Upcoming Events

Highlights in the History of Synagogue Music

Highlights in the History of Synagogue Music

Wednesday, February 25 - Wednesday, March 11
10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Lawrence Family JCC
Do you know who the first person was to write Jewish music? Or what composer/singer of Jewish music was a good friend of Bob Dylan? Or what cantor was made a knight by his emperor? For answers to these and other questions, take a musical journey from Temple times to today. Through readings, slides, and music you’ll learn about the Instruments of the Middle East in Temple times, the music in the synagogue and church from the Middle Ages to the Baroque Era, Jewish music in modern times, and more!

Lecturer: Allan Endy
Price: $40; JCC Member Price: $32
To Register: Melanie Rubin (858) 362-1141


Yemen Blues: A San Diego Premier performance

Yemen Blues: A San Diego Premier performance

Sunday, March 01
7:30 PM

Yemenite Israeli vocalist and composer Ravid Kahalani, former lead singer in Idan Raichel’s World Music Project, is founder and lead singer of Yemen Blues, the group that Time Out Chicago has called “Quite simply, one of the most exciting bands in world music right now.” Ravid leads a rare combination of top musicians from NYC, Uruguay and Tel Aviv for a unique sound that mixes Yemenite, West African and Jazz influences. Yemen Blues tours all over the world gaining fans wherever they play. Don’t miss their ONE San Diego performance!

La Paloma Theatre, 471 S. Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Sponsored by Leichtag Foundation
For more information contact Leora Waiche at 858-362-1347.
For Tickets: JCC Box Office (858) 362-1348 or http://tickets.lfjcc.org

Don’t miss their ONE in San Diego performance!


Annie

Annie

Friday, March 06 - Sunday, March 22
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Leapin’ lizards! Annie is coming! The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie is back, giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this classic musical about never giving up hope. Boasting one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “N.Y.C.” and the ever optimistic “Tomorrow,” Annie is a delightful theatrical experience for the entire family.

Matinee Performances
Friday, March 6 at 10:00 A.M. & 12:00 P.M.
Saturdays at 8:00 P.M.
Sundays at 1:00 P.M. & 4:30 P.M.

Season Subscription Discounts Available; Group Discounts Available

Price: $18; JCC Member Price $16
For Tickets: JCC Box Office (858) 362-1348 or http://tickets.lfjcc.org


AUTHORS AT THE ASTOR - Stop at the Red Apple: The Restaurant on Route 17 by Elaine Lindenblatt

AUTHORS AT THE ASTOR - Stop at the Red Apple: The Restaurant on Route 17 by Elaine Lindenblatt

Monday, March 09
7:00 PM

Astor Judaica Library
Did you ever stop at the Red Apple on your way to the Catskills? Whether you did- or did not- this book will give you a glimpse into those by-gone days
The Red Apple Rest was a legendary restaurant open from the 1930s through the 1980s on New York’s Route 17. The restaurant served as a who’s who of entertainment luminaries. For the author, the Red Apple was the “family room” across the road—one she shared with over a million customers every year. Stop at the Red Apple is at once an account of growing up in 1950s small-town America, a glimpse into the workings of a successful food operation, and a swan song to a glorious slice of bygone popular culture.

Elaine Freed Lindenblatt is a former publishing professional and currently a writer and editor who lives with her husband in Rockland County, New York.

Price: $10, JCC Member Price: $8
To RSVP: Susan Hagler (858) 362-1150 or susanh@lfjcc.org


Jacob Goldberg Lectures on the Middle East

Jacob Goldberg Lectures on the Middle East

Monday, March 16 - Wednesday, March 18
7:00 PM

David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre – Lawrence Family JCC

Monday, March 16
Middle East Chaos: From Civil Wars to Disintegration of States
Tuesday, March 17
American Dilemmas in the "New" Middle East: The Elusive search for Coherent Strategies
Wednesday, March 18
Israeli-Palestinian Stalemate: Status Quo, Intifada, or Interim Agreements?

Price: $16.50; JCC Member Price: $13.50
For Information: Ilene Tatro (858) 362-1154
For Tickets: JCC Box Office (858) 362-1348 or http://tickets.lfjcc.org


Defiant Requiem

Defiant Requiem

Thursday, March 12
7:00 PM

Lawrence Family JCC
The unyielding power of music gave a group of Jewish prisoners the strength to go on. Memorizing it from one single score, and performing it as a chorus 16 times during their internment, the Requiem gave the prisoners a tool for defiance, and a reason to persevere.

