Events

Wednesday, March 20

Lip Sync Battle: 6 p.m., Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. Celebrate Purim with Congregation Or Tzion at our Lip Sync Battle! The event will also include food trucks and a megillah reading. Costumes are encouraged.

RSVP at tinyurl.com/ot-purim

Meetings, Lectures & Classes

 

Mondays

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.

Sundays, March 24 

Blanket Boosters: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.,

Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Join the Beth El Blanket Boosters as they create beautiful mitzvah  blankets to donate to local children in crisis. Information: 602-684-2606 or blanketboosters@bethelphoenix.com

Tuesdays, March 19 & 26

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. Can’t knit? We’ll teach you. No reservations required. Information:

480-481-7033 or harrietc@vosjcc.org

Tuesday, March 19

Art All Around Us: 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. Free. Information: 480-481-7033 or harrietc@vosjcc.org

Terrific Tuesdays: 10-11:30 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Speaker: Merle Nudelman. Topic: Ekphrastic Poems. Ages 55-plus. Suggested donation is $4. Information: 480-897-0588 or adrian@evjcc.org

Wednesday, March 20

Learn About Jewish Genealogy: 10-11:30 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. “Heading Offshore and Using DNA.” Taught by Judi Gyori Missel. Cost is $15. Bring a laptop. Register:

480-897-0588 or webbc@evjcc.org

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  on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. All skill levels are welcome, including beginners. There is no charge and snacks are provided. Contact: events@bethelphoenix.com or 602-944-3359

Thursday, March 21

Purim class: 9 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Led by Rabbi Michael Beyo. Purim nosh. Free, but a reservation is required. Information:

480-897-0588 or webbc@evjcc.org

Interactive Megillah reading with discussion: 10 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Led by Rabbi Michael Beyo. Cost is $14 and includes Purim nosh. Reservations required:

 480-897-0588 or webbc@evjcc.org

Purim Experience: 11 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Performance by The ImproVables, an improvisational comedy troupe based in Sun Lakes. Cost is $14 and includes festive Purim meal. Wear a costume to be entered in a raffle. Reservations required. Information: 480-897-0588 or webbc@evjcc.org

Saturday, March 23

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

Health & Wellness

 

Wednesday, March 20

Lunch & Learn at The J: Male Fitness After 65 – Myths, Facts & Solutions: 11:30 a.m.-noon, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. J Fitness Director Joe Green has a highly regarded approach to health and fitness with cutting-edge solutions. Bring your most pressing questions and learn the inside tips and strategies that he uses for continued success. Bring a dairy lunch or stop at milk + honey. Free, but registration required by March 18 at vosjcc.org/fit65

Children & Families

 

March 18-22

Shemesh Spring Break Camp at The J: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. No school, no worries. We have fun-filled days of STEM activities, sports, swimming, arts, games, weekly field trip and more. Grades K-4. For pricing and additional information, visit vosjcc.org/shemeshcamps

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 March 15

Desert Foothills Jewish Community Association Program: 7 p.m., at a north Scottsdale location. After a Shabbat service, we will have a Spring Musicale with Sharon Friendly, our cantorial soloist, accompanied on keyboards by Deb Offenhauser.  The program will include the American Song Book, Broadway show tunes, Jewish songs, etc. Dues are $60 per year.  Information: Andrea Malkin, 480-664-8847

Saturday, March 16

Traditional Minyan: 9:30 a.m., Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. Rabbi Nate Crane will lead a traditional Shabbat morning service with full p’sukei d’zimra, Amidah with repetition and Torah study. 

Seniors

Tuesdays through Friday

Jewish Family and Children’s Service Center for Senior Enrichment: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Free programs are open to seniors who live at The Palazzo, as well as the entire senior community. Come in and spend your day with us. We offer transportation services, as well as a daily lunch. For more information, please call JFCS Center for Senior Enrichment at 602-943-2198.

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.

Thursday, March 21

Mature Mavens Dinner: 5 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Make new friends as you meet for dinner and socialize. Dinner is separate checks. Please contact Bunnye at 602-371-3744 for our current schedule of restaurants and reserve your place.

Arts

 

 

Friday, March 22

JFCS Classic Jewish Movie for Seniors: 12:30 p.m., Bureau of Jewish Education, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 206, Scottsdale.  The film is ‘The Man in the Glass Booth.’

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