Jewish night on Broadway

Featured event

Sunday, Feb. 23

A Jewish Night on Broadway: 3 p.m., Beth El Phoenix, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. A performance by Cantor Jonathan Angress and Broadway performer Micahel Bernardi. Tickets starting at $25. To purchase tickets, visit bethelphoenix.com/Jewish-Night-Broadway

 

Events

Sunday and Monday, Feb. 16 and 17

The Soul Conference: 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on Monday, Congregation Beth Tefillah, 6529 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. A day of chevruta learning, featuring speakers Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Meni Even-Israel, Rabbi Arthur Kurzweil, and Rabbi Pinchas Allouche. Food and beverages provided throughout the conference, learning materials complimentary with registration. Cost: $500. Fore more information, email soul@bethtefillahaz.org. To register, visit bethtefillahaz.org.

Friday, Feb. 21

BNC Phoenix 2020 Book & Author Luncheon: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale. Featuring authors Jamie Bernstein (“Famous Father Girl”), Gabriel Bump (“Everywhere You Don’t Belong”), Crissy Van Meter (“Creatures”), Tim Mason (“The Darwin Affair”) and Brad Taylor (“Hunter Killer”). Attendees will have an opportunity to meet and listen to the authors, purchase books and have them personalized. Tickets: $135. For more information, contact Carol Abrams at 480-382-4494 or bncphxba2019pr@gmail.com

Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 22-23

2020 Arizona Matsuri: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Japanese exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, children’s activities, bonsai displays, Japanese food, Japanese beer and sake garden, games and contests and live entertainment on four stages. Free admission. For more information, visit azmatsuri.org.

 

Meetings, Lectures & Classes

Mondays

Mahjong Mondays: 5-7 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Every Monday, except on Jewish or legal holidays. No RSVP is necessary. This free program is intended for players with prior experience. Be sure to bring a current mahjong card and a set if you have one. For more information, visit evjcc.org or call 480-897-0588

Crystal Bridge at The J: 12:30-3 p.m., Martin Pear JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Duplicate bridge with light refreshments served all day. Director: Maddy Bloom. Sanctioned Game 0-499 Masters Points. Cost: $10. For more information, contact Harriet Colan at 480-481-7033 or harrietc@vosjcc.org.

Tuesdays

Let’s Knit: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Martin Pear JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Knit, crochet, learn or help others with a project or pattern. For more information, contact Harriet Colan at 480-481-7033 or harrietc@vosjcc.org.

Hope for Today: 3:30-4:30 p.m., Temple Chai Small Sanctuary, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Spiritual program of recovery for those who suffer from the debilitating effects of chronic pain and chronic illness, based on the Twelve Steps of AA. For more information, contact cpa-az@cox.net.

Wednesdays

‘The Valley News’: 10-11:30 a.m., Martin Pear JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The class focuses on current events and is led by Dr. Michael Epner. No registration required.

Jewish Study Group: Nosh & Knowledge: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Martin Pear JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Explore a variety of non-political Jewish topics, including people, history, current events, laws, culture, humor, food and Israel. Each participant reads a section of a select article followed by spirited discussion. No extensive knowledge of Judaism required, group limited to 40 participants. To register, contact Bob Kalish at 602-375-3660 or joboaz@cox.net.

Thursdays

The Life and Tragedy of King David: 9 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Learn about the life and tragedy of King David. Taught by Rabbi Michael Beyo, Open Beit Midrash series. Free, registration required. To register, visit evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash.

Third Thursday of Every Month

Mature Mavens Dinner: 5-7 p.m. For current schedule of restaurants or to reserve a seat, call Bunnye at 602-371-3744.

Third Sunday of every month

Jewish War Veterans: 10 a.m., Arizona State Veterans Home, 4141 N. S. Herrera Way, Phoenix. Scottsdale Post 210 welcomes all Jewish veterans to its monthly meetings. Refreshments served at 9:30 a.m. Call 602-256-0658 for more information.

Saturday, Feb. 15

Wheelchair Ballroom Dance Clinic: noon-1:30 p.m., Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center, 5031 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Cheryl Angelelli and Tamerlan Gadirov will lead the clinic along with professional dancers from the Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Arizona. Free, but space is limited. For more information or to register, visit ability360.com.

Sunday, Feb. 16

Tu B’Shevat Seder and Singles Event: Noon, private home. Join CHULENTwest to learn how different Jewish cultures around the world celebrated the holiday. Free. To RSVP, contact Hershl at 602-710-5007 or hershl49@outlook.com.

