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FAQ 4a. Teachers List, + Essential Mah-Jongg Links

Latest update: February 2023. Dead links removed.

Following the Teachers List are just a few of the most essential mah-jongg links, selected from among the many mah-jongg links in FAQ 4b.

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  • Mah-Jongg Teachers & Lessons
  • Mah-Jongg Sets & Goods
  • Mah-Jongg Organizations in America
  • Mah-Jongg Tournaments & Cruises
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    State City/Area Type of M.J. Name Email Website/Tel./Details
    AZ Chandler Area (Mesa, Gilbert, Phoenix) American Eden Siegler Tel. 847-338-4000
    AZ Scottsdale, East Valley, Phoenix American Donna Huisinga I teach small groups--you need to have a minimum of 3 interested people.
    AZ Scottsdale American Vicki Errigo Hunt I teach at Valley of the Sun JCC, in Scottsdale, and I also do private instruction. Iím available teach families and groups at community centers, hotels, senior centers, and private residences.
    AZ Scottsdale/Prescott American Andrea Korff A finely tuned program offered for both beginners and those needing a refresher. Currently teaching at Foothills Library.
    AZ Scottsdale American Sharry Fassett Available to teach American Mah Jongg, Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced (Getting tournament ready) Private or groups
    AZ Scottsdale American Peggy Alexander I teach groups as small as 3 in North Scottsdale. Phone number 480-488-3006
    CA Bakersfield American Pamela Cheatwood I love teaching American Mah Jongg using NMJL rules. Group or private lessons available.
    CA Berkeley & Bay Area American Toby Salk Website
    CA Camarillo American Merrily Lewis I prefer small groups of 4 to 9 students.
    CA El Dorado Hills Chinese Classical Kathy Limm
    CA Los Angeles American Joyce McShane (310) 837-8520. I teach at Roxbury Park Recreation Center twice a week. Call me!
    CA L.A. San Fernando Valley American Judi Nachenberg Website
    [Not stated] Marin County American Jessica Frederick
    CA Marin County/San Rafael American Suzan Dexter
    CA Menlo Park American Irene Jones Tel. 650-854-3228
    CA Palm Springs Classical Chinese Lise Baadh I teach virtually to groups (up to 8) anywhere via FaceTime and in person in the Coachella Valley (general classes and private groups). Iíve taught for over 350 students. I teach an Intro class, then Scoring and Advanced/Strategy classes.
    CA San Diego American Carol Cohn I teach beginner or advanced levels of American mahjong. Private or group lessons available. I live in the Mission Valley area of San Diego 92111. email or text @ 619.708.7760
    CA San Diego, North County American Sandra Novack I teach beginner American Mah Jongg and intermediate strategy classes. Private or group lessons in north San Diego. E-mail or text @ 760-685-0178.
    CA San Francisco American, Chinese Sara Levy Linden I teach at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and private homes. 415-810-8434
    CA San Mateo County Chinese Classical Vicki Jung
    CA Santa Maria American Donna Eschen Will teach group and private classes
    CA Santa Monica, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Beverly Hills American Megan McGrath Megan McGrath teaches American Mah Jongg using the NMJL rules. Classes are four 2-hour lessons (=8 hours total). After graduation we offer games several days per week. (Hard to find for beginners.) We are building quite a community - and you can call me at (310) 579-7383 or email See us on
    CO Boulder Chinese, American Jan MahJongg Meyer
    CO Boulder/Denver area American Donna Mayo Happy to teach anyone interested in playing American Mah Jongg. We need more players.
    CO Denver American Carol Ungar For the Love of Mah Jong. Learn to play in 4 lessons. Call or text: 720-290-7204
    CO Loveland (Not stated) Kimberly Boone I am a teacher in Loveland Colorado. There are clubs all over the northern Colorado region. My number is 307-217-3250 if anyone wants one.
    CT Greenwich (Fairfield/Westchester County) American Giselle Gibbs 203-536-2723 I teach beginning and advanced beginning American Mah Jongg at my home or yours with minimum 3 players and also supervised play with strategy tips.
    CT Lower Fairfield County American Judy Smith Groups and private lessons in Rules & Strategy, History & Etiquette.
    CT Old Saybrook Chinese Classical Allison Friday
    CT/NY NY Lower CT and Westchester American Stefanie Buckley Tel. (914) 921-4055
