Calendar

Aug
28
Tue
Jewish Sparks workshop: “High Holidays and a Whole New You” @ East Valley JCC
Aug 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Spark your Jewish journey, create meaningful Jewish experiences and illuminate your understanding of the basics of Judaism.

Join us for a new free EVJCC workshop for adults that explores ways to enhance your Jewish cultural connection through music, food and hands-on activities that boost your understanding of each month’s topic.

Drop in for one or come to all! All workshops are held at 7 p.m. the East Valley JCC. Free to attend, with an $18 suggested donation. To register, email andre@evjcc.org.

For a full schedule of upcoming topics, visit bit.ly/JewishSparks.

 

Oct
22
Mon
Parenting class @ East Valley JCC
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The East Valley JCC’s Early Childhood Education Center presents a free monthly parenting class series with Dr. Michael Cohen. Oct. 22: Specific Behavioral Management Strategies and the Challenges of Shared Caretaking: The purpose of common behavioral strategies will be summarized as will the pros and cons of each approach. What is the impact of shared caretaking or parenting and how can problems be solved?

The class is free. Childcare is available for $15 per child. Reservations are required by Oct. 12. pam@@evjcc.org or 480-897-0588.

Dec
16
Sun
A Sunday of Laughs with comedian Peter Fogel @ East Valley JCC
Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Comedian Peter J. Fogel has worked or appeared on more than 20 television shows and has performed on cruise ships and at comedy clubs, performing arts centers and Las Vegas theaters. He is currently the national touring star of “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy.”

(Two shows: 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.)

A Sunday of Laughs with comedian Peter Fogel @ East Valley JCC
Dec 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Comedian Peter J. Fogel has worked or appeared on more than 20 television shows and has performed on cruise ships and at comedy clubs, performing arts centers and Las Vegas theaters. He is currently the national touring star of “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy.”

(Two shows: 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.)

Nov
18
Mon
Elie Wiesel and Primo Levi: The Gray Zone of Holocaust Survival @ Chandler Center for the Arts
Nov 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Center for Holocaust Education and Human Dignity of the East Valley JCC presents “Elie Wiesel and Primo Levi: The Gray Zone of Holocaust Survival” 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at Chandler Center for the Arts.

Professor Nancy Harrowitz of Boston University’s Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies will read written works by two Auschwitz survivors, Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel, and discuss how they started a new life after the Holocaust.

Elie Wiesel and Primo Levi are the two most widely read authors on the subject of the Holocaust. They share their harrowing and deeply moving stories in very different ways, but are tied together through a deeply philosophical perspective, an emphasis on social justice, and the meaningful legacies they have left behind. How do they create an approach to the Holocaust that brings readers to appreciate its importance in today’s world? How can looking at their stories and how they tell them help us understand their relevance? What can we learn from these two writers/survivors? The program is the debut of a partnership with Boston University’s Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies.

Nancy Harrowitz is a professor of Italian and Jewish studies at Boston University. She has published widely on anti-Semitism and gender in the modern period. Her most recent work includes the book “Primo Levi and the Identity of a Survivor.” At Boston University, she teaches courses on modern Italian literature, film and literature produced under fascism, and representations of the Holocaust in literature and film. She also directs the school’s new minor in Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Studies.

Nov
26
Tue
Children and Youth Cooking Workshop @ Tucson Jewish Community Center
Nov 26 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Come have fun preparing, cooking, and eating while getting an opportunity to learn kitchen fundamentals. This is truly a delicious class! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, your kids will learn how to make a kosher side and may be able to help you in the kitchen this year! * Ages 5-12.

Mar
15
Sun
CANCELED Klezmer Fest @ East Valley JCC
Mar 15 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The East Valley JCC and the City of Chandler will host the annual Klezmer Fest from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 15,  at the East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler.

Lively and upbeat,  klezmer is the traditional Jewish folk music of Eastern European Jewish communities. Over time, the style of music has grown to include instrumental music, Yiddish vocal music and modern fusion music that combines klezmer with world music such as Afro-pop, rock or hip hop. 

This music festival will also include a Yiddish Experience that includes workshops and lectures focusing on topics such as genealogy and the Yiddish language. In addition, there will be children’s activities, such as inflatables, face-painting and a petting zoo, as well as kosher pizza and salads available for sale by Brad’s Mobile Pizza Oven. 

Local bands include Jerusafunk, a nine-piece ensemble from Phoenix that blends traditional klezmer music with American Funk and other world music genres, such as jazz, salsa and samba; the Rural Street Klezmer Band of Temple Emanuel of Tempe that plays traditional Jewish soul music inspired by Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Yiddish theater and American jazz; Zaftic, whose rich and succulent sound is a mixture of Turkish, Arabic, Baroque, Irish and jazz; and Klezmerkaba, an 11-piece band from Tucson whose repertoire consists of klezmer pieces steeped in Eastern European tradition, as well as familiar Jewish, Yiddish and Israeli pieces from different eras and ethnicities. The festival will conclude with a massive jam session featuring all the musicians.

Tickets are $15 adults, $5 children up to age 12.

Visit evjcc.org/klezmerfest

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