A couple of weeks ago our dear friend, Toby Salk, (who is holding Mah Jongg classes at Rancho La Puerta right now in Tecate, Baja California), and I had a fun conversation where we talked about everything under the sun, including an idea about teaching Mah Jongg on television. As it turns out, this isn’t such a revolutionary idea…the next day I received an email from Toby with a photo of the great Mah Jongg maven, Dorothy S. Meyerson, teaching Mah Jongg on television in 1951. For those of you who might not know Dorothy’s name, she is considered to be a pioneer of Mah Jongg within the Jewish community and the author of how-to-play books (starting with “That’s It – National Mah Jongg League Rules” first published in 1937). If you ever wondered where Johni Levene (Mah Jongg teacher extraordinaire!) came up with the name for her fabulous Facebook site, “Mah Jongg – That’s It“, now you know!Dorothy S. Meyerson teaching Mah Jongg on television, 1951 (photo courtesy of Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage).
If you are looking to learn Mah Jongg in a zen-like location, you might want to sign up for Toby Salk’s newest offering: Mah Jongg at the fabulous RANCHO LA PUERTA (located in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico). Toby is going to be teaching a class for beginners at the ranch and will also offer Mah Jongg play for all levels of players. The class will be held August 20 to August 27, 2016 and when you make a reservation at the ranch, mention the words, “Mah Jongg.” I suspect the class will be filled with very interesting people, including Gail Friedlander, Toby’s childhood friend of 50 years, Mah Jongg collector, and teacher extraordinaire. Hey, Toby – I like that book you are holding!!!