    DC Washington (Not stated) Carla Bicks
    DE Southern Delaware (Not stated) Michelle Rahn have been teaching for over 5 years. I will travel up to 60 miles or so. I offer 3 classes of 2 hors each. This can be flexible. Prefer a minimum of 4 players and a max of 8. cell 609-670-2140
    FL Celebration Wright-Patterson (Military) (name withheld)
    FL Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood American Sheila Strulowitz
    FL Fort Myers American MariAnne Albano
    FL Fort Myers American Nancy
    FL Lauderhill American Lynn Kaplan I teach Mah Jongg on the first Wednesday of every month. Call 954-253-0547.
    FL Miami (Kendall and South Miami) American/NMJL Maureen Glabman I teach Mah Jongg at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Miami in Coral Gables; also privately to groups of four or five in your home or mine. Six sessions of two hours each or three sessions of three hours. Call for rates when you have a complete group. 305-975-5779
    FL Miami American/NMJL Wendy Rudman I have been a mah-jongg teacher in the Miami, Kendall, Coral Gables, South Miami, Miami Beach and Aventura, for over 25 years. I teach according to the NMJL. I offer classes at the Jccís, senior living centers, country clubs, & condo buildings. I teach private & group classes in your homes. Itís always a fun learning experience! 305-298-5422
    FL Naples American/NMJL Donna Bianco Trained educator; teaching at Naples Park Area Association. Email for more info and to reserve a seat at our beginner table. 239-596-2222
    FL North Palm Beach County American Arlene Shapiro
    FL Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Tequesta American Anna Farina-Rosen Website
    FL Palm Coast American/NMJL Linda Greiner (n/a) Telephone 386.283.7944
    FL Sarasota American/NMJL Karen Kent Certified teacher, small groups, 4 weeks/2hr each
    FL Tampa Bay American Jacquie Hassan Where? your venue or my home. When ? At your convenience, Tuesdays or Thursdays. Is there a charge? Yes. 4 two hour lessons. Tel. 727-729-4183
    FL Vero Beach and Fort Pierce American - NMJL Carol Dougherty 715-570-3665 (text preferred). Lessons at IRC Intergenerational Center or in private homes. Maximum 4 students, four weeks, two hours each, using NMJL rule booklet Mah Jongg Made Easy.
    GA Greater Atlanta American, Chinese, Hong Kong, Japanese, Wright-Patterson Michele Frizzell Website
    GA Savannah American Mary Hogan
    ID Moscow American Lauren Fins We have a small group of players who meet at our local community arts building. We always welcome and encourage new players and those who want to learn. Contact information: phone or message: 509-595-1773
    IL Chicago (Hyde Park) American Arlene Rubin
    IN South Bend American/NMJL Lynn McDonald I teach small groups of 3-4 in my home or yours. Contact me for more information.
    KS Wichita American/NMJL Tracy Callard 316-648-5294. I teach for Wichita Parks & Recreation and privately for interested groups or charitable fundraiser
    MI Battle Creek (Not stated) Judie Moore
    MN Minneapolis & SW Suburbs American Jody Brennan I have been teaching classes since 2014 and follow the American National Mah Jongg League rules. I offer classes in the spring and fall at the Lenox Center in St. Louis Park, MN. If you have a group interested in learning Mah Jongg and can provide a meeting room or facility, please contact me to discuss arrangements.
    NC North Carolina Triad Area American Shelby Rhyne
    NC Brevard-Asheville-Cashier-Charlotte American Barbara Berger Playing 47 years and teaching the past 15 years. I teach American Mahjongg and will teach at your home, or club or just about anywhere you desire. Tel. (843) 991-0371
    NJ Bergen County American/NMJL Stacy Budkofsky I can teach in both Bergen County, NJ and Rockland County NY. 201-280-4937 I teach Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Strategy/Tournament readiness. Teaching 10+ years. Private lessons or classes.
    NJ Randolph American Donna Gross I have been teaching for 5 years. Currently I am teaching at the adult school in Chatham. Please see attached link under fun and fitness Website.
    NJ Monmouth and Ocean County American/NMJL Christine B Mah Jongg for Beginners & Intermediate private/group instruction, minimum 3 players. Available to teach individuals, families or groups at libraries, colleges, communities, recreational and senior centers, etc.
