Wednesday, May 8

Ben Hecht’s ‘A Flag is Born:’ 7 p.m.,Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. To honor Israel’s 70th birthday year Temple Solel congregants will present Ben Hecht’s “A Flag is Born.” Among the talented congregants involved are Patsy Parker, the director, who found the script and propelled the creation of the project, and Cantor Roger Eisenberg, who is the musical director. Doors open at 6:15 and tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, contact Allison Collins at abcollins66@gmail.com or 636-346-1256.

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.

Wednesday Mornings

‘The News Desk’: 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.

Thursday, May 9

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. Topic: Is Nothing Sacred? What is essential about Judaism? 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 Michael Beyo. Topic: Open conversation with the community: State of Israel: Normalization vs. Utopia. Cost: $14, includes kosher lunch. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

Tuesday/May 14

Terrific Tuesdays: 10-11:30 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Speaker: Patrick Ventura, Phoenix Art Museum docent. Topic: Latin American Art Before Columbus. Ages 55-plus. Suggested donation: $4. 480-897-0588 or adrian@evjcc.org.

Tuesday, May 14

‘Black and Jewish: Living As a Double Minority in Phoenix Today’: 7 p.m., private home near 56th St. and Camelback Road (address will be provided upon RSVP). Please join fellow young professionals in their 20s and 30s to hear the engaging, inspiring story of Andre Ivory, a dynamic Jewish educator who has been part of the Jewish community now for 20 years. Then stay for dessert and socializing in this beautiful setting at the base of Camelback Mountain. Presented by the Shabbat Dinner Club. Suggested donation: $10. RSVP by Fri., May 10, to Randi at randijablin@gmail.com

Thursday, May 16

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. Topic: Masturbation in Jewish Law. 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 Michael Beyo, EVJCC CEO. Screening of “Sacred Sperm” documentary, followed by discussion. Cost: $14, includes kosher lunch. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration: 5-7:30 p.m. East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Live music by Gal Drimmer and Erez Kessler, Israeli dancing, children’s activities. Kosher food from Chick-In available for sale. Admission: $11 adults, $6 children. Tickets: evjcc.org/yom-haatzmaut.

Friday, May 17

Phoenix Women’s Commission Annual Forum: all day, South Mountain Community College, 7050 S. 24th St, Phoenix. The Phoenix Women’s Commission is excited to announce the 2019 Women Empowering Women Annual Forum. Eventbrite registration will open soon.

Sunday, May 19

Ladles of Love: 9 a.m.-noon, East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Volunteers prepare kosher meals to deliver to homebound individuals. Drivers also needed. To sign up, visit bit.ly/Ladles2019.

Tuesday, May 21

Terrific Tuesdays season-ending luncheon: Noon, East Valley JCC at Ocotillo Grille, 3751 S. Clubhouse Drive, Chandler. Ages 55-plus. Reservations: adrian@evjcc.org by May 13.

Thursday, May 23

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. Topic: Tashlich and Kapparot: Two Mysterious Customs. 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: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

Thursday, May 30

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. Topic: Idols or Art: Sculptures and artistic creativity in Jewish life. 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 Michael Beyo, EVJCC CEO. Topic: Italian Classical Sculptures and the Torah: Part 1. Cost: $14, includes kosher lunch. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

 

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 Caplan prior to  Saturday-morning services. A light breakfast will be served.

EVERY SATURDAY

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.

Friday, May 17

Motown Shabbat: 6 p.m., Temple Emanuel of Tempe 5801 S. Rural Rd, Tempe.Service with Shabbat prayers set to Motown tunes. Our Band, the Shabbatones and our Cantorial Solist, Suzanne Guinane will provide the songs/prayers All are welcome. No RSVP required. 

SATURDAY, MAY 18 

Ru’ah Tefilah: 9:35 a.m., Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. Join Cantor Rubinstein for a 30-minute learning minyan, during which we will review the structure and choreography of Shabbat morning worship.

FRIDAY, MAY 31

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. 

 

Arts

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.

 

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