Special Guest: Murry Sidlin, Maestro: President and Founder of The Defiant Requiem Foundation

Tickets on Sale Now
Price: $9.50; JCC Member Price: $6.50

858-362-1348 or tickets.lfjcc.org


The Battle Over Jews in Medieval Spain

The Battle Over Jews in Medieval Spain

Monday, March 23 - Wednesday, March 25
7:00 PM

During the Middle Ages, the Christian-ruled kingdoms of Spain which contained significant populations of Jews and Muslims. These communities were permitted to reside as protected ethno-religious minorities with the free practice of religion and a few basic liberties in return for their commitment to serve as law-abiding members of society. Retaining these non-Christian groups was advantageous for the Christians since they possessed valuable skills and wealth. Over time, the Spanish monarchies started to lay claim for exclusive royal rights to lucrative prerogatives such as control over public order, the coinage of money, and jurisdiction over Jews.

In this talk, Tom Barton (PhD Yale University, 2006) will delve into the case of the Crown of Aragon, and explore how rival, non-royal jurisdictional entities contested this legal formulation in their effort to control, exploit, and protect the Jewish subjects living on their independent lands from encroachment by kings and their administrators and other threats.

Scholar Lecture Series (Carlsbad)
March 23, 2015, 7:00 P.M.
City of Carlsbad Library
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011

Mandelbaum Family Lecture Series (Coronado)
March 25, 2015, 10:30 A.M.
Coronado Public Library
640 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118

Lecturer: Thomas Barton
Price: FREE
For Information: Ilene Tatro (858) 362-1154


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

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

Tuesday, March 24 - Tuesday, May 19
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.


Forged & Found: Family Workshop and Concert with Billy Jonas

Forged & Found: Family Workshop and Concert with Billy Jonas

Sunday, March 22
3:30 PM-5:45 PM

3:30-4:30 P.M. Pre-Concert Family Workshop & Concert
4:45-5:45 P.M. Concert Only

Parent’s Choice Gold Award winner Billy Jonas brings a magical mix of stagecraft and wholesome, open-ended, anything-can-happen spontaneity to his concert and workshops. Known for his ability to facilitate connection and community while fostering inspiration and FUN, Billy’s concerts are always a celebration! As Sing Out Magazine says, “Billy’s wild assortment of rhythm and word play, leaves audiences entertained and a little more in touch with their spiritual selves.”

Join us for a pre-concert workshop and make instruments from everyday recyclables, or just come for the concert and join in the musical “hootenanny!”


Lecturer: Nuvi Mehta, San Diego Symphony

Lecturer: Nuvi Mehta, San Diego Symphony

Monday, March 30
7:00 PM

Lawrence Family JCC
Nuvi Mehta, the Voice of the San Diego Symphony will take us on a fascinating journey behind the great stories of classical music.

Price: $16.50; JCC member price: $13.50


Jewish Day and Congregational School and Early Childhood Centers

Jewish Day and Congregational School and Early Childhood Centers

Tuesday, March 31
7:00 PM

Astor Judaica Library
Presenting educators from our local Jewish Day and Congregational School and Early Childhood Centers.
The program will be followed by open mic. Bring your poetry to read or sing, or just listen and enjoy!

Price: FREE


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.


Midnight in Siberia

Midnight in Siberia

Monday, April 13
7:00 PM

Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Ave, Cardiff, 92007
After two and a half years as NPR’s Moscow bureau chief, David Greene traveled across the country—a 6,000-mile journey by rail, from Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok—to speak with ordinary Russians about how their lives have changed in the post-Soviet years. Through the stories of fellow travelers, Greene explored the challenges and opportunities facing the new Russia—a nation that boasts open elections and new-found prosperity yet still continues to endure oppression, corruption, and stark inequality. Set against the wintery landscape of Siberia, Greene’s lively travel narrative will offer a glimpse into the soul of twenty first-century Russia—how its people remember their history and look forward to the future. David Greene is host of NPR's Morning Edition, with Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne. He was honored with the 2011 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize from WBUR and Boston University for that coverage of the Arab Spring.

Price: $16.50; JCC Member Price: $13.50
Ticket Package Available (Pick Any 5 or More Lectures)
For Information: Ilene Tatro (858) 362-1154
For Tickets: JCC Box Office (858) 362-1348 or http://tickets.lfjcc.org


2nd Annual 5 Minute Play Festival

2nd Annual 5 Minute Play Festival

Monday, April 13 - Monday, April 20
7:00 PM

The 5 Minute Play Festival is presented by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture’s (SDCJC), Straight From The Page, a staged reading series. This festival showcases a variety of original plays written by local talent. The plays speak to Jewish identity, heritage, cultural experiences or values.

Monday, April 13, 2015, 7:00 P.M., Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

Monday, April 20, 2015, 7:00 P. M., City of Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024

Price: $10; JCC member price: $8
For More Information: Leora Waiche at 858-362-1347


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


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


From Generation to Generation

From Generation to Generation

Tuesday, May 12
7:00 PM

The poetry featured will be that of the children of community members Suzi Finklestein's daughter, Eileen Wingard’s daughter Harriet Wingard, and poetry of Monqiue Kunewalder’s late son, Anthony Paul Kunewalder.

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