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Things We Pass Down

Things We Pass Down

Tuesday, December 08 - Wednesday, February 24
Things We Pass Down is an exploration of what we, through our Jewish tradition, pass down to our children, accept from our parents, and may even try to reject. As a rule, Dor L’Dor, from generation to generation, has always been a guiding force for the Jewish people. So what is it that we want to pass down to our children so that this continuous chain is not broken, so that the continuity of our Jewish lives lives on in our children, grandchildren and generations to come?

This “passing down” can take many forms: customs, specific family traditions, superstitions, tangible items, and intangible ideas just to name a few. This show allows each artist to contemplate what has been passed down or what will be passed down, and make a greater connection to that material or concept.

Featured Artists: Deborah Amerling, Erica Berent, Sandra Berlin-Kroll, Dennis Ellman, Sari Esserman, Jacqueline Jacobs, Ronnie Jolles, Joshua Krause, Jane Lazerow, Judy Mandel, Orna McCann, Madeline Sherry, Judith Shufro, Lenore Simon

Opening Night Reception with the Artist
December 8, 2015
7:00 pm - Exclusive to Friends of the Gallery
RSVP: 858-362-1114 or gallery@lfjcc.org

7:30 pm - Free and Open to the Public


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!


26th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival

26th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival

Thursday, February 04 - Sunday, February 14
A total of 38 feature films (dramas, comedies, documentaries) with an additional 22 short films will be showcased. For your convenience, five theatres on 13 different screens. Awards presented in five categories including Audience Favorites. Opening Night Film: The Price of Sugar; Closing Night Film: Sabena Hijacking: My Version; and the Centerpiece Film: Encirclements. Private screening for Underwriters only on February 3, 2016 – become an Underwriter today!


What Is Your Story? Explore the Process of Creating your own Ethical Will

What Is Your Story? Explore the Process of Creating your own Ethical Will

Wednesday, February 17
"What is your story? What wisdom do you want to pass on?
“The Act of Writing Links your Soul to a Wonderful Tradition of Discovery, Meaning and Wisdom,” …… Edward Hoffman

The intent of this workshop is to highlight gleanings of key experiences and qualities you have used to guide your life. It will be your journey toward deepening self-discovery, spiritual awareness and values to share with loved ones.

We'll begin an important tool toward spiritual deepening and honoring Jewish values that you may pass on through a letter or an ethical will to those whom you love. We'll start that writing process together.

As a Kohenet, an ordained Hebrew Priestess, Nancy brings forth the Divine Feminine through Jewish spiritual leadership, creative ritual, and the archetypal roles of women in the Bible. She writes dialogues related to the stories of these women. Nancy is a life-long learner, student and teacher of Jewish studies and mysticism. She is a former Yoga teacher and, currently, as a certified Jewish Meditation Teacher, leads meditation groups connecting the Hebrew Letters with art forms. For over 25 years Kohenet Handwerger, LCSW, integrated hands-on-healing along with her psychotherapy practice. She graduated from the Barbara Brennan School of Healing and has trained in Jewish Shamanism and other healing modalities. Nancy enjoys playing piano, drums and dancing."

Price: $20.00; JCC Member Price: $16.00


Confronting Genocide: How Germans Remember their Past

Confronting Genocide: How Germans Remember their Past

Tuesday, February 23 - Tuesday, March 01
10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Lawrence Family JCC
This course provides an overview of the ways (West) Germans have dealt with their “unmasterable” past from 1945 to the present. The first part covers the period from 1945 to 1989, the second the years since unification.


Annie Warbucks

Annie Warbucks

Friday, February 26 - Sunday, March 13
The world’s favorite orphan returns in the sequel to the international smash hit. All the ingredients that made Annie so successful are here once again, with an old fashioned romance thrown in for good measure in Annie Warbucks! TONY Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin return with all new laughs, romance, and unforgettable songs. Annie Warbucks is the new classic family -friendly musical. Every wondered what happened the day after “Tomorrow”?

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:
Friday, February 26 & March 4 at 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.
For Tickets: JCC Box Office (858) 362-1348 or
tickets.lfjcc.org


Brothers Keepers: What Jews Have to Say About the New Testament

Brothers Keepers: What Jews Have to Say About the New Testament

Monday, February 29 - Thursday, March 03
Beginning in the nineteenth century, Jewish scholars published analyses of the New Testament, for Christians as well as Jews. Generally critical of Paul, they tended to admire Jesus as a rabbi, Pharisee, holy man, teacher, and pious Jew. Three lectures highlight key individuals and their contributions to illuminating the interpretation of this key Christian text.

