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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.
Temple Beth Shalom and Jewish Community Center of the West Valley in Sun City will host a Winter Gala on Jan. 21, 2017, at the Briarwood Country Club in Sun City West to honor the long service of their clergy, Rabbi Shelly Moss and Cantor Baruch Koritan. Tickets for the charitable event, which will include a gourmet dinner, dancing and a program honoring them, can be purchased for $60 per person through the Temple Beth Shalom office, 623-977-3240. Reservations must me made by Jan. 9.
Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman will lead Congregation Kehillah’s fourth trip to Israel May 1-14, 2017. Sharfman once lived there and was a tour guide herself. This is a small group trip with a custom itinerary that includes many extras, from an army experience to a jeep tour, ethnic and cultural exchanges, geopolitical discussions and a chocolate workshop, according to a press release. The first Shabbat will be in Tsfat with a Kabbalah experience and the second Shabbat will be in Jerusalem.
The Beth El Congregation Women’s League will present a Hanukkah Chocolate Café at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. The event will feature wine, coffee, chocolate, fruits and other surprise delicacies. A Hanukkah gift auction also will be held. Attendees are asked to bring unwrapped gifts (such as home goods, gift cards, accessories, gift baskets, kosher wine) valued at $15-$20. Items will be auctioned off to the highest bidder with the proceeds benefiting the Beth El Women’s League.
“What is the Biggest Challenge/Opportunity for the Jewish People in Our Time?” is the topic of a Valley Beit Midrash panel discussion 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, The New Shul, 7825 E. Paradise Lane, Scottsdale.
Richard Kasper, president and CEO of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix, will be the featured speaker at Beth Ami Temple’s Speaker Series, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at Beth Ami Temple, 3535 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix will hold a 2016 Pearl Society Donor Appreciation Event 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at The New Shul, 7825 E. Paradise Lane, Scottsdale.
Congregation Beth Israel Chanen Preschool will host its seventh annual Chanukah Carnival 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Congregation Beth Israel, 10460 N. 56th St., Scottsdale.
Rabbi Alicia Magal of the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley will lead a free Mussar workshop at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the JCSVV, 100 Meadowlark Drive, Sedona.
The Phoenix Suns Jewish Community Night will be held on Sunday, Dec. 11, at Talking Stick Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix.
“The Afterlife: An Exploration of the Soul’s Journey in this World and in the Next,” a lecture by Rabbi Pinchas Allouche, will be held 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Jewish Community Center of Scottsdale, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road.
Chabad of Fountain Hills will host a talk given by World War II spy Marthe Cohn, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Fountain Hills Learning Center, 1600 Palisades Blvd., Fountain Hills.
Tickets are now available for the Bureau of Jewish Education’s 2017 Passages lecture series, which begins Jan. 15.
Chulent West is seeking local artists and craftspeople to display their work at a Dec. 18 musical event. Contact Hershl, 602-710-5007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday Night Learning, a program for fathers and children, will be held Nov.19-Dec. 17, at the Shaarei Tzion social hall, 6516 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. The program starts at 7:15 p.m. and includes pizza, prizes, stories and a raffle.
Ethan Zohn, the winner of the “Survivor: Africa” television reality show, a two-time cancer survivor and an advocate for Israel, will be the featured guest at the Jewish National Fund Arizona Women for Israel Luncheon, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Chateau Luxe, 1175 E. Lone Cactus Drive, Phoenix.
Chabad of the East Valley will host Saturday Night Alive, a project of CKids Club International, 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. The event, at the Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 875 N. McClintock Drive, Chandler, is a musical celebration of family and a Havdallah ceremony. It will include a board game bar, treats, storytelling and crafts. Contact email@example.com or call 480-855-4333.
“Making Your Own Path” is the topic of the second “Ladies First: Leading the Way” series hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix. The program starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
The fifth annual Kosher Living Health Fair will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Phoenix Hebrew Academy, 515 E. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix. The family-friendly event focuses on healthy living and will feature exhibition tables, demonstrations and kosher food vendors, with an emphasis on the promotion of small local businesses. Vendors will include Fresh Mint, Rita’s Ice, New York Bagels & Bialys, PJ Library and the City of Phoenix. There will also be activities for children. The free event is organized by the Jewish Enrichment Center. For more information, visit kosherliving.org.
Beth El Congregation will host a family Shabbat at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at the synagogue, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. The family-friendly service, to be led by Cantor Jonathan Angress, will be followed by a pasta bar, salad bar and sundae bar dinner. Cost is $8 per person or $25 for family of four ($5 each additional family member in same household.) To attend, call 602-944-3359 by Nov. 11.
The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center will hold “Giving Thanks Super Sunday,” a free open house featuring children’s activities, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the VOSJCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Children can make Thanksgiving decorations, play games and enjoy story time with PJ Library. Visit vosjcc.org.
Soul Friends: Coconino United Religious Leaders Association, along with The Arizona Interfaith Movement, will present a “Symphony of Blessings for Thanksgiving” event, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Thornager’s, 2640 W. Kiltie Lane, Flagstaff.
Schmooze will hold a ShabbatLuck (Shabbat potluck) event 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. The potluck is for singles and couples in their 30s and 40s and is for adults only. Visit Schmooze on Facebook for details about signing up for a potluck item to bring.
Smile on Seniors, an organization dedicated to the needs of the Jewish community’s active adult and senior population, will hold a benefit event 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at G Collection, 602 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. The evening will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Cost is $72.
“On the Cutting Edge… Today’s Jewish Women,” a symposium for women of all ages, will be held Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
A workshop about “The Final Gateway: Jewish Approaches to Dealing with Death” will be held 3-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley. It will be taught by Rabbi Alicia Magal.
Temple Chai will honor veterans at its Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday, Nov. 11. The service begins at 6:15 p.m. and veterans are invited to attend.
Phyllis Palm, author of “The Key, the Turtle and the Bottle of Schnapps” will be the featured author at a Generations After Book Talk 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The book tells the story of Jews who fled the Nazis by walking from Krakow, Poland to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and the effect of this trauma on succeeding generations. To attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit phoenixhsa.org.
The East Valley JCC recently announced that the Challah Factory has opened on its campus, providing fresh-baked challah, pizza lunch and baked goods made there.
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.