May 18-June 13

“The Diary of Anne Frank”: Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. This legendary play is produced by the Arizona Theatre Company. Information and tickets:

Saturday, May 19

Cocktails & Cheesecake a Shavuot Celebration: 9 p.m., MAKOR, 13402 N. Scottsdale Road, Ste. A120, Scottsdale. Wine, cocktails, cheesecake and desserts will be served. This event is not kid-friendly, so contact MAKOR for information on preteen and teen programming that night. Cost is $15 per person; $25 per couple. RSVP: or

Sunday, June 3

Honoring Hannah and Phil Adelman: 12:30 p.m., Orange Tree Resort, 10601 N. 56th St., Scottsdale. The Adelmans will be honored at a brunch event for their 18 years of dedicated volunteer service to the Jewish community. The Adelmans have conducted Jewish services at more than 20 senior living facilities across the Valley for people unable to attend a synagogue due to health issues or lack of transportation. Keynote speaker will Mary Jo West. Pianist Jeff Lowy will provide entertainment. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at

Songs of the Inspired Soul: A Unique Multimedia Concert: 6:30 p.m., Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas, 6333 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The Chabad Center of Arizona will host a unique multimedia concert that tells the story of the Chasidic melodies taught by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory. Six melodies, together with their stories, are brought to life through a live performance by a string quartet led by Moshe Bukshpan. The presentation is interspersed with film. Tickets can be purchased at

Meetings, Lectures & Classes

Saturday, May 19

Tikkun Leyl Shavuot: 8:15 p.m., Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. At this nighttime study session, we will learn about the Nusach and Music of Shavuot with Cantor Jonathan Angress, and Ruth’s Journey to Judaism with Adult Education Instructor Wendy Rozov, all while noshing on delicious cheesecake and celebrating the giving of the Torah.

Tuesday, May 29

Ladies Book Club: 7:30-8:30 p.m., MAKOR, 13402 N. Scottsdale Road, Ste. A120, Scottsdale. The group will discuss “Happiness is a Serious Problem: A Human Repair Manual" by Dennis Prager. We will be discussing Part 2. Information:

Sunday, June 3

Jewish War Veterans Post 194 Meeting: 2 p.m., Scott’s Generation, 742 E. Glendale Ave., Ste. 142, Phoenix. Free to all JWV members/guests, with $15 extra for meal if so desired. Information: 602-885-1555

Scottsdale Post 210 of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America: 10 a.m., with refreshments served at 9:30 a.m. Arizona State Veterans Home, 4141 N.S. Herrera Way, Phoenix. This will be the post’s last meeting of the year. Information: 602-218-0353

Tuesday, June 5

“Navigating Change and Tradition: A Case Study”: 1 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Rabbi Herzl Hefter will speak at this Valley Beit Midrash-hosted event. Suggested donation is $18. Register:

“Saving God from True Believers: (It’s the least we can do for Him after everything He did for us)”: 7 p.m., Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. Rabbi Herzl Hefter will speak at this Valley Beit Midrash-hosted event. Suggested donation is $18. Register:


Sunday, May 20

Kids Ice Cream Party: 10 a.m., Chabad of Phoenix, 2110 E. Lincoln Drive, Phoenix. Come celebrate Shavuot with us. There will be a special children’s program. We will all hear the Ten Commandments read from the Torah. There will be ice cream, cheesecake and a delicious dairy kiddush lunch. Information: 602-944-2753

May 29-Aug. 3

Shemesh Camp at The J: Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Sign up for two or more weeks of camp and receive May Kids Night Out for free. Register by April 30 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 camp-wide 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-kindergarten. Register:


Wednesday, May 30

Genetic Screening Event: 1-3 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. The screening will be conducted by the Jewish Genetic Diseases Center of Greater Phoenix. Information:



Taste of Shabbat with Nurit Avigdor: 11:30 a.m.-noon, The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Open to the community. Contact JFCS Senior Center for questions at 602-943-2198.

Thursday, June 7

Memory Cafe: 10-11:30 a.m., Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Join us for Jewish Family and Children’s Service’s monthly Memory Café event, which will include refreshments along with stimulating, interactive programming geared toward those who have memory loss and their care partners. Musical artist Dr. Lynne Haeseler will perform. No charge. Open to the community. Information: Kathy Rood, 602-452-4627 or Kathy.rood@jfcsaz.or.


Friday, May 18

Desert Foothills Jewish Community Association: 7 p.m., at a north Scottsdale location. Shabbat services followed by a Spring Musicale program featuring Sharon Friendly, our Cantorial Soloist Jesse Washington and Deb Offenhauser on keyboard. The concert will consist of Broadway show tunes, arias, duets and more. Dues are $60 per year. Information: Andrea, 480-664-8847.

Volunteer Appreciation Shabbat: 6:15 p.m., Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. Join fellow volunteers at a very special Shabbat blessing your mitzvot with the Solel Community.

Saturday, May 19

Simchat Shabbat: Noon-1 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 10460 N. 56th St., Scottsdale. Join Gesher Disability Resources for our monthly special needs service. Simchat Shabbat is a free and joyous service where all are welcome. Reservations for Simchat Shabbat are not required but appreciated. RSVP: 480-629-5343 or

Friday, May 25

Turkish Shabbat: 7-9 p.m., Congregation Beth Tefillah, 10636 N. 71st Way, Scottsdale. Join us as Jewish communities around the world celebrate Shabbat the Turkish way. Cost for members $36 per adult and $18 per child (5-12). The cost for non-members is $50 per adult and $25 per child (5-12). Bring a bottle of wine to share with your table. Register:


Monday, May 21

Cantor Baruch Kortian singing Broadway Show Tunes: Noon, Temple Beth Shalom, 12202 N. 101st Ave., Sun City. The Temple Beth Shalom Sisterhood presents Cantor Baruch Koritan singing Broadway show tunes. Reservations must be made in advance. Cost is $8 for members and $9 for non-members. Lunch is included. Please make checks payable to Temple Beth Shalom Sisterhood, 12202 N. 101st Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351.


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 May 31

Art @ Solel: Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. The bold digital art by Herb Rigberg is on exhibit in the North Hallway Gallery. The artwork is available for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to the ART SHOWCASE scholarship fund. For more information and pricing, contact Herb Rigberg at or 602-569-0929.

Through Aug. 21

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

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