Upcoming Events

Seeing is Believing: A Reinvention of Articles of Faith

Seeing is Believing: A Reinvention of Articles of Faith

Wednesday, March 11 - Wednesday, May 27
This multicultural exhibition features artists who contemplate how faith meshes with contemporary life, the role of ritual and symbolism and the metamorphosis of traditional symbols as they become immersed into popular culture.


Turning Inward: Jews and American Life, 1965-present(ish)

Turning Inward: Jews and American Life, 1965-present(ish)

Tuesday, March 24 - Tuesday, May 12
Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
This class examines how American-Jews negotiated both sides of their hyphenated identity in response to the some of the great ideological and political events of the post-war era, including the counterculture, feminism, the plight of Soviet Jewry and the creation and growth of the state of Israel.

Tuesdays, 8 weekly sessions
March 24, 31; April 14,21,28; May 5,12,19

Price: $150; JCC Member price:$120
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. or 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.


Annual March of the Living

Annual March of the Living

Sunday, April 12 - Sunday, April 26
Join 10,000 teens on a 2-week journey to Poland and Israel.


The Jewish New Testament

The Jewish New Testament

Thursday, April 16 - Thursday, May 07
Lawrence Family JCC
The New Testament has been called a “midrash” on the Christian Old Testament, the Jewish Tanach. But what does that mean exactly? This four-week course looks at three unique texts in the New Testament in order to gain an understanding of how Jewish followers of Jesus were interpreting their own sacred texts and traditions in order to explain who Jesus was—to themselves and to others.

(4 Weekly Sessions)
Apr 16, 23, 30; May 7
10:00 - 11:30 A.M. or 7:00 - 8:30 P.M.

Price: $75; JCC Member Price: $60
To Register or For Information: Ilene Tatro (858) 362-1154


Baby & Me Movie: Advanced Style

Baby & Me Movie: Advanced Style

Sunday, May 03
9:00 AM

City of Carlsbad Library
For parents with children under one-year old, this is your chance to see a fan favorite from the 25th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival with your tot in tow. Crying baby? No problem! Just pack your diaper bag, bring your stroller and enjoy a screening of Advanced Style, a film that shows that style has no age limit. Babies get in FREE! Price: $7.50; JCC Member Price: $5.50


Even In Darkness: A Novel by Barbara Stark-Nemon

Even In Darkness: A Novel by Barbara Stark-Nemon

Tuesday, May 05
Spanning a century and three continents, Even in Darkness tells the story of Kläre Kohler, whose early years as a dutiful daughter of a prosperous German-Jewish family hardly anticipate the often-harrowing life she faces as an adult—a saga of family, a lover, two world wars, a concentration camp and the unconventional life she builds in post-war Germany. As the world changes around her, Kläre makes boundary-crossing choices in order to protect the people she loves—and to save herself. Based on a true story.

Every story needs a narrator, and Barbara Stark-Nemon stepped up early in life. She learned a fascination with the magic of language from her storytelling grandfather. An undergraduate degree in English literature and art history and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Michigan led Stark-Nemon to a career in schools, universities, and hospitals. As a teacher and speech-language therapist, Barbara specialized in child language disorder and deafness; everywhere, there were stories, and the need to be heard and seen that we all share. Today Stark-Nemon writes novels and family histories while gardening, cycling, and creating fiber art in Ann Arbor and Northport, Michigan.
Price: $10, JCC Member Price: $8
RSVP: Susan Hagler (858) 362-1150 or susanh@lfjcc.org


West Side Story

West Side Story

Friday, May 08 - Sunday, May 17
On the unforgiving streets of 1950s New York, two gangs are engaged in a long-standing feud. The Sharks, a Puerto Rican gang, grapple with the difficulties of assimilating into American society. The Jets, a Polish-American gang, resist newcomers to their turf. In the midst of this rivalry, a Jet, Tony, falls in love with a beautiful Sharks girl, Maria. Tony and Maria meet secretly and plan to run away, but after a fight between the Jets and the Sharks, Tony kills Maria's brother, Bernardo. To make matters worse Maria's Puerto Rican suitor, Chino, is bitter over losing Maria's love and the death of Bernardo, and has a score to settle.


I Remember Mama: Celebrating Jewish Mothers

I Remember Mama: Celebrating Jewish Mothers

Monday, May 11
7:00 PM

A post Mother’s Day celebration. Featuring Walter Ritter and Veronica Murphy, Jewish stories of Jewish mothers come to life during this literary event. This program is in conjunction with Write Out Loud!


From Generation to Generation

From Generation to Generation

Tuesday, May 12
7:00 PM

From Generation to Generation. Three mothers will read the poetry of their daughters: Lawyer Suzi Finklestein will read the poetry of Jaime Lynn Finklestein, actress Bryna Weiss will read the poetry of Valerie Weiss and violinist Eileen Wingard will read the poetry of Harriet Wingard.

The program will be followed by followed by open mic. Bring your poetry to read or sing, or just listen and enjoy!


