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Saturday, Jan. 25

5th Annual Doggie Street Festival: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Adopt-a-thon for dogs, cats, parrots and rabbits. Enjoy music, food, vet tips, special guests and pet products and services. Free admission. Dogs welcome. For more information, visit doggiestreetfestival.org

 

Events

Saturday, Jan. 11

A Night Out with Wendy Hammers: 6-8:30 p.m., Martin Pear JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. One-woman comedy show by actress, dancer and stand-up comic Wendy Hammers. Pre-event wine bar and post-event dessert reception included. $36 for members of The J and Temple Kol Ami, $45 for guests. For more information, contact Nicole Garber at nicoleg@vosjcc.org or 480-481-7024.

Friday, Jan. 17

Brighter Tomorrow Luncheon: 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., JW Marriot Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa -— Paradise Ballroom, 5402 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale. The Jewish Family and Children’s Service Brighter Tomorrow Luncheon is an annual signature event showcasing JFCS’ impact on the wellbeing of over 40,000 people in the Valley. Dr. Michael M. Crow, the 16th president of Arizona State University, is the featured keynote speaker. Tickets start at $180. To register, visit jfcsaz.org.

Monday, Jan. 26

Jewish Meditation Retreat: 10 a.m.-6:15 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Led by Rabbi Sarah Leah Grafstein, Rabbi Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks and Melinda Ribner. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 29

28th Annual Educators’ Conference on the Holocaust: 4:15 p.m., Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. A day for teachers in Arizona schools to learn about the Holocaust with a focus on Holocaust by Bullets, programming about the mass execution of Jews by Nazi mobile units in Eastern Europe. Keynote speaker: Todd Hennessy, director of the Colorado Holocaust Educators. For more information, visit bjephoenix.org/events.

 

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. 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

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. 

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.

Monday, Jan. 13

The Sacred Exchange: Creating a Jewish Money Ethic: 7-8:30 p.m., Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. Speaker: Rabbi Mary L. Zamore, executive director of the Women’s Rabbinic Network. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org.

Caring for Our Loved Ones: 7 p.m., Temple Chai Small Sanctuary, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. A Jewish support and resource group for families and caregivers. No charge, donations welcome.

Tuesday, Jan. 14

Israel Table: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Martin Pear JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. An opportunity to pick up general information on travel, facts and historic sites to visit in Israel. Stop by if you have never visited Israel and are considering a trip this year or in the near future. Contact franklin.mindy@gmail.com for more information.

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Generations After Descendants Forum: 11-12:30 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Topic: “Roots and Resilience: Tour Through Jewish Poland.” Speaker: Eva Flaster, coordinator of the Descendants Forum of the Phoenix Holocaust Association. Free, reservations required. To register, call 480-897-0588 or visit evjcc.org/generations-after

Obligation as the Human Condition: 1-2 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Learn how twentieth-century Jewish philosophers reworked rabbinic understandings of obligation to speak to the realities of life in the modern era. Speaker: Mara Benjamin. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org.

“And You Shall Teach Your Children”: Teachers as Parents, Parents as Teachers: 7-8:30 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 10460 N. 56 St., Scottsdale. Explore rabbinic sources and learn how considering child-rearing as teaching challenges and expands our understanding of this central act of religious life. Speaker: Mara Benjamin. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org.

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

Thursday, Jan. 16

Open Beit Midrash class: 9 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. The Life and Tragedy of King David. Free, registration required. To register, visit evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash.

Talmudic Heroes: 10 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Cost: $20. Registration required. To register, visit evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

Walking Through Sephardic Jewish History: 11 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Cost: $20, includes kosher lunch. Registration required. To register, visit 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 Last Watchman of Old Cairo” by Michael David Lukas. RSVP to ssilverman18@gmail.com.

Thursdays, Jan. 16-Jan. 30

The Book of Judges: Anarchy & Activism: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Beth Emeth Synagogue, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West. The least known of the major books of the Bible, we explore a time in Israel’s history filled with unlikely heroes & disturbing stories. 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

Thursdays, Jan. 16-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

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Arts & Culture @ the EVJCC: 10-11:30 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Musical performance by Odessa Jazz and Klezmer, featuring Stu Siefer and Ted Zislis. Suggested donation: $4. To register or for more information, contact adrian@evjcc.org

Our Legislative Agenda: How Are We Going to Get it Passed?: 6:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. National Council of Jewish Women Arizona hosts a panel discussion with House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez and Sen. Lela Alston.

American Jews and Israel: A Discussion of Connection: 7-8:30 p.m., Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. A panel discussion about tensions in the relationship between American Jews and Israel.  Panelists: Rabbi John Linder of Temple Solel, Leib Bolel of the Arizona Israel Technology Alliance, and Professor Daniel Stein Kokin, Visiting Scholar, ASU. Facilitated by Deb Rochford. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Devorah Hadassah: 10:30 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. General meeting, installation of officers and a talk by Karolyn Benger about the similarities and differences between Jews and Muslims. Followed by Out to Lunch. To reserve a seat, email Hadassah.evinfo@cox.net.

Collective Sin and Vicarious Atonement in Rabbinic Martyrology: 1-2 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. The Story of the Ten Martyrs from Byzantine Palestine (fifth to seventh centuries CE) challenges conventional assumptions about Jewish attitudes toward atoning human blood and thereby illuminates the dynamics of Jewish self-definition in a Christian world. Speaker: Ra‘anan Boustan, a research scholar in the Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton University. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org.

Blood on the Floor: Depictions of Violence in Synagogue Mosaics from Roman Palestine: 7-8:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. This presentation considers how idioms of violence in mosaic art served as a resource for Jewish communal self-fashioning in late Roman Palestine. Speaker: Ra‘anan Boustan, a research scholar in the Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton University. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org.

