Upcoming Events

The U.S., The Middle East and Israel: Engagement or Further Retreat?

The U.S., The Middle East and Israel: Engagement or Further Retreat?

Monday, December 05
7:00 PM

Now that a new President is about to take office, we will soon see whether the change of administrations will be reflected in our foreign policy -- especially toward the Middle East. Under the "Obama Doctrine," the U.S. sought to minimize its role in this volatile region, so as not to repeat the bad experience of its predecessor's intervention in Iraq. But the instability in Iraq, Syria, and Libya, the refugee crisis in the region and in Europe, the spreading threat of jihadi terrorism, the persistent hegemonic drive of Iran, and the Russian support for the Assad regime, all pose grave threats to our national interests and those of our allies. One of those allies, Israel, sits in the eye of the storm, menaced from all sides. Could the instability be exploited to encourage a renewal of the peace process, coupled with a realignment in which Israel will be accepted by the key Arab states as a partner in regional security? Or will we move toward isolationism? In this talk, the prospects will be examined.


The U.S., The Middle East and Israel: Engagement or Further Retreat?

The U.S., The Middle East and Israel: Engagement or Further Retreat?

Wednesday, December 07
10:30 AM

Now that a new President is about to take office, we will soon see whether the change of administrations will be reflected in our foreign policy -- especially toward the Middle East. Under the "Obama Doctrine," the U.S. sought to minimize its role in this volatile region, so as not to repeat the bad experience of its predecessor's intervention in Iraq. But the instability in Iraq, Syria, and Libya, the refugee crisis in the region and in Europe, the spreading threat of jihadi terrorism, the persistent hegemonic drive of Iran, and the Russian support for the Assad regime, all pose grave threats to our national interests and those of our allies. One of those allies, Israel, sits in the eye of the storm, menaced from all sides. Could the instability be exploited to encourage a renewal of the peace process, coupled with a realignment in which Israel will be accepted by the key Arab states as a partner in regional security? Or will we move toward isolationism? In this talk, the prospects will be examined.


Hanukkah Happening

Hanukkah Happening

Sunday, December 11
11:00 AM-2:00 PM

Children under 2 admitted FREE!

Free Parking Available (with Validation)

Do your holiday shopping and have a fantastic time!

JUMPY JUBILEE • GAMES • CRAFTS • PRIZES • ARCADE • KOSHER & DAIRY FOOD
CHANCE DRAWINGS • THEME BASKETS FOR ALL AGES AT GREAT PRICES!

A Hanukkah extravaganza for the entire family!


Magevet: Yale A Capella Group

Magevet: Yale A Capella Group

Wednesday, January 04
7:00 PM

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Considered one of the finest A Cappella groups in the nation, comprised of some of the most talented, musical undergraduate students at Yale University, Magevet is known for its sweet blend of voices, unique arrangements, and lighthearted sense of humor. The group’s diverse repertoire spans modern Israeli pop and Renaissance choral pieces to Yiddish folk tunes and Zionist classics. The members of Magevet are equally diverse: engineers and historians, Jews and Gentiles, New Yorkers and Californians, all united by camaraderie and a love of singing.


Tapestry

Tapestry

Saturday, January 07
6:30 PM

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Tapestry is A Community Celebration of Jewish Learning. The program will begin with a community havdalah and continues with peoples' choices of classes (two sessions chosen from many – each session 55 minutes) and end with an elegant champagne & dessert reception. The vision is to hold Tapestry annually as the “Community Celebration of Adult Jewish Learning” – bringing together hundreds of people from diverse ages, backgrounds, learning styles and interests for one evening to learn, socialize and be inspired. The evening will feature local rabbis and Jewish educators from across Judaism’s broad spectrum. You must register or be logged in to sign up for sessions.


The Wiz

The Wiz

Friday, January 13 - Sunday, January 29
Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
The Wiz is a glorious musical retelling of Frank Baum’s Wonderful Wizard of Oz. With an infectious funky soul score and energetic lyrics, The Wiz brought renewed relevance to a timeless classic. The 1975 Broadway production was like nothing Broadway had ever seen, and ultimately won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score with such hits as: “Ease On Down The Road,” “Be A Lion,” “Brand New Day,” “If You Believe” and “Home.” Come experience it again and for the first time.


