After the lull of the summer, the community arts and culture calendar is finally starting to fill up again. Here are just a few of the events to look forward to in the coming months. All information is subject to change.
The Arizona Jewish Historical Society offers at least one free film screening and one free book discussion event each month. September will feature the documentary “Hava Nagila” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, and the book “A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10. Events are held at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center. Call 602-241-7870 or visit azjhs.org.
The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center’s free Art All Around Us series starts back up at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21, with a Phoenix Art Museum docent talk on “The Ides of March – Julius Caesar and Other Notorious Characters.” Other Art All Around Us talks will take place on Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 21. Visit vosjcc.org.
The Israel Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix will host a talk by Karnit Goldwasser, wife of kidnapped IDF soldier Ehud Goldwasser and the author of “The Way to You,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center. Cost is $10. For information on this and other Israeli Center arts events, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit jewishphoenix.org/get-involved/israel-center.
Arizona Opera and the Phoenix Boys Choir will bring “Brundibar,” Czech composer Hans Krasa’s children’s opera which was performed in Theresienstadt, to the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center for a free performance at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. Call 480-483-7121 or visit vosjcc.org.
Renowned professor and historian Dr. Jonathan Sarna will discuss “Lincoln and the Jews” at a Valley Beit Midrash event, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Congregation Beth Israel in Scottsdale. Suggested donation is $18. Visit valleybeitmidrash.org.
The annual Desert Gathering Jewish Music Fest returns for its third year on Sunday, Nov. 1, with a 2-6 p.m. event at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix. Visit facebook.com/desertgatheringaz.
The Bureau of Jewish Education’s Passages lecture series begins its season with a talk by Jerusalem Post columnist Gil Troy. For more information on Passages events, visit bjephoenix.org.
The second annual Limmud AZ day of learning will take place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at Arizona State University’s Memorial Union in Tempe. Next year’s lineup is yet to be announced, but this year featured speakers on a wide variety of topics, including history, music, food and more. Visit limmudaz.org.
The diversity of world Jewish cinema will be on display at the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The lineup is yet to be announced, but films will be shown Feb. 14-28 at a number of Valley theaters. Visit gpjff.org.
Brandeis National Committee-Phoenix’s annual Book and Author event brings nationally recognized writers to the Valley for a day that includes shopping, lunch and talks by the authors. The 2016 event will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, March 14, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort. Visit brandeisphoenix.org.