10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

3 Sessions: February 29, March 2 and 3
Instructor: Professor Rebecca Moore


Grammar of God

Grammar of God

Monday, March 07
7:00 PM

Lawrence Family JCC
For Aviya Kushner, the Bible was so integral to the fabric of her family’s life that it was discussed and debated over the dinner table and sung while bathing or mowing the lawn. Kushner tells the story of her relationship with the Bible—from her childhood through her years at yeshiva, to Iowa and then through her quest throughout the world.


In the Eye of the Storm: Threats to Israel’s Security from its Tumultuous Region

In the Eye of the Storm: Threats to Israel’s Security from its Tumultuous Region

Tuesday, March 08 - Tuesday, March 29
Lawrence Family JCC
Join us on a fascinating journey with Professor Lakoff who will cover the following:

1. Strengths and Weaknesses: The Military Balance, Regional Realignment, European and UN Pressure, and Strains in the US-Israel Alliance
2. The Palestinians and their Perpetual Intifada
2. The Jihadis: Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, Islamic Jihad, et al.
3. The Syrian Civil War and its Potential Spillover and Aftermath

10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.


Israel in Light and Shadow

Israel in Light and Shadow

Wednesday, March 09
9:00 AM-5:00 PM

This art exhibition will feature the photographic work of Carole Glauber along with several local San Diego photographic artists. The theme of the show speaks to the complexities of the Israeli landscape: images that reveal both the ordinary and the extraordinary, the animate and the inanimate, the observed and the hidden.

Closed Saturdays.


Jewish Poets - Jewish Voices

Jewish Poets - Jewish Voices

Tuesday, March 22
7:00 PM

Featuring local Jewish poets followed by open mic. Bring your poetry to read or sing, or just listen and enjoy!


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


3rd Annual 5 Minute Play Festival

3rd Annual 5 Minute Play Festival

Monday, April 11
7:00 PM

The 5 Minute Play Festival is presented by 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


How Not to Comfort the Ones We Love

How Not to Comfort the Ones We Love

Monday, April 25
Distinguished Speaker Series

So often we are focused on how we comfort but the tradition has a lot to teach us about how... not to comfort. It is time to get comfortable with the discomfort of the suffering of our loved ones as well as our own. It is time to start talking about everything we so carefully avoid. Join us with this fascinating exploration of the self and the loved ones.

Rabbi Sherre Hirsch is an author and spiritual life consultant. After eight years in the pulpit, Rabbi Hirsch left Sinai Temple, Los Angeles’s largest and oldest conservative temple, in 2006. Since then, she has published We Plan, God Laughs: What to Do When Life Hits You Over the Head, and in August 2015 published Thresholds: How to Thrive Through Life’s Transitions to Live Fearlessly and Regret-Free. In addition to writing, Rabbi Hirsch has appeared on a variety of national media outlets from The Today Show to Extra! She counsels private clients, speaks nationwide at engagements for corporate and religious organizations, and teaches classes across a variety of themes. Rabbi Hirsch serves as the Spiritual Life Consultant for Canyon Ranch Properties, where she organizes retreats and leads workshops focused on coping with grief and the healing process. She is married to Dr. Jeffrey Hirsch and they have four children. Rabbi Hirsch’s mission is to empower individuals to be their own spiritual guides.

Lawrence Family JCC
Price: $16.50; JCC Member Price: $13.50
For Tickets: JCC Box Office (858) 362-1348 or tickets.lfjcc.org


A Journey into Chagall’s Art

A Journey into Chagall’s Art

Monday, June 27
7:00 PM

Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff, CA 92007
In this lecture we will discuss Mark Chagall, the world's preeminent Jewish artist. A Master of Dreams and Storytelling, Chagall's unique expressive and poetic paintings will be shown and discussed. Images of childhood memories, floating people, flying goats, brides and grooms and fiddlers on the roof. We'll cover his paintings, stained glass windows, tapestries and mosaics. Join us to discuss what motivated Chagall; What/who influenced him; What's unique about his art compared to other major artists; How does his art fit with other art movements in the 19th and 20th century.

A unique artist and musician trapped in the body of an engineer, Guri has been painting in watercolors for over 25 years. Born in Israel, Guri moved to the United States 28 years ago. With his distinctively strong and brilliant watercolors, Guri made a name for himself as an artist in Israel, Denver Colorado, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, California where he participated in numerous shows, exhibitions and galleries.