Garcia

Featured event

Sunday, July 28

Rabbi Yosef Garcia Memorial Service: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, Room A, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. A JCC badge or ID, such as a driver’s license, is needed for admittance.

 

Events

Aug. 15-18

Heart 2 Heart 2019: Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas, 6333 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Heart 2 Heart AZ is working in partnership with local and national organizations to bring together Jewish singles across the country in honor of Tu B’Av. The weekend will consist of social events and learning sessions. Full weekend, single day and single event pass options available. More information at heart2heartaz.com

 

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, just come. This free program is intended for players with prior experience. Be sure to bring your current mahjong card and a set if you have one. evjcc.org or 480-897-0588.

 

Wednesdays

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

 

Thursday, Aug. 1

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

 

Talmudic Heroes: 10 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Taught by Rabbi Michael Beyo. Topic: Rabbi Akiva, Part 1. Cost: $14. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

 

Walking Through History: 11 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Speaker: Rabbi Michael Beyo. Topic: Sephardic Jewish History: Hasdai Ibn Shaprut. Cost: $14, includes kosher lunch. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

 

Sunday, Aug. 4

Valley Jewish Singles Ages 50+: Brunch: 12 p.m., Chompies PV Mall, 4550-324 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix. Reservations required, email valleyjewishsingles@cox.net with your RSVP.  

 

Tuesday, Aug. 6 

Arizona Jews for Justice presents ‘I am you, for you are me’: 9-10 a.m., 2200 E. Camelback Road, Suite 120, Phoenix. Go to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s office for your voice to be heard. Visit Arizonajewsforjustice.org for more information.

 

Thursday, Aug. 8

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

 

Talmudic Heroes: 10 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Taught by Rabbi Michael Beyo. Topic: Rabbi Akiva, Part 2. Cost: $14. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

 

Speaker Series: 11 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Speaker: Rabbi Laibel Blotner of Chabad of Mesa. Topic: Myths and Facts of Judaism. Cost: $14, includes kosher lunch. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

 

Wednesday, Aug. 14

Duet Volunteer Orientation August 2019: 5-7:30 p.m., Duet, 10000 N. 31st Ave., Phoenix. Orientation for volunteers to provide services to home bound adults. Bring drivers license for ID. A Level 1 Fingerprint clearance is required to volunteer. Instructions and information for obtaining this will be provided at orientation. Cost is $73 which can be reimbursed by Duet after 6 months of active volunteering. RSVP at 602-274-5022.

 

Friday, Aug. 14 - Sunday, Aug. 18

Arizona Jews for Justice presents ‘If not NOW, when?’: 6-8 hours over 3 days, North Phoenix. All are welcome for social justice learning, reflection and community building. $50 suggested donation, visit Arizonajewsforjustice.org for more information.

 

Tuesday, Aug. 20

Terrific Tuesdays: 10-11:30 a.m. East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. $4 suggested donation. Contact adrian@evjcc.org

 

iGen Parenting: 6-8 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Launch of new parenting series; this is a monthly education series for parents of tweens. It provides an opportunity to connect with other parents while learning about important topics facing today’s youth. The eight-part series topics will include; drugs, emotional wellness, anxiety and depression, hate crimes and cyber safety, to name a few. The presenters come from Common Sense Media, the Anti-Defamation League and Teen Law School, as well as a variety of therapists. $18 per person, $100 for entire series. For more information visit igenparenting.com or find them on FaceBook @iGenParenting.

 

Thursday, Aug. 22

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

 

Talmudic Heroes: 10 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Taught by Rabbi Michael Beyo. Topic: Elisha Ben Abuyah. Cost: $14. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

 

Speaker Series: 11 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Speaker: Marty Haberer, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix. Topic: The American Jewish Experience. Cost: $14, includes kosher lunch. Registration required: vjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

 

Jewish National Fund and Temple Solel present: ‘The Arava Institute: A Model of Coexistence Around Environmental Sustainability’: 7-8:30 p.m., Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. With support from Jewish National Fund, the Arava Institute advances cross‑border environmental cooperation in the face of political conflict, and also educates and prepares future leaders from Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Jordan and around the world to cooperatively solve the pressing environmental challenges of our time. Moderator:

Rabbi John Linder, Temple Solel. Featuring guest speakers: Mohammed Azraq, Arava Institute Alumnus; Odeliya Matter, Arava Institute Alumna. RSVP by August 16, 2019 at jnf.org/AZAravaEvent, or contact our office at rsvparizona@jnf.org or 480.447.8100 x934.

 

Tuesday, Aug. 27

Spirituality @ the EVJCC: 10-11:30 a.m. East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Class led by Phyllis Avalon Rosh, Ph.D. Topic: How to Deal with Difficult People. Terrific Tuesdays. $4 suggested donation. Contact adrian@evjcc.org

 

Thursday, Aug. 29

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

 

Talmudic Heroes: 10 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Taught by Rabbi Michael Beyo. Topic: Rabban Gamaliel. Cost: $14. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

 

Speaker Series:

11 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Speaker: Lawrence Bell, Ph.D., executive director of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society. Cost: $14, includes kosher lunch. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash 

 

Wellness

Tuesday, July 30

Hope for Today: 3:30-4:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 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. Contact: cpa-az@cox.net. No charge.

