Upcoming Events

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 - Wednesday, November 25
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


Coffee and Conversation: Israeli Society Today through its Educational System

Coffee and Conversation: Israeli Society Today through its Educational System

Wednesday, September 30
10:00 AM

Rehearsal Room - Lawrence Family JCC, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
Distinguished Speaker Series
Join us for a rare opportunity to hear from visiting Israeli scholar, Dr. Raviv Schwartz, recipient of the prestigious Kreitman Fellowship from Ben Gurion University. Schwartz will address the theme of "Social Inequality in Israel Today as seen through its Educational System". Drawing on his years of experience teaching MA students at the graduate level in the Nonprofit Management and Leadership program at Hebrew University in Jerusalem as well as youth at risk at the high school level, Raviv will focus on the social and educational features of the "Start-up Nation" less commonly discussed.


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


From Hasidism to Heschel: Modern Jewish Thought from Eastern Europe

From Hasidism to Heschel: Modern Jewish Thought from Eastern Europe

Tuesday, October 13 - Tuesday, December 08
Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Throughout the 20th century, courses in modern Jewish thought focused almost exclusively on legal reforms coming out of 19th-century Germany. Let's shift perspectives and look at the emergence of Hasidism and their opponents - the Mitnagdim; the cultural reforms of Modern Orthodoxy; the curriculum of the Mussar movement(a Jewish ethical, educational and cultural movement that developed in the 19th century ); and the synthetic Zionism of Rav Kook.

About the teacher: Rabbi Shai Cherry, PhD holds a doctorate in Jewish Thought and Theology from Brandeis University (2001) and was subsequently ordained as a Conservative Rabbi by the Ziegler School (2009). Cherry wrote the first user-friendly text book on Jewish biblical commentary: Torah Through Time: Understanding Bible Commentary from the Rabbinic Period to Modern Times and is featured lecturer for The Great Course’s “Introduction to Judaism.”

Class Dates: Tuesdays, 8 Weeks: October 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 17, 24, Dec 1, 8 10:00am-11:30am and 7:00pm-8:30pm

Price: $160; JCC Member Price $130

Both classes meet at the JCC

A minimum of 15 students is required to conduct each class. TELL YOUR FRIENDS!


Disney

Disney's Mary Poppins

Friday, October 16 - Sunday, November 01
One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! With its irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, and astonishing stagecraft even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Price: $18; JCC Member Price: $16
Season Subscription Discounts Available
Group Discounts Available
Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Sundays at 1:00 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.
Matinee Performances
Fridays, October 16 & 23 at 10:00 a.m.
For Tickets: JCC Box Office (858) 362-1348 or
tickets.lfjcc.org


Jewish Jokes

Jewish Jokes

Monday, October 19
7:30 PM

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
A New Comedy by Phil Johnson and
Marni Freedman; Directed by David Ellenstein
CJC Presents

A curmudgeonly Jewish comedy screenwriter from MGM comes up against the Communist blacklist in 1950’s Hollywood. He now has to make the biggest decision of his life. Armed with stories about the great era of Jewish humor, this poignant solo comedy shows one small man facing the tough American events of the mid-20th century.


San Diego Jewish Book Fair Preview: Ambassador Dennis Ross

San Diego Jewish Book Fair Preview: Ambassador Dennis Ross

Tuesday, October 20
7:00 PM

Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 7pm
Temple Solel
3575 Manchester Ave
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007

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.


Meetings with Martin Buber: A spiritual Biography

Meetings with Martin Buber: A spiritual Biography

Monday, November 23 - Monday, November 30
10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Mordechai Martin Buber (Vienna 1878 – Jerusalem 1965) was one of the greatest Jewish thinkers of the Twentieth Century and one of the most distinguished philosophers and spiritual leaders of the modern era. Since its publication in 1923, Martin Buber's book I and Thou has had a tremendous impact on academic discourse as well as an immense personal impact on readers all over the world. In these sessions we will explore the life, work and influence of this great mind and spirit.

Professor Barzilai holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and Jewish thought and an MA in Jewish history and Holocaust studies and a BA in education and Jewish history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
For over twenty years he has taught dozens of courses to thousands of students, offering a wide range of courses on Judaism, Jewish history, Jewish thought and philosophy, on Israel and Middle East politics, and on the Holocaust. Among his most demanded courses are the politics of Israel, the Arab-Israeli conflict, a political history of Jerusalem, and the Holocaust. He also teaches regularly for the San Diego chapter of Brandeis, and lectures in Jewish religious institutions and for Jewish social groups like Hadassah.


The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s

The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s

Monday, December 14
7:00 PM

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Distinguished Speaker Series
Gil Troy takes us on a captivating safari through America in the 1990s. His book on the Clinton years has a brilliant insight on just about every page about the President, the politics, the culture, and all of us. It's a magnificent read. (Lesley Stahl, correspondent, Sixty Minutes) This year-by-year chronicle of the wild, transformative 1990s centers on the Clinton White House, using Bill and Hillary Clinton as the central characters of a decade that helped invent our lives today. In this unique analysis, historian Gil Troy shows how the 'Nineties' cultural and technological changes shaped the Clintons even as the Clintons shaped them.