DOUBLE FEATURE - Seeking Peace, Finding Hope and The Farewell Party

DOUBLE FEATURE - Seeking Peace, Finding Hope and The Farewell Party

Wednesday, May 13
6:00 PM

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Perhaps peace in the Middle East is a future possibility? Seeking Peace, Finding Hope is a moving and uplifting documentary that examines the impact of JITLI, a visionary leadership program of Gary Jacobs, Jerri-Ann Jacobs and Yaccov Schneider. JITLI brings together Jewish and Palestinian teens to form meaningful connections to narrow the gap between the two cultures. Next, don’t miss the film that just earned the top pick at the International Film Market in Toronto! The Farewell Party is a unique, compassionate and unlikely funny story of a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home who assist their terminally ill friend on his final day. This poignant dark comedy will simultaneously tickle your funny bone and touch your heart. David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre Price: $13.75; JCC Member Price: $11.75 For Tickets: JCC Box Office (858) 362-1348


Genesis of the Salk Institute: The Role of Jewish Immigrants

Genesis of the Salk Institute: The Role of Jewish Immigrants

Monday, May 18
7:00 PM

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Of all the founders of the Salk Institute, most were trained as physicists and almost all were Jewish. In this lecture, Professor Bourgeois Cohn discusses some of the most important names of the 20th Century including Jonas Salk, Francis Crick, Leo Szilard, who conceived of the atom splitting, and Melvin Cohn, an influential immunologist.


Eat, Pray, Farm: An Exploration of Jews and Agriculture in America

Eat, Pray, Farm: An Exploration of Jews and Agriculture in America

Tuesday, June 02 - Tuesday, June 23
10:00 AM-11:30 AM

North County Hub, 441 Saxony Road, Encinitas, CA92024
Examine the roots of Jewish farming on the site of San Diego’s own growing Jewish community farm. As the course progresses, we will move from farm to table, considering contemporary food justice and sustainability in a Jewish context. Don’t be a chicken! Sign up today.

Price: $80; JCC Member Price: $65
To Register or For Information: Ilene Tatro
(858) 362-1154 or ilenet@lfjcc.org


Jewish Directors on the Rise: One: A Story of Love and Equality with Director Becca Roth

Jewish Directors on the Rise: One: A Story of Love and Equality with Director Becca Roth

Wednesday, June 03
New York filmmaker Becca Roth is plagued by the fact that the majority of states in America currently have constitutional amendments banning gay marriage, including every single state in The South, except one: North Carolina. When North Carolina introduces Amendment One, positioned to remove same sex rights, Becca and her girlfriend Melina travel to the state in the months leading up to the vote, to try to understand and start a dialog with individuals on both sides. Along with screening the documentary, Ms. Roth will share how her Jewish heritage influenced the film making process.

City of Carlsbad Library
1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011
Price: $15.75; JCC Member: $13.75
For Tickets: JCC Box Office (858) 362-1348 or tickets.lfjcc.org
For Information: San Diego Jewish Film Festival
Office (858) 362-1330


Used Book Sale

Used Book Sale

Wednesday, June 10 - Sunday, June 14
Don’t miss our annual used book sale with thousands of Judaic and non-Judaic books in hardcover and paperback including those autographed by authors and first editions.

First Floor of Lawrence Family JCC

Free

* Early Bird Shopping on Wednesday, June 10
9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M.
$20 Entry Fee for Early-Bird Shopping
* Brown Bag Specials on Sunday, June 14
$10: everything you can fit into one brown grocery bag
$5: everything you can fit into one plastic grocery bag To Volunteer or For Information: Susan Hagler (858) 362-1150


RENT - Readings Activated Workshop

RENT - Readings Activated Workshop

Thursday, June 18
7:00 PM

Based on Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’, this Pulitzer and Tony Awards winning rock opera tells about a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village New York. This powerful story shows how much life changes or doesn’t change in the 525,600 minutes that make up a year.

Disclaimer: This youth adaptation has been carefully made, working with the Larson Estate to retain the dramatic intent. Still contains some references to sexuality, drug use and strong language.

David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Price: $12; JCC Member: $10
One Night Only!
To RSVP or For Information: Jamie Gillcrist
(858) 362-1155


The Genius of Jewish Story-Telling: A Literary Journey from the Bible to Modern Israel

The Genius of Jewish Story-Telling: A Literary Journey from the Bible to Modern Israel

Thursday, July 16 - Thursday, August 06
Is there a distinct “Jewish” narrative? This class will consist of close reading of representative tales from the Bible, stories by S.A. Agnon, the only Hebrew Nobel Prize winner, and works by three of the most distinguished contemporary Israeli writers Amos Oz, Aharon Appelfeld, and David Grossman, and others. Dr. Aschkenasy is a Professor of Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at University of Connecticut and the Director, Center for Judaic and Middle Eastern Studies at University of Connecticut, Stamford.

Thursdays
10:00–11:30 A.M. (Cong. Beth Israel) or
7:00–8:30 P.M. (LFJCC)

Lawrence Family JCC & Congregation Beth Israel
9001 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego, CA 92122
Price: $80; JCC Member Price: $65
To Register or For Information: Ilene Tatro
(858) 362-1154 or ilenet@lfjcc.org