This weekend: Baseball, Jerusalem Day and more

Here’s a roundup of things to do this weekend in the Greater Phoenix Jewish community.

‘Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story’

1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center presents “Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story,” a documentary that explores the connection between Jewish Americans and baseball.

The screening is part of a kickoff for Koach Maccabi, a program to prepare children, ages 10-12, for the Maccabi Games with programs, and team-building activities  Before the film, at noon, there will be a Wiffleball game, and afterward, at 3:30 p.m., an art project about “What Makes You a Good Friend.”

Tickets are free for age 16 and younger and $5 for all others.

Check here for more information and to watch the trailer.

Jerusalem Day concert

7 p.m.  Sunday, May 20: Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix

Direct from the Galilee in Israel, Diane Kaplan (singer/songwriter/guitarist), who grew up in Phoenix, will present a concert celebrating Jerusalem Day.

Kaplan studied at NAU before moving to Israel, where she has performed acoustic folk and world music for more than 35 years.  Her concerts are a mix of her own compositions, Israeli, Yemenite, Ladino as well as Celtic songs, Bob Dylan and blues that touch on her personal history, told through the music that influenced her and became part of her life along the way.

Tickets at the door are $18, which include the concert, light refreshments and an opportunity to meet with the performer after the show.

Hear a sample of her music here.

Tour de Chai

7 a.m. bike-a-thon check-in, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. festival and vendor fair. Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix.

On Sunday, Temple Chai will host its first Tour de Chai, a cycling and end-of-year festival.

Get all the information in this promotional video from the synagogue.

Other things going on:

Sunday, May 20:  The Arizona Jewish Historical Society hosts its annual meeting at 11 a.m. at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center.  AZJHS volunteer archivist Marty Richelsoph will receive the Beryl Morton Award and the event will feature music by the Rural Street Klezmer Band. More details.

Sunday, May 20: Sifyrat Pijama B’America, an offshoot of the PJ Library Jewish literacy program for children that sends free Hebrew books to families with at least one Hebrew-speaking parent , launches locally with a registration event at Pardes Jewish Day School. More details.

Shabbat Shalom!

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