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From Pickles to Beer: The Long Tradition of Fermented Food in the Jewish Diet and Beyond

Chris Tackett
Tuesdays, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
A class exploring the long history and tradition of fermentation, pickling, and other forms of controlled decay in the Jewish culinary tradition. For three classes, we’ll meet at Temple to learn about and create a few foods. For the fourth class, we’ll meet at Black Rock Brewers for a tour, tasting, and lively discussion of beer and history. Any beer at Black Rock Brewers beyond the initial tasting can be purchased individually. (Alcohol tasting and additional beer purchases for 21 and over, of course.)

$40 for members; $55 for non-members; $15 materials fee for each student.
POSTPONED - please check back for future dates

Jewish Novels Group

Linda Levine, Ed.D.
Thursdays, 1:15 - 2:30 pm
Join us for a monthly discussion of beloved Jewish novels.
August 15, September 19, October 17, November 21, December 19, January 16, February 20, March 19, April 16, May 21
Books for 2019 -2020
August 15: The Last Flight of Poxl West, by Daniel Torday 
September 19: The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem, by Sarit Yeshai-Levi  
October 17: Gateway to the Moon, by Mary Morris  
November 21: Between Friends, by Amos Oz 
December 19: The Dream Stitcher, by Deborah Gaal   
January 16: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon
February 20: The Two-Family House, by Lynda Cohen Loigman
March 19: Not Our Kind, by Kitty Zeldis 
April 16: A Replacement Life, by Boris Fishman
May 21: Ways to Disappear, by Idra Novey  
This class is free other than the cost of the books, and no registration is necessary! Click here for the class flyer. 


Krav Maga: Israeli Self-Defense

Bruce Montoya 
Wednesdays, 3:05 pm - 4:15 pm
Learn self-defense and get fit—the Israeli way! Krav Maga is the personal protection system developed by Israel Defense Forces. Refined for civilians of all ages and capabilities, Krav Maga is now used by women and men around the world. Students will learn basic defense moves, along with topics such as risk reduction, safety awareness, and violence prevention—all in a safe and fun environment. This six-week course is open to students of all fitness levels. Krav Maga is your way to personal empowerment and to the strengthening of your mind, body and spirit.
Bruce Montoya is a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and is Chief Instructor at Combat F.I.T. Krav Maga.

Mah Jongg Group

Mondays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
An easy-going, friendly Mah Jongg group, everyone is welcome to drop in!
This ongoing group is free aside from the cost of the yearly Mah Jongg Rule Book, and all are welcome! No registration is necessary. Click here for the class flyer. 

The Wandering Jews

The Wandering Jews bring a Torah and worship to the beautiful outdoors. The hikes range from easy to moderately difficult, the experience superb.
Saturday, August 17, 2019; 8:00 am
Hike and Shabbat Morning Service at Mt. Lemmon, Box Springs
Monday, September 30, 2019; 5:00 pm
with Babies & Bagels, Tashlich Picnic at Reid Park
Saturday, November 2, 2019; 8:00 am
Shabbat of Mindfulness Hike and Morning Service at Yetman Trail
Saturday, December 21, 2019; 8:00 am
Hike and Shabbat Morning Service at Seven Falls
Saturday, January 11, 2020; 8:00 am
Hike and Shabbat Morning Service at Bridal Wreath Falls
Saturday, February 15, 2020; 8:00 am
Hike and Shabbat Morning Service at Wasson Peak
Saturday, March 14, 2020; 8:00 am
Hike and Shabbat Morning Service at Madera Canyon
Sunday, April 12, 2020; 8:00 am
Kurn Religious School & Wandering Jews Passover Experience in the Desert
Saturday, May 9, 2020; 5:00 pm
with Babies & Bagels, Lag B’Omer Picnic and Bonfire at the Youngerman Ranch
Saturday, May 23, 2020; 5:00 pm
with Babies & Bagels, Havdalah Hike and Service at Saguaro National Park East
Saturday, June 27, 2020; 5:00 pm
with Babies & Bagels, Havdalah Service at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Free and open to all. No registration is necessary. 
Thu, April 9 2020 15 Nisan 5780