Ever since I met Toby at AJC’s Chinese-Jewish Mah Jongg event, I have been captivated by the art of the game.
Considering that I am Chinese, but ignorant about Mah Jongg, was not acceptable in my eyes. With conviction, I coerced my mom to take the beginner’s course together in Berkeley, CA.
Now Toby teaches the Jewish or American style of play, a kind of a twist on the Chinese version. Every Wednesday evening, for 4 weeks, I get to sit with 6 other Jewish ladies learning the basics. Toby provides the refreshments, i.e. tea and cookies and is a great teacher and communicator. My mom and I are the only ones who are not “100%” Jews at the class.
I get the feeling there is a sort of revival of Mah Jongg going on right now. When I think of Mah Jongg, I think of a more mature audience. I hope to help change this and entice more younger generations to start cracking those tiles! Do you know how to play?