Events

Sunday, Aug. 19

‘A Pocketful of Songs — A Potpourri of Broadway’: 2 p.m., Arizona Jewish Historical Society, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix. Part of the Third Annual Arizona Jewish Historical Society Summer Music Series, the concert features the father-and-daughter duo of Joe and Shana Bousard. Tickets are $20 for the general public; $15 for AZJHS members. Information: azjhs.org/Jazz.html

Genetic Screening: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Held by the Jewish Genetic Diseases Center of Greater Phoenix. For Jewish adults and their partners from ages 18-45. Walk-in or pre-register at jewishgeneticsphx.org. Information: 480-668- 3347 or info@jewishgeneticsphx.org

Sunday, Aug. 26

Jewish Community Day with the D-Backs: 1:10 p.m., Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. The Diamondbacks take on the Seattle Mariners. Information: atmlb.com/2uooSGO

Mitzvahs & More Expo: Noon, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn, 5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale.

Friday, Aug. 31

American Red Cross Blood Drive: 7 a.m.-1 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. All donors will receive a Red Cross aluminum water bottle while supplies last. To schedule an appointment, call (800) RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and use the code chandlercommunity.

Ongoing

‘A Silenced Legacy — Honoring the Music and the Musicians’: Tickets are now on sale for the Violins of Hope chamber concert, “A Silenced Legacy - Honoring the Music and the Musicians.” 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

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. This free program is intended for players with prior experience.

Sunday, Aug. 19

Back to School Mitzvah Day: 9-10:30 a.m., Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. It’s back to school for our Talmud Torah families. Help them with their Back to School Mitzvah Project by donating school supplies such as backpacks, writing utensils, paper, notebooks, tissue, hand sanitizer, and more. Backpacks full of supplies will be donated to a local school, and snack bags will be donated to the ICM Food Bank. Donations can be dropped off at the Beth El office Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., up until the event.

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

Thursday, Aug. 23

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

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 webbc@evjcc.org

Speaker series: 11 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. “Why Bad Things Happen to Good People: A Chasidic Approach” with Rabbi Laibel Blotner of Chabad of Mesa. Cost is $14 and includes a kosher lunch. Reservations required: 480-897-0588 or webbc@evjcc.org

Sundays, Starting Aug. 26

Mahjong at the Bistro: 9:30-11:30 a.m., Boker Tov Bistro, Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. Games take place every Sunday during Raker Religious School.

Tuesday, Aug. 28

‘Jewish Sparks’: 7 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. A workshop for adults that explores ways to enhance Jewish cultural connections through music, food and hands-on activities. The topic is “High Holidays and a Whole New You.” Free. Suggested donation is $18. Information: 480-897-0588 or info@evjcc.org

Tuesday, Aug. 30

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

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 webbc@evjcc.org

Speaker series: 11 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. “If We Built the Third Temple” with Andre Ivory. Cost is $14 and includes a kosher lunch. Reservations required: 480-897-0588 or webbc@evjcc.org

Thursday, Sept. 13

“Bullying: Lessons from Biblical Times for our Current Generations - How Do We Recognize, Resolve and Recover?”: 7-9 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, social hall, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Presented by Jewish University of Scottsdale and Rabbi Pinchas Allouche, Gila Lesky, MSW, LCSW, will address bullying from the psychotherapeutic perspective. We welcome you whether you are a member of a congregation or are unaffiliated! Cost is  $10 at the door. RSVP:  meetup.com/Jewish_University_of_Scottsdale/

Shabbat

Saturday, Aug. 18

Simchat Shabbat: Noon-1 p.m., Temple Emanuel of Tempe, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Join Gesher Disability Resources (formerly Council For Jews With Special Needs) for its monthly special needs service. Simchat Shabbat is a free and joyous service, where all are welcome. Kiddush lunch will follow service. Reservations for Simchat Shabbat are not required but appreciated. RSVP: 480-629-5343 or jacquelyn@gesherdr.org

Friday, Aug. 24

Jazz Shabbat: 6:15 p.m., Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. A combination of inspiration and improvisation to lift your spirits and soothe your soul.

Family

Saturday, Aug. 18

NextDor Annual Pool Party: 5 p.m., private residence. Location will be emailed upon registration. Hosted by Congregation Beth Israel in Scottsdale, the event is free. BYOB. Register: bit.ly/2Km5TXm

Seniors

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, Aug. 23

JFCS Center for Senior Enrichment Satellite: 10-11:30 a.m., Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. JFCS Center for Senior Enrichment and Beth El partner to bring JFCS events to Beth El on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Come meet Gene Carruth from the Phoenix Family History Center to learn why families are important, how to search for your family tree, as well as what a family tree looks like. This program is free and open to all seniors in our community. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to alicia@bethelphoenix.com or 602-944-3359, ext. 113, by Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Film

Friday, Aug. 17

‘Living for Tomorrow’: 7 p.m., north Scottsdale location. After the Desert Foothills Jewish Community Association’s Shabbat service there will be a screening of the film, “Living for Tomorrow.” In the early 1920s, many people were driven by ideology to emigrate to Palestine. The film chronicles the untold stories of women in the kibbutz movement. Dues are $60 per year. Information: Andrea, 480-664-8847

Sunday, Aug. 26

Kick-off of Israeli Movie Series: 9 a.m.-noon, East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Watch “Hummus! The Movie,” a documentary that explores the unifying power of this Middle Eastern dish through the stories of three hummus makers: a Muslim woman, a Christian man and an Orthodox Jew. Free but donations are appreciated. Information: evjcc.org

Monday, Aug. 27

‘Operation: Finale’: 7 p.m., Harkins Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. The true story of legendary Mossad agent Peter Malkin, who infiltrated Argentina and captured Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi who masterminded the transportation logistics that brought millions of innocent Jews to their deaths in concentration camps.

Exhibits

Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays

People Behind a Young State: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Enjoy the EVJCC’s new art exhibit of photos honoring Israel’s 70th anniversary. Held in partnership with Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People. Suggested donation is $18.

Extended through Sept. 20

‘Israel at 70: The Diverse Faces of Israel, Photography by Joel Zolondek’: Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix. Hosted by the Arizona Jewish Historical Society. For information and exhibit hours, email jschesnol@azjhs.org. JN

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