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FEATURED EVENT

SATURDAY, Sept. 15

Phoenix Holocaust Association Café Europa: 1 p.m., Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. Schmooze, eat and enjoy the guitar music of Gal Drimmer. Reservations required, RSVP by to Sept. 12 to Edie Wade at 602-944-8809 or ewade410@cox.net. For more information visit phxha.com.

 

Events

SATURDAY, Oct. 26

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 & 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.

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. 14

Cactus ORT: Opening Meeting: 7 p.m., Mountain Gate Apartments Clubhouse, 4602 E. Paradise Village Parkway N., Phoenix. Dessert in the Desert. Prospective members, spouses/partners, friends are invited to an annual event featuring a dessert and appetizer buffet, door prizes, favors, ORT information and programs for 2019-2020. A “Chinese Auction” will also be held. Please bring an item worth $7-$10 that evening. For more information or to RSVP, contact Ellen at 602-953-9307.

Sunday, Sept. 15

Yoga to Awaken Inner Joy: 11:35 am-1:25 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. An all-levels yoga workshop also occurring on Oct. 13 and 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 all three dates. Childcare is available. Members: $25 per session or $60 for all three. Guests: $33 per session or $80 for all three. Contact the JCC at 480-481-7018 or healthandfitness@vosjcc.org to register.

Beth El Women’s League presents: Book Talk: Noon, Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale. Talk on Arizona author Marcia Fine’s book “Hidden Ones,” a historical novel based on the Spanish Inquisition that took place in Mexico. “Hidden Ones” has won five awards. Rabbi Nitzan Stein Kokin, Beth El’s new rabbi, will introduce the speaker. No charge. RSVP to amoskowitz@bethelphonix.com.

Zionism 3.0. What Is It, and Why Is It Important?: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Speakers: Rabbi Amitai Fraiman and Zack Bodner. Suggested donation: $18, register at VBMTorah.org.

Conversation with the Rabbi: 6 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. The first of a new series. Rabbi Michael Beyo and Imam Faheem Arshad, Imam of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, discuss being a religious minority. Reservations required: evjcc.org/conversation

Monday, Sept. 16

Contextualizing Antisemitism on College Campuses: 1-2 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Speaker: Professor Rachel Rubinstein. Suggested donation: $18, register at VBMTorah.org.

Native Americans in the Jewish Imagination: 7-8:30 p.m., Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. Speaker: Professor Rachel Rubinstein. Suggested donation: $18, register at VBMTorah.org.

The Jewish Women’s Circle presents: Rosh Hashanah Baking Fest: 7:30 p.m., Chabad Center, 2110 E. Lincoln Drive, Phoenix. Discover the art of artisan bread with a demonstration led by talented baker Sashie Levertov and explore the joys of babka with expert baker Miriam Litzman of Oven Fresh Challah. $18, $12 if prepaid by Sept 13. RSVP to chabadaz.com/bake. For more information contact women@chabadaz.com or 602-944-2753.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

Authors @ the EVJCC: 10-11:30 a.m. East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Author Barbara Mark-Dreyfuss. Topic: Writing Our Life Stories: A Gift to Future Generations. Terrific Tuesdays. $4 suggested donation. Contact adrian@evjcc.org.

Holiday Baking Class: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Learn how to prepare Rosh Hashanah treats with Chef Melinda of the EVJCC’s Challah Factory. Cost is $18 for each class, which includes the lesson, a recipe and the chance to sample the goods. Register: evjcc.org/jewish-learning

Israel Table: 11:30 a.m.-2:00 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, Sept. 18

Color Me Art Pen & Ink: 1-3 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Create your own Pen & Ink WORD art on paper while exploring various media such as oil pastels, chalk pastels and water pencils with artist and instructor Debra Lee Murrow. All materials included. Members $20, guests $25. Register by Sept. 12 at vosjcc.org/colorme.

