Calendar

May
22
Sun
Schmooze/AVIV Pool Party and BBQ @ Central Phoenix (location to be e-mailed to those who RSVP)
May 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Please join Schmooze (singles and couples in their 30s and 40s) to celebrate the start to summer with a pool party and a BBQ on Sunday, May 22. The event will be hosted at a private home near Central Avenue and Thomas Road. Note that we will not be having children in attendance at this event due to no fencing around the pool. This event is in partnership with AVIV of Arizona (http://www.avivaz.com). While there is no cost to attend, participants are asked to bring something to grill or a side dish. Schmooze and AVIV will provide burger buns, some side dishes, soft drinks, and water. Parking information and a specific address will be e-mailed to everyone who RSVP’s through the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YV3ZRY5

You can find more details and also let us know if we should be on the lookout for you through the Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/990469827734946) or Meetup event page (http://www.meetup.com/azschmooze/events/230774165).

Jun
11
Sat
Schmooze/AVIV Havdallah @ Central Phoenix (location to be e-mailed to those who RSVP)
Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Please join Schmooze for a Havdallah event on Saturday, June 11. The event will be hosted at a private Frank Lloyd Wright home in Phoenix near 12th Avenue & Bethany Home Road. Note that we will not be having children in attendance at this event due to no fencing around the pool in the back yard. This event is in partnership with AVIV of Arizona (http://www.avivaz.com/). There is no cost to attend. Schmooze and AVIV will provide drinks and refreshments though you are of course welcome to bring something if you wish.

Parking information and a specific address will be e-mailed to everyone who RSVP’s through the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NW2RNBJ

You can find more details and also let us know if we should be on the lookout for you through the Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/267278320290856) or Meetup event page (http://www.meetup.com/azschmooze/events/231439271).

We look forward to introducing you to other singles and couples in their 30s & 40s as well as to our AVIV of Arizona friends for this fun-filled evening!

Aug
14
Sun
Belakovskaia Chess Academy for Children – Fall 2016 Semester @ Tucson Jewish Community Center
Aug 14 @ 12:00 pm

WELCOME TO BELAKOVSKAIA CHESS ACADEMY – a Unique Fast-Learning Chess Program for Children in the Southwest U.S.

THE UNIQUE TRAINING PROGRAM IS DESIGNED BY ANJELINA BELAKOVSKAIA – A 3-TIME U.S. WOMEN’S CHESS CHAMPION, WOMAN INTERNATIONAL GRANDMASTER, WORLD CHAMPION AMONG STUDENTS (USSR TEAM) AND LEADER OF THE US OLYMPIC CHESS TEAM

My philosophy is to challenge kids through fast pace, very creative, yet highly organized and logical experience, that broadens their horizons, amazes them at what they are capable of and sets them off to explore and compete.

My goal is to help students develop critical thinking skills that they can utilize on the chess board and beyond, simultaneously preparing them to the States and National competitions.

Chess and Academic Achievements: Numerous studies have proven the benefit of chess in boosting academic achievements – http://www.psmcd.net/otherfiles/BenefitsOfChessInEdScreen2.pdf – and I strongly believe in it from my own experience – most of my students are taking Advanced Math, Reading and other subjects.

Schedule: 16 Weeks –
FALL 1 (8 weeks): Aug 14, 21, 28, Sep 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct 2
Break (1 week)
FALL 2 (8 weeks): Oct 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, __, Dec 4, 11

Each class is limited to 10 students.

OUR PHOTO ALBUMS & MEDIA COVERAGE:
1st Individual and Family Team Chess Tournament in Tucson
PBS / Arizona Public Media (05/27/2014): “US Chess Champion: Game Can Expand Kids Skills
UA@Work: “National Champion Teaches Students How Business Is Like Chess
Chess and Science Festival and All-Girls Chess Tournament at Flandrau Science Center – video
Find updates at: https://www.facebook.com/BelakovskaiaChessAcademy

Dec
3
Sat
4th Annual Chess and Science Festival & All-Girls Tournament – 2016 @ Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium
Dec 3 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Our 4th ANNUAL CHESS AND SCIENCE FESTIVAL & ALL-GIRLS TOURNAMENT is scheduled for Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

FESTIVAL IS OPEN FOR ALL!
Special Flandrau reduced admission: Adult $5, Child $3
THE EVENT INCLUDES:
 ALL-GIRLS CHESS TOURNAMENT IN 3 SECTIONS (OPEN, U800 & U400). USCF RATED. Entry Fee – please see details on events4chess.com
 VARIOUS CHESS ACTIVITIES
 MANY SCIENCE EXHIBITS FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS
 MUSEUM ADMISSION
 LASER SHOWS
 … AND MUCH MORE!

