A Serious Man

FEATURED EVENT

Wednesday, Sept. 25

Film and discussion:

'A Serious Man' (2009): 6-9 p.m.,

Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Join ASU Professor Stanley Mirvis for a screening and discussion on the Coen Brothers'

“A Serious Man.” Set in 1960s Minnesota, the film explores issues related to American Jewish identity, preconceived Jewish gender roles and the role of community and the rabbinate in the lives of American Jews. Event presented in partnership with the ASU Jewish Studies Department. Register at vosjcc.org/serious.

Events

Saturday, Oct. 26

Maricopa Music Fest LLC: 1-7 p.m., The Copper Sky Recreation Multigenerational Center, 44345 MLK Jr. Blvd., Maricopa. Free Motown Impersonation Show, lip sync contest, 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 for more information.

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.

Saturday, Sept. 21

Israel – Where Bird Migration Is Defined: 3-4 p.m., South Mountain Environmental Education Center, 10409 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. Join the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation and the Phoenix Zoo for a special guest presentation from the Israel Ornithological Center, a branch of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel. This presentation is free of charge to the public. Please RSVP to Bronwen Barnett at bbarnett@phoenixzoo.org.

Tuesday, Sept. 24

Spirituality @ the EVJCC: 10-11:30 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Class led by Phyllis Avalon Rosh, Ph.D. Topic: The Luck Factor. $4 suggested donation. Contact adrian@evjcc.org

Pillars of the Community: 6:30 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. An evening of appreciation. At 6 p.m. there is a dinner by invitation only, and at 7 p.m. there is an award recognition ceremony open to the community. Reservations: evjcc.org/reception

Wednesday, Sept. 25

Love & War: World War II Sweetheart Jewelry: 10-11:30 a.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Join art and jewelry historian Jan Krulick-Belin to explore the materials, themes, contexts and visual influences on the “sweetheart jewelry” soldiers gave to their mothers, wives and sweethearts. Members $10, guests $15. Register at vojscc.org/sweetheart.

Thursday, Sept. 26

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. Topic: Reish Lakish. Cost: $14. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

Rosh Hashanah Seder: 11 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Rabbi Michael Beyo leads a Rosh Hashanah seder. Cost: $14, includes kosher lunch. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash 

A Breath of Life: Noon-1 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Learn to make the most of the new year with Cindy Landesman using the shofar as a model. Cindy has been involved in Jewish education for 20 years in many different capacities. She currently coordinates the adult continuing education program at Shearim Torah High School for Girls. Members $5, guests $10. Register by Sept. 25 at vosjcc.org/breath.

Monday, Sept. 30

Duet Volunteer Orientation: 5-7 p.m., Orangewood Presbyterian Church, 7321 N. 10th St., Phoenix. Orientation for volunteers to provide services to home-bound adults. Bring driver’s license for ID. A Level 1 Fingerprint clearance is required to volunteer. Instructions and information for obtaining this will be provided at orientation. Cost is $73, which can be reimbursed by Duet after six months of active volunteering. RSVP at 602-274-5022.

Wednesday, Oct. 2

Mahjong Mondays: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Held Wednesday, Oct. 2 due to Rosh Hashanah. 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

Thursday, Oct. 3

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. Topic: Beruya. Cost: $14. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

Walking Through History: 11 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Speaker: Rabbi Michael Beyo, EVJCC CEO. Topic: Sephardic Jewish History: Yehuda Ha-Levi. Cost: $14, includes kosher lunch. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

Sunday, Oct. 6

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.

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

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. 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

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.

Family

Mondays

Free baby gym classes: 9:30-10 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. 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 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. This is a “drop in” class. Advanced registration is not required. Call 602-992-5790 or visit arizonasunrays.com for more information.

Saturday, Sept. 21

The J’s Kids Night Out – Glow Games: 6-10 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Kids grades pre-K-4 come in fluorescent gear for a night of fun with games, activities and even glow-in-the-dark slime. Members $20, guests $30; includes dinner, snacks and movie. Register at vosjcc.org/knoglow.

Sunday, Sept. 22

The Friendship Circle: Young Adult Outing: 3-4:30 p.m., Topgolf, 9500 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. An afternoon for young adults with special needs to get together with peers their own age for a fun activity and to build friendships. Call 602-861-1600 or email info@fcaz.org for more information.

Wednesday, Sept. 25

Family Challah Bake: 5:30-7 p.m., East Valley JCC Early Childhood Learning Center, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Join the ECLC for an Italian dinner and make challah to take home and bake. Cost is $25 per family (up to five people) or $7 per person. Reservations required by Sept. 20: pam@evjcc.org. 

Open Houses

Saturday, Sept. 21

Temple Beth Shalom of the Northwest Valley: 5:30 p.m., 12202 N. 101st Ave., Sun City. Selichot open house. Meet the congregation and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages followed by a Havdalah service led by cantor Baruch Koritan and Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan. No charge for event. For more information call 623-977-3240 or visit templebethshalomaz.org.

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. 3

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. Musician and vocalist Joe Bousard 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.

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. 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

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., 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 following the film. Contact Pat Toftoy at ptoftoy@scottsdaleaz.gov or 480-312-2180 for more information. JN

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