Sunday, June 3

Honoring Hannah and Phil Adelman: 12:30 p.m., Orange Tree Resort, 10601 N. 56th St., Scottsdale. The Adelmans will be honored at a brunch event for their 18 years of dedicated volunteer service to the Jewish community. The Adelmans have conducted Jewish services at more than 20 senior living facilities across the Valley for people unable to attend a synagogue due to health issues or lack of transportation. Keynote speaker will be Mary Jo West. Pianist Jeff Lowy will provide entertainment. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at

Songs of the Inspired Soul: A Unique Multimedia Concert: 6:30 p.m., Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas, 6333 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The Chabad Center of Arizona will host a unique multimedia concert that tells the story of the Chasidic melodies taught by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory. Six melodies, together with their stories, are brought to life through a live performance by a string quartet led by Moshe Bukshpan. The presentation is interspersed with film. Tickets can be purchased at

Meetings, Lectures & Classes

Monday, May 14

Am Yisrael Hai: Israeli Current Events Class at Or Tzion: 7 p.m., Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. Am Yisrael is an Israel current events class led by Michael Epner and Mark Gross. Suggested donation is $10 per person. All proceeds will help support our Adult Education programming at the synagogue.

Tuesday, May 15

Honoring Women Within Judaism: Sexism, Sexuality, and Spirituality of Modern Judaism: 7 p.m., The New Shul, 7825 E. Paradise Lane, Scottsdale. Rabbi Elana Kanter of the Women’s Jewish Learning Center and psychologist and educator Jennifer Brown will explore the traditional mitzvot and modern taboos that belong specifically to women from both rabbinic and scientific perspectives. Suggested donation is $18. Register:

Wednesday, May 16

Long-Term Care Presentation: 11 a.m., Temple Beth Shalom, 12202 N. 101st Ave., Sun City. Get information on long-term care and how to leverage your policy for maximum benefits and minimum cost. Presented by Home Watch Care Givers.

Mahj Meetup: 1-3:30 p.m., Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Play mahjong with all levels of players. Everyone is welcome. Bring your Mahjong League card and a set if you have one. Snacks are provided. Information: Nanci, 602-944-3359, ext. 123, or

Book Group: 7:45 p.m., private home. Hosted by the Jewish Enrichment Center, the group will discuss “Who Will Lead Us,” by Samuel C. Heilman. RSVP:

Thursday, May 17

Lunch and Learn: 11:30 a.m., Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Come explore and delight in the Book of Psalms. Join Wendy Rozov and other adult learners as we delve into the meaning, poetry and history of these beautiful and lyrical poems. Come when you are available (commitment to all sessions is not required). Cost is $5 for lunch. RSVP: Nanci, 602-944-3359, ext. 123, or

Saturday, May 19

Cocktails & Cheesecake a Shavuot Celebrations: 9 p.m., MAKOR, 13402 N. Scottsdale Road, Ste. A120, Scottsdale. Wine, cocktails, cheesecake and desserts will be served. This event is not kid friendly, so contact MAKOR for information on preteen and teen programming that night. Cost is $15 per person; $25 per couple. RSVP: or

Tuesday, May 29

Ladies Book Club: 7:30-8:30 p.m., MAKOR, 13402 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite A120, Scottsdale. The group will discuss “Happiness is a Serious Problem: A Human Repair Manual’ by Dennis Prager. We will be discussing Part 2. Information:


Wednesday, May 16

Hands-on Workshop: 5 p.m., Basha Public Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Drive, Chandler. Chabad of the East Valley will be teaming up with local youth groups and the Aleph Art room project to present a workshop on the art of flower making and no-bake cheese cake. Free for the first 20 arrivals. RSVP: 480-855-4333,

May 29-Aug. 3

Shemesh Camp at The J: Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Sign up for two or more weeks of camp and receive May Kids Night Out for free. Register:

Camp Rimon Gadol: Camp days are 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday- Friday; extended care available 7-9 a.m. and 3:30-6 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Camp Rimon Gadol is designated for grades kindergarten through ninth. Register:

Camp Rimon Katan: Camp days are 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday- Friday; extended care available 7-9 a.m. and 3:30-6 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Weekly signups available. Campers’ days start with a camp-wide welcome, camp songs, and continue with playing games, making art, music, sensory play, scientific discovery, cooking and exciting weekly themes. Camp Rimon Katan is for those children ages 2-pre-Kindergarten. Register:



Taste of Shabbat with Nurit Avigdor: 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m., The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Open to the community. Contact JFCS Senior Center for questions at 602-943-2198.

Monday, May 14

Creative Aging Program: 12:30 p.m., Bureau of Jewish Education, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s offers another Creative Aging program with a screening of the film, “Hester Street.” There will be a post-film discussion. Open to those age 60+. No charge. RSVP:

Tuesday, May 15

Speaker: 10:30 a.m., The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Meet Holocaust survivor Oskar Knoblauch and hear his life story. Contact JFCS Senior Center for questions at 602-943-2198.

Wednesday, May 16

Discussion: 10 a.m., The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Join us for an intellectual discussion about the Anti-Defamation League’s role in our community. Contact JFCS Senior Center for questions at 602-943-2198.


Friday, May 18

Desert Foothills Jewish Community Association: 7 p. m., at a north Scottsdale location. Shabbat services followed by a Spring Musicale program featuring Sharon Friendly, our Cantorial Soloist Jesse Washington and Deb Offenhauser on keyboard. The concert will consist of Broadway show tunes, arias, duets and more. Dues are $60 per year. Information: Andrea, 480-664-8847.

Saturday, May 19

Simchat Shabbat: Noon-1 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 10460 N. 56th St., Scottsdale. Join Gesher Disability Resources for our monthly special needs service. Simchat Shabbat is a free and joyous service where all are welcome. Reservations for Simchat Shabbat are not required but appreciated. RSVP: 480-629-5343 or

Friday, May 25

Turkish Shabbat: 7-9 p.m., Congregation Beth Tefillah, 10636 N. 71st Way, Scottsdale. Join us as Jewish communities around the world celebrate Shabbat the Turkish way. Cost for members $36 per adult and $18 per child (5-12). The cost for non-members is $50 per adult and $25 per child (5-12). Bring a bottle of wine to share with your table. Register:


Sunday, May 13

“East Jerusalem West Jerusalem”: 3 p.m., Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley, 3400 N. Dobson Road, Chandler. This documentary follows David Broza, an Israeli singer-songwriter, who sets out to open a dialogue between the Israelis and Palestinians through music. Part of the East Valley JCC Movie Series. Free admission, but donations appreciated.

Monday, May 21

Cantor Baruch Koritan singing Broadway Show Tunes: Noon, Temple Beth Shalom, 12202 N. 101st Ave., Sun City. The Temple Beth Shalom Sisterhood presents Cantor Baruch Koritan singing Broadway show tunes. Reservations must be made in advance. Cost is $8 for members and $9 for non-members. Lunch is included. Please make checks payable to Temple Beth Shalom Sisterhood, 12202 N. 101st Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351.


Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays People Behind a Young State: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Enjoy the EVJCC’s new art exhibit, “Celebrating Israel: Snapshots of the a Unique Photo Display in Honor of Israel’s 70th Anniversary. Held in partnership with Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People. Suggested donation is $18.

Through May 31

Art @ Solel: Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. The bold digital art by Herb Rigberg is on exhibit in the North Hallway Gallery. The artwork is available for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to the ART SHOWCASE scholarship fund. For more information and pricing, contact Herb Rigberg at or 602-569-0929. JN

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