ORGANIZATION, SUPPORT AND SPONSORSHIP COMES FROM:
 3-TIME US WOMEN’S CHESS CHAMPION – WGM ANJELINA BELAKOVSKAIA
 BELAKOVSKAIA CHESS ACADEMY PARENTS
 FLANDRAU SCIENCE CENTER AND PLANETARIUM
 Numerous Tucson companies and organizations, including the University of Arizona,
College of Science and Math Department
 UNITED STATES CHESS FEDERATION

Our Mission: To organize a special and memorable event that will have a long lasting positive influence on participants, parents and observers, through promoting girls’ self-esteem, confidence, and ability to compete in intellectual areas and achieve great success in chess and beyond – including math, science, finance, business and life!

Info: www.ChessandScienceFestival.com (520) 370-0700 Anjelina@gmail.com
ALL-GIRLS tournament registration – events4chess.com
SPONSORSHIP – please support our event!!! You can donate by check, volunteer, set-up exhibits and more – we welcome all the help!

Apr
23
Sun
8th Annual JFCS of Southern Arizona Celebration of Caring honoring KATHRYN UNGER @ Tucson Country Club
Apr 23 @ 5:30 pm – 8:15 pm

Please join us in honoring Kathryn Unger for her community leadership, and more than two decades of support for JFCS of Southern Arizona.

With a passion for “Tikkun Olam” (repairing the world) and “Tzedakah” (acts of kindness and justice), Kathy has selflessly dedicated her time and energy to support Jewish organizations, and the under-served diverse populations of our community. She is the Past Chair of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Board of Directors, and has served on the Boards of Directors of JFCS of Southern Arizona and the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona.

The speaker for the event is CNN analyst and author David Gregory, a sought-after speaker on politics, world affairs, and now faith since the release of his book “How’s Your Faith? An Unlikely Spiritual Journey.” Over the last 25 years, David Gregory’s career in journalism has taken him across the country and around the world. He is a CNN political analyst, and host of his podcast which features interviews with newsmakers and thought leaders. During his 20 years at NBC News, David served as the moderator of Meet the Press for six years, and was chief White House correspondent during the presidency of George W. Bush. In his book, David writes about his life and quest to deepen his faith.

The emcee is Stella Inger, an Anchor with KGUN 9 in Tucson.

Event steering committee members include:

Barbara Befferman Danes
Heather Caine, Chair
Fred Fruchthendler
Carole Levi
Eric Mellan
Jill Rosenzweig
Betty Anne Sarver
Liz Weiner-Schulman

Jun
3
Sat
Schmooze/AVIV Pool Party and BBQ @ Central Phoenix (location to be e-mailed to those who RSVP)
Jun 3 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join Schmooze to celebrate the start to summer with a pool party and a BBQ on Saturday, June 3. The event will be hosted at a private home near Central Avenue and Thomas Road. Note that we will not be having children in attendance at this event due to no fencing around the pool. This event is in partnership with AVIV of Arizona (http://www.avivaz.com). While there is no cost to attend, participants are asked to bring something to grill or a side dish. Schmooze and AVIV will provide burger buns, some side dishes, soft drinks, and water.

Parking information and a specific address will be e-mailed to everyone who RSVP’s through the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/527X3TP.

We look forward to introducing you to other singles and couples in their 30s & 40s as well as to our AVIV of Arizona friends for this fun-filled afternoon/evening!

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.)

Feb
12
Tue
Fresh Perspective: Supporting Jews With Special Needs @ Congregation Or Tzion
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

“Special Needs” – “Disability” – “Inclusion” – so many ways to describe individuals in our community who have differences. Come hear what those words mean to a mother of a young adult, a disability agency, and an individual. Rabbi Nate Crane will moderate a panel through which these speakers can tell their stories sharing what support means to them in both the secular and Jewish communities. Learn how best to help in various situations and get involved in a way that makes sense to you.
Panelists Amy DL Hummell of Gesher Disability Resources, Sharon Landay, and Barton. Facilitated by Rabbi Crane of Congregation Or Tzion and Hagigah.

 

 

 

Feb
24
Sun
Gesher watches Hava Nagila @ Harkins Shea 14
Feb 24 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival and Gesher Disability Resources present Hava Nagila the movie.

FREE TO ATTEND
SENSORY-SENSITIVE SCREENING OF THIS HILARIOUS DOCUMENTARY

“IT’S NOT JUST A SONG, IT’S AN EVENT,” OFFERS JOSH KUN, ONE OF THE ACADEMICS WHO SPEAKS ON THE MYSTERY, HISTORY AND MEANING OF “HAVA NAGILA.”

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