sexual-Abuse Survivor Who Fought Back’: 7-8:30 p.m., Valley Beit Midrash, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. As an adolescent, Manny Waks, was sexually abused at the ultra Orthodox religious school across the road from where he lived in Australia. When he went public as an adult about his experiences Manny and his family were intimidated and shunned by their community. Suggested donation is $18. Register: bit.ly/2CrhRKO

Thursdays, Jan. 17-March 7

Creative Aging classes-Story Telling: 10 a.m.-noon,  Temple Beth Shalom, 12202 N. 101st Ave., Sun City. The eight-week course are taught by Kim Porter, who was recently named Best Storyteller by the Phoenix New Times. Presented by Jewish Family & Children’s Service. All classes are open to adults 60 or older. Registration: jfcsaz.org/creativeaging, janet.rees@jfcsaz.org, or 480-599-7198

The Sunshine Singers, a Senior Chorus: 10-11:30 a.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. The chorus is led by Dan Kurek, who has 35 years’ experience teaching music and who has been the Temple Chai choir director for nine years. Presented by Jewish Family & Children’s Service. All classes are open to adults 60 or older. Registration fees vary. Registration: jfcsaz.org/creativeaging, janet.rees@jfcsaz.org, or 480-599-7198

Thursday, Jan. 17

Blanket Boosters: 9 a.m.-noon, Beth El Phoenix, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Join the Beth El Blanket Boosters as they create beautiful mitzvah blankets to donate to local children in crisis. Yarn and crochet hooks are provided. Beginners are welcome. Information: 602-684-2606 or blanketboosters@bethelphoenix.com

Women’s Chai Tea Study Group: 12:30-1 p.m., Beth El Phoenix, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Ladies, meet us on Sunday  afternoons for tea and sweets as we study important issues related to Jewish women. Wendy Rozov will lead this discussion group for women and about women. RSVP: events@bethelphoenix.com or 602-944-3359

Environmental activist presentation: 6:30 p.m., Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix. Curator Joan Baron,TO3 and the Jewish Heritage Center welcome guest speaker David Baron, an environmental activist and lawyer with Earthjustice in Washington, D.C. RSVP: 602-616-0223 or joanebaron@gmail.com

Let’s Eat: Mature Mavens Dinner: 5 p.m. Make new friends as you meet for dinner and socialize. Dinner is separate checks. Contact Bunnye at 602-371-3744 for our current schedule of restaurants and to reserve your place.

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

Class on the Babylonian Talmud: 10 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Led by Rabbi Michael Beyo. Cost: $14. Reservations: 480-897-0588 or webbc@evjcc.org 

Speaker Series: 11 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Speaker: Karolyn Benger. Topic: “The Story of Dinah.” Cost: $14, includes kosher lunch. Reservations required: 480-897-0588 or webbc@evjcc.org.

Saturday, Jan. 19

An Evening with Storyteller and Author Marty Brounstein: 6:30 p.m., The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S. Ash Ave., Suite B-15, Tempe. Hosted by the Shrine of Holy Wisdom Church and Hillel, Jewish Student Center of Arizona State University, author Marty Brounstein will tell a true interfaith story of courage, compassion and rescue about a Christian couple in the Netherlands who saved the lives of more than two dozen Jews during the Holocaust and World War II.

Sunday, Jan. 20

Lecture by Rabbi Daniel Cohen: 4 p.m., Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. Please join the congregation as well as friends and family of Stephen Draizin, past co-chair of the congregation’s L’Dor Vador Society, for this special evening in honor of Stephen’s memory. Rabbi Cohen will speak on ‘Becoming a Blessing - The Secret to a Life of Renewable Energy and Eternal Impact.’ RSVP: tinyurl.com/OTDraizin

Ladles of Love: 9 a.m.-noon, East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Volunteers prepare kosher meals to deliver to homebound individuals. Drivers also needed. To sign up, visit bit.ly/Ladles2018.

Eco-Judaism: 2-4 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. In honor of Tu B’Shevat, Rabbi Nina Perlmutter, rabbi emerita for Congregation Lev Shalom in Flagstaff, will explore ancient and modern Jewish teachings about the appropriate relationship between humans and the non-human world.

Monday, Jan. 21

‘She Who Dwells Within: Shechinah, the Feminine Face of Gd in Torah, Mysticism, and Our World’: 1-2 p.m., Beth Emeth Congregation of the West Valley, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West. Presented by VBM, the guest speaker is Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, a Jungian psychologist, author, and the founding rabbi of Congregation Nevei Kodesh in Boulder, Colorado.  Suggested donation is $18. Register: bit.ly/2BCH8jE

Tuesday, Jan. 22

Terrific Tuesdays: 10-11:30 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Speaker: Bill Gates. Topic: “Is Fake News Real?” Ages 55-plus. Suggested donation: $4. 480-897-0588 or adrian@evjcc.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 23 

A Tribute to the Soldiers of WWI: 11 a.m.-noon, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Guy Benoit, historical researcher and grandson of a WWI veteran, pays tribute to the soldiers of his French hometown and the Lafayette Squadron and Doughboys, including battles fought by the Allies and the American Expeditionary Forces. Members: $5; guests: $15. Register: vosjcc.org/soldiers

Shabbat

First Saturday of each month

Kavana Café: 8:45 a.m., Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. This is an informal opportunity to learn with Rabbi Micah Caplan prior to Saturday morning services. A light breakfast will be served.

Every Saturday

Torah Express: noon, Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. On Shabbat mornings, during the congregation’s Kiddush lunch, join Rabbi Micah Caplan and other Jewish professionals and teachers from our community for an in-depth study of the Torah portion of the week.

Friday, Jan. 18

Music event: After Shabbat services, north Scottsdale location. Desert Foothills Jewish Community Association will present singer Jesse Washington, who will perform a variety of popular songs, show tunes and uplifting music. Dues are $60 per year and the first visit is free. Information: 480-664-8847

Seniors

 

Fridays, Ongoing

Taste of Shabbat with Nurit Avigdor: 11:30 a.m.-noon, The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Open to the community. Contact JFCS Senior Center for questions at 602-943-2198.

 

Monday, Jan. 28

Sex, Sexuality & Older Adults in the Sacred Encounter: 1-2 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Rabbi Richard Address, founder and director of Jewish Sacred Aging, examines human sexuality from a Jewish perspective. Members: $5; guests: $15. Register:

vosjcc.org/sacred

Arts

Monday, Jan. 14

BNC Roz Fischer Concerts & Conversations: 1 p.m., Palo Cristi Church, 3535 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. Presented by the Brandeis National Committee, Ballet Arizona will showcase two dancers demonstrating classic ballet to ballet music. Cost is $7 at the door, no reservations required.  Refreshments are included.  Information: 602-971-0012 or joansitver@aol.com  JN

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