Upcoming Events

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
In her series on the genius of Jewish storytelling, Professor Nehama Aschkenasy will take us on a dramatic, eventful journey through the entire spectrum of Judaic literary imagination, stringing together ancient narratives and modern stories by following recurring Judaic themes and motifs.

We will thus embark on a voyage across the Jewish historical experience, from the Bible to modern realities in Israel and in the diaspora, embodied in tales and their characters, and examine how they represent the tumultuous Jewish saga through time and the various features of Jewish history and culture.

With every lecture focusing on a major literary paradigm, the surtitles of the individual lectures are: -Home and Homelessness; -Arguing with God: the Jobian Voice in Hebraic Literary Tradition; -Rewriting the ‘Binding of Isaac’: The Literary Odyssey of the Tale of the Aqeda; - The Aqeda and Its Geopolitical Echoes in Israeli Writings.

During each session we will read representative works from some of the Jewish and Hebrew literary masters, beginning with biblical narratives through writers such as Yehuda Halevi, Sholem Aleichem, the Nobel Prize Winner S.Y. Agnon, Philip Roth, Elie Weisel, the popular Israeli woman writer Savyon Liebrecht, and the internationally- renowned Amos Oz, David Grossman, and others. 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)

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


The J in Art History: A Journey Into Art Through Personal Life Stories and World Events

The J in Art History: A Journey Into Art Through Personal Life Stories and World Events

Tuesday, July 28 - Tuesday, August 18
This series will explore various art history topics from early Israeli artists Nachum Gutman and Reuven Rubin who documented with their art the story and the history of Tel Aviv, to Marc Chagall, the main Jewish artist of the 20th Century, as well as the fascinating story of the 1930’s Degenerate Art (the title that Hitler gave to the art that he didn’t like), and the intriguing story of Pablo Picasso. Guri Stark is an artist, author, lecturer and high-tech professional.

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


Maury Yeston’s PHANTOM Readings Activated Workshop (R.A.W.) Series

Maury Yeston’s PHANTOM Readings Activated Workshop (R.A.W.) Series

Thursday, July 30
7:00 PM

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
This mesmerizing Phantomis traditional musical theatre in the finest sense. The Tony Award-winning authors of Nine have transformed Gaston Leroux’ The Phantom of the Opera into a sensation that enraptures audiences and critics with beautiful songs and an expertly crafted book.

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


Megillat Esther 2.0: The Nuclear Deal with Iran: Pro and Con

Megillat Esther 2.0: The Nuclear Deal with Iran: Pro and Con

Thursday, July 30
After a lengthy series of negotiations, an agreement has been reached with Iran, complete with unprecedented, stringent restrictions, designed to prevent its current regime from acquiring a nuclear weapon for at least 10-15 years. In exchange, sanctions imposed by the Security Council, the European Union, and the U.S. will be lifted soon, except for those applying to conventional weapons. The deal will provide economic benefits which this terrorist-sponsoring and duplicitous regime could use to support its aggressive policies and practices. In this class we will examine the terms of the deal, its implications -- especially for Israel -- and the controversy it has aroused.
Professor Lakoff is founding chair of the Department and a distinguished scholar in political philosophy and science and public policy. He is the author of Equality in Political Philosophy, Democracy: History, Theory and Practice, and Max Lerner: Pilgrim in the Promised Land (1998, University of Chicago Press) and Strategic Defense in the Nuclear Age and Ten Political Ideas that have Shaped the Modern World (September 2011); co-author of Science and the Nation: Policy and Politics, Energy and American Values, and A Shield in Space?: Technology, Politics, and the Strategic Defense Initiative. He has also edited a half dozen volumes, including Knowledge and Power: Essays on Science and Government. He has contributed over fifty essays to edited volumes, journals, and encyclopedias.


26th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival Kick-Off Film Screening Event

26th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival Kick-Off Film Screening Event

Sunday, August 23
6:00 PM

Help launch the film festival season with this popular annual event. Film title to be announced.

David & Dorothea Garfield Theater
For Tickets: JCC Box Office: (858) 362-1348 or
tickets.lfjcc.org
For Information: San Diego Jewish Film Festival
Office (858) 362-1330


11th Annual Yom Limmud: San Diego’s Community Day of Learning Adult Jewish Education

11th Annual Yom Limmud: San Diego’s Community Day of Learning Adult Jewish Education

Sunday, August 30
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

The vision for Yom Limmud is to create an environment in which the community unites to participate and celebrate Jewish education. This year's lineup features Rabbi Sherre Hirsch, Rabbi Goldie Milgram, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, and more!

Lawrence Family JCC
For Information: Ilene Tatro (858) 362-1154 or
ilenet@lfjcc.org


From Desert to Desert II: Israeli Artists in Southern California Gotthelf Art Gallery

From Desert to Desert II: Israeli Artists in Southern California Gotthelf Art Gallery

Wednesday, September 09
Israeli-born artists living and working on our coast are showcased in this multi-medium exhibit. Featured Artists include: Atara Baker; Shoshana Ernst; Tal Ernst, Dovit Shaitrit; Ilanit Shalev; Sigalit Sherman; Guri Stark; among others.

September 9 • 7:00 P.M.
Opening Night Reception with the Artists
Exclusive to Friends of the Gallery
RSVP: (858) 362-1114 or gallery@lfjcc.org
7:30 P.M. Free and Open to the Public
No RSVP Necessary
For Information: Gotthelf Art Gallery (858) 362-1114
or gallery@lfjcc.org


Sex, Vitality and Longevity: The Key to Meaningful Life

Sex, Vitality and Longevity: The Key to Meaningful Life

Friday, September 25 - Friday, October 09
10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Instructors: Dr. Gary Frost, Dr. Ilana De Laney & Jacquelyn Schwartz
September 25–October 9 (3 Weekly Sessions)
Fridays, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Lawrence Family JCC
Modern science makes a very convincing case for the human system being "built" to last for 125 years. Studies show that the life choices we make throughout our lifetime impacts this number. Our life expectancy today is greater than at any time in history; how we spend those years is the key to a meaningful life. Examine the formula for a healthy long life through an overview of research and academic study presented by Dr. Gary Frost, learn how to experience greater happiness and well-being by living mindfully with Jacquelyn Schwartz, MA, LNFT, joined by an interactive text study from Jewish resources with Dr. Ilana De Laney.
Price: $60; JCC Member Price: $50


Introduction to Jewish Texts

Introduction to Jewish Texts

Thursday, October 01 - Thursday, October 08
Instructors: Dr. Ilana De Laney & Rabbi Len Rosenthal
October 1, 7:00 p.m., Lawrence Family JCC with Rabbi Len Rosenthal
October 8, 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Lawrence Family JCC with Dr. Ilana De Laney
What is the Tanakh and the Talmud? and what is the difference between Midrash and Mishna? In order to study the evolution of Judaism, you must use Jewish texts from a number of historical periods. In this class, we will explore the most important of these texts. This class will also serve as an introduction to the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. Melton Classes begin October, 2015.
Price: $10; JCC Member Price: $5


Jewish Book Fair Preview Event: Ambassador Dennis Ross

Jewish Book Fair Preview Event: Ambassador Dennis Ross

Tuesday, October 20
7:00 PM

Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester, Cardiff, CA 92007
Doomed to Succeed: The U.S. Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama

Price: $20.50; JCC Member: $17.50


San Diego Jewish Book Fair

San Diego Jewish Book Fair

Saturday, November 07 - Monday, November 16
The 21st Annual San Diego Jewish Book Fair hosts numerous authors at four locations during the month of November.