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Kosher food will be available at two basketball games at Arizona State University on Feb. 26, as part of a Jewish community day hosted by Chabad at ASU and ASU athletics.
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Arizona will present “Refugee 101: The Global Refugee Situation,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Pueblo Norte Retirement Community, 7190 E. Mescal St., Scottsdale.
Temple Emanuel of Tempe will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a gala fundraiser that begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Oakwood Country Club, 24215 S. Oakwood Blvd., Chandler. The gala’s theme is “40 Years, Better Together.”
The Center for Jewish Studies at Arizona State University will present a Judaism, Science & Medical Group conference about “Sexuality, Gender and the Jewish Family” on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 19-20 at the Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale, 4415 E. Paradise Village Parkway, Phoenix.
Arizona Jews for Justice, in partnership with Valley Beit Midrash, will host a community discussion on working with the refugee community, 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix.
Registration is underway for the third season of the Jewish Youth Group Sports League (The League), for members of BBYO, NCSY, NFTY and USY. The seven-week basketball season, plus one week of playoffs/championship game), runs Feb. 12-May 7 (no games during spring breaks or Passover).
Former skinhead Frank Meeink will share his story about how he got involved in America’s Nazi underground movement and how he transformed into an advocate for tolerance, diversity and mutual understanding, at a presentation hosted by Arizona Anti-Defamation League Young Leadership and the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix’s NowGen, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Cost is $25.
Alumni of Camp Charles Pearlstein and Camp Daisy & Harry Stein are invited to an alumni family retreat March 31-April 2 at the Prescott camp.
Rabbi David Almog, who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary, will speak about “Idols and Idealizing: The Jewish Encounter with Buddhism” at a Valley Beit Midrash lecture, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Congregation Or Tzion, 9096 E. Bahia Drive, Suite 106, Scottsdale. He previously served as the campus rabbi for the Hillel at Columbia University and Barnard college.
Smile on Seniors will present an interactive discussion about dementia and communication led by dementia expert, Lori Nisson, MSW, LCSW, at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at Chabad of Phoenix, 2110 E. Lincoln Drive.
Chabad of the East Valley will present “Kabbalah of Time,” a new six-session course examining time and the Jewish calendar through the mystical lens of Kabbalah.
Chabad of the East Valley will present “Chasidic Pop Art – with the Pop Art Rabbi, “ featuring Rabbi Yitzchok Moully, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life 875 N. McClintock Drive, Chandler.
Jessica Abo, an award-winning television journalist, entrepreneur, social activist and motivational speaker, will be the featured guest at the Bureau of Jewish Education’s Passages lecture series 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley.
Jewish Family & Children’s Service will hold its eighth annual Brighter Tomorrow Luncheon 11:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix.
Author Jan Krulick-Belin of Phoenix will be featured in an author showcase 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at Congregation Beth Israel’s Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Museum, 10460 N. 56th St., Scottsdale.
Chabad of Arizona will celebrate 40 years at its anniversary dinner and silent auction 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road.
Both a childhood friend of and stepsister to Anne Frank, Eva Schloss will be speaking at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at the Camelback Golf Club, 7847 N. Mockingbird Lane, Scottsdale.
The Speaker Series of Beth Ami Temple will host an evening with Chrysalis President & CEO Patricia Klahr, who will speak about domestic abuse in Jewish homes, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Beth Ami Temple, located inside Palo Cristi Church, 3535 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix will present Ehud Barak, the 10th prime minister of Israel, at a MEGA Israel event on Wednesday, March 1, at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale.
Technologist, storyteller and longtime genealogist Tammy Hepps will present “The Ancestor Deep-Dive: How You Can Find Out Everything There Possibly is to Know About Your Ancestor,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix.
Congregation Kehillah’s spiritual leader Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman, a board member of the Arizona Faith Network and the Arizona Board of Rabbis, will moderate a discussion titled “Finding the Silver Lining: A Jewish Perspective on Moving Forward in a New Political World” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Pueblo Norte Senior Community, 7090 E. Mescal St., Scottsdale.
The Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley is sponsoring a series of four multimedia workshops on Spanish Jews and the Inquisition. The workshops will be conducted by educator and synagogue member Kohavah Benatar and held at the synagogue, 100 Meadowlark Drive, on Route 179.
“The Afterlife: Exploring the Soul’s Journey in This World and the Next” is the topic of a Jewish University of Scottsdale lecture presented by Rabbi Pinchas Allouche 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
The new cafe on the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus opened on Dec. 20. Milk + Honey is now open for coffee, breakfast and lunch. There are also plans to offer a sit-down dinner.
Jewish Family & Children’s Service will sponsor the 2017 Health & Resources Expo 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale.
The Jewish Genetic Diseases Center of Greater Phoenix will hold its annual luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The theme is “Are You In Tune With Your DNA?” and the featured speaker is Rabbi Joe Black, who is also a musical entertainer. Cost is $54. Register: jewishgeneticsphx.org or call 480-668-3347.
