Thursday, June 27
Documentary & Discussion: 11 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Film: “City of Joel,” which examines a turf war between an ultra-Orthodox Chasidic sect and their secular neighbors that erupts in a town north of New York City. Discussion led by Rabbi Michael Beyo. Cost: $14, includes kosher lunch. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash
Wednesday, June 26
PJ by the Pool: 9:30-10:30 a.m., Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Parents, bring your toddler to The J for stories and songs with PJ Library! Children can also enjoy the splash pad and an icy sweet treat. J 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 email@example.com
Sunday, July 7
Gesher Pool Party: 9:30-11 a.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Join Gesher Disability Resources for a day of swimming and fun in the sun. Gesher will provide the snacks and drinks, come in swimwear and remember the sunscreen. RSVP: 480-629-5343 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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. 480-897-0588
‘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.
Wednesday, June 26
“Tikkun Olam”: Exploring the Concept of Repairing the World Throughout Jewish Intellectual History!: 1-2 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 East Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) is a concept often invoked but rarely understood. It turns out that the phrase was used throughout Jewish history over the last two millennia in very different ways. In this class, Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz will lead us through a text study of various sources to understand how different Jewish thinkers have understood the concept of tikkun olam and what that might mean for us today. Registration required: valleybeitmidrash.org/event/tikkun-olam-exploring-the-concept-of-repairing-the-world-throughout-jewish-intellectual-history/
Thursday, June 27
Class on the Book of Samuel: 9 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Led by Rabbi Michael Beyo. Free. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash
Talmud class: 10 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Led by Rabbi Michael Beyo. Cost: $14. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash
Hebrew Conversation Mini Summer Ulpan, Intermediate Level: 5-7 p.m., Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Advance your conversational Hebrew in this brief class that will incorporate new and learned vocabulary and grammar from Hebrew instructor Sophie Plapp. Cost: $108. Registration required: bjephoenix.org/events/2019/7/8/hebrew-mini-summer-ulpan
Thursday, July 18
Federation Pride Happy Hour: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Kobalt, 3110 N. Central Ave, Phoenix. Federation Pride, an organization recently launched by The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, will host a happy hour at the karaoke bar, Kobalt. Learn more at jewishphoenix.org/event/federation-pride-happy-hour/
Sunday, June 23
MAKOR Swabs for Life: 9 a.m.-noon, MAKOR Synagogue, 13402 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Join MAKOR and nonprofit blood donor organization Gift of Life for eligibility to be screened and join the worldwide registry for patients in need. Those interested in eligibility must be between 18-45. No registration required. Learn more at giftoflife.org/events/drive/16283?Date=Jun+23%2c+2019
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: email@example.com
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 big smiles from playing games, making art, music, sensory play, scientific discovery, cooking and exciting weekly themes. Your child will be engaged in developmentally appropriate activities in our NAEYC Accredited program, and cared for by our expert staff. Day Camp Rimon Katan is for those aged: 2-year-old through pre-kindergarten. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, June 24
Knitting Circle at The J: 1:30-4:00 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. No reservations required. For more information, contact Harriet at 480.481.7033 or email@example.com
Sunday, July 7
Valley Jewish Singles 50+: Noon, Chompies PV Mall, 4550-324 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix. Reservations required. firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, July 10
Knitting for a Purpose: 1-3 p.m., Temple Solel, 6805 E McDonald Dr, Paradise Valley. Love to knit or crochet? Join Temple Solel on the second Wednesday of the month to knit. Refreshments and yarn will be provided. Please bring any needles and patterns. All are welcome, members and nonmembers alike. For more information, contact email@example.com
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 Caplan prior to Saturday-morning services. A light breakfast will be served. For more information visit congregationortzion.org or call 480-342-8858.
Torah Express: Noon, Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. On Shabbat mornings, during the congregation’s Kiddush lunch, join Rabbi 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, June 21
PJ Library’s Tot Shabbat: 5-6:15 p.m., Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley, 12202 N. 101st Ave., Sun City. Features story time, sing-along, noodle crafts and spaghetti dinner. PJ Library, Phoenix is funded by Federation and programmed in partnership with the Valley of the Sun JCC. RSVP to 623.977.3240 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Post Shabbat film screening: After a Shabbat service at a north Scottsdale location, Desert Foothills Jewish Community Association will screen the film “Jews and Baseball.” It traces Jewish involvement in the history of the sport, from the early days to today’s All-Star Games. The film demonstrates how Jews shaped baseball and baseball shaped the Jewish communities in America. Dues are $60 per year. For information, contact Andrea: 480-664-8847.
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 1930’s. The film is an uplifting story of survival and friendship. Dues are $60 per year. For information, contact Andrea: 480-664-8847.
FRIDAY, JULY 26
Musical Shabbat: Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. Join us for Or Tzion’s inspiring Shabbat in the Round! This unique service features our very own musicians on a variety of instruments, singing harmonies and adding depth and kavanah to our Friday night worship.
Friday, August 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.
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.
The East Valley Jewish Community Center will be showing the 2018 documentary “City of Joel” for its documentary and discussion series.
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