Monday, Feb. 17

The Pious Werewolf: Confronting Monstrosity in Medieval Jewish Thought: 1-2 p.m., private residence. Speaker: Professor David Shyovitz. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org.

Till Death Do Us Part: Family Life and the Afterlife in Jewish Thought: 7-8:30 p.m., Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. Speaker: Professor David Shyovitz. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Arts & Culture @ the EVJCC: 10-11:30 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Musician Dr. Michael Steingart presents klezmer music. Terrific Tuesdays. Suggested donation: $4. For more information or to register, email adrian@evjcc.org.  

Let’s Appreciate Art: Art All Around Us: 11 a.m.-noon, Martin Pear JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. A special visual presentation led by Lori Kirkegaard, a docent from the Phoenix Art Museum. Featuring “Charles James: An Artist Beyond Fashion.” For more information, contact Harriet Colan at 480-481-7033 or harrietc@vosjcc.org

Shalom Hadassah Meeting: noon-3 p.m., Stone and Barrel Restaurant, 25379 S.E. J Robson Blvd, Sun Lakes. Lunch and a hands-on craft event. To reserve a seat, call Marsha Levine at 480-802-8911.

FUSE Society: 4:45 p.m., private residence. Networking event for Jewish women professionals and entrepreneurs. Speakers: Rabbi Elana Kanter and Courtney Beller. Cost: $18, include wine and nosh. Register by Feb. 16. For registration information, email professionals@jewishphoenix.org

A City for Women, Children & Families: 6:30-8 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. A conversation with Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women Arizona and Temple Chai. Free. 

Wednesday, Feb. 19

Collecting Bling: Fabulous Jewels and the Women Who Wore Them: 10-11:30 a.m., Martin Pear JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. Art and jewelry historian Jan Krulick-Belin discusses some of the great jewelry collections belonging to royals, aristocrats, divas, socialites and Hollywood starlets. Learn what you need to know about your own jewelry collections, including care, documentation, auctions and other collecting sources. Cost: $10 for members, $15 for guests. For more information or to register, visit vosjcc.org/programs

Heroes of the Holocaust: 4:30-7 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. The last workshop in a three-part series that examines the non-Jews who risked their lives to try to help and save the lives of Jews during the Holocaust. Taught by Marty Brounstein. Series cost: $40. To register, visit evjcc.org/holocaustworkshop.

JACS: Support Group for Jewish Alcoholics, Addicts, and their Friends and Family: 7:30 p.m. Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. For more information, call the Shalom Center at 602- 971-1234 or email jacsarizona@gmail.com.

Thursdays, Feb. 20 and 27 and March 5

The Lord is My Shepard: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Beth Emeth Synagogue, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West. How the most well known psalm in the Bible can be a source of hope, strength & healing for all of us. Four sessions, no long-term commitment required. Admission: free for members, $10/session for non-members. For more information, call 623-584-7210 or email bethemethaz@gmail.com

Thursday, Feb. 20

Israeli Movie Matinee Series: 11 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Film screening of “In Between,” a documentary about how a husband’s choice to become a religious Jew affects his marriage. Cost: $20, includes kosher lunch. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash .

People of the Book Group: 2 p.m., Temple Chai Small Sanctuary, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. A discussion about “Inheritance: The Song of the Jade Lily” by Kristy Manning. RSVP to ssilverman18@gmail.com

Analysis of Motion Pictures: 6-8 p.m., Martin Pear JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. Movie producer and professor Jeffrey Cooper will use lecture, discussion and film excerpts from “The Silence of the Lambs” to analyze the ways in which cinematography, design, editing and sound were combined to make the movie a piece of cinematic history. Cost: $5 for members, $10 for guests. For more information or to register, visit vosjcc.org.

Trapped in German Occupied Eastern Europe: Collaboration and Resistance: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Lecture by  Dr. Kimberly Allar and Dr. Yan Mann, Clinical Assistant Professors of History, Co-Directors of the World War II Studies online MA degree, Arizona State University. This presentation offers a look at some of the paths that opened to civilians trapped in German occupied Eastern Europe during the war. For more information, email hbbphx2020@gmail.com or visit holocaustbybulletsaz.com.

Sundays, Feb. 23, March 1, March 22 and March 29

My Jewish Genealogy: 1-2:30 p.m., Temple Emanuel of Tempe, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. An introduction to the challenges of building one’s family tree and collecting family stories. Taught by Emily Garber. For more information, email lisa@emanueloftempe.org.

