Here’s more information from our friend and Mahj teacher, Toby Salk, on Mah Jongg opportunities in Berkeley. You can connect with Toby and get all of her information through her website.
For all of you in the Los Angeles area, I have some good news today. There is a wonderful teacher by the name of Johni Levene who is just about to start a new series of classes.
Johni charges $150 per person for the beginner series of 4 lessons with each 2 hour lesson given once a week. Johni supplies the card, all study materials and a practice set. She usually teach 3 classes per session and she is just getting ready to start a new series so the timing is right! If you are interested, you can reach Johni at Lajohni@aol.com or call her directly at 310.459.5328.
If you are a Mah Jongg teacher – or know of one – let me know so that I might alert future players who would like to become your students!
The other day I posted an SOS to find Mah Jongg teachers around the country (or perhaps, from around the world!) and recently I heard from Jenny Gordon who owns and runs the wonderful website, MadAboutMahJongg.com. Here’s what Jenny had to say:
Not only do I have a new Mah Jongg store but I teach Mah Jongg in Wausau, Wisconsin….we are a very small town but boy, do we play Mah Jongg. When the temperatures drop you’ll find a game going at any one of a number of coffee shops in town. And it all started a few years ago when a transplant from Saint Louis was in search of a Mahj group here and couldn’t find one. She recruited a few of us who had heard of the game but never played it and the rest is history….
So, if you are lucky enough to live in the Wausau area, not only do we have a great teacher and a shop to supply all your Mah Jongg needs, but you now have access to games (and coffee!) going on all around the town. Who could ask for more?!
The other day I posted information about a Mah Jongg teacher extraordinaire for people living on the East Coast – Linda Feinstein was my teacher and any skill I have in the game is a direct result of her great teaching skills. Here’s Linda:
But what about those people on the West Coast – don’t they deserve a great teacher too? Well, today many people in and around the Bay Area in California will be very happy – meet Toby Salk, once a corporate executive and now THE Mah Jongg teacher to know on the Left Coast. Here’s Toby:
Toby’s website, Mah Jongg for Everyone (I love that name!) lists her complete schedule of classes and events (along with a calendar showing the class dates), a listing of her services, and testimonials from her very happy clients.
Now that I have brought joy to future Mah Jongg experts living in New York and the Bay Area, how about some other referrals telling us about your Mah Jongg teachers? I know they are out there, all over the country, and I would love to profile them in this blog…send in their names and bios and I will write about them in future postings.
For those Mah Jongg playing people living in New York, we know Monday is a day to join Mah Jongg teacher extraordinaire Linda Feinstein at her weekly Manhattan Mah Jongg Club event. For years she has held court in Sam’s restaurant on 1st Avenue every Monday over literally dozens and dozens of tables of four who quickly devour a delicious buffet lunch and then get down to the business of serious Mah Jongg games. Around 2:15 or so, snacks are put down on the counter and the players stretch their legs, get a fresh cuppa, a piece of licorice and then quickly return to their game table. A New York tradition in the making…
And then, just before Christmas, we received an email from Linda that Sam had decided to close his restaurant and that would be the end of our Monday Mah Jongg madness.
But if you know Linda then you know that this wasn’t going to get her down. She is tenacious and focused, among her many other wonderful character traits. And so, not surprisingly, we received another email from Linda just a few moments ago – a new venue has been secured and the tradition continues!
Here’s the new information: Grata Restaurant located at 1076 First Avenue (between 58th and 59th) 212.842.0007
If you happen to be in New York and feel the urge to join in a great Mah Jongg game (Mondays from 11:45 am to 3:45 pm) with some really friendly people, send Linda an email no later than each Thursday to be a part of the coming week’s Monday fun. All levels of play are welcome!