Upcoming Events

Once on this Island

Once on this Island

Friday, May 13 - Sunday, May 22
From the TONY Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (My Favorite Year, Seussical, Ragtime) comes the Olivier Award-winning Once On This Island. This highly original and theatrical Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid garnered eight TONY nominations for its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score. Celebrate storytelling with this rousing Calypso-flavored tale of one small girl who finds love in a world of prejudice.


Exodus! Leon Uris, Paul Newman, and American Zionism (Two Sessions)

Exodus! Leon Uris, Paul Newman, and American Zionism (Two Sessions)

Monday, May 16
7:00 PM

Temple Solel: 3575 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007
American Jews are people of the book...and the film. Across the 20th century, popular culture has played an important role in American Jewish life, as cultural conversations about American Jewish identity developed on screen and in print. One of the most memorable and impactful of these conversations was brought to us by Leon Uris and Paul Newman. Exodus, the epic tale of the founding of the state of Israel, offered a vision of Zionism that resonated with American viewers. This talk examines the popularity of Exodus as a book and a film, and explores its effects on American Jewish identity and American Zionism.

Joellyn Zollman holds a Ph.D. in Jewish history from Brandeis University. She has worked with the Jewish material culture collections at the Smithsonian Institution, the Skirball Museum, and The American Jewish Historical Society. Locally, she has taught classes on Jewish history, American religion, and religious art and architecture at San Diego State University, UCSD, and the Center for Jewish Culture. Free!

For more information or to register, call Katey Lindley at 858-362-1134 or email kateyl@lfjcc.org


Exodus! Leon Uris, Paul Newman, and American Zionism (Two Sessions)

Exodus! Leon Uris, Paul Newman, and American Zionism (Two Sessions)

Wednesday, May 18
10:30 AM

Coronado Public Library: 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118
American Jews are people of the book...and the film. Across the 20th century, popular culture has played an important role in American Jewish life, as cultural conversations about American Jewish identity developed on screen and in print. One of the most memorable and impactful of these conversations was brought to us by Leon Uris and Paul Newman. Exodus, the epic tale of the founding of the state of Israel, offered a vision of Zionism that resonated with American viewers. This talk examines the popularity of Exodus as a book and a film, and explores its effects on American Jewish identity and American Zionism.

Joellyn Zollman holds a Ph.D. in Jewish history from Brandeis University. She has worked with the Jewish material culture collections at the Smithsonian Institution, the Skirball Museum, and The American Jewish Historical Society. Locally, she has taught classes on Jewish history, American religion, and religious art and architecture at San Diego State University, UCSD, and the Center for Jewish Culture.

Free!

For more information or to register, call Katey Lindley at 858-362-1134 or email kateyl@lfjcc.org


Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

Wednesday, May 25
7:00 PM

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Arguably the most influential creator, writer, and producer in the history of television, Norman Lear brought prime time into step with the times. Using comedy and indelible characters, his legendary 1970s shows such as All In the Family, Maude, Good Times, and The Jeffersons, boldly cracked open dialogue and shifted the national consciousness, injecting enlightened humanism into sociopolitical debates on race, class, creed, and feminism.

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You is the definitive chronicle of Mr. Lear’s life, work, and achievements, but it is so much more than an arm’s-length, past-tense biopic; at 93, Mr. Lear is as vital and engaged as ever. Top-notch cinéma vérité documentarians Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp) fashion a dynamic portrait that matches the spirit of their subject. Featuring interviews with the likes of George Clooney, Jay Leno, and Louise Lasser, the filmmakers reveal a psychologically rich man whose extraordinary contributions emerge from both his personal story and a dialogue with the world.

Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady/USA/2016/92 min./English/Documentary Price: $13.75; JCC Member Price: $11.75

Tickets for Norman Lear: Just another Version of You go on sale May 1, 2016


We Are What We Remember: The Ever-Evolving Transmission of Jewish History (Four Sessions)

We Are What We Remember: The Ever-Evolving Transmission of Jewish History (Four Sessions)

Thursday, June 02 - Thursday, June 23
This new four-lesson course of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning addresses the important role of collective national memory in the ongoing development and adaptation of Judaism throughout the generations. What do we remember and why? How are national memories formed and preserved? The course opens with the Torah's directive to remember the attempted Jewish national genocide perpetrated by Israel’s arch-enemy, Amalek. The next three lessons each explore significant historical periods and the memories formed around them: reflections on the Spanish expulsion, recollections of Poland just before and following the shoah, and the State of Israel as envisioned by its founders and as experienced by its citizens today. The main objective of this course is to offer learners opportunities to explore the significant impact of Jewish collective memory on the current and future status of worldwide Jewry.

