Fair Play by Eve Rodsky

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Tuesday, Dec. 10

Fair Play Book Signing: 6-8 p.m., Tanzy at Scottsdale Quarter, 15257 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. A conversation and interview with Eve Rodsky, author of “Fair Play.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase for $20 (cash only). For more information, visit igenparenting.com/fair-play-book-signing.

Events

Friday, Nov. 29

Thanksgiving Family Hike & Picnic Lunch: 8:30 a.m.-noon, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. A family friendly hike, playground fun and picnic lunch. Depart The J at 8:40 for a one mile hike at George “Doc” Cavalliere Park. Bring a picnic lunch. Free for members. To register, please call 480-481-7090.

Sunday, Dec. 8

Tour @ Phoenix Art Museum: 12:30–2 p.m., Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Learn about the Phoenix Art Museum’s permanent collection from the artist, Leia Steingart.  Museum entrance fee may apply.  For more information, contact Nicole Garber at 480-481-7024 or nicoleg@vosjcc.org. To register, visit vosjcc.org/programs.  

Thursday, Dec. 12

ADL Trivia Night: 6:30 p.m., Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Trivia night hosted by the Anti-Defamation League’s Young Leadership Committee. Ages 21 and up. Tickets: $20 individual registration, $80 team registration of up to 5 people. Ticket includes one drink and appetizers. All proceeds benefit the ADL. To register, visit support.adl.org/ADLTriviaNight.

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. No RSVP is necessary. This free program is intended for players with prior experience. Be sure to bring a current mahjong card and a set if you have one. For more information, visit evjcc.org or call 480-897-0588

Wednesdays

‘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.

Third Sunday of every month

Jewish War Veterans: 10 a.m., Arizona State Veterans Home, 4141 N. S. Herrera Way, Phoenix. Scottsdale Post 210 welcomes all Jewish veterans to its monthly meetings. Refreshments served at 9:30 a.m. Call 602-256-0658 for more information.

Sunday, Dec. 1

Valley Jewish Singles Brunch: Noon, Chompie’s, 4550 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix. Ages 50-plus. Reservations required: valleyjewishsingles@cox.net

Mondays, Dec. 2 and Dec. 16

Living through Loss: 4:30-6 p.m., Temple Chai Small Sanctuary, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. No charge, but donations are welcome.

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Jews and Whiteness: 1-2 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 10460 N. 56th St., Scottsdale. A lecture on the contentious history and sociology of Jews and racial definition. Speaker: Dr. Marc Dollinger. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org.

Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s: 7-8:30 p.m., Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. Dr. Marc Dollinger will discuss his recent book, “Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing The Alliance In The 1960s.” Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org.

Tuesdays, Dec. 3, Dec. 17 and Dec. 31

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group: 10-11:30 a.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. This grassroots group will meet every other Tuesday. Free and open to the community. Patient care not available during the group session. For more information, contact the Desert Southwest Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900 or alz.org/dsw.

Tuesdays, Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17

Hope for Today: 3:30-4:30 p.m., Temple Chai Small Sanctuary, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Spiritual program of recovery for those who suffer from the debilitating effects of chronic pain and chronic illness, based on the Twelve Steps of AA. For more information, contact cpa-az@cox.net.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Facing Antisemitism: How Should We Respond?: 7-8:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. A panel event on the current trend of rising anti-Semitism, featuring Marty Haberer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, Carlos Galindo-Elvira of the Anti-Defamation League of Arizona and Paul Rockower of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Phoenix. Facilitated by Joani Frankel. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org

Wednesdays, Dec. 4 and Dec. 18

JACS: Support Group for Jewish Alcoholics, Addicts, and their Friends and Family: 7:30 p.m. Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. For more information, call the Shalom Center or email jacsarizona@gmail.com

Friday, Dec. 6

Bystander to Upstander: Making an Emotional Connection to the Holocaust: 10 a.m.-noon, Arizona Jewish Historical Society, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix. An interactive educational program for students with Holocaust survivor Oskar Knoblauch. To participate in the program, contact Tony Fusco at afusco@azjhs.org

Saturday, Dec. 7

Rides for Toys: 5-8 p.m., I-17/101 Target Parking Lot, 2727 W. Agua Fria Freeway, Phoenix. Children can ride on a City of Phoenix fire truck or police car in exchange for donating a new, unwrapped toy or clothing item (size newborn to 8-year-old boy or girl).  Donations will go to at-risk children at Valley charities. 

