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


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

Wednesday, January 18
10:30 AM

Coronado Public Library
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

The Center for Jewish Culture will be honored by the San Diego REP on January 25 and YOU are invited!

Join us for a Free Wine Reception following the January 25 Performance of Hershey Felder in Our Great Tchaikovsky. See a world-premiere show, meet and greet actors as well as behind the scenes talent all while supporting the CJC.

10% of single ticket purchases for the January 25 7PM performance will be donated to the Center for Jewish Culture.

Hershey Felder in Our Great Tchaikovsky: A Night of Theater and Reception with The San Diego REP Theater
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 wasn’t 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. See a great play and support a great cause, all in one night with 10% of all tickets sold for this performance going to benefit the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture! Join us following the show for a Wine Reception.


27th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival

27th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival

Wednesday, February 08 - Sunday, February 19
The 12-day festival is the largest Jewish cultural event in San Diego and draws over 17,000 attendees annually to more than 80 screenings. The festival features San Diego film premieres, international guest filmmakers, and juried and audience choice awards. Screenings will be shown at five locations. This year the festival will showcase a total of 60 films of the best contemporary Jewish themed films from around the world celebrating life, human rights, and freedom of expression. A private screening for Underwriters is February 8th. Become an Underwriter today!


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.


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 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. 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
This fascinating series of lectures will 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 main Jewish artist of the 20th Century.
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
Monday, March 13 • 7:00 p.m.
Arab Spring” Chaos in Full Swing – Six Years and Counting
Tuesday, March 14 • 7:00 p.m.
Trump’s Middle East Dilemma: Continue Obama’s Withdrawal or Re-engage?
Wednesday, March 15 • 7:00 p.m.
Israeli Opportunities and Challenges in a Chaotic Middle East
Price: $18.50; JCC Member Price: $15


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!


Let

Let's Face It

Tuesday, December 13 - Thursday, February 23
9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Portraiture is one of art's oldest genres, dating back to the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. However, as old as it may be, this is the first time the Gotthelf Art Gallery has curated a show devoted solely to this art form. Our featured artist is Vera Sickinger, along with the following artists who were invited to exhibit in this show: Ken Goldman, Stephanie Goldman, Vivien Ressler, Madeline Sherry and Ali Silverstein.


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?