Wednesdays, June-August

Uncorked & Unwined!: 4-7:30 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Relax poolside with some libations and barbecue 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.

Wednesday, June 27 & every Second Wednesday of the month

Knitting for a Purpose: 1 p.m., Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. The Ladies of Knitting for a Purpose would love for you to join them in their efforts in making baby hats, crib blankets, children’s hats, lap blankets and chemo hats for children with cancer at Pima Indian Hospital Nursery, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Hadassah Hospital in Israel. Information: Arlene,

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:

Meetings, Lectures & Classes


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.

Sunday, June 24

Na’amat USA Mitzvah Chapter brunch meeting: 11:45 a.m., Chompie’s, 3841 W. Frye Road, Chandler. Everyone will pay for their own meal, plus a donation of at least $10 to support Na’amat’s social services for women and children in Israel. Reservations: Susan, 480-279-6567

Congregation NefeshSoul Book Discussion: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Congregation NefeshSoul on the Valley Unitarian Universalist campus, 6400 W. Del Rio St., Chandler. The event will take place in the sanctuary’s board room. The group will discuss “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel” by Ari Shavit.

MAKOR Town Hall Meeting: 8:30 p.m., MAKOR, 13402 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite A120, Scottsdale. The town hall is to discuss potential new locations for the shul. We are asking that everyone make their best effort to attend or call in. A conference call line will be provided. To get information on the conference call line, email

Tuesday, June 26

Blue Tuesday Democratic Lunch and Forum: 11:30 a.m., Starfire Golf Club Restaurant, 11500 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. Scheduled speakers are Terry Goddard and Mark Cardenas, Arizona treasurer candidate. Also speaking will be Mesa High School student Jordan Harb, who organized the March for Our Lives. Luncheon is $23, which includes tip (cash only please). Reservations must be made by email (preferred) or call 480-849-7194.

Thursday, June 28

Open Beit Midrash: 9 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Pirkei Avot; 10 a.m., Right of Passage: Adoption; 11 a.m., speaker Rabbi Michael Beyo. Topic: “The Fight for Jerusalem — Why?” Cost for speaker: $10, includes kosher lunch. Reservations: 480-897-0588 or

Sunday, July 1

Valley Jewish Singles Ages 50+ Brunch: Noon, Chompies at Paradise Valley Mall, 4550-324 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix. Reservations required. RSVP:

Wednesday, July 11

“Choosing the Right School for Your Child”: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Valley Beit Midrash, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. The guest speaker will be Dr. Eran Vaisben. Suggested donation is $18. Register:

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,

“Cultivating Spiritual Awe & Living a Life of Learning!”: 11 a.m., The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, president and dean of Valley Beit Midrash, is the guest speaker for this Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s presentation. The event is free.

Wednesdays, 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

Wednesday, July 25

“From Punishment to Compassion”: 7-8:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Guest speaker is Marianne Novak. Suggested donation is $18. Register:

Tuesday, Aug. 14

“American, Israeli, and Jewish Legal Perspectives on Divorce”: 7:30 a.m., Jaburg Wilk, 3200 N. Central Ave., Ste. 2000, Phoenix. This continuing legal education class will be conducted by Laurence B. Hirsch. Cost is $25. Register:


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


May 29-Aug. 3

Shemesh Camp at The J: Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Register at

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 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 campwide welcome, camp songs, and continue with playing games, making art, music, sensory play, scientific discovery, cooking and exciting weekly themes. Camp Rimon Katan is for those children ages 2-pre-k. Register:

Every Sunday in June & 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, music, kids’ activities, a rock wall, a new theme each week and more. Everyone welcome. Members and children under 2 get in free. Adult guests pay $5. Information:

Every Wednesday, June 27-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.



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 Jewish Family & Children's Service's Senior Center for questions at 602-943-2198.


Open Tuesdays & 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 JN

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