Sunday, Dec. 8

Healing Handiwork: 1-4 p.m., Temple Chai Small Sanctuary, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. For more information, contact Nona at nona.siegel@gmail.com or 602-326-8851. No charge.

MONDAY, DEC. 9

The Torah Case for Reparations: 1-2 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Speaker: Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org.

There’s a Riot Goin’ On: Violence in Rabbinic Thought: 7-8:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Speaker: Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org

Mondays, Dec. 9 and Dec. 23

Caring for our Loved Ones: 7 p.m., Temple Chai Small Sanctuary, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. A Jewish support and resource group for families and caregivers. No charge, but donations welcomed. 

Tuesday, Dec. 10

Alzheimer’s Support Group: 10–11:30 a.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. This group is for caregivers only. For more information, call 480-481-7090.

Wednesday, Dec. 11

Generations After Family Celebration: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. A celebration of family traditions hosted by the Center for Holocaust Education and Human Dignity. Bring a friend or family member, a story about a special holiday tradition, a song or a recipe. Bagels and other refreshments will be provided. To register, call 480-897-0588 or visit evjcc.org

Sunday, Dec. 15

Israeli Movie Series: 3 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Screening of “Torn,” a documentary about a Polish Catholic priest who discovers that he was born to Jewish parents. Suggested donation: $5. For more information, call 480-897-0588 or email adrian@evjcc.org.

Monday, Dec. 16

Breast Cancer Support Group: 6:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Support group for Jewish women in their journey through all stages of breast cancer, including treatment and recovery. For questions or to RSVP, contact Jessica Knight at jessicabcgroup@outlook.com or 202-359-6835. 

Tuesday, Dec. 17

Hanukkah Baking Class: 7 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Holiday baking class with chef Melinda. Registration required. Tickets: $18. Register at evjcc.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 18

“But Now God is Not One”: Kabbalah as the Cry of a Broken World Longing for Redemption: 1-2 p.m., Temple Beth Shalom, 12202 N. 101st Ave., Sun City. Speaker: Dr. Nathaniel Berman Suggested donation of $18. Visit valleybeitmidrash.org for more information.

A Poetic Mythology for our Age of Anger? The Furious Emergence of Gods, Devils, and Human Beings in Kabbalah and its Lesson for Today: 7-8:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Speaker: Dr. Nathaniel Berman. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org

Thursday, Dec. 19

EVJCC Interfaith Series: 11 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. President Gary Smith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will speak about their history, tenets and current challenges. Includes kosher lunch after the presentation. $14 ($20 after Dec. 15). 480-897-0588, evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

People of the Book Group: 2 p.m., Temple Chai Small Sanctuary, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. A discussion about “Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love” by Dani Shapiro. RSVP to ssilverman18@gmail.com.

Family

Mondays

Breakfast Babies: 9-10:30 a.m., The Brunch Café, 15507 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 100, Scottsdale. A fun-filled morning gathering for parents and grandparents with babies or toddlers. Complimentary coffee and a chocolate-covered strawberry with the purchase of any meal. Includes a story time picture book reading. Call 480-398-7174 or visit brunchcafe.com for more information. 

Baby dance classes: 9:15-9:45 a.m., Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center, 15801 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. For babies who are walking up to age 2 ½. This baby dance class is a fun introduction to music, movement and dancing. Babies will dance to the music while using all kinds of different props and toys. Parent/grandparent participation is required. Free. Advanced registration not required, limited to first 20 children who arrive. Call 602-992-5790 or visit arizonasunrays.com for more information.

Thursdays

Baby dance classes: 9:30-10 a.m., Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center, 15801 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. For babies who are walking up to age 2 ½. This baby dance class is a fun introduction to music, movement and dancing. Babies will dance to the music while using all kinds of different props and toys. Parent/grandparent participation is required. Free. Advanced registration not required, limited to first 20 children who arrive. Call 602-992-5790 or visit arizonasunrays.com for more information.

Mondays and Wednesdays

Baby gym classes: 9-9:30 a.m., Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center, 15801 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. Parents (and grandparents) are invited to bring in their babies, ages 6 months to 18 months. This parent-child class uses tumbling mats, balance beams, parallel bars and trampolines. Work on strength, balancing and coordination with your baby. Free. This is a “drop in” class; advanced registration is not required. Call 602-992-5790 or visit arizonasunrays.com for more information.