Sunday, Feb. 23

Warrior in the Kitchen: 30 Minute Meals: 10 a.m.-noon, Martin Pear JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. Chef Gita Kshatriya teaches how to create vegetarian meals in less than 30 minutes. Cost: $45 for members, $55 for guests. For more information or to register, visit vosjcc.org/programs.

The Next Chapter: 1-4:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Barbara Mark-Dreyfuss and Beverly Rubenstein present “Ladies in Their 80’s: Elegant and Eloquent Storytelling,” Dr. Howard and Sharona Silverman and Eric Cosh present “Creating a Legacy Video” and Dr. Ron Fischier and Dwight Moore present “End of Life Choices.” Additional rotating workshops. Free, RSVP by February 15. To register, contact Marci Beliak at mbeliak@templechai.com or 602-971-1234. 

Trip to the Islamic Center of the Northeast Valley: 2 p.m., Islamic Center of the Northeast Valley, 12125 E. Via Linda Ave., Scottsdale. A tour and discussion with Dr. Uzma Jafri about Muslim culture and religion. Light refreshments will be served at the end of the tour. Optional lunch at noon at Spinato’s Pizzeria. For more information, contact Beth Feldman at 925-997-5269 or beth@segmation.com.

BJE Passages: A Beautiful Place: 2:30-4 p.m., Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. A musical presentation by composer Craig Bohmler that tells the story of Friedel Dicker-Brandeis, a Bauhaus-educated artist interned at Terezin and murdered at Auschwitz. She was the art teacher in Terezin who gave comfort, hope and inspiration to hundreds of Jewish children under unimaginable conditions. For more information, email hbbphx2020@gmail.com or visit holocaustbybulletsaz.com

Why is Jerusalem so Important to Muslims?: 3-4:30 p.m., Sun Lakes Chapel Center, 9230 E. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. Presented by Friends of Israel, Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation. Speaker: Rabbi Michael Beyo, CEO of the East Valley JCC.

Monday, Feb. 24

Allyship as Spiritual Practice: 1-2 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Speaker: Rabbi Mike Moskowitz. Explore models of change that aim to balance the solo and communal contributions of allyship as spiritual practice. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org.

Living through Loss: 4:30-6 p.m., Temple Chai Small Sanctuary, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. No charge, but donations are welcome.

Gender and Clothing: 7-8:30 p.m., Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. Speaker: Rabbi Mike Moskowitz. Purim is a story about the shift from living a hidden identity to coming out as truly oneself. Learn what it teaches about the role of clothing and concealing or expressing gender identity. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org.

Can I Really Be Happy? with Rabbi Lazer Brody: 7 p.m., Congregation Beth Tefillah, 6529 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. Speaker: Rabbi Lazer Brody, author of “The Trail to Tranquility” and “The Path to Your Peak” and the daily web journal “Emuna Beams.” Suggested donation: $10. For more information or to arrange a private appointment with Rabbi Brody, email emunah4393@gmail.com.

Cactus ORT: 7 p.m., Mountain Gate Apartments Clubhouse, 4602 E. Paradise Village Parkway N., Phoenix. Author Sheila Grinell will discuss and sign her book “Appetite: A Novel,” a story about conflict between boomer parents and millennial children. The program is open to all, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Ellen at 602-953-9307. 

 

Family

Mondays

Breakfast Babies: 9-10:30 a.m., The Brunch Café, 15507 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 100, Scottsdale. A fun-filled morning gathering for parents and grandparents with babies or toddlers. Complimentary coffee and a chocolate-covered strawberry with the purchase of any meal. Includes a story time picture book reading. Call 480-398-7174 or visit brunchcafe.com for more information.

Baby dance classes: 9:15-9:45 a.m., Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center, 15801 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. For babies who are walking up to age 2 ½. This baby dance class is a fun introduction to music, movement and dancing. Babies will dance to the music while using all kinds of different props and toys. Parent/grandparent participation is required. Free. Advanced registration not required, limited to first 20 children who arrive. Call 602-992-5790 or visit arizonasunrays.com for more information.

Thursdays

Baby dance classes: 9:30-10 a.m., Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center, 15801 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. For babies who are walking up to age 2 ½. This baby dance class is a fun introduction to music, movement and dancing. Babies will dance to the music while using all kinds of different props and toys. Parent/grandparent participation is required. Free. Advanced registration not required, limited to first 20 children who arrive. Call 602-992-5790 or visit arizonasunrays.com for more information.

