Jewish Friendship Group news


Marilyn Anthony

The initial meeting of the Only Men’s Club took place in March at the Mesquite Grill Catalina Room and was very well attended with 21 men. As the JFG “facilitating” Board Member, I was in attendance for a very short while and can attest that the men there talked just as much as the ladies at one of our coffees (but the food wasn’t nearly as good…). Getting them to be quiet for announcements was even more difficult! This is off to a good start with the men deciding to meet once a month, include a discussion while eating and be called J ROMEO – Jewish Retired Old Men Eating Out. Seth Basker has stepped up to be the coordinator for the group. Thanks so much for volunteering. In order for any group to function, it needs volunteers and, luckily, we have such people in SaddleBrooke.

Our annual second Seder took place at the SaddleBrooke One Vistas Dining Room on March 31 led by Marilyn Anthony and Mark Schwartz who had promised to try and make it as traditional yet contemporary as possible with music by Susan Kravitz. It was a good blend of the regular story, fun singing and new additions such as the 10 Modern Plagues. The meal was delicious – as usual!

The March Ladies’ Coffee was hosted by Judi Schumacher and Rachel Hayden. It was a perfect SaddleBrooke sunny day and the ladies enjoyed a delicious brunch (Rachel being the daughter of a kosher caterer) while sitting in the garden. Our thanks to Judi and Rachel for everything they did to make it such a lovely morning.

The next Ladies Coffee on Thursday, April 26 at 10:30 a.m. will be hosted by Sharon Hoff and Carol Gordon at the home of Sharon Hoff, 36486 S Ocotillo Canyon Drive 230-8966.

Kindly RSVP by April 21 to Carol Gordon at [email protected] or 825-3618.

Unfortunately, no one stepped up to host in May, thus there will be no coffee during that month. Luckily, we have hosts for future dates with June being organized by Suzanne Daniels and Fleurette Wallach.

In April, the Co-Ed Book Club discussed Day of Atonement by David Liss, a fast-moving, action-packed adventure story of revenge set in Portugal during the Inquisition. It was hosted and presented by Alan Levenson. Thanks, Alan.

Our book for May 10 is The One Man by Andrew Gross. “It is 1944 and the United States is working hard to develop a weapon to end World War II. One man, an electromagnetic physicist from Poland named Alfred Mendl, has the expertise to separate the uranium isotopes necessary for creating the weapon. Unfortunately, he is a prisoner in Auschwitz.” It is based on the experience of Andrew Gross’s Polish father-in-law, a survivor, and is an exciting page turner. Loraine Stillman will host it. Please RSVP by May 3 to [email protected] or 520-825 6901.

For further information about the JFG, please contact Bill Kaplan at [email protected].