Upcoming Events

Hanan Harchol: Jewish Food for Thought

Hanan Harchol: Jewish Food for Thought

Wednesday, December 10 - Wednesday, February 25
Gotthelf Art Gallery
Combining thousands of years of Jewish wisdom on topics such as apology, forgiveness, gratitude, love, fear, humility, and others, Hanan’s art illustrates moral lessons, and the religious text from which they are inspired. This art and animated shorts exhibition deliver these very human Jewish teachings in a vehicle that is accessible, entertaining, funny and fresh.


Surviving the Secret: Uncovering the Marrano Jews of Spain

Surviving the Secret: Uncovering the Marrano Jews of Spain

Monday, January 05
7:00 PM

Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Ave, Cardiff, 92007
In 1391, a wave of attacks led to the mass-conversion of many Spanish Jews to Catholicism. A century later, in 1492, many more Jews in Spain underwent baptism as they faced the threat of expulsion. In 1497, the same fate befell the Jews in neighboring Portugal. What happened to these Jewish converts--Conversos or Marranos, as they are often called? In subsequent generations, many Conversos left Spain and Portugal to escape the Inquisition, and returned to the religion of their Jewish ancestors. As we will see in this lecture, their experience anticipated in many ways the challenges faced by other Jews in later centuries. As the "first modern Jews," there is much their history can teach us today about being Jewish in the modern world.

Lecturer: Professor Matthias Lehmann

Price: $16.50; JCC Member Price: $13.50


It’s Deli-cious! A Historical Exploration of American Jews and Delicatessen

It’s Deli-cious! A Historical Exploration of American Jews and Delicatessen

Monday, January 12 - Wednesday, January 14
City of Carlsbad Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011
This lecture 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.

Scholar Lecture Series (Carlsbad)
January 12, 2015, 7:00 P.M.
City of Carlsbad Library
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011

Mandelbaum Family Lecture Series (Coronado)
January 14, 2015, 10:30 A.M.
Coronado Public Library
640 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118
Lecturer: Joellyn Zollman

For Information: Ilene Tatro (858) 362-1154


The Origin & Development of Ashkenazic Jewry: A Social History of Jews Living Among Christians

The Origin & Development of Ashkenazic Jewry: A Social History of Jews Living Among Christians

Tuesday, January 13 - Tuesday, February 10
7:00 PM-8:30 PM

It is estimated that in the 11th century Ashkenazi Jews composed only three percent of the world's Jewish population, while prior to the Holocaust, that number exceeded 90%. This class will focus on the early development of this group in Northern France and Western Germany as they struggled to find their place in a profoundly Christian, and therefore sometimes profoundly hostile, world.

Lecturer: Noah Hadas

Price: $150; JCC Member Price: $120


Jewish Poets - Jewish Voices

Jewish Poets - Jewish Voices

Tuesday, January 13
7:00 PM

Entering its 7th season!
Local poets to be featured include Michael Mark, Lauren Ponder and Elana Horvitz.

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

Free

Please RSVP to Susan Hagler: 858-362-1150, susanh@lfjcc.org


AUTHORS AT THE ASTOR - Jewish Luck by Meryll Levine Page

AUTHORS AT THE ASTOR - Jewish Luck by Meryll Levine Page

Thursday, January 15
7:00 PM

Astor Judaica Library
Jewish Luck recounts the intertwined stories of two women who—in their struggles against the anti-Semitism and patriarchy of the Soviet regime and the rebranded “New” Russia—succeed by creating their own luck. Jewish Luck invites readers to inhabit the lives of Vera and Alisa, two extraordinary and headstrong women, as they fight to establish themselves in a time and place where women, Jews, and capitalism were disparaged.
Price: $10, JCC Member Price: $8
To RSVP: Susan Hagler (858) 362-1150 or susanh@lfjcc.org


The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance

Friday, January 16 - Sunday, January 25
Erroneously apprenticed to a band of pirates, morally-centered young Frederick serves them to the best of his abilities. Upon release on his twenty-first birthday, he decides to strike off on his own and become an upstanding citizen – which may even mean bringing the pirates to justice. But soon he meets Mabel and they fall in love. Everything seems perfect until Frederick discovers that he was born on February 29, and technically only has a birthday on a leap year. Will his sense of duty and honor force him to leave Mabel and serve the pirates for another sixty-three years, until he officially turns twenty-one?