Mondays and Wednesdays

Baby gym classes: 9-9:30 a.m., Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center, 15801 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. Parents (and grandparents) are invited to bring in their babies, ages 6 months to 18 months. This parent-child class uses tumbling mats, balance beams, parallel bars and trampolines. Work on strength, balancing and coordination with your baby. Free. This is a “drop in” class; advanced registration is not required. Call 602-992-5790 or visit arizonasunrays.com for more information.

Wednesdays and Fridays

Baby gym classes: 9:30-10 a.m., Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center, 3923 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Parents (and grandparents) are invited to bring in their babies, ages 6 months to 18 months. This parent-child class uses tumbling mats, balance beams, parallel bars and trampolines. Work on strength, balancing and coordination with your baby. Free. This is a “drop in” class; advanced registration is not required. Call 602-992-5790 or visit arizonasunrays.com for more information.

 

Shabbat

First Friday of every month

First Fridays: 6:30-8 p.m., Beth Emeth Synagogue, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West. Begins Nov. 1. Traditional Friday night services with a twist; each month a special aspect, theme or prayer from the Shabbat evening liturgy is focused on. Questions about the service, and Jewish prayer in general, will be answered to help each person. No fee, open to everyone, Jewish and non-Jewish alike. For beginners and experienced members. For more information, call 623-584-7210 or email bethemethaz@gmail.com.

First Saturday of every 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. For more information, visit congregationortzion.org or call 480-342-8858. 

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 the community for an in-depth study of the Torah portion of the week. No RSVP required. For more information, visit congregationortzion.org or call 480-342-8858.

 

Seniors

Tuesdays

Duende: 11 a.m.-noon, Center for Senior Enrichment at The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. A creative aging Flamenco class for older adults, geared toward the absolute beginner student with little to no experience with flamenco dance. Participants also practice hand clapping and sing the songs that accompany the dancing. Taught by Angela Ramirez. Free. To RSVP, email carol.goldstein@jfcsaz.org or call 602-943-2198.

Wednesdays

Painting with Nancy: 9:30 a.m., Center for Senior Enrichment at The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Free. For more information, call 602-943-2198.

Yiddish Club with Arnie: 1 p.m., Center for Senior Enrichment at The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Free. For more information, call 602-943-2198. 

Fridays

Taste of Shabbat: 11 a.m., Center for Senior Enrichment at The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Free. For more information, call 602-943-2198.

Monday, Feb. 17

Belly Dance for Fun with Michelle Dionisio: 10-11 a.m., Temple Beth Shalom & JCC of the Northwest Valley, 12202 N. 101st Ave., Sun City. Learn belly dancing and veil work with music from Greece, Turkey and Egypt. Six week session. Cost: $45. To register, visit jfcsaz.org/creativeaging. For more information, contact Janet Rees at 480-599-7198 or janet.rees@jfcsaz.org

Thursdays, Feb. 20 and 27 and March 5

Story Telling with Kim Porter: 10 a.m.-noon, Temple Beth Shalom & JCC of the Northwest Valley, 12202 N. 101st Ave., Sun City. Exercises facilitated by writer Kim Porter to explore and craft stories and learn performance skills. Eight week session. Cost: $100. To register, visit jfcsaz.org/creativeaging. For more information, contact Janet Rees at 480-599-7198 or janet.rees@jfcsaz.org.

Thursday, Feb. 20

Jewish Genealogy as Holocaust Study with Judi Gyory Missel: 1 p.m., Center for Senior Enrichment at The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Genealogy today requires using a computer to conduct research into your family. This presentation will provide information on how to get started, where to look and how to preserve research for future generations. Led by Judy Missel. Free. For more information, call 602-943-2198.

Friday, Feb. 21

The Science of Music, The Music of Science: 1-2 p.m., Center for Senior Enrichment at The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Understanding music’s physiological effects on the brain and the body is the goal of a growing number of studies by neuroscientists. Learn how music and science are intertwined. Free. To RSVP, email carol.goldstein@jfcsaz.org or call 602-943-2198.

 

Arts

Mondays-Thursdays, Feb. 17-March 26

Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 

A photographic tour of Jewish historical sites in Barbados, Curacao, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. Eustatius, and Suriname, featuring the artwork of photographer Wyatt Gallery. Free. For more information or to sign up to attend the exhibit, please contact Jeffery Schesnol at jschesnol@azjhs.org. JN

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