Category Archives: Mah Jongg and Me


It’s been a summer of vacations and the OMs haven’t all been together in a couple of months. Today we were all back and it was K’s turn to host. Lunch was so delicious and even Roxie agreed…but not to K’s liking! Roxie got to the basket of bread before we sat down and had a carbohydrate feast – look at how pleased she is with herself!




Gladys Grad, the Grand Master of American-style Mah Jongg tournaments, has some new Q&A’s in her latest newsletter. Here’s an interesting one and I’d like to hear back from you as to whether or not you think Miriam’s friend was being picky or just following the table rules…

 Q.  I made the jokerless hand today of 3 sets of consecutive numbers (FF1122 1122 1122).  One of our “table rules” is to announce when we make a hand without jokers.  In this case, I didn’t announce it as this was an obvious “jokerless hand.”  I was paid $1.00 since I picked my mahj tile.  My friend said I should have announced it!  Was that necessary?  Miriam

A. You have initiated a “house rule” in your own game that “you must announce when you make a jokeless hand.”  Perhaps, your opponent was being a little picky about the details of your “house rule.”  However, unless you were all in agreement and specific about the “terms” of your “house rules,” you really can’t expect everyone to be in agreement when an issue arises….especially one that doesn’t appear on the back of the NMJL Card.

In a tournament, you are well advised to clarify the hand that you played, and to announce the score you are entitled to receive.  That way, when your score is verified and initialed by the person across from you, you all know your score is correct.  Or sometimes, we need a little deeper insight into the obvious.



The other day I received the following email from  AOTOMO Mahjong Table Manufacturer in China. The writer, a person by the name of Frank, wanted me to “put our new design Chinese famous novel mahjong set on to your blog. Please kind find the photos attached. We will send more our mahjong products late.
I asked Frank to send more information and here is what he sent:



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So, I emailed Frank again and told him I needed more information including pricing…

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I received a lovely email this morning from our friend Linda S. who always lets us know about Mah Jongg tournaments in N. Bellmore, NY. Here is a schedule of some upcoming tournaments for those of you who are always looking for tournament play. And, along with the calendar, please note that Linda is part of a duo (Martha is the other person) hosting a wonderful website – – with a wonderful mission:

Our mission is to change the world for the better through Mah Jongg, one player at a time.

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What’s going on at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco? Well, there’s some “noshing” happening at the Project Mah Jongg exhibit and there also is still plenty of time to see the show. Here’s something fun happening there on what they are calling “Third Thursdays” (Jul 17, Aug 21, Sep 18, Oct 16 | 6-7pm):

On Third Thursdays, Project Mah Jongg artist Imin Yeh, and artist and pastry chef Leah Rosenberg will share stories as they roll out a limited edition screen printed Mah Jongg snack box. The noshes inside will be inspired by retro 1950s snacks that women across America nibbled while playing Mah Jongg. Surprises like coins, temporary tattoos, and more also included. A different treat and box design will be offered each month. Visitors can also join Yeh in building a paper Mah Jongg set. Limited edition of 50 boxes for purchase per event.

That’s Imin and Leah in the photo above.

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Back in January I wrote about a teacher in the Philadelphia area by the name of Leah Feigenbaum. In August I received an email from Leah telling me about a new and exciting development:

Hi Ann – I hope you are well. Thought I would forward a new development in the world of Mah Jongg.  I teach Maj in the Philadelphia area, you were kind enough to feature me on your blog during the winter.  I am just going to copy a letter I have sent to my students below.  Check it out, maybe you would be willing to put this on your blog too. Thanks so much, Leah

I hope that you have all enjoyed my classes over the years.  One problem I have always  had  is to be able to offer enough classes in enough locations to help all the people who would love to learn this growing game of Mah Jongg.  I have exciting news to tell you.  I have partnered with some other avid Mah Jongg ladies and we have developed a website for you and your friends. has both free and membership offerings to help you continue to power up your game.  For the beginner who cannot attend my class, there are video lessons.  This is also perfect for those needing a refresher.  These videos take it from the very beginning.  For those of you who already know how to play, there are strategy sessions and playing exercises to help you with hints and tips to improve your play and enjoy the game even more. And as we continue to expand the site, you will have access to all things Mah Jongg.  Please feel free to offer suggestions of what you would like to see and learn.

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