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Events

Wednesdays, June-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.

Wednesday, June 20 and every Second Wednesday of the month

Knitting for a Purpose: 1 p.m., Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. The Ladies of Knitting for a Purpose would love for you to join them in their efforts in making baby hats, crib blankets, children’s hats, lap blankets and chemo hats for children with cancer at Pima Indian Hospital Nursery, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Hadassah Hospital in Israel. Information: Arlene, abonime1@cox.net

Sunday, July 15

Special Needs Community Pool Party: 9:30-11 a.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Join Gesher Disability Resources (formerly Council For Jews With Special Needs) for a community pool party. Grab your towel and spend the morning swimming with friends. Stick around after for Jcation Staycation. All are welcome. RSVP: jacquelyn@gesherdr.org

Meetings, Lectures & Classes

Wednesdays, June 20 & July 18

Mahj Meetup: 1-3:30 p.m., Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Play mahjong with all levels of players. Everyone is welcome. Bring your Mahjong League card and a set if you have one. Snacks are provided. Information: Nanci, 602-944-3359, ext. 123, or nsiegelmanson@bethelphoenix.com

Thursdays, June 21 & 28

Open Beit Midrash-Jewish Life and Learning: 9 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Information: 480-897-0588 or events@evjcc.org

Thursday, June 21

Book Discussion: 7 p.m., Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix. The Arizona Jewish Historical Society hosts a discussion of “Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America” by Steven J. Ross. The book looks at the chilling, little-known story of the rise of Nazism in Los Angeles, and the Jewish leaders and spies they recruited who stopped it. The event is free. RSVP: lbell@azjhs.org, 602-241-7870

Sunday, June 24

Na’amat USA Mitzvah Chapter brunch meeting: 11:45 a.m., Chompie’s, 3841 W. Frye Road, Chandler. Everyone will pay for their own meal, plus a donation of at least $10 to support Na’amat’s social services for women and children in Israel. Reservations by June 21: Susan, 480-279-6567

Congregation NefeshSoul Book Discussion: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Congregation NefeshSoul on the Valley Unitarian Universalist campus, 6400 W. Del Rio St., Chandler. The event will take place in the sanctuary’s board room. The group will discuss “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel” by Ari Shavit.

Tuesday, June 26

Blue Tuesday Democratic Lunch and Forum: 11:30 a.m., Starfire Golf Club Restaurant, 11500 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. The scheduled speakers will be Terry Goddard, who will speak on the “Dirty Money Initiative,” and Mark Cardenas, Arizona Treasurer candidate. Also speaking will be student Jordan Harb, the Mesa high school student who organized the March for Our Lives. He is a powerful voice for gun control. Luncheon cost is $23, which includes tip (cash only, please). Reservations must be made by Thursday, June 21. For more information, call 480-849-7194.

Wednesday, July 11

Choosing the Right School for Your Child: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Valley Beit Midrash, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. The guest speaker will be Dr. Eran Vaisben. Suggested donation is $18. Register: bit.ly/2sUyJmY

Tuesday, July 17

Culture & Learning Adults Program: 10:30 a.m., Atria Senior Living, 14500 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale. Hosted by the Valley of Sun JCC, the program will feature Bob Hope impressionist Lynn “Win” Roberts. The event also includes a kosher-style lunch at 11:40 a.m. The cost for J members is $5. The cost for guests is $8. Information: 480-481-7024, cherylb@vosjcc.org

“Cultivating Spiritual Awe & Living a Life of Learning!”: 11 a.m., The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, president and dean of Valley Beit Midrash, is the guest speaker for this Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s presentation. The event is free.

Wednesday, July 25

“From Punishment to Compassion:” 7-8:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Guest speaker is Marianne Novak. Suggested donation is $18. Register: bit.ly/2sUyJmY

Tuesday, Aug. 14

American, Israeli and Jewish Legal Perspectives on Divorce”: 7:30 a.m., Jaburg Wilk, 3200 N. Central Ave., Suite 2000, Phoenix. This continuing legal education class will be conducted by Laurence B. Hirsch. Cost is $25. Register: valleybeitmidrash.org/cle

Shabbat

Saturday, Aug. 18

Simchat Shabbat: Noon-1 p.m., Temple Emanuel of Tempe, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Join Gesher Disability Resources (formerly Council For Jews With Special Needs) 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 jacquelyn@gesherdr.org

Family

May 29-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 vosjcc.org/shemeshsummer2018.

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@evjcc.org

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 campwide 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 to pre-K. Register: camp@evjcc.org

Every Wednesday, June 20-July 25

PJ by the Pool — Stories & Songs of Summer: 9:30-10:30 a.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Join us for stories, songs, splash pad and popsicles. Open to the community and free for J members; just $5 per child guest. Check in at the welcome desk or pay at the door. PJ Library is funded by Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and programmed in partnership with The J.

Every Sunday in June & July

Jcation Staycation Summer Splash Series: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Grab your towel and spend the day with family and friends at The J. Enjoy two sparkling pools, a splash pad, Club Splash for kids, music, kids’ activities, a rock wall, a new theme each week and more. Everyone welcome. Members and children under 2 get in free. Adult guests pay $5. Information: vosjcc.org/summersplash

Seniors

Ongoing:

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.

Wellness

Thursday, June 21

International Day of Yoga: Yoga classes will be held throughout the day at the Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Join us for Yoga Flow at 9:30 a.m., Gentle Yoga at 10:30 a.m. and Yin Yoga at 6 p.m.

Exhibits

Open Tuesdays & Wednesdays

People Behind a Young State: 10 a.m.-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, email jschesnol@azjhs.org. JN

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