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9:45 AM

Spanish 5: Español Avanzado y Conversación – Advanced Intermediate

September 26 @ 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
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An event every week that begins at 9:45 AM on Thursday, repeating until October 24, 2019

Tucson J, 3800 E. River Road
Tucson, AZ 85718 United States
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This course is for students who can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including discussions in different everyday topics. There will be an emphasis on conversation, reading and writing strengthened and expanded by more complex verb forms, including the present subjunctive, as well as new vocabulary and grammar. […]

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11:30 AM

Spanish 3: Advanced Beginners

September 26 @ 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 AM on Thursday, repeating until October 24, 2019

Tucson J, 3800 E. River Road
Tucson, AZ 85718 United States
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Let's keep advancing on the road to improving the necessary skills to speak, listen, write and think in Spanish while re-introducing the past tenses, advanced grammar and practical vocabulary in the context of specific life situations. We will study more vocabulary development in specific situations, emphasis on communication strategies. Work on expressing your ideas spontaneously.

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1:15 PM

Spanish 2: Beginners Spanish 2

September 26 @ 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
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An event every week that begins at 1:15 PM on Thursday, repeating until October 24, 2019

Tucson J, 3800 E. River Road
Tucson, AZ 85718 United States
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A continuation course of Beginners I. New vocabulary development, emphasis on communication strategies will be emphasized. We will master the imperfect and preterit tenses, while reviewing other indicative forms. Sentence patterns will expand vocabulary using idiomatic expressions, useful phrases, and more grammatical principles.

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2:00 PM

The Joy of Watercolor

September 26 @ 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 PM on Thursday, repeating until October 10, 2019

Tucson J, 3800 E. River Road
Tucson, AZ 85718 United States
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Discover how to use watercolor with its translucent qualities to create your personal masterpieces. This hands-on class will guide you through the basics of watercolor with an emphasis on painting techniques. Have fun and gain a better understanding of color while enjoying the company of others. No experience necessary; all levels welcome. Materials included.

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3:00 PM

Spanish 1: Introduction to Spanish

September 26 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 3:00 PM on Thursday, repeating until October 24, 2019

Tucson J, 3800 E. River Road
Tucson, AZ 85718 United States
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For those students who have already been introduced to the basic everyday greetings, nouns, regular 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.

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4:00 PM

Purple Minions Youth Triathlon Club

September 26 @ 4:00 PM - 5:45 PM
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 PM on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until November 3, 2019

Tucson J, 3800 E. River Road
Tucson, AZ 85718 United States
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Youth Tri Club

Youth Tri TEAM helps develop swimming, biking, and running skills. Kids learn how to build confidence, understand basic USAT rules, nutrition, and strength training while learning safe and fun habits. Each child is assigned a skill level and will work at that level for each sport and be assessed on a regular basis. For more […]

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7:00 PM

Save the Date – Mega Challah Bake

September 26 @ 7:00 PM
Tucson J, 3800 E. River Road
Tucson, AZ 85718 United States
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Don’t miss this wonderful program open to all women, teens, and girls 9 & older in the Tucson community. Details and registration will be available mid-August. New this year – learn how to braid a challah for Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year.

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7:15 PM

Israeli Dance

September 26 @ 7:15 PM - 9:45 PM
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An event every week that begins at 7:15 PM on Thursday, repeating until December 26, 2019

Tucson J, 3800 E. River Road
Tucson, AZ 85718 United States
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Dance

Are you looking to meet great people and have fun, all-white getting a high-energy workout? Get your feet moving to the energetic beats of rikudai-am (Israeli Dance) Every Thursday and every other Sunday of the month.

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Thanks to our friends at Youth On Their Own, Satyr Entertainment, and everyone who stopped by our sukkah last night for this great event!
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It was so awesome to have some of our BBYO teens over to shake the lulav and etrog with our friends at Handmaker: Tucson's Non-Profit Continuing Care Retirement Community Chag Sameach (happy holiday)!
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Today we'd like to introduce you to Shahd Baeiji, a member of our community who is benefiting from the warm welcome she receives at the J each day.

Through an Arabic interpreter, Shahd tells us how her family (including her four children) left Syria eight years ago, after the war began. To escape the violence, they fled to Jordan where they lived for four years, but they were met with much anti-refugee sentiment.

Shahd has siblings seeking refuge in Jordan and Turkey and two sisters still living in Syria. When given the choice to relocate, Shahd’s family chose the United States over Canada because they had family members already living here.

That’s how Shahd found herself in Tucson three years ago and now she happily exclaims that “We feel like we were born here.”

Through a partnership with the International Refugee Committee, Shahd was able to offer a Syrian cooking class at The J. She was scared and nervous (especially since she wears a hijab), but she was able to successfully lead the class and teach about Syrian food and culture and her story as a refugee through the help of an interpreter.

Remembering that day, she remarks on how the students paid close attention to her, the sadness and happiness visible on their faces as they empathized with her lessons. After that boost in confidence at The Tucson J, Shahd wanted to get more involved.

She enrolled her son in the Early Childhood Education program and soon found part time work there, as well. Shahd also likes to work out at the gym with her daughter on most days.

All the good things about America are at the JCC!” Shahd proclaims enthusiastically, citing the kindness she receives from all the staff, who go out of their way to greet her warmly, compliment her hijab, and inquire about her family every time they see her.

You can make a difference for community members like Shahd by becoming a Friend of the J today. Visit tucsonjcc.org/friends-of-the-j to make a tax deductible donation.
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Today we'd like to introduce you to Arzu Nooroozi and her family!

Arzu, age 11, attended camp at The Tucson J for two weeks this summer, and quickly became known for her sunny disposition and friendly demeanor.

Arzu's family is originally from a suburb of Kabul, but have been seeking refuge around the world since the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan 35 years ago. They lived in Iran and in Turkey before seeking asylum in the United States in order to get better therapy and care for Arzu’s twin brother, who has a disability.

Sadly, the family experienced anti-refugee sentiment in Iran, and one of Arzu’s sisters has a scar from where she was hit by a thrown rock. In contrast, the family has found a warm and welcoming community in Tucson, including a strong bond with their next-door neighbors.

The neighbors, Tamara and Gil, have been helping the family overcome the language barrier, and also assist with transportation, as Tucson can be a difficult place to get around without a car—especially in the summer.

Arzu and Tamara’s 8 year old daughter, Mila, are very closer, so naturally the girls were hopeful that they could attend Camp J together this year. They did, thanks to a J scholarship and the generous donation of the remainder of cost made by a member.

When we asked Arzu what she thought of her experience at Camp J, she said, (in English, which she has been acquiring quickly) “It’s so cool! That’s all I can say!”

She goes on to say she loves the gym, the playground, the pool and most of all, the friends she made. If she can come back to Camp J next year, she wants to be here for Maccabiah Games again; she loves the team spirit, the cheers and the competition. When Arzu grows up she wants to be a flight attendant so she can use her language skills and continue to travel the world.

You can provide life changing experiences for children like Arzu by becoming a Friend of the J! Visit tucsonjcc.org/friends-of-the-j to make a tax deductible donation today.
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The J will close today at 4 pm and remain closed tomorrow, October 9, for Yom Kippur. If you are observing the holiday by fasting, we wish you an easy fast! G’mar chatima tovah, may you be inscribed in the book of life.

For information and resources about Yom Kippur, visit our holiday page below!
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Shabbat Shalom! As we ring in the first Shabbat of the new year, we hope that all of you are preparing for a rejuvenating weekend!
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