An Evening with Abby Stein: 7 p.m., Old Town Scottsdale location provided upon RSVP. The first openly transgender woman raised in a Chasidic community, Abby is a transgender activist, author, blogger, model and speaker. $10 per person. Register by Sept. 16 at jewishphoenix.org/abby.

Screening of ‘True Justice - Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality: 7-8:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Suggested donation: $18. Sponsored by AZ Jews for Justice.

Thursday, Sept. 19

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: Eleazar Ben Dinai. Cost: $14. Registration required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

Interfaith Series: 11 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. C.O.R.E.: Center for Community, Outreach, Relationships, Engagement. A new monthly Open Beit Midrash series featuring diverse faith leaders speaking about their faith’s history, tenets and current challenges. The first speaker is Imam Faheem Arshad of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. $14, includes kosher lunch following presentation. Reservations required: evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash or 480-987-0588.

The Intersectionality of Gender and Jewish Identity: 1-2 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 10460 N. 56th St., Scottsdale. Speaker: Abby Stein. Suggested donation: $18, register at VBMTorah.org.

Mature Mavens Dinner: 5 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Make new friends as you meet for dinner and socialize. Dinner is separate checks. Please contact Bunnye at 602-371-3744 for the current schedule of restaurants and to reserve your place.

Voter Registration Training Party: 6:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Sponsored by AZ Jews for Justice.

Book discussion: The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught in Between by Michael Dobbs: 7 p.m., Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix. Discussion led by Lawrence Bell, Ph.D. Free. Call 602-241-7870 or email lbell@azjhs.org to RSVP.

From Chassidic Rabbi to Trans Activist: 7-8:30 p.m., Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. Speaker: Abby Stein. Suggested donation: $18, register at VBMTorah.org.

Friday, Sept. 20

Birds of Israel: 8:45 a.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The Society of the Protection of Nature in Israel gives an overview of Israel’s environment and the importance of its birdlife. Light breakfast served. Complimentary, but registration required by Sept. 14 at jewishphoenix.org/nature.

Saturday, Sept. 21

Federation NowGen Party of 8: 7:30 p.m. dinner location provided upon RSVP with 9 p.m. after party in Old Town. Jewish young adults register as couples or singles to be matched with 8-10 other individuals for dinner and conversation. After dinner, individual dinner parties gather for an after party in Old Town Scottsdale. Register by Sept. 15 at jewishphoenix.org/partyof8.

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. Terrific Tuesdays. $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: 5-7:00 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 am-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

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: free Baby Dance classes: 9:15-9:45 a.m., 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.

Sunday, Sept. 15

The Shofar Factory: 11 a.m., Chabad of Phoenix, 2110 E. Lincoln Drive, Phoenix. Make your own shofar for $10, but the presentation is free. Learn how to saw, drill, sand, shine and toot. Ages 2-15, children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP early as there is a limited number of shofars available. Call 602-944-2753 or visit chabadaz.com/shofar for more information.

Teen Scene: 2-3:30 p.m., Pinspiration, 5410 E. High St., Suite #105, Phoenix. A social get together for all teens in Friendship Circle. Create a beautiful project for Rosh Hashanah at Pinspiration. Open to all Friendship Circle high school volunteers. Visit fcaz.org/signupteens 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 florescent gear for a night of fun with games, activities and even glow in the dark slime. Members $15, guests $25; $5 more after 5 p.m. on Sept. 16, includes dinner, snacks & 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, pam@evjcc.org.

Open Houses

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.

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. 19 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. More event details coming.

Arts

Tuesday, Sept. 17

Let’s Appreciate Art: 11 a.m.-noon, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Share the world of art with special visual presentations each month by docents from the Phoenix Art Museum. This month’s topic: Japanese Art: Medieval to Early Modern Highlights. Free. For more information, contact Harriet at 480.481.7033 or harrietc@vosjcc.org.

Wednesday, Sept. 25

Film & 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 Brother’s “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.

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: evucc.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 Holocaust survivors and German citizens alike, told from different perspectives but leading to the same results: the pogroms and what is commonly regarded as the beginning of the Holocaust. 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. JN

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