10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
June 2, 9, 16 & 23
Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive, Suite 201, 92122

or 7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
June 2, 9, 16 & 23
Classes at Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
JTeam Room

For more information or to register, call Katey Lindley at 858-362-1134 or email kateyl@lfjcc.org


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It's Deli-cious! A Historical Exploration of American Jews and Delicatessen (One Free Lecture)

Sunday, June 05
3:00 PM

Temple Emanu-El: 6299 Capri Dr, San Diego, CA 92120
This free talk will explore the historical relationship between American Jews and American delis. The lecture looks at how American Jews came to be associated with delis, how American Jewish delis have changed over time, and what the deli's purpose and meaning has been to American Jewish identity and American Jewish life.

Joellyn Zollman holds a Ph.D. in Jewish history from Brandeis University. She has worked with the Jewish material culture collections at the Smithsonian Institution, the Skirball Museum, and The American Jewish Historical Society. Locally, she has taught classes on Jewish history, American religion, and religious art and architecture at San Diego State University, UCSD, and the Center for Jewish Culture.

Free!

For more information or to register, call Katey Lindley at 858-362-1134 or email kateyl@lfjcc.org


A Journey into Chagall’s Art (One Free Session)

A Journey into Chagall’s Art (One Free Session)

Monday, June 27
7:00 PM

Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff, CA 92007
In this lecture we will discuss Mark Chagall, the world's preeminent Jewish artist. A Master of Dreams and Storytelling, Chagall's unique expressive and poetic paintings will be shown and discussed. Images of childhood memories, floating people, flying goats, brides and grooms and fiddlers on the roof. We'll cover his paintings, stained glass windows, tapestries and mosaics. Join us to discuss what motivated Chagall; What/who influenced him; What's unique about his art compared to other major artists; How does his art fit with other art movements in the 19th and 20th century.

A unique artist and musician trapped in the body of an engineer, Guri has been painting in watercolors for over 25 years. Born in Israel, Guri moved to the United States 28 years ago. With his distinctively strong and brilliant watercolors, Guri made a name for himself as an artist in Israel, Denver Colorado, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, California where he participated in numerous shows, exhibitions and galleries.

For more information or to register, call Katey Lindley at 858-362-1134 or email kateyl@lfjcc.org


Tune Up Your Brain with the Global Alphabet (Three Sessions)

Tune Up Your Brain with the Global Alphabet (Three Sessions)

Tuesday, June 28 - Tuesday, July 12
10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego, CA 92122
Each session will teach 4-5 “Key-letters,” with “Parallel” words & classic verses in several languages. In all, a dozen-plus languages will be covered: from Italian, & Latin & to Russian, Sanskrit, , Hebrew, Arabic, .
A “one-page dictionary” will be included, covering Semitic and Indo-European languages.

For more information or to register, call Katey Lindley at 858-362-1134 or email kateyl@lfjcc.org


The Mystery of Job - An Eternal Challenge (Three Sessions)

The Mystery of Job - An Eternal Challenge (Three Sessions)

Thursday, June 30 - Thursday, July 14
The Book of Job is one of the most challenging and interesting in the bible. It contains some of the world’s greatest poetry as well as a number of ideas that provoke us into thinking about our lives today. Discussion will focus on Job from various perspective —literature, philosophy and religion. Most importantly we will examine the universal ideas that emerge from such a work and its impact for today.

CLASS INSTRUCTOR: JANICE P. ALPER, DJRE, has had an extensive career as a Jewish educator and communal worker. She has taught at all levels. Currently she leads a monthly study group at Congregation Beth Israel and an annual course for the Osher Adult Lifelong Learning Institute. She has taught in the Melton program in Australia and San Diego. Her primary focus as a teacher of texts is to examine the content from historical, literary and religious perspectives.

10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Congregation Beth Israel
9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122

7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037


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


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