Thursday, Jan. 23

The Life and Tragedy of King David: 9 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Free, registration required. To register, visit evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash.

Talmudic Heroes: 10 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Cost: $14. Registration required. To register, visit evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

Israeli Matinee Film Series: 11 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Screening of “Sustainable Nation,” a documentary that follows three innovators who take valuable lessons learned from Israel’s water shortage to the rest of the world. Followed by discussion and kosher lunch. Cost: $20. Registration required. To register, visit evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash.

Who is a Jew? On Identity, Peoplehood, & Conversion!: 7-8:30 p.m., Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. Speaker: Rabbi Dr. David Ellenson. Suggested donation: $18. Join Arizona Jews for Justice in awarding Pastor James Pennington of First Church UCC Phoenix the first Arizona Jews for Justice “Partner in Justice” award. Register at VBMTorah.org.

Monday, Jan. 27

Cactus ORT: 1 p.m., Mountain Gate Apartments Clubhouse, 4602 E. Paradise Village Parkway N., Phoenix. “Elder Law Contracts and Concerns” presented by Marsha Goodman, certified elder law attorney. Free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, contact Ellen at 602-953-9307.

Honoring the Heart and Wisdom of the Feminine: 1-2 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. From the midst of assimilation and even thoughts of converting to Christianity, Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929) affirmed Jewish religious practice and Torah-study as addressing an individual’s most urgent existential questions. Speaker: Melinda Ribner, founder and director of “Kabbalah of the Heart” and Beit Miriam. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org.

Kabbalah of Love and Intimacy: Enjoying the Dance of the Masculine and Feminine: 7-8:30 p.m., Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley, 12202 N. 101st Ave., Sun City. Learn how Kabbalistic teachings on the nature of masculine and feminine along with meditation and dyad exercises add joy and passion to intimate relationships. Speaker: Melinda Ribner, founder and director of “Kabbalah of the Heart” and Beit Miriam. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org

Tuesdays, Jan. 28 and March 24

Panel discussion on Rituals and Beliefs of Life Cycle Events: 1-2:30 p.m., Sun Lakes Chapel, 9240 E Sun Lakes Blvd N, Sun Lakes. Members of the panel consist of Mr. Barnaby Lewis, Historian at the Huhugham Cultural Center; Minister Carolina Uribe, St. Mary’s Church of Chandler; Azra Hassain and Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, Greater Phoenix Muslim Speakers Bureau; Pastor Mitch McDonald, Sun Lakes Church of Christ; and Rabbi Irwin Wiener, Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit sunlakesjewishcongregation.org

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Spirituality @ the EVJCC: 10-11:30 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Phyllis Avalon Rosh, Ph.D. speaks about shame and shame reduction. Suggested donation: $4. To register, email adrian@evjcc.org.

Systems of Confinement & The Dignities of Freedom: 1-2 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Explore Jewish texts and leading secular philosophers on the topic of confinement and freedom. Discuss difficult ethical questions regarding the commonalities between industrial prisons and factory farms. Speaker: Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org.  

A Look at Mental Health and Childhood Trauma: The Darrell Hammond Story: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Martin Pear JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. A screening of the documentary “Cracked Up,” which tells the story of Saturday Night Live comedian Darrell Hammond. Marriage and family therapists from the Mederi Group will be available to answer questions after the screening. For more information, visit vosjcc.org/programs.

Thursday, Jan. 30

Speaker Series: 11 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Dr. Sidney Starkman speaks about his humanitarian work locally and abroad. Cost: $20. Registration required. To register, visit evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

The Untold Story of the Lehman Family and its Aid to Refugees: 1933-1945: 1-2 p.m., Jewish Worship Group of the West Valley. Speaker: Karen S. Franklin, director of The Judaica Museum of The Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale and director of the Family Research Program at the Leo Baeck Institute.. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org.

Tracing Ancestors in Eastern Europe: Strategies and Examples: 7-8:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Speaker: Karen S. Franklin, director of The Judaica Museum of The Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale and director of the Family Research Program at the Leo Baeck Institute. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org.

 

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.

Sunday, Jan. 26

Open House and Pancake Breakfast: 9:30-11:30 a.m., East Valley JCC Early Childhood Learning Center, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler.  Free, reservations required. To register, email pam@evjcc.org.

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.

Friday, Jan. 17

Winter Musicale: 7 p.m., Desert Foothills Jewish Community Association. A brief service followed by a musical performance by Cantorial Soloist Sharon Friendly and accompanist Deb Offenhauser. Featuring songs from the Great American Song Book, Broadway shows and Jewish songs. For more information, contact Andrea at 480-664-8847.

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.

Mondays, Jan. 13-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

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Celebrating Early Arizona Women Artists, Writers, Photographers and Songsters: 1 p.m., Center for Senior Enrichment at The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. A presentation on early Arizona women who used art to document their communities and their circumstances. Speaker: Jan Cleere. No charge. To RSVP, email carol.goldstein@jfcsaz.org or call 602-943-2198.

 

Arts

Monday, Jan. 13

Brandeis concert: 1 p.m., Palo Cristi Church, 3535 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. Presented by Brandeis National Committee.  Phoenix Symphony Principal Flutist Viviana Cumplido with accompaniment by classical pianist Gail Novak. Admission: $7 at the door, no reservations required.  Refreshments are included.  For more information, call Joan Sitver at 602-818-4264 or email her at joansitver@aol.com

Sunday, Jan. 26

Voices Silenced: Piano Music of Composers Killed in the Holocaust: 4 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. ASU Professor Hannah Creviston performs piano music of composers killed in the Holocaust. Cost: $10. To register, visit evjcc.org/voices-silenced. JN

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