Wednesdays and Fridays

Baby gym classes: 9:30-10 a.m., Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center, 3923 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Parents (and grandparents) are invited to bring in their babies, ages 6 months to 18 months. This parent-child class uses tumbling mats, balance beams, parallel bars and trampolines. Work on strength, balancing and coordination with your baby. Free. This is a “drop in” class; advanced registration is not required. Call 602-992-5790 or visit arizonasunrays.com for more information.

Shabbat

First Friday of every month

First Fridays: 6:30-8 p.m., Beth Emeth Synagogue, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West. Begins Nov. 1. Traditional Friday night services with a twist; each month a special aspect, theme or prayer from the Shabbat evening liturgy is focused on. Questions about the service, and Jewish prayer in general, will be answered to help each person. No fee, open to everyone, Jewish and non-Jewish alike. For beginners and experienced members. For more information, call 623-584-7210 or email bethemethaz@gmail.com.

First Saturday of every month

Kavana Café: 8:45 a.m., Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. This is an informal opportunity to learn with Rabbi Micah Caplan prior to Saturday-morning services. A light breakfast will be served. For more information, visit congregationortzion.org or call 480-342-8858.

Every Saturday

Torah Express: Noon, Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. On Shabbat mornings, during the congregation’s Kiddush lunch, join Rabbi Micah 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.

Saturday, Dec. 21

Sippy Cup Shabbat: 10-10:45 a.m., Congregation Kehillah, 5858 E. Dynamite Blvd., Cave Creek. This special Shabbat morning is designed for parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles of toddler age children and is open to all families in the community. Welcome the first day of winter and prepare for the beginning of Chanukah with Shabbat music, dancing stories and more. RSVP to Renee by Dec. 18th at 602-369-7667 or via email at info@congregationkehillah.org.

Chanukah

Sunday, Dec. 8

Ezras Cholim 1st Chanukah Gift Boutique & Expo: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ezras Cholim, 7118 N. 7th St., Phoenix. Chanukah expo with gifts, food, local Jewish vendors and raffles for Chanukah prizes. Free admission. Please bring non-perishable food for Chanukah food drive. Call 602-492-4989 for more information. 

Sunday, Dec. 15

Storytime with Temple Emanuel of Tempe: 1 p.m., Changing Hands Book Store, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe. Celebrate Chanukah with stories and songs with Rabbi Dean Shapiro from Temple Emanuel.

Wednesday, Dec. 18

Family celebration: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Temple Emanuel of Tempe, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Celebrate Chanukah with latkes, crafts, dreidl derby and a singalong.

Friday, Dec. 20

Chanukah lunch for seniors: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Center for Senior Enrichment at The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Lunch and menorah lighting with Rabbi Nitzan Stein Kokin from Beth El Congregation. Musical entertainment by Gal Drimmer, an Israeli guitarist and vocalist. Cost: $10. To RSVP, contact carol.goldstein@jfcsaz.org or call 602-943-2198.

Every night of Chanukah

Town of Carefree Chanukah Celebration: 5:30 p.m., Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, 101 Easy St., Carefree. Menorah lighting will be led by a different community group or family each night. First night festivities hosted by Temple Chai and the Jewish Social Group of Cave Creek and Carefree. Gift bags will be available for children every evening. For more information, visit christmasincarefree.com/menorah-lighting.

Seniors

Thursday, Dec. 5

Memory Café: 10-11:30 a.m., Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Jewish Family and Children’s Service hosts a monthly Memory Café event, which will include refreshments along with stimulating, interactive programming geared toward those who have memory loss and their care partners. Keith Johnson of Sankofa Island Magic is this month’s special guest artist. For more information or to confirm times, please contact Kathy Rood at 602-452-4627 or via email at kathy.rood@jfcsaz.org.

Friday, Dec. 27

New Year at The Palazzo: 1 p.m., Center for Senior Enrichment at The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Performance by singer/impersonator Tom LaGravinese. Champagne and cake will be served. Free. To RSVP, contact carol.goldstein@jfcsaz.org or call 602-943-2198.

Arts

Monday, Dec. 9

BNC Roz Fischer Concert & Conversation: 1 p.m., Palo Cristo Church, 3535 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. Child prodigy Ethan Yang, age 16, will perform classical violin music. He will be accompanied by award-winning pianist Wei Xing. Refreshments will be served. Tickets: $7 at the door. No reservations required. For more information, contact Joan Sitver at Joansitver @aol.com.

Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 25-Jan. 19

Old Jews Telling Jokes: 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. start times, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. The Off-Broadway comedic performance visits Phoenix. For more information about the show or to order tickets, visit playhouseinfo.com or call 602-252-8497. JN

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