“Soul Purpose” with Rabbi Israel Becker @ Southwest Torah Institute
Jan 23 @ 10:00 am – 10:15 am

Become a part of a group of motivated men and women who are seeking to understand the principles of Jewish philosophy and how they interact with each other and interface with today’s world. “Soul Purpose” will include “G-d’s Existence and Character,” “Purpose of Creation,” “Providence and Free Will,” “Human Responsibility,” “Good and Evil,” “Spirituality in a Physical World,” “Angels,” “The World to Come,” “Daily and Seasonal Jewish Life” and “Israel and the Nations.” Tuition includes class materials and the book Derech Hashem (Pathway of G-d) by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto (1707-1747) of Padua, Italy.

Parkinson’s PWR!Moves 1TM @ Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center
Jan 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This entry-level class features tailored exercises that target motor- and non-motor PD symptoms and improve functional movement.  Free to J members; $5 for non-members. Information and registration: 480.481.7090 or

Let’s Knit @ The J @ Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center
Jan 23 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Share the pleasure of knitting and crocheting. Help others with projects and patterns. Can’t knit? We’ll teach you. No reservations required. For more information, contact Harriet at 480.481.7033 or

Along the Talmudic Trail, Men 40+ @ Home of Rabbi Israel Becker, Call for Address
Jan 23 @ 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm

“Along the Talmudic Trail” is an ongoing Talmud class for men 40+, designed to move your mind and heart. This free class includes a free dinner.

Italian Language Lessons at The J @ Tucson
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

New! Beginner Italian

Tuesdays: Jan 09 – Feb 13, 2018
6:00 PM-8:00 PM (2 hours)

Creator of “Tucson Italian,” Theresa Levy, Ph.D. always offers a fun and useful approach to learning the Italian language. Levy has more than 25 years of experience teaching Italian privately, as well having taught Italian for nine years at the University of Arizona, and at Pima Community College.

Instructor: Theresa Levy of Tucson Italian

Speaker and Author Marty Brounstein
Jan 23 @ 6:15 pm

Marty talks about his book: Two Among the Righteous Few. He brings a true interfaith story of courage, compassion, and rescue about a Christian couple in the Netherlands named Frans and Mien Wijnakker who saved the lives of over two dozen Jews during the Holocaust and World War II.

Speaking Series in the Phoenix Area, Winter 2018

Presentation Events
* Tuesday, January 23 at 6:15 p.m. (dinner an hour beforehand)

Rim County Middle School

304 S. Meadow School
Payson, AZ 85541
(928) 474-4511
Host contact: Jill Richard,

* Thursday, January 25 at 7 p.m.

The Franciscan Renewal Center

5802 E. Lincoln Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85283
Host contact: Rick Hardy, (480) 355-5630

* Friday, January 26 at 9:30 a.m.

The Franciscan Renewal Center

5802 E. Lincoln Drive Scottsdale, AZ 85283 Host contact: Rick Hardy

* Saturday, January 26 at 3:30 p.m.

Vi at Silverstone

23005 N. 74th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Host contact: Curtis Rick, (480) 478-6104

* Friday, February 2 at 7 p.m.

Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center and The Shrine of Holy Wisdom

At Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center Paragon Business Center
952 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 101
Mesa, AZ 85204

Host contact: Barb Hindorff, (602) 329-1614

* Wednesday, February 7 at 6 p.m.

Rotary Club of Peoria North

At Arizona Broadway Theater
7701 W. Paradise Drive
Peoria, AZ 85382
Host contact: Bret McKeand, (602) 478-2835

* Tuesday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church

2121 S. Rural Road
Tempe, AZ 85282
Host contact: Bruce Hermie, (480) 967-5567 x 306


* Thursday, February 22 at noon, lunch at 11:30 a.m.

Paradise Valley Community College
Part of President’s Lunch Program
18401 North 32nd Street, Building KSC/Student Union
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Host contact: Michaelle Shadburne, (602) 787-6871

It’s Never Too Early (or Late) to Start: Saving/Investing/Retiring @ Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus
Jan 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

It’s Never Too Early (or Late) to Start: Saving/Investing/Retiring will take place on Tuesday, January 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus in Scottsdale. This event will be held in partnership with the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix and will feature a panel of experts speaking about how to build savings and set yourself up for retirement. Our moderator for the evening will be Dr. Emily Rose Schwartz, Assistant Vice President and Customer Enrichment Manager at MidFirst Bank, and our panelists include Sheila Curwin, Lee Eisinberg and Ira M. Shapiro. Light, kosher refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. prior to the program.

Men’s Mishnah Class Mon-Fri @ Congregation Chofetz Chayim
Jan 24 @ 6:15 am – 7:15 am

Learn the Mishnah every morning with Rabbi Israel Becker, Monday-Friday 6:15 AM, Shabbos 8:15 AM and Sundays and Major Secular Holidays 7:15 AM.

Spanish Language Lessons at The J @ Tucson Jewish Community Center
Jan 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

New! Advanced Beginners II

January 10 – February 14
February 28 – April 4
1 – 2:30 pm
A continuation course for the more advanced beginner. Continue learning in a stress-free environment vocabulary building, grammar, speech techniques, reading and writing. Introduction to the imperative and future tenses, and lots of conversation. Develop the ability to maintain a conversation in familiar environments and daily situations.

Instructor: Myriam Barrientos

It’s Only a Play @ Phoenix Theatre
Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm

Written by Tony® Award winner Terrence McNally, It’s Only a Play is a celebration of theatre at its best and theatre people at their not-so-best. The show takes place on opening night of Peter Austin’s new play. At the home of his wealthy producer, Peter is joined by his best friend, the show’s aging starlet, the director, and a drama critic, as the unlikely group anxiously awaits the late-night newspaper reviews. It’s Only a Play promises kooky characters and big laughs in a rare comedy that’s as smart as it is funny!

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