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.

YIDDISH  Group, 2nd Wednesdays of the month. 10 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. No Class July / August. Resumes September.
Free, open to the public

Movie Club, 2nd Monday of each month, 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Beat the heat! come join us for movie club. Contact Al Bleecker for movie questions – aebleecker@msn.com. FREE

Financial Times at The J, Part of a monthly series designed to provide information on ways to accumulate, manage and preserve your assets while avoiding risk. All classes are open to the public. Presenter is Mark A. Silverman, CFP. Seating is limited and you must register in advance by calling 299 – 3000 or www.tucsonjcc.org.

Annuities 101, September 29 1:30 – 3pm. This class will focus on all types of Annuities; whether it be a Variable, Fixed or even an Equity or Fixed-Indexed Annuity. We will provide an overview of how annuities work as well as discuss the positives and negatives of each type and how they may or may not be suitable for a specific type of investor. Time will be given to answer all of your specific questions.

Investing 101, October 27, 1:30 – 4:30 pm. Learn how to invest your money wisely and take control of your investments while being aware of all the options that are available to you, whether you are a DIYer or work with a financial advisor. We will discuss stocks, bonds, cash reserves, mutual funds, and ETF’s, as well as Annuities (Variable, Fixed & Fixed/Equity-Indexed). We will also discuss how to properly utilize the many different retirement plans available to investors today. Time will be given to answer all of your specific questions.

Safe Money Options 101, November 17, 1:30 – 3 p. Whether you are currently retired or plan on it in the near future, we will provide an overview of safe money alternatives available to investors that involve no market risk and how they may be utilized in creating a stress-free retirement. Many senior adults today don’t realize they can have a comfortable retirement without risking all of their hard-earned life savings in the stock market especially during these volatile times. Time will be given to answer all of your specific questions.

Social Security 101, December 15, 6 – 7:30 pm. If you are a pre-retiree (age 50+) and haven’t elected your Social Security Benefits, you will want to attend this informative class. This class is designed to add clarity to your retirement income strategy as it relates to Social Security. We will discuss strategies that could possibly save you thousands of dollars in lost benefits and help you be better prepared to make informed decisions. Time will be given to answer all of your specific questions.

$15/$12 member

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. 

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

The History of Eastern European Jews in America.

Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm ,December 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

This course will focus on historical events in Russia and Eastern Europe which prompted the mass emigration of Eastern European Jews to America. Learn to better understand your roots and the struggles and the incredible successes of Eastern European Jews in America with instructor Roza Simkhovich. Explore the assimilation and population changes in the 20-21st century in business, art, science, finance, law, and medicine. $40/ $36 members, Drop-in $10/$9 members

Elder Circle

Elder Circles are discussion groups that meet once – per – month on a drop – in basis to discuss importnat topics and share stories. Each Elder Circle focuses on one of the four components: life review, life repair, what is my contribution and mentouring techniques. Meets every 1st Sunday of the month. Join us for the Summer ScheduleJune 5th, July 17th and August 21st. Resumes 1st Sunday’s in September. FREE

Intermediate Verb Workshop, Thursdays, June 9 – 30,  9:45 – 11:15 am. 

 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! Fee: $65 /$60 member

 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    

Tucson J Film Program – Films to Remember (Louis Pinkett)

Wednesdays, 1 pm. October 19 & 26, November 02, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th.

Six-weeks of awesome, audacious, breathtaking and bold motion pictures. Our handpicked selections are rarely found on TV, and only sporadically on Netflix. They range from a quirky Humphrey Bogart satire/spoof that has become a cult film for those in the know, to a heart wrenching tale of loss and redemption set amongst the chaos and brutality of the Lebanese civil war. All are nominees and winners at major festivals including the Oscars, Cannes, Toronto, BAFTA, Venice, Berlin, and Jerusalem. Directors include John Huston, the Coen Brothers, and Pedro Almodòvar. Come, enjoy, expand your mind and tickle your funny bone. Buy all six sessions and get the 7th movie. free.

Single sessions $10/$8 member, enjoy, expand your mind and tickle your funny bone.

$60/$48 member

Littman Lecture Series: What Can We Learn From The Holocaust? An Exploration.

Wednesdays, 2 – 3:30 pm. November 23, 30th, December 7, 14 , 21st. 

What happened? Why? Can it happen again? Can we do anything to prevent it happening again? Looking back, we recognize that the Holocaust was an unparalleled atrocity of earth-shattering moral and historical significance. Yet, most of the world failed to grasp it’s meaning; even those who had endured the brutal persecution of the camps found it difficult to understand what had really happened to them. Now that we have had time to analyze the unprecedented assault on the Jewish people, we are better equipped to examine events and learn lessons from them.$40/$36 member

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

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.