Events

Wednesdays through August

Uncorked & Unwined!: 4-7:30 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Relax poolside with some libations and BBQ available for purchase from milk + honey, while the kids enjoy the splash pad. Music adds to the fun. The event is free; just check in at the membership desk.

Sunday, July 15

Special Needs Community Pool Party: 9:30-11 a.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Join Gesher Disability Resources for a community pool party. Grab your towel and spend the morning swimming with friends. Stick around after for Jcation Staycation. All are welcome. RSVP: jacquelyn@gesherdr.org

Sunday, Aug. 12

Special Celebration to Welcome in the New Year: 1-2:30 p.m., Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. Hosted by Gesher Disability Resources, the celebration will be led by Rabbi Nate Crane.

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 and $15 for AZJHS members. Information: azjhs.org/Jazz.html

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

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.

Tuesday, July 17

Culture & Learning Adults Program: 10:30 a.m., Atria Senior Living, 14500 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale. Hosted by the Valley of Sun JCC, the program will feature Bob Hope impressionist Lynn “Win” Roberts. The event also includes a kosher-style lunch at 11:40 a.m. The cost for J members is $5. The cost for guests is $8. Information: 480-481-7024, cherylb@vosjcc.org

“Cultivating Spiritual Awe & Living a Life of Learning!”: 11 a.m.-noon, The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Hosted by Jewish Family & Children’s Service, featuring Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz. There is no cost for this program. Register: bit.ly/2lDXJvy

Using the Internet to Make Change with Elad Nehorai: 1-2 p.m., DeskHub, 7135 E. Camelback Road, Suite 360, Scottsdale. Suggested donation is $18. Register: bit.ly/2Kgt0Ui

The Change-Making Power of Community with Elad Nehorai: 7-8:30 p.m., private residence. This event is open exclusively to young Jewish professionals in Phoenix. Suggested donation is $18. Register: bit.ly/2lDwiSy

Wednesday, July 18

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 nsiegelmanson@bethelphoenix.com

Wednesday, July 25

From Punishment to Compassion with Marianne Novak: 7-8:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Suggested donation is $18. Register: bit.ly/2Ixm4fz

Tuesday, July 31

Blue Tuesday Democratic Lunch and Forum: 11:30 a.m., Starfire Golf Club Restaurant, 11500 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. The scheduled speakers will be former Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, who is a candidate for U.S. Congress in District 9, and Diane Post, who will be speaking on “Defense of Caged Children.” Luncheon cost is $23, which includes tip. Cash only please. Reservations must be made by Thursday, July 26, at bluetuesdayluncheon@gmail.com or 480-849-7194.

Monday, Aug. 6

Book Launch: 7-8:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. The book is “Pirkei Avot: A Social Justice Commentary” by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. All proceeds from this event will go to further the mission of Valley Beit Midrash. Suggested donation is $18. Register: bit.ly/2tKYwyI

Aug. 10, 11, 12

By Choice: Experiential Learning for Those on a Path of Conversion: Times and locations vary. Activities to include a community-wide Shabbat dinner, Shabbat learning and Havdalah, and workshops with community leaders. Cost is $100-$180 and full and partial registration is available. For information on times and locations, visit valleybeitmidrash.org. Register: bit.ly/2tzUtpk

Tuesday, Aug. 14

American, Israeli and Jewish Legal Perspectives on Divorce with Laurence B. Hirsch: 7:30-9 a.m., Jaburg|Wilk, 3200 N. Central Ave., Suite 2000, Phoenix. Certificate for one CLE credit will be provided at the end of the session. The cost is $25 in person and $36 online. Register: valleybeitmidrash.org/cle

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 our 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

Every Sunday in July

Jcation Staycation Summer Splash Series: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Grab your towel and spend the day with family and friends at The J. Enjoy two sparkling pools, a splash pad, Club Splash for kids, a new theme each week and more. Everyone welcome. Members and children under 2 get in free. Adult guests pay $5. Information: vosjcc.org/summersplash

Every Wednesday through July 25

PJ by the Pool - Stories & Songs of Summer: 9:30-10:30 a.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Join us for stories, songs, splash pad and popsicles. Open to the community and free for J members; just $5 per child guest. Check in at the welcome desk or pay at the door. PJ Library is funded by Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and programmed in partnership with The J.

Through Aug. 3

Shemesh Camp at The J: Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Information: vosjcc.org/shemeshsummer2018.