An Evening with Rachel Bloom

An Evening with Rachel Bloom

Saturday, January 14
8:00 PM

La Paloma Theatre, Encinitas
CJC Presents an Evening with Rachel Bloom in Collaboration with Leichtag Foundation
A Night of Comedy with Golden Globe Winner, Creator and Star of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” Rachel Bloom has wrapped the 2nd season of her breakout, award winning CW comedy and is heading our way bringing her crazy comedy and satirical songs to the La Paloma Theater in Encinitas for a rescheduled and exclusive San Diego engagement. Rachel Bloom's critically acclaimed musical comedy show eared Bloom a 2016 Golden Globe.

Her live show includes a bit of stand-up and a wealth of unforgettable songs from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, as well as from Bloom's personal repertoire.
La Paloma Theater, 471 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Price: $25; JCC Member Price: $20


Art History: A Journey into Pablo Picasso

Art History: A Journey into Pablo Picasso's Art Through his Personal Life

Wednesday, January 18
10:30 AM

In this lecture we will discuss Picasso's life, why he is considered the most important artist of the 20th century, his many different styles, and the influence his many women had on his art.

We will discuss and compare the most important art styles of the 19th and 20th century, including: impressionism, post-impressionism, cubism, expressionism, neo-expressionism, and abstract art. Along with that, we will review key historical events that influenced Europe in the 20th century and their impact on Picasso's art, including World War I, Civil War in Spain, Russian Revolution, Armenian genocide, World War II and more. Come join us for a fascinating evening of art and history and put all of the above in perspective. Guri Stark is an Artist, Author, Lecturer


Art History: A Journey into Pablo Picasso

Art History: A Journey into Pablo Picasso's Art Through his Personal Life

Monday, January 23
7:00 PM

Temple Solel
In this lecture we will discuss Picasso's life, why he is considered the most important artist of the 20th century, his many different styles, and the influence his many women had on his art.

We will discuss and compare the most important art styles of the 19th and 20th century, including: impressionism, post-impressionism, cubism, expressionism, neo-expressionism, and abstract art. Along with that, we will review key historical events that influenced Europe in the 20th century and their impact on Picasso's art, including World War I, Civil War in Spain, Russian Revolution, Armenian genocide, World War II and more. Come join us for a fascinating evening of art and history and put all of the above in perspective. Guri Stark is an Artist, Author, Lecturer


Our Great Tchaikovsky with Hershey Felder

Our Great Tchaikovsky with Hershey Felder

Wednesday, January 25
7:00 PM

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is Russia’s most famous composer and one of the greatest composers of all time. From his beautiful lilting melodies for the ballets Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lakeand The Nutcracker; to his magnificent instrumental craftsmanship of the Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto no. 1, and Rococo Variations for Cello; to the eternally popular and celebratory 1812 Overtureand Marche Slav; to the intensely revelatory opera Eugene Onegin; to the ferociously brilliant expression of his symphonic works; to the question of his final enigma, the Symphony no. 6, Pathétique. “Let them guess what it means…” he said. Nine days after he conducted that symphony's premiere in St. Petersburg as a healthy man, at the age of 53, the great composer was dead, and to this day, how and why, is still a mystery.

The extraordinary musical talent Hershey Felder will take us on a brand new journey from present day Putin’s Russia—where Tchaikovsky is a hero—back in time to Czarist Russia, where that was not entirely the case. Our Great Tchaikovsky is a world premiere time-bending story of culture and politics that explores the mystery around some of the greatest music ever composed.

Join us on Wednesday, January 25th for Chai Night where we'll be raising money for the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center. Click the button below to buy your tickets now and enter promo code JCC in the upper right hand corner!

10% of single ticket purchases for the January 25 7PM performance
of Our Great Tchaikovsky go to benefit the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center with promo code JCC in the upper right hand corner!


