Lectures, Clubs & 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.


Senior Shabbat Luncheons

Includes music, Shabbat blessings, a delicious, holiday-themed Shabbat lunch, and a featured program. Get into the spirit of Shabbat and enjoy the friendship and fellowship of others! For more information about the Tucson J’s Senior Shabbat Lunch Series or to register for any of the luncheons, call the J’s welcome desk at 299-3000.  

The following is a schedule of each of the events;
Friday, October 7th: The Drawing Studio; Creativity and the Brain Pt 1
Friday, November 4th: The Drawing Studio; Creativity and the Brain Pt 2
Friday, December 2nd: LynnRae Lowe

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

To RSVP call 299-3000
$15 per person, please pay more if you can, less  if you can’t.



Exploring Talent at The J – A Theater Workshop

Sunday, 1 – 3pm, October 30th – November 10th. 

This 6 week workshop allows participants to perform monologues, improvisational games, scenes from plays, movies and radio scripts – even try singing! It’s an opportunity to enjoy the creativity and fun that theater has to offer. Instructors and Directors – Al Richman and Bonnie Pisik.  Questions contact Bonnie at Bpisik1@aol.com, 631- 275-5605 p. No class November 27th.
$90 members  and $120 non – members


classesclubsCurrent 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.


To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona

Sunday, November 20th from 2 – 4 pm.

 To Tell Our Stories

Holocaust Survivors from Southern Arizona have written autobiographical stories, now captured in the compelling book: To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona. Please join us for a reading by Survivors who are featured in this book, on Sunday November 20th from 2 – 4 pm.

Survivors will share dramatic and poignant accounts of their persecution at the hands of the Nazis, and their perseverance and survival. Learn how this book evolved, and how local schools now are using the book in their curriculum. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, with proceeds to benefit Services for Holocaust Survivors at JFCS of Southern Arizona. Free and open to the public. The J’s Ballroom.

Jewish Heritage Center


Southern AZ Jewish Genealogy Society  

The Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy ( SAJGS ) is a non – profit organization dedicated to the sharing of genealogical information, techniques, and research tools with those who are interested in Jewish genealogy and family history. Newcomers welcome. For information about this group please email Barbara Mannlein at azdoll@comcast.net. Open to the public. Group meets 2nd Sunday of each month year round, 1 pm.



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



They Only Spoke It When They Didn’t Want Us to Understand

Leon H. Gildin shares his life-long passion for mameloshn, the language of our Ashkenazi ancestors. Gildin traces the history and evolution of Yiddish from vernacular, to literature, to poetry, to its enduring influence on American culture, politics and society. He will also touch on the challenges and nuances of treating Yiddish in translation.

November 3, 2 pm
$5 non members and members
Jewish Heritage Center


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 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


The History of Eastern European Jews in America


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. 

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

$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 mentoring techniques.
Meets every 1st Sunday of the month. 1 – 2pm, 1st Sunday of the month.



Mah Jongg   

Beginner Level & Intermediate Lessons
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    
$65/$55m Call for dates and times.

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.


Films to Remember with Louis Pinkett

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.

Wednesdays: October 19 & 26, November 2, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th at 1:00 p.m.

Single sessions: $10/$8 member, enjoy, expand your mind and tickle your funny bone. Full series: $60/$48 member


Littman Lecture Series

What Can We Learn From The Holocaust? An Exploration.

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.

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

$40/$36 member

Sol Littman sitting in front of The JCC’s Memorial


Cello professional player with symphony orchestra

Classical Schmoozing with Harvey and Friends 

Harvey Wolfe is a retired Cleveland Orchestra cellist and frequent lecturer for the Tucson Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee. His seven-decade career has found him in front of famous conductors and in illustrious venues around the world. In this series of informal lectures and demonstrations, Wolfe partners with other local musicians to share years of anecdotes and expertise. Free. All programs are Tuesdays from 2:00 – 3:30 in the JHC

10/18: What is Classical about Classical Music?
10/25: …And What about Chamber Music?
with Anna Gendler, violin and Chia-Chun Ko, piano
11/1: The Pleasure and Pain of Playing Chamber Music
11/8: A few 20th Century Jewish Composers
with Anna Gendler, violin and Alexander Tentser, piano


Israeli Dance 

Come learn to dance with beginners through advanced dancers – every Tuesday!

Instructor: Lisa Goldberg
Beginners: 7:30 p.m.
Intermediate: 8:15 p.m.
Advanced:  9:00  p.m

Partner and open circle dancing.
Instructor: Brandi Hawkins
Sunday evenings  5 – 7:30 pm

(This class ONLY meets on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.)

$6 non – member and $5 members


Social Bridge Group

Tuesdays & Thursdays
12:15 – 3:15 pm

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


Knitting/Crocheting Group

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.
Fridays  10:00 a.m. – Noon  


Canasta  Group

Interested, experienced players welcome. Always one “beginners” table with instruction available for those wanting to learn the game. No advance registration required.

Thursdays,   12:30 – 3:30 pm

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

Chess Club


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.



Beginner Hebrew
Start something new!
Beginner Hebrew, Thursday’s starting August 11th from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.
Eight one hour sessions. Workbooks provided.

Intermediate Hebrew
Follow up with what you’ve learned in Beginner Hebrew!
Monday’s starting August 8th from 1:15 to 2:15 pm.
8 one hour sessions. Workbooks provided.

Class hosted by long time Hebrew educator at The J Sara Golan – Mussman.
Contact The J’s Welcome Desk to Register or online at www.tucsonjcc.org.
$60 members and $70 non – members.



Basic Conversation
This course is for Low and Intermediate Beginner student who only want 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!

Day/Time: Wednesdays   1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Dates: September 21 – October 26

Fee:  $85 non-members – $80 members


SPANISH  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!

Día/Hora: Jueves  8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Fechas: September 22 – October 27

Fee:  $85 non-members – $80 members

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

Day/Time: Thursdays  9:45 – 11:15 a.m.

Dates: September 22 – October 27

Fee:  $85 non-members – $80 members

SPANISH Introduction to Spanish
This course is designed for the true beginner who for the first time, will be introduced to Spanish and would like to learn, understand and speak basic “every day” Spanish in a stress free environment.

It develops the basic language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading and vocabulary acquisition.

Day / Time: Thursday’s 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Dates: September 22nd – October 27th

Fee: $85 non – members – $80 members