    NJ/PA Princeton NJ American/NMJL Neilia Makadok Trained educator; teaching MJ for over 15 years in adult school continuing education programs, colleges, adult communities, and privately.
    NM Albuquerque American Cyndi Heller Tel. 505-440-0044
    NM Santa Fe & Albuquerque American Carol Miseo-Hardin Small private group lessons and at Santa Fe Community College 505-780-8622
    NV Reno American Ruth Klarer
    NY 10024 American/NMJL Joy Chimerine Tel. (917) 443-2667
    NY Ithaca (summer only) American Barbara Berger Tel. (843) 991-0371
    NY LI, metropolitan NY American Ling Maris Tel. 516 782 6621. Website
    NY Long Island American Alex Pollack Tel. 631-585-2832
    NY Long Island American Wendy Meagher 631-724=3135 or cell 631-774-2335 (cell)
    NY Long Island American Renee Gatta Tel. 516-238-0566
    NY Long Island American Donna Miller-Small For many years, Iíve taught in libraries, Adult Education Programs and privately, all with excellent reviews from participants. With a carefully designed and well-honed curriculum, I provide sequenced activities that build skills and boost self-confidence. Tel. 516-764-0153.
    NY Long Island 11572 American/NMJL including Siamese Carla Gutman 516-665-2980
    NY Manhattan American Goldie Red I teach individual and small groups in my home or yours.
    NY NY American Julie Azous Tel. 917-757-1558
    NY NY (Upper Eastside) American Linda Feinstein Email address is on website Website
    NY NY American Linda Fisher lfisher718 [at] Website
    NY NY City (Upper East Side) American Rita Barron Tel. (917) 716-6548
    NY Brooklyn (Not stated) Lisa Bennett Tel. 347 946 5622
    NY Manhattan, Brooklyn American Rochelle Schattner Tel. 917 620 9466
    NY NYC's Upper West Side (Not stated) Bonnie Experienced teacher. Call 917-399-6929 for rates and location.
    NY Rockland County American/NMJL Stacy Budkofsky I can teach in both Bergen County, NJ and Rockland County NY. 201-280-4937 I teach Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Strategy/Tournament readiness. Teaching 10+ years. Private lessons or classes.
    NY Setauket 11720 American Renee
    NY Westchester County (Not stated) Regina Tel. 718-344-4183
    NY Westchester County American Katie Winterstein Goldberg Tel 914.447.4812
    NY Westchester County American Barbara Dellon & Susan Ryhanen
    NY Westchester County American Rose Asprea Tel. 914-447-4037
    NY, CT NY Lower CT and Westchester American Stefanie Buckley Tel. (914) 921-4055
    OH Columbus American Alice Sadaka
    OH Dayton American, Hong Kong Regina Papa I play AND teach American Mah Jong (NMJL rules exclusively) and Hong Kong style MJ (as taught by Matt Shim).
    OR Beaverton American/NMJL Bill Faust I have been teaching all levels for decades, mostly American NMJL style, with experience in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Riichi. Also teach chess, cribbage and Go. I donate my time at the Elsie Stuhr Senior Center in Beaverton which can be contacted about my current official teaching schedule. Email is preferred. Cell number for MJ is 971-245-4412
    PA/NJ Bucks County PA American/NMJL Neilia Makadok Trained educator; teaching MJ for over 15 years in adult school continuing education programs, colleges, adult communities, and privately.
    SC Charleston area; venues varied American Janet Fine Player for 40+ years. Teacher of ďMah Jongg Made EasyĒ for 15+ years in three states. (414) 745-4255 text only please
    SC Grand Strand Area American and Asian Susan Verbeke
    SC Greenville-Spartanburg-York-Anderson-NC border American Barbara Berger Playing 47 years and teaching the past 15 years. I teach American Mahjongg and will teach at your home, or club or just about anywhere you desire. Tel. (843) 991-0371
    TX Dallas American Marlene Stern
    TX Houston American/NMJL Rory Bellow Rory offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced lessons in your home or meeting place. She can also teach virtually. Rory also facilitates tournament style play as well as Mahjong events supporting charities.
    TX Houston 77056 (Not stated) Michelle Shapiro (281) 825-8873
    VA Charlottesville American Joyce Nunge
    VA Lynchburg (Central VA, but will travel) Shanghai, Hong Kong, American Elise Dee Beraru Tel. (434) 851-4532
    VA Spotsylvania 22551 (Not stated) Lucy Santiago Available for pretty much anywhere in VA 540-972-1308
    Quebec Montreal American Shafrit Baum I teach American Mahjongg in English, French and Hebrew. Private or group lessons (4-8 students). Phone 514.778.2286