Jewish Arguments Against Christianity: The More Things change, The More they Stay the Same

Jewish Arguments Against Christianity: The More Things change, The More they Stay the Same

Monday, February 20
7:00 PM

Leichtag Commons, Barn 2
In response to heightened Christian oppression in the European Middle Ages, Jews developed a variety of types of polemical literature to contend against Christianity and for Judaism: folk tales, legends, biblical commentary, and more. This lecture explores some of the exegetical, historical, and philosophical arguments from those medieval texts that are found in today’s Jewish polemical writings. It also considers the ways in which polemic has changed, thanks, paradoxically, to developments in nineteenth-century Christian theology and to contemporary Jewish debates about the nature of early Judaism.
Rebecca Moore is Emerita Professor of Religious Studies at San Diego State University. She has written and published on the history of Jewish and Christian dialogue. Jews and Christians in the Life and Thought of Hugh of St. Victor (1998) and A Portable God: The Origin of Judaism and Christianity (2007) address two of these topics. Currently she is researching modern Jewish interpretations of the New Testament.


Jewish Arguments Against Christianity: The More Things change, The More they Stay the Same

Jewish Arguments Against Christianity: The More Things change, The More they Stay the Same

Wednesday, February 22
10:30 AM

In response to heightened Christian oppression in the European Middle Ages, Jews developed a variety of types of polemical literature to contend against Christianity and for Judaism: folk tales, legends, biblical commentary, and more. This lecture explores some of the exegetical, historical, and philosophical arguments from those medieval texts that are found in today’s Jewish polemical writings. It also considers the ways in which polemic has changed, thanks, paradoxically, to developments in nineteenth-century Christian theology and to contemporary Jewish debates about the nature of early Judaism.
Rebecca Moore is Emerita Professor of Religious Studies at San Diego State University. She has written and published on the history of Jewish and Christian dialogue. Jews and Christians in the Life and Thought of Hugh of St. Victor (1998) and A Portable God: The Origin of Judaism and Christianity (2007) address two of these topics. Currently she is researching modern Jewish interpretations of the New Testament.


Women, Wine and Song

Women, Wine and Song

Wednesday, March 22
7:00 PM

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Whitney Shay is a talented & vibrant young vocalist, and for one night only she will take you on an entertaining journey through the history of Jewish women in song. Backed by a trio of accomplished musicians, this is an evening that you won't want to miss. From Sophie Tucker and the Andrews Sisters to Bette Midler and Amy Winehouse, this exciting show spans genres and decades!


Virtual Wars: How Israelis and Palestinians Use New Media in an Old Conflict

Virtual Wars: How Israelis and Palestinians Use New Media in an Old Conflict

Wednesday, March 29
10:30 AM

The internet, consisting of media such as social networks and Youtube, serve as a digital battlefield between Israelis and Palestinians. This lecture examines how this conflict has evolved since the rise of the internet, how it has transformed this conflict, as well as how it allows the outsiders to participate in this cyber battle.


Journey into Jewish Meditation

Journey into Jewish Meditation

Wednesday, April 19
10:30 AM

Judaism has a very long history of meditation and contemplative practice as a way to cultivate compassion, personal transformation, and connection. This session will cover the basics of Jewish meditation with instruction, short exercises, Q & (maybe) A, and discussion. The workshop is open to people of all levels of experience and backgrounds, and is designed to offer a broad introduction to Jewish meditation, teachings, and contemplative practice.


A Way with Words - Live

A Way with Words - Live

Thursday, April 27
7:00 PM

Language lovers rejoice as Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett, hosts of KPBS Radio’s A Way With Words , take the stage for a live adaptation of their nationally syndicated show. Humorous, insightful and passionate, this dynamic duo delivers an evening of linguistic fun as they share the meaning and history behind cultural quips, bizarre banter and silly sayings. If you’ve ever wondered why we say the things we say then grab your seats for this very special event.


Witnessing Atrocity: Survivor Testimony in the Auschwitz Trial, Frankfurt 1963-65

Witnessing Atrocity: Survivor Testimony in the Auschwitz Trial, Frankfurt 1963-65

Wednesday, May 24
10:30 AM

The Auschwitz Trial was the biggest and most important postwar trial in West Germany. For the first time, Holocaust survivors and witnesses faced their tormentors in the homeland of the perpetrators. What were the legal parameters of this historic attempt to confront the atrocities of Auschwitz? And how did the witnesses experience this encounter?