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

The Geniuses of Russian Literature of the 19th Century

This course will introduce you to the biographies and major literary works of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy and Anton Chekhov in the historical context of Russia’s development in the 19th century. Course instructor is Roza Simkhovich.

Roza Simkhovich is an educator with more than 30 years of experience. As a Senior Lecturer in the Department of  Russian and Slavic Studies at University of Arizona, she specialized in teaching oral communication, translation, interpreting and business language at the intermediate and advanced levels for 23 years. Founded, organized and coordinated the CIS and Eastern Europe Business Forum. She organized the resettlement program for the Soviet Jews in 1990, taught citizenship and ESL classes for émigrés at the Jewish Family and Children Service, Tucson, AZ. For the last 5 years taught classes in Russian History and Culture for OASIS, Tucson. In 1980s as a board member of JCC Roza organized “The Celebration Of Heritage concert series” which is being revised this year.  Roza Simkhovich is a dynamic and engaging speaker. She will provide you with fascinating information, intellectual stimulation and will excite you with a joy of learning.

1:00-2:30 pm
May 3- May 24 (4 sessions)
$36 / $30 member / 
Drop -in $9


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

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
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


Intermediate 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 those at the Intermediate level. Cost of textbook paid to instructor.

April 19-June 14 (May 31st class to be rescheduled)
Wednesdays 6 – 7pm
$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
May 11-June 22 (8 weeks)
$70 / $60 members


These workshops are offered for those who are in Tucson in June and want to continue learning, practicing and enjoying Spanish before our summer break. Please join us and take advantage of these fun workshops.
ALL workshops are for ALL Spanish levels. 


Basic Verbs

1 – 2:30pm
June 7 – 28 (four weeks)
$60/ $50 members

Spanish Cognates

2:45 – 4:15pm
June 7 – 28 (four weeks)
$60/ $50 members

Conquering Spanish Verbs

4:30 – 6:15pm
June 7 – 28 (four weeks)
$60/ $50 members

Estudiantes y un invitado especial

9 – 10:30am
June 8 – 29 (four weeks)
$60/ $50 members

Beyond the present tense and back to the past

10:45am – 12:15pm
June 8 – 29 (four weeks)
$60/ $50 members

Cuentos de Eva Luna

12:30pm – 2:00pm
June 8 – 29 (four weeks)
$60/ $50 members



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!

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!

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.

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


Introduction to Spanish II

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

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