 

Family

May 28 - Aug. 2

Shemesh Camp at The J: Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Sign up for all the different types of camps, which include superhero week, Israel week and much more. Information: vosjcc.org/shemeshsummer2019

 

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@evjcc.org

 

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 sign-ups available. Campers’ days start with a camp-wide welcome, camp songs and continues with playing games, making art, music, sensory play, scientific discovery, cooking and exciting weekly themes. Your child will be engaged in developmentally appropriate activities in an NAEYC Accredited program, and cared for by expert staff. Day Camp Rimon Katan is for those aged: 2-year-old through pre-kindergarten. Register at camp@evjcc.org

 

Wednesdays, July 24 & 31

PJ by the Pool: 9:30-10:30 a.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Children under the age of three are invited for stories and songs with PJ Library. Also available are the facility’s splash pad and cold treats. Members: Free. Guests: $5. Check in at the Membership Desk or pay at the door. PJ Library is funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and programmed in partnership with the Valley of the Sun JCC. For more information, contact pjlibrary@vosjcc.org

 

Tuesday, July 30

Duet’s Family Caregiver Movie Matinee and Lunch Featuring: ‘The Upside’: 11-2:30 p.m., Duet offices, 10000 North 31st Avenue, Suite D200, Phoenix. A special caregiver matinee showing. This story was inspired by the life of quadriplegic billionaire Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, starring Brian Cranston, Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman. In this comedy-drama, Cranston, who became a quadriplegic following a paragliding accident, hires recently paroled Hart, who has no experience as a caregiver. Over time the two develop a bond as Hart learns how to care for Cranston, and Cranston begins to live life again. Free on-site adult day care for your loved ones, provided by Beatitudes at Home, will be available for the duration of the event. Registration is required. RSVP: Contact George at Duet, 602-274-5022, ext. 139, or burson@duetaz.org, please indicate whether or not your loved one will participate in on-site adult day care.

 

Seniors

Tuesday, July 30

Sit & Knit: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Share the pleasure of knitting and crocheting. Help others with projects and patterns. Can’t knit? We’ll teach you. No reservations required. For more information, contact Harriet at 480-481-7033 or harrietc@vosjcc.org

 

 

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.  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, JULY 26

Musical Shabbat: 6 p.m., Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. It’s Or Tzion’s inspiring Shabbat in the Round! This unique service features congregation musicians on a variety of instruments, singing harmonies and adding depth and kavanah to Friday night worship. For more information visit congregationortzion.org or call 480-342-8858.

 

Friday, Aug. 9

Sun Lakes Congregation Twilight Services: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation, 9240 E. Sun Lakes N. Blvd., Sun Lakes. Twilight services are shorter, informal services that are open to everyone. For more information and membership inquiries, please contact Bety Dar, 480-882-9022. 

 

Friday, Aug. 16

Post Shabbat film screening: After a Shabbat service at a north Scottsdale location, Desert Foothills Jewish Community Association will screen the film “Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskill Resort.” Kutsher’s Country Club was the last surviving Jewish resort in the Catskills. One of the legendary Borscht Belt hotels during its heyday, Kutsher’s was family-owned and operated for over 100 years until its sale and demolition in 2014. Dues are $60 per year. For information, contact Andrea: 480-664-8847.

 

Arts

Sunday, July 28

An afternoon with New York based Pianist sensation: Emmet Cohen in concert: 3 p.m., Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix. Hosted by the Arizona Jewish Historical Society. $15 members, $20 non-members, $180 sponsorship includes 2 tickets plus a wine and cheese reception with Cohen after the concert. Go to azjhs.org to purchase tickets.

 

Friday, Aug. 2

Film premiere: ‘Tel Aviv on Fire’: Harkins Camelview, 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. The comedy follows Salam, a charming 30-year-old Palestinian living in Jerusalem, who works on a Palestinian popular soap opera “Tel Aviv on Fire”, produced in Ramallah. Salam goes through this rather difficult Israeli checkpoint every day, and strikes up a relationship with the commander, whose wife is a big fan of the soap opera. Visit harkins.com/movies/tel-aviv-on-fire-85925-0 or call 480-947-8778 for general ticket information.

 

Tuesday, Aug. 13

Museum @ the EVJCC: 10-11:30 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Topic: Visions of the Southwest, the Art of Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams. Speaker: Phoenix Art Museum docent Rebecca Albrecht. Terrific Tuesdays. $4 suggested donation. Contact adrian@evjcc.org

 

Friday, July 19

Post Shabbat film screening: After a Shabbat service at a north Scottsdale location, Desert Foothills Jewish Community Association will show the film “Watermarks: The Jewish Swimming Champions Who Defied Hitler.” The film showcases the legendary Jewish women swimmers of the Vienna Sports Club (Hakoah). Its women’s swim team virtually dominated national competitions in the 1930s. The film is an uplifting story of survival and friendship. Dues are $60 per year. For information, contact Andrea: 480-664-8847.

 

Through sept. 11 

‘We Remember: The Liberators’: Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix. This project of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society showcases the stories of 10 World War II Liberators via artifacts, primary sources, documentation, photographs and biographical information. It will also feature the work of Arizona artist Robert Sutz, whose collection contains 500-plus life masks, portraits and paintings depicting the brutal atrocities committed by Nazi Germany during World War II. Free exhibit. For more information visit azjhs.org or call (602) 241-7870. JN

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