  • More teachers may be listed on the Find Players Bulletin Board. Can't find a local teacher above or on the bulletin board? For tips on how to find teachers in your area, read FAQ 15.

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    Commercial Vendors and Suppliers

  • Fun With Mah Jongg has mah-jongg sets, tiles, and accessories. Even big-number tiles for the visually impaired.

  • specializes in selling "vintage" mah jong sets.

  • The Mah Jongg Maven - The Largest Selection of Mah-Jongg Games, Gifts & Supplies Available. Online ordering available. FREE Color Catalog Available.

  • has fine quality mah-jongg gifts, gold mah-jongg charms, nightlights, trinket boxes, and many more mah-jongg accessories!

  • Yellow Mountain Imports - Fine mahjong sets, accessories, and more for the mahjong enthusiast.

  • The National Mah Jongg League store carries cards, the rulebook, sets, and accessories.

  • The American Mah Jongg Association sells an alternative American card and mah-jongg goods.

    Note that some tournament organizers and other sites listed below also sell mah-jongg related goods. For even more mah-jongg vendor/supplier website listings, see FAQ #4b.

    Mah-Jongg Organizations in America

  • The National Mah Jongg League has been around since 1937.

  • The Wright-Patterson rules are available only from the Wright Patterson Mah Jongg Group. This Western game is the one played by officers' wives on American military bases all over the world (see FAQ 2 and FAQ 3).
    Mah Jongg Book Sales
    PO Box 1067
    Fairborn, OH 45324

  • The United States Professional Mahjong League hosts learning and events in Japanese Riichi Majan, in New York City. USPML hosted the 2017 WRC in Las Vegas.

  • Pacific Mahjong League, Southern California branch, meets in Torrance, CA
  • Pacific Mahjong League, Northern California branch, meets in Danville, CA -

    For information about organizations in other countries, see FAQ 4b.

    Tournaments & Cruises

  • For a schedule of American Mah Jongg tournaments in the Los Angeles area, see Judi and Bill's Mah Jongg Fun website at

  • Modern Mahjong hosts tournaments and sells mah-jongg goods.

  • For information on American tournaments and cruises around the country, and download tournament rules, visit Mah Jongg Masters.

  • For information on weekly American-style tournaments in West Palm Beach, FL, contact Dorothy Kornheiser at 561-689-8299.

  • Tournaments and events for beginners and seasoned American Mah Jongg players: Destination Mah Jongg.

  • Also keep an eye out for tournament announcements on the Find Players/Teachers bulletin board.

  • For information about organizing your own tournament, read FAQ 21 here on this website.

    Other Excellent Mah-Jongg Sites

  • Michael Stanwick's site is full of amazing information about mah-jongg sets and their history.

  • CHarli's museum page is another great resource if you are looking for information about collectible mah-jongg sets. And see her sister site, 13 Orphans; galleries of sets, cards, and orphan tiles (maybe you have a set that is missing some?).

  • Carli van Emde Boas has his extensive collection of mah-jongg sets on display at

  • Author Gregg Swain has a blog and information about sets at

  • Linda Fisher's site describes American-style mah-jongg as it is played today, in detail, for new players.

  • Join Johni Levene's popular Facebook group, "Mah Jongg, That's It!" for lively conversations about American mah-jongg and all things mah-jongg.

    For LOTS more mah-jongg website listings, see FAQ #4b.

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