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Events

Wednesday, Sept. 11

9/11 Blood Drive: 2:30-7 p.m., LDS Church Building Cultural Hall, 1950 W. Galveston Chandler. East Valley JCC September Mitzvah Project in partnership with Muslimsforlife.org and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Schedule: BloodHero.com (sponsor code: Aman) or call Pam Morris, 480-897-0588.

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. 7

Phoenix Holocaust Association Social Event: Bingo and Pizza Night: 6:30-9 p.m., central Scottsdale. Address provided to paid RSVPs. Bingo, pizza, dessert and fun! Bring a dessert to share. Call Susan Lane at 480-246-9551 or suze0000@gmail.com with questions. Must RSVP online by Sept. 4 at phxha.com/events/bingo-pizza-party

Sunday, Sept. 8

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

Tuesday, Sept. 10

Terrific Tuesdays: Museum @ the EVJCC: 10-11:30 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Topic: Leonardo: Artist, Scientist, Musician, Mathematician. Speaker: Phoenix Art Museum docent Joyce Durham. $4 suggested donation. Contact adrian@evjcc.org for more information.

Discussion with the Rabbi: 11 a.m.-noon, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Gather with Rabbi Levi Levertov for a stimulating discussion on an issue relevant to Judaism in contemporary society. Bring your questions; he has answers! In partnership with Smile on Seniors. Free. Contact Chani at 602.492.7670 or chani@sosaz.org for more information.

The First Sherman Minkoff Memorial Lecture: 7-8:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Speaker: Dr. Erica Brown. Topic: “Time to Change? Jewish Identity for the 21st Century.” Suggested donation: $18, register at VBMTorah.org

Painting with Watercolors: 7-9 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Six Tuesdays. Join impressionism artist Tal Dvir for a workshop where students will learn stages of sketching, drawing and painting with watercolors. The six-week course is $120. Details: evjcc.org/arts-and-culture

Wednesday, Sept. 11

Disputed Territory of Jerusalem: What’s it About? : 6:30-8:30 p.m., 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Join Jake Bennett, president of Phoenix’s bipartisan pro-Israel PAC, the Grand Canyon State Caucus; and a combat veteran of the Israel Defense Forces special forces, for this fascinating topic. Members $10, guests $15. Register at vosjcc.org/jerusalem.

Thursday, Sept. 12

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: The Execution of Rabbi Haninah ben Teradion. 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 Dean Shapiro of Temple Emanuel of Tempe. Topic: Texts of Transformation: Stories of the High Holy Days. Cost: $14, includes kosher lunch. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

Kibbitz & Kultur: 12-2 p.m., Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Jewish Family and Children’s Service presents a new program for Holocaust survivors to engage in meaningful, stimulating arts activities in a warm, friendly environment. Free survivors and their spouses. 2nd and 3rd generation members are invited to attend for $10 (or 2 for $18). RSVPs are required and should be made with Kathy Rood at 602-452-4627 or kathy.rood@jfcsaz.org.

Family

Mondays

Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center: free Baby Gym classes: 9:30-10 a.m., 15801 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix. Parents (and grandparents) are invited to bring in their babies, ages six 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: 9:00-10:30 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

Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center: baby dance classes: 9:15-9:45 a.m., 15801 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix. Free. 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.

Open Houses

Sunday, Sept. 8

Congregation Shomrei Torah: 1:15-4 p.m., Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. Meet members, enjoy a nosh and Marcia Fine, an award winning author and speaker. Topic: Jewish Identity. Contact cheryltheteacher@gmail.com for more information. For more information on Marcia Fine, visit marciafine.com.

Temple Beth Shalom of the Northwest Valley: 12-2 p.m., 3400 N. Dobson Road, Chandler. A reform congregation with a dynamic, active Jewish community for all ages, providing religious services, programming and activities in the west Valley. For more information call 623-977-3240 or visit templebethshalomaz.org.

Friday, Sept. 13

Beth Ami Temple: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Palo Cristi Church, 3535 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. UJR congregation meets inside the church. Beth Ami Temple invites the community to its Annual Wine & Cheese Open House. Discover this unique temple for active adults. Meet Rabbi Allison Lawton and Cantorial Soloist Mike Robbins. Learn about the congregation’s High Holiday and Shabbat services and many social groups including Cultural Outings, Movies, Book Club, Hiking, Bridge, Mah Jongg, Dining, Travel and Tennis. Plus other activities such as Special Speakers, Concerts, Rap with the Rabbi and Community Involvement. Dues are modest and there is no building fund. After the Welcome Reception, stay for Friday night services. Call 602-956-6749 or email bethamitemple@hotmail.com to RSVP. Visit bethamitemple.org 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.

Arts

Sunday, Sept. 8

Israeli Movie Series: 3 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. “Only God Should,” a documentary about a paraplegic grandson seeking the truth about his grandfather’s act of vengeance after the Holocaust. A $5 donation suggested. Register: evucc.org/movie-series

Tuesday, Sept. 10 

Hummus! The Movie: 7-8:30 p.m., Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix. Free documentary film screening, call 602-241-7870 or email lbell@azjhs.org to RSVP.

Through Sept. 11 

‘We Remember: The Liberators’: 5-8 p.m., 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. Free exhibit. For more information visit azjhs.org or call 602-241-7870.  JN

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