Song of Ascension

FEATURED EVENT

Sunday, Oct. 6

Israeli Movie Series: 3 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. “Song of Ascension,” a documentary about the relationship between a couple and the surrogate who has their baby. A $5 donation suggested. Register: evjcc.org/movie-series

Events

Saturday, Oct. 26

Night of the Living Will: By appointment only, central Phoenix. The Area Agency on Aging and the Elder Law, Mental Health and Special Needs Planning Section of the State Bar of Arizona are partnering to provide individuals with a free consultation to develop their living will and healthcare power of attorney. Once an appointment is scheduled, an address will be provided.

Call the 24-hour Senior Help Line at 602-264-4357 to schedule an appointment. 

Maricopa Music Fest, LLC: 1-7 p.m., The Copper Sky Recreation Multigenerational Center, 44345 M.L.K. Jr. Blvd., Maricopa. Partnered in part by: Amazon, Honda and Little Caesars Pizza. The public will be able enjoy a free Motown Impersonation Show, compete in a lip sync contest, play laser tag, game trucks and corn tossing with a half-time skateboard competition. Maricopa Mayor Christian Price will take the stage to receive scholarship funds from Amazon and more. Visit maricopamusicfest.us/battle-of-the-bands-info?olsPage=products for more information.

Thursday, Nov. 14

BRCA education and screening event: Hosted by the Minkoff Center for Jewish Genetics. The screening event is designed to be an educational session led by cancer genetic counselors from the Phoenix community. Prior to undergoing genetic testing, individuals attending the education session will have the opportunity to learn more details about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and the implications of undergoing genetic testing. Go to jewishgeneticsaz.org/calendar for more information or to RSVP.

Saturday, Nov. 16

AJHS Heritage Award Dinner: 6 p.m., Monterra at Westworld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. The Arizona Jewish Historical Society will honor Marnie and Harvey Dietrich with the 2019 Jerry Lewkowitz Heritage Award, which is presented to individuals who have made an exceptional impact on the community through outstanding leadership, service and dedication. In keeping with the evening’s western theme, entertainment includes cowboy poet, singer, songwriter and storyteller Red Steagall and the DEO Entertainment Group. Tickets are $200 per person. Call 602-241-7870 or visit azjhs.org for information and reservations. 

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. evjcc.org or 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. Due to Sukkot the October meeting will be on the 27th. Refreshments served at 9:30 a.m. Call 602-256-0658 for more information.

Sunday, Oct. 6

Ladles of Love: 9 a.m.-noon, East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Volunteers cook and deliver meals. Register: evjcc.org/ladles-of-love

BJE’s Jewish Marriage University: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, classroom 101, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Learn ways to enhance one’s relationship including communication and conflict resolution skills, planning for one’s financial future, how Judaism can help build strong relationships and marriages, along with many other topics. $45 per couple. Register at bjephoenix.org. Email Linda Feldman at lindaf@bjephoenix.org for

more information.

Valley Jewish Singles Ages 50+ brunch: Noon, Chompies PV Mall, 4550-324 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix. Reservations required; email valleyjewishsingles@cox.net to RSVP.

Rally for asylum seekers: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Senator McSally’s office, 2201 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Hosted by AZ Jews for Justice. RSVP to EddieAZJews4Justice@gmail.com.

Thursday, Oct. 10

Open Beit Midrash class: 9 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. The Life and Tragedy of King David, taught by Rabbi Michael Beyo. Free, but registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

Talmudic Heroes: 10 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Taught by Rabbi Michael Beyo. Cost: $14. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

Speaker Series: 11 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Speaker: Jake Bennett. Topic: “Disputed Territory of Jerusalem: What’s it all about?” Cost: $14, includes kosher lunch. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

Evening with Arizona Jews for Justice: 5-7 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Coffee and a community talk. Topic: “How can we start to make a difference in our communities?” RSVP to EddieAZJews4Justice@gmail.com. 

Sunday, Oct. 13

Yoga to Awaken Inner Joy: 11:35 a.m.-1:25 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. An all-levels yoga workshop also occurring on Nov. 17. Instructor: Amy Tyre. This workshop is for anyone who wants to feel more joy, hope, energy and happiness. It is specifically designed to help alleviate the symptoms of stress-related disorders, including anxiety and depression. Participants may attend one workshop or select both dates. Childcare is available. $25 for members, $33 for guests. Contact the JCC at 480-481-7018 or healthandfitness@vosjcc.org to register.

Wednesday, Oct. 16 

Sites and Symbols: The History of Auschwitz and the Anne Frank House: 11 a.m., Generations After Descendants Forum at the East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Speaker: Professor Kimberly Allar, Ph.D., from ASU’s School of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies and co-director of the school’s online World War II Studies master’s degree program. Free. Reservations: 480-897-0588 or evjcc.org/generations-after.

Book discussion group: 7 p.m., Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix. Topic: “Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel” by Matti Friedman. Discussion led by AZJHS Vice President, Mark Sendrow, M.A. Free. Please RSVP to lbell@azjhs.org or call 602-241-7870. 

