Toby’s Mah Jongg Classes — So much fun!

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?


  1. I played maj with a local group here in Northern VA for quite a while (before I went back to work). Great fun. We were a mixed group with all types of backgrounds – definately not religious affiliated group in any way.
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)

    • I teach Mah Jongg and have taught hundreds at this point in time. There are groups all over the Bay Area that have stemmed from my classes. I love hearing about the community Mah Jongg creates. Any one out there want to try a Beginners Class???

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