Special Interest Groups & Classes


Select from a wide array of events, classes and special interest groups. Register online at www.tucsonjcc.org , or in person  at the Welcome Desk or call 299-3000.


Current Events
Mondays • Noon-1:30 pm
From filibusters to fiscal cliffs, from immigration to education, from the Court to climate change–join us each week as we discuss the major news events to gain a deeper understanding of the issues.  Join us for lively sharing and group interaction as we follow the unfolding events in the news.  At 11:30 a.m. bring a dairy lunch or purchase at Café @ the J.   Program/discussion begins at noon. Coordinator: Al Bleecker
Free and open to the public.

NEW!  Shabbat Luncheons

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Includes music, a  Shabbat lunch, and a featured program. Get into the spirit of Shabbat and enjoy the friendship and fellowship of others. Advance registration required.
To RSVP call 299-3000 or register on our website www.tucsonjcc.org
$15 per person, please pay more if you can, less  if you can’t. 

Friday April 1, 2016
Bruce Stoller of Sonoran Desert Flutes
RSVP required by Friday, March 25th

Hebrew:  Intermediate
Sundays  February 7 – March 27     11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Sara Golan Mussman
$70 /$60 M   (plus cost of text paid to instructor)

Beginner Hebrew
For dates and times please call 299-3000 x 147
Instructor: Sara Golan Mussman
$70/$60 M

Basic Spanish Verb Workshop

Wednesdays, June 8 – 29   1:30 – 3:00 pm

Fee: $60 

This workshop will focus exclusively on Basic Spanish verbs and conjugations. As you learn more Spanish and your vocabulary increases, you encounter verbs that are irregular, stem changing or appear to be synonyms when you look up their meaning in the dictionary; like “conocer” and “saber”. But many of these verbs are not interchangeable and can only be used in specific contexts. This workshop is for anyone who is studying basic Spanish. Each class will be dedicated to specific verbs and written material will be available in each class in order to practice and improve your ability to use Spanish verbs correctly.Renew, Relearn, Remember!

Análisis de Noticias y Novedades

 Thursdays, June 9 – 30,  8 – 9:30 am

Fee: $60 En esta clase analizaremos el texto y contexto de noticias, novedades y temas de interés. En cada clase se presentarán 3 temas diferentes los cuales estarán divididos en tres segmentos de 30 minutos cada uno. Esta clase se desarrolla totalmente en español.

(News and Current events – In this class we will analyze the text and context of news and current events. In each class we will have three different subjects, each will be discuss in a 30 minutes segment. This class will be conducted entirely in Spanish)

 Intermediate Verb Workshop

Thursdays, June 9 – 30,  9:45 – 11:15 am

Fee: $60 This course will focus on complicated Spanish verbs, including irregular verb forms, verbs with stem changes, and similar verbs with different shades of meaning. Each class will be dedicated to specific verbs.  This workshop is for anyone who is studying intermediate and advanced Spanish. Each class will be dedicated to specific verbs and written material will be available in each class in order to practice and improve your ability to use Spanish verbs correctly.Renew, Relearn, Remember!

 Spanish Cognates

Thursdays, June 9 – 30 11:30 – 1:00 pm

Fee: $60 This workshop is for Beginners who want to learn lots of Spanish words in a fast and fun way. Cognates are words from two languages that are the same or similar. By learning many of these words, Cognates, you can acquire an instant Spanish vocabulary of thousands of words. You will see how it is very exciting to discover that with a few hints and rules you can form these words into sentences.