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 signups available. Campers’ days start with a camp-wide welcome, camp songs, and continue with playing games, making art and exciting weekly themes. Camp Rimon Katan is for children ages 2-pre-Kindergarten. Register: camp@evjcc.org

Thursday, July 19

Camp Rimon Gadol Rock Show: 6:30-8 p.m., Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. Join us for an evening of entertainment presented by the EVJCC’s Camp Rimon Gadol. No charge.

Thursday, July 26

Camp Rimon Katan Rock Show: 5-6 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Campers at the EVJCC’s Camp Rimon Katan will perform at the camp’s Rock Show. No charge. We’d love to see camp alumni attend.

July 27-29

Grieving families: Spirit of the Desert Retreat Center, 7413 E. Elbow Bend Road, Carefree. Presented by Stepping Stones of Hope, the weekend experience at Camp Samantha for adults and children ages 6-17, helps families grieve the loss of a loved one. Registration fee is $50 per person. Information: 602-264-7520

Monday, July 30

Meet the Teacher Wine & Cheese Evening: 6-7:30 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. The EVJCC’s Early Childhood Learning Center is holding a meet-and-greet with teachers. Prospective preschool families are welcome. Babysitting is available for $10 per child. Register at the front desk or call 480-897-0588 by July 24.

Wednesday, Aug. 1

PJ Library event: 5-6:30 p.m., PJ Library of Phoenix presents “Storytime at Chompies,” 9301 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. Children can enjoy a reading of “The Bagel King,” make crafts and enjoy treats. Register by July 28 at 480-481-7012 or pjlibrary@vosjcc.org.

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 and BYOB. Register: bit.ly/2Km5TXm

Seniors

Ongoing:

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.

Thursday, July 19

Art All Around Us Presentation: Fifty Shades of Red: 10 a.m., The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Hosted by the Jewish Family & Children’s Service Center for Senior Enrichment, the Phoenix Art Museum offers a scintillating presentation that dashes through time depicting the history of the color red by artists from 40,000 years ago to today. Open to the community. Questions: 602-943-2198

Tuesday, July 24

A Tour of Italy with AAA Arizona: 11 a.m., The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Hosted by the Jewish Family & Children’s Service Center for Senior Enrichment, you will have an opportunity to see pictures of some of the most beautiful places on your tour. Open to the community. Questions: 602-943-2198

Arizona’s First People: The Ancient Ones: 1 p.m., The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Hosted by the Jewish Family & Children’s Service Center for Senior Enrichment, come listen to Jane Przeslica as she reaches back 12,000 years to the time Native Americans made their home in what we now call Arizona. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized Native American communities. Open to the community. Questions: 602-943-2198

Tuesday, July 31

Phoenix Herpetological Society: 11 a.m., The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Hosted by the Jewish Family & Children’s Service Center for Senior Enrichment, come meet a live alligator and crocodile to better comprehend why animals develop adaptations in order to survive. Open to the community. Questions: 602-943-2198

Film

Friday, July 20

“The First Basket”: 7 p.m., at a north Scottsdale location. After the Desert Foothills Jewish Community Association’s Shabbat service, there will be a screening of the film, “The First Basket.” The film looks at how urban Jewish children took to the game of basketball at the turn on the 20th century. By the 1920s, basketball had become a staple of life in American Jewish communities and Jewish players had a role in the evolution of the game. Dues are $60 per year. Information: Andrea, 480-664-8847

Friday, Aug. 17

“Living for Tomorrow”: 7 pm at a 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. Steeped in Socialism and Zionism, the kibbutz — a utopia of collective ownership and shared decision-making flourished. The film chronicles the journey into the lives and untold stories of women in the kibbutz movement. Dues are $60 per year. Information: Andrea, 480-664-8847

Friday, Sept. 21

“Shalom Y’all”: 7 pm at a north Scottsdale location. After the Desert Foothills Jewish Community Association’s Shabbat service, there will be a screening of the film, “Shalom Y’all,” a documentary about the Jewish experience in the American South as told through the eyes of a native son. At the center of the story is a third-generation Southern Jew from New Orleans. Dues are $60 per year. Information: Andrea, 480-664-8847

Exhibits

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 of photos honoring Israel’s 70th anniversary. Held in partnership with Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People. Suggested donation is $18.

Through Aug. 21

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

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