Upcoming Events

SAN DIEGO JEWISH BOOK FAIR: A Taste of the 20th, Featuring Daniel Silva

SAN DIEGO JEWISH BOOK FAIR: A Taste of the 20th, Featuring Daniel Silva

Thursday, July 24
7:00 PM

Lawrence Family JCC
We'll kick off our 20th annual Book Fair with one of our favorite authors: Daniel Silva! He'll share insights into his newest Gabriel Allon book The Heist. Own the book before anyone else - and get it signed!


ADULT EDUCATION: Pewish and Jewish: The American Jewish Experience

ADULT EDUCATION: Pewish and Jewish: The American Jewish Experience

Thursday, July 10 - Thursday, July 31
The recent Pew survey on American Jewish life has generated a lot of conversation and controversy. Join us to create more of both! This four week class will consider what historians and sociologists have identified as the great themes and challenges of late 20th century American Jewish experience, like the Holocaust, Israel, Feminism and spirituality. Then, we'll see how the Pew study offers both confirmation and surprises when it comes to what we thought we knew about contemporary American Jewish life.


Gotthelf Art Gallery Kick Off Event

Gotthelf Art Gallery Kick Off Event

Sunday, August 03
4:00 PM

The beautiful home of Hanna and Mark Gleiberman
The Gotthelf Art Gallery is part of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture and is devoted to expanding and enriching cultural life in San Diego by presenting the finest in Jewish artistic expressions, encouraging the preservation of Jewish culture and heritage, and nurturing new creativity in the arts.

Each year, generous support from our Friends of the Gallery members and corporate sponsors make it possible to present unique exhibitions. Most artwork will be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the Gallery. Become a Friend today and receive yearlong benefits. RSVP by July 16 to join us at our Kick Off Event.


ADULT EDUCATION: Fascinating Facts: Myths and Mysteries of Judaism

ADULT EDUCATION: Fascinating Facts: Myths and Mysteries of Judaism

Thursday, August 07 - Thursday, September 04
In a lighthearted style that allows for both easy conversation and in-depth discussion, this course debunks common misconceptions and introduces little known but important facts about Judaism that seek to intrigue, surprise, and inform Jews about the richness and scope of their heritage.


25th Anniversary San Diego Jewish Film Festival Kick-Off

25th Anniversary San Diego Jewish Film Festival Kick-Off

Sunday, August 17
7:15 PM

Garfield Theatre
San Diego Jewish Film Festival 25th Anniversary kicks off with The Outrageous Sophie Tucker documentary. Before Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Bette Midler, Madonna and Lady Gaga, Tucker was the first woman to infatuate her audiences with a bold, bawdy and brassy style unlike any other previous performer.

Price: $13.75; JCC Member Price $11.75


Yom Limmud: San Diego

Yom Limmud: San Diego's Community Day of Learning

Sunday, August 24
8:30 AM-3:30 PM

Save the date for the 10th annual Yom Limmud: San Diego's Community Day of Learning, at the Lawrence Family JCC.

Keynote Speaker: Rabbi Lawrence Kushner.

Tickets on sale now! Admission is good for entire day. Includes kosher bagel bar lunch.


ADULT EDUCATION: Christianity, A Guide for the Perplexed

ADULT EDUCATION: Christianity, A Guide for the Perplexed

Tuesday, August 19 - Tuesday, September 09
Lawrence Family JCC
What is the difference between a Baptist and a Catholic? Do all Christians accept the virginity of Mary, the mother of Jesus? What is the defining characteristic of Christianity? This course answers these questions and more by introducing the history, beliefs and practices of Christians.

We will examine the teachings of Jesus, an apocalyptic first-century Jewish prophet, and the subsequent teachings about Him.

Terminology and vocabulary will be clarified in order to gain a better understanding of this influential world religion.


ADULT EDUCATION: FREE Taste of Melton [Tifereth Israel]

ADULT EDUCATION: FREE Taste of Melton [Tifereth Israel]

Thursday, August 28
Tifereth Israel Synagogue | 6660 Cowles Mountain Boulevard | San Diego CA 92119
Attend a free Taste of Melton session and find out what's behind the buzz.

Developed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, adult learners from all backgrounds explore classic Jewish sources in an intellectually stimulating, non-denominational environment.

There are no tests, grades, or homework; Melton is learning for pleasure, not pressure.


ADULT EDUCATION: Introduction to Jewish Texts: A Melton Sampler

ADULT EDUCATION: Introduction to Jewish Texts: A Melton Sampler

Thursday, September 04 - Thursday, September 11
Congregation Beth Am | 5050 Del Mar Heights Road | San Diego, CA 92130
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.


ADULT EDUCATION: FREE Taste of Melton [Temple Emanu-El]

ADULT EDUCATION: FREE Taste of Melton [Temple Emanu-El]

Thursday, September 18
7:00 PM

Temple Emanu-El | 6299 Capri Drive | San Diego, CA 92120
Attend a free Taste of Melton session and find out what's behind the buzz.

Developed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, adult learners from all backgrounds explore classic Jewish sources in an intellectually stimulating, non-denominational environment.

There are no tests, grades, or homework; Melton is learning for pleasure, not pressure.


ADULT EDUCATION: Judaism 4.0: Where Torah, Midrash, Philosophy & Mysticism Meet

ADULT EDUCATION: Judaism 4.0: Where Torah, Midrash, Philosophy & Mysticism Meet

Tuesday, October 21 - Tuesday, December 16
Lawrence Family JCC
The Israelite religion found in the Torah is Judaism 1.0. After the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 CE, a new class of scholars, the Rabbis, led Judaism into its next phase, Judaism 2.0, through a prescient process of literary interpretation known as Midrash. In the Middle Ages, independent philosophical and mystical works were drafted to justify and promote the Rabbinic enterprise.

Two hundred years ago, the traditional Jewish communities of Europe began breaking down as a result of political emancipation and the Jewish enlightenment. The consequent emergence of the modern denominational landscape is Judaism 3.0. Today, we are participating in the birth of Judaism 4.0. What's to salvage, what's to jettison, and where are we headed are our animating questions?