Wednesday, Oct. 23

BJE’s Jewish Marriage University: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Extra session for interfaith couples. Learn ways to enhance one’s relationship including communication and conflict resolution skills, planning for one’s financial future, how Judaism can help build strong relationships and marriages, along with many other topics. $45 per couple. Register at bjephoenix.org. Email Linda Feldman at lindaf@bjephoenix.org for more information.

Thursday, Oct. 24

Open Beit Midrash class: 9 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. The Life and Tragedy of King David, taught by Rabbi Michael Beyo. Free, but registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

Talmudic Heroes: 10 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Taught by Rabbi Michael Beyo. Cost: $14. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

Speaker Series: 11 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Pastor Rock Fremont of Shepherd of the Hills UCC discusses how religion drives social action and the challenges facing the church community. Cost: $14, includes kosher lunch. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

Child Sacrifice: Considering the Context: 1-2 p.m., Beth Emeth Congregation of the West Valley, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West. Speaker: Professor Ziony Zevit. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org.

Letters from the Dead: Three Ancient Texts Discovered by Archaeologists : 7-8:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Speaker: Professor Ziony Zevit. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org.

Sunday, Oct. 27

The Hammerman Family Lecture – Almighty? No Way! Embracing the God We Actually Love: 5-6:30 p.m., Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. Speaker: Rabbi Dr. Bradley Shavit Artson. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org.

Monday, Oct. 28

Cactus ORT: 7 p.m., Mountain Gate Apartments Clubhouse, 4602 E. Paradise Village Parkway N., Phoenix. Paul Rockower, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council will discuss Jewish communal public diplomacy. Prospective members, current members and the public are welcome to attend this free event. Refreshments provided. To RSVP or for more information, call Ellen at 602-953-9302.

The Hero is a Harlot: A Conversation about The Book of Joshua’s Most Intriguing Character: 7-8:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Suggested donation: $18. Register at VBMTorah.org.

Thursday, Oct. 31

Open Beit Midrash class: 9 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. The Life and Tragedy of King David, taught by Rabbi Michael Beyo. Free, but registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

Talmudic Heroes: 10 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Taught by Rabbi Michael Beyo. 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 Shimi Ash. Topic: Is plastic surgery allowed? Cost: $14, includes kosher lunch. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

Wednesday, Nov. 13

Taste of LimmudAZ: 6-9 p.m., Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. Special Guest: Christopher Noxon, author of “Good Trouble, Lessons of the Civil Rights Playbook.” Presentations available before keynote event. $18 for general admission, $54 for VIP experience. The VIP pre-tasting includes appetizers, wine, program and dessert reception along with a copy of “Good Trouble.” For more information or to RVSP, visit limmudaz.org/limmud-az-event/taste-of-limmud.

Sunday, Nov. 17

BJE’s Jewish Marriage University: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, classroom 101, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Learn ways to enhance one’s relationship including communication and conflict resolution skills, planning for one’s financial future, how Judaism can help build strong relationships and marriages, along with many other topics. $45 per couple. Register at bjephoenix.org. Email Linda Feldman at lindaf@bjephoenix.org for

more information.

Yoga to Awaken Inner Joy: 11:35 a.m.-1:25 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. An all-levels yoga workshop. Instructor: Amy Tyre. This workshop is for anyone who wants to feel more joy, hope, energy and happiness. It is specifically designed to help alleviate the symptoms of stress-related disorders, including anxiety and depression. Childcare is available. $25 for members, $33 for guests. Contact the JCC at 480-481-7018

Thursday, Nov. 21 

Book discussion group: 7 p.m., Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix. Topic: “Rachel’s Tomb” by J.A. Bernstein. Discussion led by Michael and Jennie Kronenfeld, Ph.D. Free. Please RSVP to lbell@azjhs.org or call 602-241-7870. 

Family

Mondays

Free baby gym classes: 9:30-10 a.m., Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center, 15801 N. 32nd Street, 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. This is a “drop in” class. Advanced registration is not required. Call 602-992-5790 or visit arizonasunrays.com for more information.

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.

Wednesdays

Free baby dance classes: 9:15-9:45 a.m., Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center, 15801 N. 32nd Street, 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. This is a “drop in” class. Advanced registration is not required. Call 602-992-5790 or visit arizonasunrays.com for more information.

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 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.

Seniors

Thursday, Oct. 17

The Palazzo grand opening: 4:30-8:30 p.m., 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. The Palazzo senior living community celebrates its grand opening with a cruise-ship themed event. Enjoy worldly destinations throughout the grounds and enter for a chance to win a cruise or other prizes. 

Arts

Sunday, Oct. 27 

‘Robbery of the Heart’: 2-3:30 p.m., Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale. This documentary delves into the story of Kristallnacht from the point of view of Holocaust survivors and German citizens. Q&A with producer Micah Brandt and Rabbi Micah Caplan following the film. Contact Pat Toftoy at ptoftoy@scottsdaleaz.gov or 480-312-2180 for more information.

Wednesday, Oct. 30 

‘Robbery of the Heart’: 5:30-7 p.m., Scottsdale Appaloosa Library, 7377 E. Silverstone Drive, Scottsdale. This documentary delves into the story of Kristallnacht from the point of view of Holocaust survivors and German citizens. Q&A with producer Micah Brandt following the film. Contact Pat Toftoy at ptoftoy@scottsdaleaz.gov or 480-312-2180 for more information. JN

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