Upcoming Events

Revisiting Shabbat

Revisiting Shabbat

Wednesday, September 14 - Wednesday, November 23
9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Jews observe Shabbat in many ways including going to synagogue, cooking a special meal, resting from work or physical activity and reflecting on life outside of their daily routines. The exhibit, Revisiting Shabbat, features contemporary depictions of Shabbat through the works of several San Diego artists in a wide variety of mediums and interpretations.


Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

Thursday, September 22 - Thursday, May 11
This is a certificated program from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In the Melton program we wrestle together with new ideas and concepts with creative energy and enthusiasm. The Melton Course of Studies will equip you to continue along the path that is transformative, endless, pleasurable and challenging. The courses include (but are not limited to) Jewish History, Ethics, Holidays and Origins.


Foundations of Jewish Family Living

Foundations of Jewish Family Living

Sunday, September 25 - Sunday, March 05
9:00 AM

Temple Solel
This ten-session course offers parents a thought-provoking encounter with the core values and ideas of Judaism. This class will give you the confidence to be a teacher to your own children and support Jewish learning at home.


Elections 2016: What

Elections 2016: What's at Stake?

Wednesday, October 26
7:00 PM

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Although American elections usually turn on domestic issues, this one raises important questions for foreign policy. This lecture takes a close look at the candidates and the potential impact of their foreign policies. Sanford Lakoff, Ph.D. is a professor emeritus of political science at UCSD. He earned his doctorate at Harvard, where he taught in the Department of Government. He is the founding Chair of the Department of Political Science at UCSD and is a distinguished scholar in political philosophy, science and public policy.


BANG! The Bert Berns Story

BANG! The Bert Berns Story

Thursday, October 27
7:00 PM

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
The documentary film BANG! The Bert Berns Story, which had its highly acclaimed World Premiere at SXSW, beats a peripatetic pace through the history of 60s R&B-fueled rock as driven by the man who propelled the most emotive, dynamic and sublime soundtrack of the era. Together with his co-director Bob Sarles, filmmaker Brett Berns brings his late father’s story to the screen with interviews with those who knew him best and rare performance footage. Included in the film are interviews with Cissy Houston, Ronald Isley, Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, Van Morrison, Keith Richards and Paul McCartney.


San Diego Jewish Book Fair

San Diego Jewish Book Fair

Saturday, October 29 - Sunday, November 06
The 22nd Annual San Diego Jewish Book Fair hosts numerous authors at four locations during the month of November.


The Forbidden Treasures of the Apocrypha

The Forbidden Treasures of the Apocrypha

Monday, November 07
7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Temple Solel
By the first century of the Common Era, the first two section of today's Tanahh (Torah and Prophets) were fixed. There was debate in the Jewish community, however, about which other books were "holy" and deserved to be included in he canon. Those that were eventually accepted are found today in the third section of the Tahakh, the "writings". The books that were excluded were hidden away and declared "forbidden" to Jews. Today these banned works are called the Apocrypha. We will discuss such questions as "Which books are included in the Apocrypha, Who wrote them and for what audience? If they were hidden away, how did they survive to today? Why were they Forbidden in the first place? and Lastly, are they worth reading today?"


The Forbidden Treasures of the Apocrypha

The Forbidden Treasures of the Apocrypha

Wednesday, November 16
10:30 AM

By the first century of the Common Era, the first two section of today's Tanahh (Torah and Prophets) were fixed. There was debate in the Jewish community, however, about which other books were "holy" and deserved to be included in he canon. Those that were eventually accepted are found today in the third section of the Tahakh, the "writings". The books that were excluded were hidden away and declared "forbidden" to Jews. Today these banned works are called the Apocrypha. We will discuss such questions as "Which books are included in the Apocrypha, Who wrote them and for what audience? If they were hidden away, how did they survive to today? Why were they Forbidden in the first place? and Lastly, are they worth reading today?"


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.


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.


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


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

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

Monday, February 20
7:00 PM

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 of Christianity: The More Things change, The More they Stay the Same

Jewish Arguments of 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.


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.


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?