Linking the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Newt Gingrich, Bill Gates, Kurt Cobain, and Harry Potter, taking readers from the New York of Rent to Beverly Hills 90120, he identifies the decade as the Age of Clinton for the president who personified its noble aspirations, notable achievements, missed opportunities, and embarrassing excesses. Particularly relevant as Hillary Clinton runs for president, this book will appeal to readers on both sides of the aisle. In showing how Americans lived and changed, Troy shows how American Jews lived and changed. In exploring Bill Clinton's quest for peace in the Middle East, Troy depicts this Democratic president's love for Israel-and fury at Yasir Arafat for undermining the Oslo Peace Process.


The Apocrypha: The Story of the Forbidden Books

The Apocrypha: The Story of the Forbidden Books

Tuesday, January 05 - Tuesday, February 16
y the first century of the common era, the first two sections of today’s Tanakh (Torah and Prophets) were fixed. There was debate, however, about which other books were “holy” and deserved to be included in the Jewish canon. Those that were eventually accepted are found today in the third section of the Tanakh, the “Writings” or “Ketuvim”. The books that were excluded were declared “forbidden” to Jews and are today contained in the collection termed the Apocrypha in many Christian Bibles.

Were these books prohibited because they were injurious to Jews in some way? Do they contain material that is blasphemous? We will read sections of these works to learn about the historical times in which they were created, and to try to understand the danger that lurks within their pages. Beware, this class may be addictive!

About the teacher: Noah Hadas was Director of Adult Jewish Education at the Agency for Jewish Education and then the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture from 2001-2014. He was the Director of San Diego’s Florence Melton Adult Mini-School in which he teaches classes on Jewish philosophy and history. Noah has developed and taught a number of classes focused on ancient and medieval Jewish history. Prior to coming to San Diego, Noah received two Master’s Degrees, one in Astrophysics, and one in Judaic Studies. He was awarded the 2001 Bible Studies Prize while a doctoral student at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles.

Class Dates: Tuesdays, 6 Weeks: January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 16 10:00am-11:30am at JCC and 7:00pm-8:30pm at CBA

Price: $120; $100 for JCC Members

Morning class at JCC, Evening at Congregation Beth Am, 5050 Del Mar Heights Rd, San Diego, CA 92130

A minimum of 15 students is required to conduct each class. TELL YOUR FRIENDS!


Sex, Magic, and Death in the Bible and its World

Sex, Magic, and Death in the Bible and its World

Wednesday, January 13
7:00 PM

Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Ave, Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007
Distinguished Speaker Series
Sex, magic, and death are not the first words that come to mind when thinking about the Bible, yet each of these three sometimes provocative topics are an essential part of some of the Bible’s most familiar lessons and stories. We are accustomed to looking at the Bible either from the depths of Rabbinic thought or through the lens of modernity but rarely do we look at the Bible, its stories, laws, and customs with the light of its ancient contemporary environment. The Bible is an amalgam of texts, an anthology of sorts that reflects the ancient world and sex, magic, and death were as much a part of the ancient world as at least sex and death are a part of ours. Throughout this series, we will delve into the biblical text and the world in which it was created to see how knowledge of the ancient environment can enhance our understanding of this timeless and elemental text.

Dr. Sharon Keller set her sights on a PhD in Bible and Egyptology when she was in the 6th grade and steadfastly worked toward that goal earning her doctorate at NYU in the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies in the area of Bible and the Ancient Near East. Sharon is currently on the Classics faculty at Hofstra University where she teaches courses as diverse as "Women in The Hebrew Bible," "Magic, Miracle, and Medicine in the Ancient World," and "Greco-Roman Comedy." She has been an Assistant Professor of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages at The Jewish Theological Seminary and at Hebrew Union College; she has also held appointments at NYU, and New York City's Hunter College - teaching biblical text courses as well as more general courses in biblical literature and history, as well as the courses in the art and archaeology of the lands of the Bible and the ancient Mediterranean world. She has written and edited numerous scholarly articles and academic books most of which relate to the interplay between biblical Israel and ancient Egypt. Her most popular book, Jews: A Treasury of Art and Literature was awarded the prestigious National Jewish Book Award. A native New Yorker, Sharon is known for the enthusiasm and humor that she brings to all of her talks that make otherwise esoteric subjects easily accessible.


Goldberg Lectures on the Middle East

Goldberg Lectures on the Middle East

Monday, April 04
7:00 PM

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Distinguished Speaker Series:

In the Aftermath of the Iran Nuclear Agreement: the Middle East under the Shadow of a Nuclear-threshold Iran.


Goldberg Lectures on the Middle East

Goldberg Lectures on the Middle East

Tuesday, April 05
7:00 PM

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Distinguished Speaker Series:
Civil Wars in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Yemen: A Microcosm of all Middle East Conflicts and Crises.


Goldberg Lectures on the Middle East

Goldberg Lectures on the Middle East

Wednesday, April 06
7:00 PM

Distinguished Speaker Series:
Israel's Challenges and Opportunities in a Chaotic Middle East: the Palestinian Problem, Iran's Threat, and Relations with the US