“Strengthening Your Spiritual Connection,” an afternoon of Mussar with Alan Morinis, dean and founder of The Mussar Institute, and Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, president and dean of Valley Beit Midrash, will be held 12:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix.
Rabbi Leo Abrami from Beth Emeth Congregation invites members of the community – both Jewish and non-Jewish – to attend free classes he will be teaching at Beth Emeth Congregation in Sun City West, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West.
The East Valley JCC will launch a Krav Maga Series, presented by East Valley Krav Maga (EVKM) Self Defense & Fitness, beginning 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 8.
Shearim Torah High School for Girls will hold its annual “Rabbi vs. the World Softball Classic” 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at Madison #1 Middle School, 5601 N 16th St., Phoenix.
Temple Beth Shalom in Sun City is sponsoring a trip to Israel April 26-May 7, 2017, which will include two nights in Tel Aviv, two nights in Tiberias, six nights in Jerusalem and daily trips from all three locations on private air-conditioned buses with guides.
Aaron Brown, an aerospace engineer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, will speak about the Orion program, the Mars preparation and how he integrates his work with his life as an Orthodox Jew, 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Pardes Jewish Day School, 12753 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
The Yeshiva High School of Arizona Bike-a-thon fundraiser will take place Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 at Mountain View Park, 8625 E. Mountain View Road, Scottsdale, along the scenic, winding Greenbelt Trail.
Beth El Early Childhood Center will hold an Alumni Hoedown at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. A “saloon hour” starts in the preschool at 4:30 p.m. and the main event will be held in the synagogue’s social hall and included a barbecue buffet, an auction and country music. Alumni students, parents, teachers, directors and staff, and others, are encouraged to attend in country-western attire. The adults-only event is $54. Sponsorships and auction donations are appreciated. The school, which was founded in 1960, is also looking for photographs from years past to feature at the event. Contact Alicia Moskowitz, 602-944-3359, ext. 113 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Joanie Charnow, 602-944-2464 or email@example.com.
Registration is open for the annual Jonathan’s Walk4Friendship, which will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29, at Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale.
Limmud AZ, a full-day program of Jewish Learning on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 is extending its sign-up deadline to Dec. 31.
The Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley will offer “Hebrew 101,” to be held 1:30-3 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Jan. 5, 2017. This free 10-week course is geared both for beginners and as review for those who have learned the aleph-bet (Hebrew alphabet) and wish to progress in their reading of Hebrew words.
The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning will offer three 10-week courses this spring. The courses are:
Jewish Women’s Circle will host a night of painting and a Hanukkah gift exchange at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at a private home.
Join East Valley Jewish Community Center and PJ Library noon-2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, for a “Taste of Hanukkah” at Whole Foods Market in Chandler, 2955 W. Ray Road. The event will feature Hanukkah crafts, food tasting, storytelling and live music.
Temple Beth Shalom Sisterhood will hold a program about the historical background and origins of Hanukkah featuring Bill Cadwallender, at noon Monday, Dec. 19, at the synagogue.
Chabad of the West Valley will host a Hanukkah story time event including interactive stories, music and crafts for children and families at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Barnes & Noble, 7685 W. Bell Road, Peoria.
VOSJCC will hold a free holiday party 12:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, in the social hall featuring music by Hal Martin and a light kosher lunch. VOSJCC is located at 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation and The Friends of Israel will hold a program about Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, featuring guest speaker Shahar Edry, Arizona regional director of the Israeli-American Council and its IAC Arizona Center. His talk is titled, “BDS: Is it a Realistic Threat to the Survival of Israel?”
Jewish Family and Children’s Service will hold a workshop titled “Emotional Intelligence,” 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
Brandeis University on Wheels will offer a presentation titled, “The American Musical From its Roots in the 19th Century to Hamilton,” featuring Ryan McKittrick, assistant professor of theater arts at Brandeis University, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at Embassy Suites Scottsdale, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road.
Jewish National Fund will hold its Tree of Life award dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 at The Camby. Dr. Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University will be honored with the Tree of Life award; and Ann and Ted Zinman will receive the Golden Branch award.
The Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life recently announced that its new Chai Judaica Gift Shop is open.
The Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley will hold its annual Hanukkah celebration at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, at 100 Meadow Lark Drive in Sedona. A meal featuring latkes, chicken wings, a salad bar and dessert will be served. A live auction also will be part of the festivities and will include restaurant gift certificates and religious sculpture. Cost for adults with reservations is $18; there is no charge for children. Cost at the door is $25.
The choral group “Rhythm and Rhymes,” under the direction of Gail Glazer, has opened registration for its spring session. The session begins 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
Between the challah bake, the Shabbat Project and conferences in Washington, D.C., it's been a busy week.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about a program that two ex-IDF soldiers developed to help teach disadvantaged teens to surf and in turn to become surfing teachers for wounded warriors.