Upcoming Events

Seeing is Believing: A Reinvention of Articles of Faith

Seeing is Believing: A Reinvention of Articles of Faith

Wednesday, March 11 - Wednesday, May 27
This multicultural exhibition features artists who contemplate how faith meshes with contemporary life, the role of ritual and symbolism and the metamorphosis of traditional symbols as they become immersed into popular culture.


Turning Inward: Jews and American Life, 1965-present(ish)

Turning Inward: Jews and American Life, 1965-present(ish)

Tuesday, March 24 - Tuesday, May 12
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.

Tuesdays, 8 weekly sessions
March 24, 31; April 14,21,28; May 5,12,19

Price: $150; JCC Member price:$120
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. or 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.


Annual March of the Living

Annual March of the Living

Sunday, April 12 - Sunday, April 26
Join 10,000 teens on a 2-week journey to Poland and Israel.


2nd Annual 5 Minute Play Festival

2nd Annual 5 Minute Play Festival

Monday, April 13 - Monday, April 20
7:00 PM

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

Price: $10; JCC member price: $8
For More Information: Leora Waiche at 858-362-1347


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.

(4 Weekly Sessions)
Apr 16, 23, 30; May 7
10:00 - 11:30 A.M. or 7:00 - 8:30 P.M.

Price: $75; JCC Member Price: $60
To Register or For Information: Ilene Tatro (858) 362-1154


Baby & Me Movie: Advanced Style

Baby & Me Movie: Advanced Style

Sunday, May 03
9:00 AM

City of Carlsbad Library
For parents with children under one-year old,
this is your chance to see a fan favorite from
the 25th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival
with your tot in tow. Crying baby? No problem!
Just pack your diaper bag, bring your stroller
and enjoy a screening of Advanced Style, a
film that shows that style has no age limit.
Babies get in FREE!
Price: $7.50; JCC Member Price: $5.50


Even In Darkness: A Novel by Barbara Stark-Nemon

Even In Darkness: A Novel by Barbara Stark-Nemon

Tuesday, May 05
Spanning a century and three continents, Even in Darkness tells the story of Kläre Kohler, whose early years as a dutiful daughter of a prosperous German-Jewish family hardly anticipate the often-harrowing life she faces as an adult—a saga of family, a lover, two world wars, a concentration camp and the unconventional life she builds in post-war Germany. As the world changes around her, Kläre makes boundary-crossing choices in order to protect the people she loves—and to save herself. Based on a true story.

Every story needs a narrator, and Barbara Stark-Nemon stepped up early in life. She learned a fascination with the magic of language from her storytelling grandfather. An undergraduate degree in English literature and art history and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Michigan led Stark-Nemon to a career in schools, universities, and hospitals. As a teacher and speech-language therapist, Barbara specialized in child language disorder and deafness; everywhere, there were stories, and the need to be heard and seen that we all share. Today Stark-Nemon writes novels and family histories while gardening, cycling, and creating fiber art in Ann Arbor and Northport, Michigan.
Price: $10, JCC Member Price: $8
RSVP: Susan Hagler (858) 362-1150 or susanh@lfjcc.org


West Side Story

West Side Story

Friday, May 08 - Sunday, May 17
On the unforgiving streets of 1950s New York, two gangs are engaged in a long-standing feud. The Sharks, a Puerto Rican gang, grapple with the difficulties of assimilating into American society. The Jets, a Polish-American gang, resist newcomers to their turf. In the midst of this rivalry, a Jet, Tony, falls in love with a beautiful Sharks girl, Maria. Tony and Maria meet secretly and plan to run away, but after a fight between the Jets and the Sharks, Tony kills Maria's brother, Bernardo. To make matters worse Maria's Puerto Rican suitor, Chino, is bitter over losing Maria's love and the death of Bernardo, and has a score to settle.


I Remember Mama: Celebrating Jewish Mothers

I Remember Mama: Celebrating Jewish Mothers

Monday, May 11
7:00 PM

A post Mother’s Day celebration. Featuring Walter Ritter and Veronica Murphy, Jewish stories of Jewish mothers come to life during this literary event. This program is in conjunction with Write Out Loud!


From Generation to Generation

From Generation to Generation

Tuesday, May 12
7:00 PM

From Generation to Generation. Three mothers will read the poetry of their daughters: Lawyer Suzi Finklestein will read the poetry of Jaime Lynn Finklestein, actress Bryna Weiss will read the poetry of Valerie Weiss and violinist Eileen Wingard will read the poetry of Harriet Wingard.

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


DOUBLE FEATURE - Seeking Peace, Finding Hope and The Farewell Party

DOUBLE FEATURE - Seeking Peace, Finding Hope and The Farewell Party

Wednesday, May 13
6:00 PM

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Perhaps peace in the Middle East is a future possibility? Seeking Peace, Finding Hope is a moving and uplifting documentary that examines the impact of JITLI, a visionary leadership program of Gary Jacobs, Jerri-Ann Jacobs and Yaccov Schneider. JITLI brings together Jewish and Palestinian teens to form meaningful connections to narrow the gap between the two cultures. Next, don’t miss the film that just earned the top pick at the International Film Market in Toronto! The Farewell Party is a unique, compassionate and unlikely funny story of a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home who assist their terminally ill friend on his final day. This poignant dark comedy will simultaneously tickle your funny bone and touch your heart. David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre Price: $13.75; JCC Member Price: $11.75 For Tickets: JCC Box Office (858) 362-1348


Genesis of the Salk Institute: The Role of Jewish Immigrants

Genesis of the Salk Institute: The Role of Jewish Immigrants

Monday, May 18
7:00 PM

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Of all the founders of the Salk Institute, most
were trained as physicists and almost all were
Jewish. In this lecture, Professor Bourgeois
Cohn discusses some of the most important
names of the 20th Century including Jonas Salk,
Francis Crick, Leo Szilard, who conceived
of the atom splitting, and Melvin Cohn, an
influential immunologist.