Bands

Events

Oct. 18-20, Friday-Sunday

The Diary of Anne Frank: 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. on Sundays, Stage Left Theatre,: 11340 West Bell Road # 105, Surprise AZ. A drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic. Additionally, from Oct. 7-20 the lobby will showcase “Anne Frank — History of Today,” a traveling exhibit that will give patrons and guests an inside look at Anne Frank and her family. The exhibit is free, however a small donation is greatly appreciated. To purchase tickets, call 623-285-6321 Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-1 p.m., or email tickets@stageleftaz.com or visit stageleftaz.com.

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.

Sunday, Nov. 3

Cactus hot dog day: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Beth Emeth Synagogue, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West. ¼ pound Hebrew National hot dog, soda and chips. Cost is $5. For more information, call 623-584-7210 or email bethemethaz@gmail.com.

Monday, Nov. 11

Brandeis concert: 1 p.m., Palo Cristi Church, 3535 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. Brandeis National Committee presents the first of four BNC Roz Fischer Concerts & Conversations. Soprano Abigail Krawson, winner of Phoenix Opera’s 2018 Southwest Vocal Competition, will be accompanied by pianist John Massaro, principal conductor of the Phoenix Opera. Admission is $7 at the door, no reservations required. Refreshments provided. For more information, call Joan Sitver at 602-818-4264 or email her at joansitver@aol.com.

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. 20

Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group: 1-3 p.m., Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix. Professional genealogist Risa Daitzman Heywood of Denver, Colorado will be the guest speaker and will cover “The Power of Catalog – Unindexed Records and How to Find Them.” Free, donations accepted. For more information, visit azjhs.org/Genealogy.html or contact emilyhgarber@gmail.com.

Monday, Oct. 21

Israel Table: 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. An opportunity to pick up general information on travel, facts and historic sites to visit in Israel. Stop by if you have never visited Israel and are considering a trip this year or in the near future. Contact franklin.mindy@gmail.com for more information.

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

Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Friends of Israel: 3-4:30 p.m., Sun Lakes Chapel For All Faiths, 9240 E. Sun Lakes Blvd. N., Sun Lakes. Lieb Bolel, CEO of the Arizona Israel Technology Alliance, will speak. Topic: Tech in Israel and the Power of the American; Impacting U.S. Israel Relations Beyond Political Advocacy. No RSVP, free and open to the public. For more information, email mwcohen000@gmail.com or call 480-895-4660.

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

Sunday, Nov. 3

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

Thursdays, Nov. 7, 14 & 21

Mini-courses open to the public: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Beth Emeth Synagogue, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West. A series of 3-4 classes throughout the year on a variety of subjects. Topic: ‘What you should know about the Israeli government.’ A primer on how the Knesset and the parliamentary system works. Who are the major parties, what are their main platforms and how do they decide who gets to hold what offices in the country? No charge for members, $10 per class for non-members. For more information, call 623-584-7210 or email bethemethaz@gmail.com.

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.

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 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.

Friday, Oct. 28 

Shabbat Service: 7 p.m., North Scottsdale location. The Desert Foothills Jewish Community Association will have a brief Shabbat service followed by a presentation by Lois Tager, author of “What to do with your Stuff.”  Dues are $60 per year. For more information, call Andrea at 480-664-8847. 

Sukkot

Saturday, Oct. 19

Nextdor Sukkot Craft & Cider Event: 5:30 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 10460 N. 56th St., Scottsdale. The evening will include a hard cider tasting as well as a painting class. CBI members $10, non-members $18. RSVP at cbiaz.org/?event=nextdor-sips-cider-in-the-sukkah&event_date=2019-10-19.

Saturday, Oct. 19

Phoenix’s Seventh Annual Moho Sukkot Party: 7 p.m.-midnight, Phoenix. Co-hosted by JNFuture, experience the largest Sukkah in AZ. The night begins with dinner under the stars, followed by an outdoor party with an open bar. $5 for pre-sale tickets, $10 for week-of tickets and $15 at the door. Visit eventbrite.com/e/7th-annual-moho-phoenix-sukkot-party-with-jnfuture-tickets-74375221289 for more information.

Sunday, Oct. 20

Preserve Hike & Sukkot Lunch: 8:30 a.m.-noon, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Easy, 3-mile hike at Phoenix Mountain Preserve — 40th Street Trailhead 100. Depart the J at 8:40 a.m., car-a-van to the 90-minute hike and then return for lunch in the J’s Sukkah. Pack your own Kosher-style lunch or purchase lunch from milk+honey. Free for members, mile+honey lunch additional purchase. Register online at vosjcc.org/event/preserve-hike-sukkot-lunch or call 480-481-7090. 

Seniors

Thursday, Nov. 7

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.

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. JN

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