Lectures & Clubs

Lectures & Clubs

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.

Zalman Ber’s Story – Book signing with Lisa Kotz Mishler

Zalman Ber’s Story is told in his own voice by author Lisa Kotz Mishler, a powerful addition to the historical recounting of World War II. Together, he and his wife Luba, survived the Holocaust. They escaped the horrors the Nazis inflicted on their Polish villages, they fought with partisans and then later, Zalman enlisted with the Russian military. Zalman Ber’s Story is about love, war heroism, and miracles. Love, courage, and a sheer force of will drove Luba during her long journey to find Zalman, alone, in one of the coldest winters in recorded history while being surrounded by Nazi soldiers. Their story as told by Lisa Kotz Mishler deserves to be experienced and honored. You can learn more at www.lisamishler.com or contact lisa@lisamishler.com.

Read an interview with Lisa Mishler on the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/58a75f63e4b026a89a7a2aba

“Lisa Mishler’s efforts resulted in the publication of Zalman Ber: The True Story of the Man the Nazis Could Not Kill. The book captures how, her parents, Sol and Luba survived the Nazi liquidation of a million and a half Jews in Poland in the western part of Russia, in mass killings in the ghettos, in places where they were born and in the concentration camps.”

Sunday, February 26, 2 – 4 pm
Free and open to the public


Senior Shabbat Luncheons

Join us for the Senior Shabbat Luncheon Series at The J

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, April 7th: A Mah Jongg Experience

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

RSVP in advance by calling 520-299-3000 or register online.
$15 per person, please pay more if you can, less  if you can’t.



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


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
$1 for members/$2 for non-members. Open to the public


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.


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


The History of Eastern European Jews in America


The History of Eastern European Jews in America.

Learn to better understand your roots, the struggles and the incredible successes of Eastern European Jews in America with instructor Roza Simkhovich.

Wednesday evenings: December 21, 28 & Jan. 4 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.
Katherine Scoggin-Sobonya. 520 – 977-4304
Meets every 1st Sunday of the month. 1 – 2 pm, 1st Sunday of the month.



Mah Jongg   

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.

JCC Mah Jongg players


Israeli Dance

Partner and open circle dancing.

Instructor: Lisa Goldberg
Tuesday evenings
Beginners: 7:30 p.m.
Intermediate: 8:15 p.m.
Advanced:  9:00  p.m
$6/ 5 members per session
Group Fitness Studio

Come learn to dance with beginners through advanced dancers – every Tuesday.
Instructor: Brandi Hawkins
Sunday evenings  5 – 7:30 pm
(This class ONLY meets on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.)
$6/ $5 members per session
Group Fitness Studio


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.


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