Adult & Language Classes

The Tucson J offers a wide array of events, classes and special interest groups. Register for classes below or in person  at the Welcome Desk or call 520-299-3000

New! Introduction to Food Writing

Everyone’s a critic – especially when it comes to restaurants. That’s why crowd-sourcing sites like Yelp are so popular. But what we eat says a lot about our culture, and good food writing is an art – as well as a lot of fun. Join Tucson GuideContributing Dining Editor Edie Jarolim for a feast of a class and refine your writing palate. Jarolim’s dining articles have appeared in a variety of local and national publications, including Edible Baja Arizona, Phoenix Magazine, Sunset , and Zagat.

May 4– May 25 
$65 / $55 members

NEW! Moviemaking

Join Jeffrey Cooper, president of CUT Entertainment Group, for an introduction to dramatic, narrative motion picture storytelling. Students will write, shoot and edit a series of exploratory exercises with the goal of creating compelling charaters and telling emotionally-engaging stories. Techniques practiced include the importance of camera placement to create drama and the psychological effects of camera movement. Please bring your own camera: smartphones, camera video, video recorder. For more information about Jeffrey Cooper, please visit

April 9-May 7
$145 / $125 members


NEW! Introduction to Memoir Writing

Ever thought about writing a memoir? Author Edie Jarolim will get you started with the basics: from creating a narrative out of your life story to fact-checking your memories. Her recently published memoir, Getting Naked for Money: An Accidental Travel Writer Reveals All, tells how a Brooklyn-born Ph.D. in poetry and guidebook editor (Simon & Schuster and  Random House) moved to Tucson and became a full-time writer.

March 8-April 5
5:30 – 7pm
$75 / $65 members


New! Introduction to Mah Jongg

Learn to play American Mah Jongg from an experienced teacher in a fun, interactive atmosphere. You will learn how to interpret the card, together with becoming familiar with all the official National Mah Jongg League rules of this exciting, challenging game. Instruction will include hand outs, as we learn and play through a clearly structured series of lessons.

$60 / $50 members


The Remarkable Personalities in Modern Russian History

This course will examine the lives and accomplishments of several remarkable
Personalities who have changed Russian and world history forever. We will focus
on biographies of Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Gorbachev and Putin. Course instructor is Roza Simkhovich.

Monday 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Feb 13th – March 6th
$36 / $30 member / 
Drop -in $9


The Celebration of Heritage Concerts

Enjoy a selection of talented music by local groups and individuals in a variety of musical genres, while celebrating the multicultural mosaic of our heritage.

Wednesdays 6:30 – 8 pm
April 19th:  Camerata Sonora choir
May 17th: Remembering Mr. Cole: A Tribute to Nat King Cole with Joe Bourne & The Trio
Other dates and guests to be announced.

$40/ $36 member / Drop-in $10
Ballroom & Jewish Heritage Center


Basic Hebrew for Adults

Eight one-hour sessions with instructor, Sara Golan-Mussman.
Yes!  Even you can learn to read, write and speak Hebrew.  Learn this ancient yet modern language from a native Israeli speaker.  Individual attention at a relaxed pace.  This class is designed for beginners who have little or no knowledge of Hebrew. Cost of textbook paid to instructor.

February 8th- March 29th (8 weeks)
Wednesdays 7 – 8pm
$70 / $60 member


Advanced Hebrew for Adults

Eight one-hour sessions with instructor, Sara Golan-Mussman. Conversation, grammar, Israeli culture for students who have prior knowledge of Hebrew reading and writing. Cost of textbook paid to instructor.

Thursdays, 3-4 pm
through April 6 (8 weeks)
$70 / $60 members


Introduction to Spanish I

A continuation of Introduction to Spanish for those students who have already been introduced to the structure and usage of nouns, verbs, simple sentences and the verb “estar”. Students will gain confidence in their ability to learn a second language; will be prepared for further Spanish language instruction by gaining sufficient vocabulary to form simple sentences.

March 1- April 5
Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm
$85 member / $90 non-member


Basic Conversation (Spanish)

This course is for Low and Intermediate Beginner student who only wants to focus on conversational Spanish, almost no grammar, but lots of vocabulary, audio, video, flash cards and games. Emphasis will be on pronunciation, basic conversational phrases and losing your shyness. Come join us!

March 1 – April 5
April 19 – May 24
Wednesdays 2:45 – 4:15 pm
$85 member / $90 non-member

Conversación Práctica y español avanzado

Esta clase es para aquellos quienes ya saben y quieren practicar más español. Mejoraremos la pronunciación, redacción y formas de expresión. Hablaremos de temas actuales, participaremos en actividades y juegos divertidos y creativos. Poca gramática, mucha conversación, lectura y escritura sobre la interesante cultura mexicana. Clase totalmente en español ¡Disfruta y vive el español!

March 2 – April 6
April 20 – May 25
Thursdays 8:00 – 9:30 am
$85 member / $90 non-member


Spanish Intermediate I

Ready for something more challenging?  This course is on emphasis in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, through the studying of the preterite, imperfect, future, and passive tenses, as well as thematical vocabulary and situations. We will read basic authentic texts and produce language both orally and in writing. Knowledge and previous classes in Spanish required.

March 2 – April 6
April 20 – May 25
Thursday  9:45 – 11:15 am

$85 member/ $90 non-member

Introduction to Spanish 

This course is designed for the true beginner who will be introduced to Spanish. You will learn, understand, and speak basic every day Spanish in a stress-free environment. You will develop basic language skills:  listening comprehension, speaking, reading and vocabulary acquisition.

March 2 – April 6
Thursdays 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
$85 member / $90 non-member


Beginners I

Designed for students with a little more experience and background in simple Spanish.  Practice what you have learned in previous courses and expand your vocabulary, grammar and ability to communicate, as well as accent reduction. Previous knowledge: basic vocabulary, Ser/Estar, present tense of regular verbs.

April 19 – May 24
Wednesday 1:00 – 2:30 pm
$85 member / $90 non-member


Beginners II

A continuation course for the more advanced beginner. Continue learning in a stress-free environment vocabulary building, grammar, speech techniques, reading and writing.  Introduction to irregular verbs, reflexives in the present tense, and lots of conversation. Develop the ability to maintain a simple conversation in familiar environments and daily situations.

April 20 – May 25
Thursday 11:30 – 1:00 pm
$85 member / $90 non-member


For more information please contact Barbara Fenig, Director of Arts & Culture, at or 520-299-3000.