Wednesdays through August

Uncorked & Unwined!: 4-7:30 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Relax poolside with some libations and BBQ available for purchase from milk + honey, while the kids enjoy the splash pad. Music adds to the fun. The event is free; just check in at the membership desk.

Sunday, Aug. 12

Special Celebration to Welcome in the New Year: 1-2:30 p.m., Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. Hosted by Gesher Disability Resources, the celebration will be led by Rabbi Nate Crane. 

Monday, Aug. 13

InfertiliTEA: 7:30 p.m., Chabad Phoenix Center, 2110 E. Lincoln Drive., Phoenix. The InfertiliTEA will be an educational and social event to raise awareness and provide practical tools for supporting men and women facing infertility. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Dvora Entin, LCSW Yesh Tikva’s mental health professional and moderator of our virtual support groups. Dvora will present a brief talk and share tools on how we can better support those around us facing infertility. 

Meetings, Lectures & Classes

Tuesday, July 31

Blue Tuesday Democratic Lunch and Forum: 11:30 a.m., Starfire Golf Club Restaurant, 11500 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. The scheduled speakers will be Former Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, who is a candidate for U.S. Congress in District 9, and Diane Post, who will be speaking on “Defense of Caged Children.” Luncheon cost is $23, which includes tip. Cash only please. Information: or 480-849-7194. 

Wednesdays, Aug. 1 & 15

Mahj Meetup: 1-3:30p.m., Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Bring your card and join us for a friendly game of Mahjong on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at Beth El. All skills levels are welcome including beginners. We will teach you! There is no charge and snacks are provided. Contact or 602-944 -3359 for more information.

Thursday, Aug. 2

Open Beit Midrash: East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. 9 a.m. “Joshua, Chapter 1: Was Joshua a Good Leader?”; 10 a.m. “History and Structure of the Talmud”; 11 a.m. “Is Tikkun Olam a Jewish Concept?” Led by Rabbi Michael Beyo. Cost for 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. sessions: $14 each ($70 series). Followed by kosher lunch. Reservations: 480-897-0588

Sunday, Aug. 5

Valley Jewish Singles Ages 50+ Brunch: Noon, Chompies at Paradise Valley Mall, 4550-324, E. Cactus Road, Phoenix. Reservations required: 

Monday, Aug. 6

Book Launch: 7-8:30 p.m., Temple Chai,  4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. The book is “Pirkei Avot: A Social Justice Commentary” by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. All proceeds from this event will go to further the mission of Valley Beit Midrash. Suggested donation is $18. Register:

Aug. 10-12

By Choice: Experiential Learning for Those on a Path of Conversion: Times and locations vary. Activities to include a community-wide Shabbat dinner, Shabbat learning and Havdalah, and workshops with community leaders. Cost is $100-$180 and full and partial registration is available. For information on times and locations, visit Register:


Saturday, Aug. 18

Simchat Shabbat: Noon-1 p.m., Temple Emanuel of Tempe, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Join Gesher Disability Resources for our monthly special needs service. Simchat Shabbat is a free and joyous service, where all are welcome. Kiddush lunch will follow service. Reservations for Simchat Shabbat are not required but appreciated. RSVP: 480-629-5343 or


Tuesday, July 31

Phoenix Herpetological Society: 11 a.m., The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Hosted by the Jewish Family & Children's Service Center for Senior Enrichment, come meet a live alligator and crocodile to better comprehend why animals develop adaptations in order to survive. Open to the community. Questions: 602-943-2198

Through Aug. 3

Shemesh Camp at The J: Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Sign up for two or more weeks of camp and receive May Kids Night Out for free. Register by April 30 at

Camp Rimon Gadol: Camp days are 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday- Friday; extended care available 7-9 a.m. and 3:30-6 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Camp Rimon Gadol is designated for grades kindergarten through ninth. Register:

Camp Rimon Katan: Camp days are 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday- Friday; extended care available 7-9 a.m. and 3:30-6 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Weekly signups available. Campers’ days start with a camp-wide welcome, camp songs, and continue with playing games, making art, music, sensory play, scientific discovery, cooking and exciting weekly themes. Camp Rimon Katan is for those children ages 2-pre-Kindergarten. Register:

July 27-29

Grieving families: Spirit of the Desert Retreat Center, 7413 E. Elbow Bend Road, Carefree. Presented by Stepping Stones of Hope, the weekend experience at Camp Samantha for adults and children ages 6-17, helps families grieve the loss of a loved one. Registration fee is $50 per person. Information: 602-264-7520.

Monday, July 30 

Meet the Teacher Wine & Cheese Evening: 6-7:30 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. The EVJCC’s Early Childhood Learning Center is holding a meet-and-greet with teachers. Prospective preschool families are welcome. Babysitting is available for $10 per child. Register at the front desk or call 480-897-0588 by July 24. 

Wednesday, Aug. 1

PJ Library event: 5-6:30 p.m., PJ Library of Phoenix presents “Storytime at Chompies,” 9301 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. Children can enjoy a reading of “The Bagel King,” make crafts and enjoy treats. Register by July 28 at 480-481-7012 or

Sunday, Aug. 5

Preschool Kabbalat Panim: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Current and prospective preschoolers and their families are invited to our Kabbalat Panim Open House. See our school and all it has to offer, including the newly updated playground and water-play sprinklers. Meet our teaching staff and current families while enjoying a nosh and other fun activities. RSVP by contacting or 602-944-2464.



Taste of Shabbat with Nurit Avigdor: 11:30 a.m.-noon, The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Open to the community. Contact JFCS Senior Center for questions at 602-943-2198.

Wednesday, Aug. 2

JFCS Memory Café: 10 a.m., Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Join us for a monthly Memory Café event, which will include refreshments along with a stimulating, interactive program geared toward those who have memory loss and their care partners. No charge and open to the community. RSVP to Kathy Rood at 602-452-4627 or


Friday, Aug. 17

“Living for Tomorrow”: 7 pm at a north Scottsdale location. After the Desert Foothills Jewish Community Association’s Shabbat service, there will be a screening of the film “Living for Tomorrow.” In the early 1920s, many people were driven by ideology to emigrate to Palestine. Steeped in socialism and Zionism, the kibbutz — a utopia of collective ownership and shared decision-making — flourished. The film chronicles the journey into the lives and untold stories of women in the kibbutz movement. Dues are $60 per year. Information: Andrea, 480-664-8847


Open Tuesdays & Wednesdays

People Behind a Young State: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Enjoy the EVJCC’s new art exhibit of photos honoring Israel’s 70th anniversary. Held in partnership with Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People. Suggested donation is $18.

Through Aug. 21

Israel at 70: The Diverse Faces of Israel, Photography by Joel Zolondek:

Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver Street, Phoenix. Hosted by the Arizona Jewish Historical Society. For information and exhibit hours,

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