Here are many resources for senior support and social programming in the local Jewish community. Several synagogues also have programs for seniors. Additional senior resources are in the 2016 Community Directory, available at jewishaz.com.
Active Adult Programs @ the J
Valley of the Sun
Jewish Community Center
12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 201
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Adult Program Coordinator: Harriet Colan
Provides an array of programs to keep senior adults healthy, happy and engaged, including bridge, mahjong, classes, lectures, sports and social groups such as Let’s Talk and Let’s Knit.
Beth Ami Temple
Services: 3535 E. Lincoln Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
3104 E. Camelback Road, Suite 508
Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-956-0805 or 602-840-7250
Rabbi Arthur J. Abrams
Cantorial Soloist Pam Beitman
Boutique Reform temple for active adults seeking spiritual and social connections. Modest dues. Clubs and activities: cultural events, speakers, hiking, tennis, mahjong and community involvement.
JFCS Center for Senior Enrichment at Brookdale Christown
6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85015
Educational enrichment classes, cultural activities and social services for seniors. Kosher lunch available.
JFCS Older Adult Services
In-home counseling, assessment and case management, information and referrals to resources and services.
Pebble Creek Shalom Club
3645 Club House Drive
Goodyear, AZ 85395
President: Phil Zeidman
Membership Chair: Gail Drucker, 623-374-7801
Group of young seniors in Pebble Creek Resort. Cultural and social activities.
Smile on Seniors
2110 E. Lincoln Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Director: Rabbi Levi Levertov
Volunteer-fueled organization dedicated to enriching the lives of seniors through monthly programs, Shabbat dinners, holiday-themed programming and home visitations. Upcoming programs include “It’s Not Just Lunch” at noon on the first Monday of the month; “Sip and Schmooze at Starbucks” at 11 a.m. on the second Monday of the month; Table Talk with Rabbi Levi on the last Thursday of the month. There will also be Shabbat dinners on Jan. 15, Feb. 12 and March 4.
An interactive discussion on “Understanding Dementia and Communication” will be held on Feb. 9 and a happy hour on Feb. 15. For details, visit sosaz.org.
Phoenix Holocaust Survivors’ Association
P.O. Box 30213
Phoenix, AZ 85046-0213
President: Monique Mendel
Dedicated to the remembrance of the Shoah through education. Survivors speak throughout the state (primarily in schools). Annual Yom Hashoah commemoration. Devoted to survivors’ needs.
East Valley JCC
908 N. Alma School Road,
Chandler, AZ 85224
Social, cultural and educational programs for adults ages 55 and older. Weekly programs begin with coffee, snacks and social time followed by the day’s presentation. Programs are usually held 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the EVJCC. A $3 donation is requested at the door.
In addition to numerous community educational programs, such as Valley Beit Midrash and the Bureau of Jewish Education’s Passages series, here are some daytime programs geared toward older adult learners.
BJE winter Jewish Life and Learning courses: The Bureau of Jewish Education has released its schedule of day and evening classes for winter 2016.
Classes, led by a variety of community educators, include the Bible, Talmud, Kabbalah, Israel and the Middle East, Hebrew, Yiddish, history, storytelling, literature and music.
BJE, in partnership with PJ Library, will offer “Once Upon a Time,” a storytelling class for grandparents taught by Gayle Feldman 9:30-10:40 a.m. Thursdays, Feb. 18 and 25. Cost is $25.
For the full schedule with details on other classes, and to register, visit bjephoenix.org.
Minderful Center winter classes: The Minderful Center – a private school for lifelong learners age 50 and older – has announced its winter schedule. Classes begin Jan. 6 and include a discussion of news events; a cinema class that includes a discussion of current films; creative writing; and politics.
Call 480-619-9993 or visit minderful.com.
Valley Newsroom: Valley Newsroom, a current-events class for retirees led by Michael Epner, is held 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix.
Tuition is $36 for a three-session month, $48 for a four-session month. A portion of the tuition is donated to charity. Contact Michael Epner, firstname.lastname@example.org.