Upcoming Events

Witches, Demons and Gender Issues in Jewish Tradition

Witches, Demons and Gender Issues in Jewish Tradition

Tuesday, January 10 - Tuesday, February 28
Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Tuesdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 28, 2017
This class will examine the study of witchcraft and demons and what they reveal of gender issues in Jewish tradition.
We will read about some well-known characters such as Lilith and Satan and see how they reflect gender issues in the rabbinic mind.

And to make sure the evil forces are kept at bay during class, we will also study some defenses against witchcraft.

10:00-11:30 am OR 7:00-8:30 pm


Jerusalem 50

Jerusalem 50

Tuesday, March 07 - Tuesday, March 28
10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla 92037
As we celebrate 50 years of the reunification of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital - we ask ourselves: What is our connection to the Holy City? Explore and discuss the various approaches and feelings connecting us to Jerusalem through prayers, poems and songs. Instructor, Elisheva Edelson, was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and has been a Jewish Educator and performer of Jewish Folk and Popular music for over 40 years.

Four Sessions.

Price: $80; JCC Member Price: $65


Art, Stories, and Movements: Jewish Art through the Ages

Art, Stories, and Movements: Jewish Art through the Ages

Tuesday, March 07 - Tuesday, March 28
7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Dr La Jolla, CA 92037
Explore various art history topics from early Israeli artists Nachum Gutman and Reuven Rubin who documented with their art the story and the history of Tel Aviv, to Marc Chagall, the most reknowned Jewish artist of the 20th Century. Other artists featured include Leonardo da Vinci and the history of the Reniassance in Italy, along with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo and the history of Mexico.

Four Sessions.

Price: $80; JCC Member Price: $65


Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Jr.

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Jr.

Friday, March 10 - Sunday, March 26
The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.


Jacob Goldberg Lectures

Jacob Goldberg Lectures

Monday, March 13 - Wednesday, March 15
7:00 PM

David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Professor Jacob Goldberg

Dr. Goldberg has a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Middle East politics, and is a former Senior Adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. He is the author of The Foreign Policy of Saudi Arabia, and has also published numerous articles in newspapers in Israel and the U.S., including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Monday, March 13, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.

“ARAB WINTER” CHAOS IN FULL SWING: Six Years and Counting

The state of the Arab world—fragile, failed, and collapsed states
Sunni-Shi’ite schism, the new Middle East fault line
Iranian-Saudi wars by proxies
The Syrian fiasco—one civil war, six conflicts
Iraq after Mosul: return to civil war or to a unified state?
Erdogan creates a new Turkey-Kurdish self-rule
ISIS in decline but Jihadist terrorism on the rise
Refugees as political pawns

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.

IN THE AFTERMATH OF AMERICAN FAILURES — TRUMP'S MIDDLE EAST DILEMMA: Continue Obama’s Retreat or Re-engage?

Scrap the Iran nuclear agreement?
Let Putin call the shots in Syria?
Shift in American priorities— Is Iran or ISIS a bigger threat to US national security?
Check Iran’s regional ambitions?
Adopt a new strategy against Islamist Jihadism?
Put American-Saudi relations back on track?
Try to jumpstart Israeli-Palestinian peace process?


Wednesday, March 15, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.
ISRAELI OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN A CHAOTIC MIDDLE EAST: Trump as an Enigma, Putin as a Challenge

Trump as a dilemma
Putin as a challenge
A new regional landscape—growing cooperation with the Sunni block
Iran – the “dormant” strategic threat
The immediate military threats—Hezbollah and Hamas
What if the Syrian war ends in a Putin/Assad/Iran/Hezbollah victory?
Palestinian-Israeli deadlock—between Intifada and a Bi-National State
Israel as a paradox—a high-tech, “start-up” nation vs. a paralyzed political establishment and absence of statecraft
Shimon Peres—the last founding father

*Topics are Subject to Change

David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

General Admission
Ticket Price Per Lecture: $18.50; JCC Member $15.00
Goldberg 3-pack: Price $50.00; JCC Member Price $40.00

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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

Coronado Public Library
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

Coronado Public Library
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 & 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

Coronado Public Library
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?