David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Price: $18; JCC Member Price $16
Season Subscription Discounts Available
Group Discounts Available
Friday, January 16 at 10:00 A.M. Matinee Performance
Saturdays at 8:00 P.M.
Sundays at 1:00 P.M. & 4:30 P.M.
For Tickets: JCC Box Office (858) 362-1348 or http://tickets.lfjcc.org


An Evening of Jewish Stories

An Evening of Jewish Stories

Monday, January 19
7:00 PM

Astor Judaica Library
Jewish stories come to life in this literary evening. Be transported to eras past and present as tales both familiar and not so common are read. This program is in conjunction with Write Out Loud!

Price: $12; JCC Member Price: $10
For Tickets :JCC Box Office (858) 362-1348 or http://tickets.lfjcc.org

For Information: : Susan Hagler (858) 362-1150 or susanh@lfjcc.org


Rabbi Bob Alper and Ahmed Ahmed: Laugh in Peace

Rabbi Bob Alper and Ahmed Ahmed: Laugh in Peace

Tuesday, January 27
7:30 PM

North Coast Repertory Theatre: 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075
One Arab. One Jew. One Stage … and two very funny guys. Join us for an evening of top-notch comedy by two seasoned performers and beneath it all, an implicit message of mutual understanding and respect. Audiences throughout North America have enjoyed sustained, non-political laughter with Rabbi- turned-comedian Bob Alper, and internationally-beloved Arab Muslim comedian /actor, Ahmed Ahmed. Don’t miss a chance to “Laugh in Peace” in Solana Beach!

Sponsored by Leichtag Foundation

Price: $25; JCC Member Price: $20
For Information: Leora Waiche (858) 362-1347
For Tickets: JCC Box Office (858) 362-1348 or http://tickets.lfjcc.org


The Twenty-seventh Man: An Evening with Barry Edelstein, Artistic Director – The Old Globe

The Twenty-seventh Man: An Evening with Barry Edelstein, Artistic Director – The Old Globe

Wednesday, January 28
7:00 PM

Lawrence Family JCC
Barry Edelstein, an American theatre director, author and educator, will discuss his upcoming directorial effort at The Old Globe, The Twenty-Seventh Man. Nathan Englander's chilling play set in a Soviet prison in 1952 where Stalin's secret police have rounded up the giants of Yiddish literature in Russia. Barry will discuss the play, the genesis of the project, and the historical events behind it.

Price: $16.50; JCC Member Price: $13.50


San Diego County Art Collection at the County Operations Center – Art Trip

San Diego County Art Collection at the County Operations Center – Art Trip

Thursday, January 29
8:15 AM-1:00 PM

Starts at Lawrence Family JCC
Celebrated as the largest public art project in the county’s history, the center’s buildings and campus in Kearney Mesa are graced with large-scale sculpture and art, representing 14 acclaimed artists. Installation pieces and works in metal, fabric, wood, glass, light, painting and more will inspire and elevate on this unique tour of the facilities. Explore this hidden gem with our special tour guide, La Jolla art consultant Gail Goldman, as well as several of the artists whose works are featured.

Transportation and lunch included.

Price: $55; JCC Member Price: $45

To Register of For Information: Leora Waiche (858) 362-1347 or gallery@lfjcc.org

Space is limited so sign up early!


Jewish Poets - Jewish Voices: The Poetry of Saul Tchernikowsky and Rachel

Jewish Poets - Jewish Voices: The Poetry of Saul Tchernikowsky and Rachel

Tuesday, February 17
7:00 PM

Astor Judaica Library
Local community members and poetry lovers will read the poems of Saul Tchernikowsky and Rachel. The Havurat Zemer San Diego choir, under the direction of Rivi Raz, will sing the poems of Tchernikowsky and Rachel which have been put to music.


Lecture Series: The Spanish Past and the Modern Middle East

Lecture Series: The Spanish Past and the Modern Middle East

Wednesday, February 18 - Monday, March 02
How are Convivencia and the Inquisition remembered in both modern Spain and Middle Eastern states? What happened to the Sephardic communities in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey, why do terrorist groups want to reconquer Andalusia, and how does Muslims Spain figure in TV soap operas in Syria? This and more will be included in this fascinating lecture.

