Jewish Friendship Group news – May 2014

On May 21 we will be once again celebrating Mother’s Day. This year we will have a Mediterranean Dinner Buffet at the Mesquite Grill. The menu will include Mediterranean salad, lemon garlic chicken and cracker crusted whitefish. Cost will be $24 per person including tip and tax. Lots of free parking.

Mark your calendars for June 18 at HOA 1’s Roadrunner Grill for a BBQ to celebrate Father’s Day. Last year’s event was so successful that we decided to have a repeat performance. Chef David has promised us a delicious evening of marinated skirt steak, BBQ chicken and the best from scratch BBQ beans anyone has ever tasted, really!

Our recent coffee was hosted by Kate Grinnell in May. Our thanks to Kate for hosting a lovely morning get together. Be sure to come out for our June coffee at Barbara Levinson’s home on June 19 at 10:00 a.m. at 64498 Sugar Lane; phone 825-6760.

The Co-ed Book Club meeting on May 8 is the last of the year and will discuss Norwegian by Night by Derek Miller. Sam Horowitz is hosting at 11:30 a.m. (note later start time) at 62090 E. Northwood Road. Bring a bag lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided. Please let Sam know by May 6 whether you will be attending; phone 520-468-6994. The club will be choosing next year’s books over the summer so please let Sandy Epstein know of your suggestions. A ballot will be sent out in July with the list and a synopsis of each book from which six will be chosen.

The annual JFG Pesach Seder took place with a full house. Led by Sam Horowitz and Seth Basker, the story of the Exodus from Egypt was retold with the usual questions and answers and much singing including more contemporary songs on the subject of freedom. In addition, Sam spoke of the Jewish resistance during WWII reading Mordecai Anielewicz’s last letter from the Warsaw Ghetto and Seth spoke of celebrating personal freedom.

A wonderful, informative and quite funny talk was given by Dr. Harry Friedman of the Jewish History Museum in Tucson on the Jewish Pioneers of the West co-sponsored for JFG and IJSS. We learned that the Jewish woman from the east did not stay out here initially because the houses were built of mud which surprisingly dissolved into a mess whenever it rained allowing snakes and scorpions into their now wall-less homes. Back east they went! We could read, write and count but builders it seems, we weren’t! Ultimately some stayed and the community got off to a more solid start.

The JFG and IJSS co-sponsored our first Matzo and More campaign which was a great success. We received a wonderful letter of thanks from the Nancy Lefkowitz of Jewish Family and Child Services who chaired the campaign for the time and effort the SaddleBrooke Community put into this fundraiser. Many thanks to all those who helped and contributed to the success of this initiative.