Mah Jongg Lessons:  Intermediate Level
Call for dates and times

Please bring your 2015 Mah Jongg card with you. We supply the set.
9 – 11 am
$60/$50 M

Mah Jongg Lessons:  Beginner Level
Call for dates and times 
Five 2-hour lessons.  Please purchase the 2015  Mah Jongg rules card and bring it with you to class.  Cards are available for $8 ($9 large print)  at Amazon.com or  Congregation Or Chadash, 3939 N. Alvernon Way  512-8500.  Class size limited to 5. You must register in advance by calling 299-3000    

Beginner Bridge Class

Wednesdays  January 6 – February 24, 2016
9:00 – 11:00 am
This course is for students with no prior experience playing bridge.  Learn basic bidding and playing skills from Life Master, Howard Siegerman.  You’ll be playing Bridge by the end of the first lesson!
$75/$70 M

Israeli Dance
Tuesday evenings  (every week)
Beginners: 7:30 p.m.,   Intermediate: 8:15 p.m.,   Advanced:  9:00  p.m
Come learn to dance with beginners through advanced dancers.  Instructor: Lisa Goldberg$6/$5 M
Sunday evenings  5 – 7:30 pm   ** Please call 299-3000 to confirm. This class ONLY meets on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.
Partner and open circle dancing.  Instructor: Brandi Hawkins
$6/$5 M

Yiddish Group
Next meetings:  March 9  &   April 13              10 – 11 am
Experience the joys of Yiddish!  Join the Yiddishe winkel. Mir vellin reddin a bisl Yiddish. Fun, friendship, stories and songs. Drop in, no need to register. No prior knowledge of the Yiddish language necessary. Facilitator:  Sheldon Clare
Free, open to the public

Social Bridge Group
Tuesdays & Thursdays
12:15 –  3:15 pm

Always looking for knowledgeable players. Drop in and join the fun. No advance registration required. (This is not duplicate bridge). Free.

Knitting/Crocheting Group
Fridays  10:00 a.m. – Noon  
Join this congenial group creating blankets for a local teen homeless shelter. Group members knit squares which are pieced together to make colorful afghans. Make new friends and enjoy great conversation while creating something for a worthy cause.  All skill levels welcome, and basic instruction available.  Donations of medium weight yarn and #7 knitting needles much needed and appreciated.  Please leave donations at the Welcome Desk.  For more information call 299-3000 x 147.

Canasta  Group
Thursdays,   12:30 - 3:30 pm
Interested, experienced players welcome. Always one “beginners” table with instruction available for those wanting to learn the game. No advance registration required. For information call Rhoda at 886-4334

Eastside Chess Club
Wednesdays • 6:00-9:00 pm
Recreational  and  competitive play for all ages and skill levels.
Call John at 331-9981 with questions.
Members free/$2NM/$1 children under age 18

Social Mah Jongg
Tuesdays   11:00- 3:00 pm
First Tuesday of the month, the group meets at restaurant for lunch and play.   All other Tuesdays, meet for play at the “J,”  11:00-4:00 pm
For more information call Rhoda at 886-4334
Thursdays  12:30 – 3:30 pm
Fridays  12 – 3:00 pm    
For details, call 299-3000 x 147.

Spouse Bereavement Support Group
Tuesdays • 10:00-11:30 am   Meets year-round.

If you have lost a loved one, you may find comfort in meeting others who have shared this experience. Co-sponsored by Widowed to Widowed Inc. For more information, contact Marvin Bernstein, 885-2005.

Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society
For date of next meeting call  Barbara at 731-0300
SAJGS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the sharing of genealogical information, and research techniques with those who are interested in Jewish genealogy and family history. Newcomers are welcome. Meets 2nd Sunday of every month.
For information call Barbara Mannlein, 731-0300 or azdoll@comcast.net

Great Decisions 2016
Mondays January 25 – March 21   9:30 – 11 am
In a democracy  agreement isn’t essential, but participation is.  This non-partisan, non-political discussion group meets weekly. Sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, an independent, non-governmental organization promoting informed public opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global affairs.  Meets weekly to discuss  some of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing America each year. Free plus the cost of a briefing book containing background information, current data, and policy operations.   You must register in advance by calling Sheila at 289-3330.   Group size is limited.  Topics for 2016 include: The Middle East: Shifting Alliances, ISIS, Cuba, The Politics of Climate Change, etc.