Scholar Lecture Series (Carlsbad)
February 18, 2015, 7:00 P.M.
City of Carlsbad Library
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011

Mandelbaum Family Lecture Series (Coronado)
March 2, 2015, 10:30 A.M.
Coronado Public Library
640 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118

Free

Lecturer: Ibrahim al-Marahi

For Information: Ilene Tatro (858) 362-1154


AUTHORS AT THE ASTOR - City of the Sun by Juliana Maio

AUTHORS AT THE ASTOR - City of the Sun by Juliana Maio

Thursday, February 19
7:00 PM

Espionage, love, and power play upon the shifting sands of wartime Cairo, Egypt 1941. As the Second World War rages, the city known as ''Paris on the Nile'' plays host to an international set who seem more interested in polo matches and swanky nightclubs than the Germans' unrelenting advance across North Africa. Meanwhile, as refugees, soldiers, and spies stream into the city, the Nazis conspire with the emerging Muslim Brotherhood to fuel the Egyptian people's seething resentment against their British overlords.
Deftly blending the romantic noir of the classic film Casablanca with a riveting, suspenseful narrative and vivid historical detail, City of the Sun offers a stunning portrayal of a time and place that was not only pivotal for the war, but also sowed much of the turbulence in today's Middle East.

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


Pepper, Silk, and Ivory: Amazing Stories about Jews and the Far East

Pepper, Silk, and Ivory: Amazing Stories about Jews and the Far East

Monday, February 23
7:00 PM

The Annual Loraine Stern Lecture

There is a missing page in Jewish history. We tend to assume that Jewish history is to be found in the Middle East, Europe, North Africa, and the Americas but not in the Far East. In this talk you will hear about that missing page as Marvin Tokayer, Honorary Rabbi of Japan’s Jewish community reveals the amazing stories of Jews who both benefitted from and contributed to the Far East. You will hear about the uncrowned Jewish king of China, the indefatigable World War II refugees in Kobe, the woman who refused to give up until the Japanese constitution included rights for women and children, and the baseball player who became an American spy in Japan. Rabbi Tokayer draws on half a century of personal experiences and a wealth of knowledge as he weaves together the characters and history of the Jews of the Far East.

Lecturer: Rabbi Marvin Tokayer

Price: $16.50; JCC Member Price: $13.50


Highlights in the History of Synagogue Music

Highlights in the History of Synagogue Music

Wednesday, February 25
10:30 AM

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

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 & Tel Aviv for a unique sound that mixes Yemenite, West African & Jazz influences. Yemen Blues tours all over the world headlining shows including: the big stage at The Lincoln Center Out Doors NYC, Royce Hall UCLA and many more of the top stages and greatest festivals around Europe, Canada & the USA. Don’t miss their ONE in San Diego performance!

Sponsored by Leichtag Foundation

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

For more information contact Leora Waiche at 858-362-1347.
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

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.

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
7:00 PM

David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre – Lawrence Family JCC
Middle East Chaos: From Civil Wars to Disintegration of States

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


Jacob Goldberg Lectures on the Middle East

Jacob Goldberg Lectures on the Middle East

Tuesday, March 17
7:00 PM

David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre – Lawrence Family JCC
American Dilemmas in the “New” Middle East: The Elusive Search for Coherent Strategies

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


Jacob Goldberg Lectures on the Middle East

Jacob Goldberg Lectures on the Middle East

Wednesday, March 18
7:00 PM

David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre – Lawrence Family JCC
Israeli-Palestinian Stalemate: Status-quo, Intifada, or Interim Agreements?

Professor Jacob Goldberg (Ph. D. from Harvard University in Middle East politics) is a former Senior Adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. He is the author of The Foreign Policy of Saudi Arabia, and has also published numerous articles in newspapers in Israel and the U. S., including the New York Times and the Washington Post.

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



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.

March 24, 31; April 14,21,28; May 5,12,19

Tuesdays, 8 weekly sessions

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. or 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.


Lecturer: Nuvi Mehta, San Diego Symphony

Lecturer: Nuvi Mehta, San Diego Symphony

Monday, March 30
7:00 PM

Lawrence Family JCC
Description to follow


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

For Information: Ilene Tatro (858) 362-1154


Jewish Day and Congregational School and Early Childhood Centers

Jewish Day and Congregational School and Early Childhood Centers

Tuesday, March 31
7:00 PM

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!


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.

(8 Weekly Sessions)

No Class April 7, 2015

10:00 - 11:30 A.M. or 7:00 - 8:30 P.M.

Price: $150; JCC Member Price: $120

To Register or For Information: Ilene Tatro (858) 362-1154


2nd Annual 5 Minute Play Festival

2nd Annual 5 Minute Play Festival

Monday, April 13 - Monday, April 20
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

For More Information: Leora Waiche at 858-362-1347


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


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!