Upcoming Events

27th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival Kick-Off Film

27th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival Kick-Off Film

Sunday, August 21
6:00 PM

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Help launch the film festival season with this popular annual event. The film chosen is In Search of Israeli Cuisine.


A Taste of Melton

A Taste of Melton

Thursday, September 01
You don’t have to be Jewish to LOVE Melton! Attend a free Taste of Melton and find out what’s behind the buzz. Melton Learning is a fun and open way to learn the basics (and beyond) of Judaism in a pluralistic environment designed for adults at all levels of knowledge and background. Once you’ve tasted Melton – you’ll want the whole dish!

9:30 am or 7:00 pm

Classes begin September 22, 2016,


Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

Friday, September 23
This is a certificated program from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In the Melton program we wrestle together with new ideas and concepts with creative energy and enthusiasm. The Melton Course of Studies will equip you to continue along the path that is transformative, endless, pleasurable and challenging. The Courses include (but not limited to) Jewish History, Ethics, Holidays and Origins.


Moments in Our History - Reflections in Fiction (Four Sessions)

Moments in Our History - Reflections in Fiction (Four Sessions)

Thursday, July 21 - Thursday, August 11
10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive, Room 201, 92122
Instructor: Dr. Nehama Aschkenasy


A journey highlighting critical periods in modern Jewish history, reflected throught the lens of Jewish wirters who chronicled the transition from the world of the Shtetl through pre-Holocaust denial, to the Kibbutz experiment and the socio-psychological issues encountered by Israelis today. Each session will consist of an introductory lecture and a close analysis of literary works. No previous knowledge is necessary, yet you may wish to read selections from the works by the following authors:

• S.Y. AGNON (Nobel Prize winner): “The Kerchief” in Twenty-One Stories; A Simple Story; In the Prime of Her Life; Only Yesterday
• AHARON APPELFELD: A study of Badenheim 1939; The Age of Wonders; A Story of a Life
• AMOS OZ: Where the Jackal Howls
• SAVYON LIEBRECHT: Apples from the Desert

DR. NEHAMA ASCHKENASY, back by popular demand, is Professor of Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Connecticut and Founding Director of its Stamford Campus Center for Judaic and Middle Eastern Studies. Nehama teaches courses in the areas of literature and politics, and literature and religion. She has published four books as well as numerous book chapters and articles in academic journals. Dr. Aschkenasy has been scholar-in-residence and guest speaker in universities in the US, Canada, Europe, and Israel, among them Heidelberg University in Germany..

Price: $85.00; JCC Member Price: $68.00
For more information or to register, call Katey Lindley at 858-362-1134 or email kateyl@lfjcc.org


RAW Series: Urinetown

RAW Series: Urinetown

Thursday, July 28
7:00 PM

A brilliant satire modeled off the plays of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, Urinetown is a TONY award-winning, wickedly funny, fast-paced, and surprisingly intelligent comedic musical. See this special stagedreading performed one night only.

Price: $13; JCC Member Price: $11
One Night Only!

For Tickets: Available for Purchase at the Door Only
For Information: JHCompany Youth Theatre
(858) 362-1155


The Seven Rungs - A Guided Jewish Meditation (Three Sessions)

The Seven Rungs - A Guided Jewish Meditation (Three Sessions)

Tuesday, July 19 - Tuesday, August 02
Join us in a spiritual experience rooted in Jewish and Buddhist heritage and wisdom. You will explore the roots of Jewish Meditation and practice as well. Learn how to bring serenity into your daily life.

DAVID BARZILAI taught for over twenty-five years academic courses in philosophy and political science as well as Israel and
Jewish studies at Virginia Tech, UCSD and SDSU.  He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and Jewish thought from the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem, and he is the author of Homo Dialogicus: Martin Buber's Contribution to Philosophy (Magnes Press 2000) and various other
works on modern Jewish thought and Holocaust studies. 

He practices the art of meditation for more than two decades.  In the past five years, he developed and has
been teaching an original form of Jewish meditation, based upon Hebrew letters and words.  He is currently at the
advance stage of preparing his book on Jewish meditation for publication.

July 19, July 26, August 2, 2016
Tuesdays, 3 sessions
10:00 - 11:30 am
Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive, Room 201, 92122

7:00 - 8:30 pm
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center - J-Team Room


Revisiting Shabbat

Revisiting Shabbat

Wednesday, September 14 - Wednesday, November 23
9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Jews observe Shabbat in many ways including going to synagogue, cooking a special meal, resting from work or physical activity and reflecting on life outside of their daily routines. The exhibit, Revisiting Shabbat, features contemporary depictions of Shabbat through the works of several San Diego artists in a wide variety of mediums and interpretations.