This weekend: Family music event, women’s learning, party with purpose

There’s lots to do over the long weekend:

On Sunday, a Jewish Music Extravaganza is scheduled for 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Phoenix Hebrew Academy. Families can listen to stories read by Rabbi Michael Wasserman of The New Shul and Rabbi Bryski from Chabad of Scottsdale will read stories, do crafts with PJ Library, and hear music from Ari Ben-Yam and David Goldstein. Food from King Solomon’s Pizza will be for sale. Call 480-203-0424 or email

Also that day, the Women’s Jewish Learning Center hosts “Turn, Turn Turn: Teshuva: 2012,” a multimedia study adventure with Rabbi Elana Kanter in preparation for the High Holidays. 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Mustang Library.

On Monday, Chabad of the East Valley hosts a family fun day 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The pre-High Holiday event and open house will include a shofar factory demonstration and apple and honey tasting. 480-855-4333.

jLIVE, for Jewish young professionals ages 22-32, will host “Party with a Purpose” 7:30-10 p.m. at a private home. Proceeds benefit Leket, an Israeli food bank. $10 suggested donation. Call 480-930-6173.

On Sunday through Wednesday, a scribe from Colorado Springs will be in Scottsdale to check mezuzot, a visit that is organized through Shomrei Mitzvas Mezuzah of Arizona. To make an appointment to check your mezuzah before the High Holidays, visit

And, so you can plan ahead, here are some things happening next week:

Tuesday/Sept. 4

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society offers a free Jewish genealogy presentation on “The U.S. Census Now and Then” led by Janette Silverman. 7 p.m. at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center.

Wednesday/Sept. 5

Valley Beit Midrash kicks off its season with the debut of the Seymour Sacks z”l Memorial Lecture 7 p.m. at Temple Chai. The featured guest is Rabbi David Ellenson, president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

The Bureau of Jewish Education holds a Mother’s Circle tea 10-11:30 a.m. at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus. The program is for non-Jewish women raising Jewish children.

Thursday/Sept. 6

An introductory meeting for Chai Mitzvah will be held at Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley. The program’s aim is to encourage Jewish adults to revisit and recommit to Jewish life. Two meeting times available: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The opening reception for the next JGallery exhibit is 5:30-7 p.m. at the Valley of the Sun JCC. Artist Judith Rothenstein-Putzer displays her work.
Shabbat Shalom!

This week’s candlelighting time is 6:37 p.m.

Have a peaceful Shabbat and a safe long weekend!


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