About the Lawrence Family JCC
The mission of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS connects the community to Jewish heritage, identity, experiences and values to ensure the continuity and vibrancy of the Jewish community. We accomplish our mission by promoting the physical and mental well being of the community and offering a rich array of stimulating and innovative social, cultural, educational, and recreational programs and services. The LFJCC is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for San Diego’s diverse Jewish community and the greater general community.
Michael Cohen, Executive Director
Ana Kozlowski, Associate Executive Director
Wendy Sabin-Lasker, Director San Diego Center for Jewish Culture
Alma Hadash Geiger, Preschool Director
Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Place: Glatt Kosher Café
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Bean: Gourmet Coffee & Smoothie Bar
Monday – Thursday: 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This 1000-square-foot gathering space features flatscreen TVs, wireless internet, and lots of light. Come get some work done or just relax and enjoy a snack. You can rent The Bean for your event >
Nierman Preschool (Glickman-Galinson Early Childhood Education Complex)
Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday - 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
J-Team After School Enrichment Program
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 12:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jacobs Fitness Center
Monday – Thursday: 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday: 6:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Albert A. Hutler Tennis Center
Monday – Thursday: 6:00 am – 9:30 pm
Friday: 6:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friedenberg Olympic Pool
Monday - Thursday: 6:00 am - 7:30 pm
Friday: 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:3 0am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Lap Swim, Short Course:
Monday/Wednesday - 6:00 am - close
Tuesday/Thursday/Friday - 2:00 pm - close
Saturday - open - close
Lap Swim, Long Course:
Tuesday/Thursday/Friday - 6:00 am - 1:30 pm
Sunday - open - close
Directions & Parking
Exit West La Jolla Village Dr.
West to Genesee Ave.
Right on Genesee Ave.
Left on Executive Dr. or Eastgate Mall Rd.
Exit East La Jolla Village Dr.
East to Regents Rd.
Left on Regents Rd.
Right on Executive Dr. or Eastgate Mall Rd.
Enter front parking lot off of Executive Dr.
Enter back parking lot off of Eastgate Mall Rd. or Genesee Ave.
Enter parking structure off of Executive Dr. (for a fee - unless otherwise reserved for a JCC event)
The History of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
The Jewish Community Center of San Diego County was founded in 1945 on 54th Street in the College area by a handful of dedicated and visionary volunteers. After its "permanent" home was built in 1958 (still on 54th Street), it quickly became a landmark for the community. For nearly fifty years, the original Center was the hub of Jewish life in San Diego, becoming a cultural source for all ages and providing meeting locations for thousands of projects and programs.
By the late 1970s San Diego's Jewish community had grown and migrated north to the coastal areas of the county. As a result, in 1982 a plan was developed for a community center and public park, to be located in the University City/Golden Triangle area of La Jolla, and JCC executives signed a fifty-year lease with the City of San Diego.
In the early 1980s, jump-started by an initial $1 million gift from M. Larry Lawrence, more than $6 million was raised for the building of the new community center, including the Friedenberg Pool and the Albert A. Hutler Tennis Center. Thanks to the generosity of Mandell Weiss, the Mandell Weiss Eastgate City Park could also be created.
An additional $1.5 million was raised for further construction of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in 1985, enabling the building to expand to provide facilities for social programs and fitness classes. The NBA-regulation Jacobs Family Gymnasium, built during this phase, also provided a space for basketball and gymnastics classes. It wasn't long, however, before the JCC once again outgrew its space.
By 1992 the Board of Directors had planned the "Get Centered" Capital Campaign, led by Joan and Irwin Jacobs, and raised funds for the expansion and renovation of the existing JCC facilities. After many years of planning and two more years of construction, the JCC building tripled in size, covering 97,000 square feet.
The Lawrence Family JCC Now Boasts:
• The largest Jewish day camp in California.
• The largest Jewish preschool in San Diego.
• A community theater involving hundreds of young artists every year.
• Physical education programs in aquatics, tennis, gymnastics, basketball and more.
• Fitness/wellness programs for all interests and ages.
• A specialized senior adult program serving more than 500 local seniors.
• An Inclusion program for all children.
• The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, which presents nationally-recognized events and programs:
- Adult Jewish Education
- Astor Judaica Library
- CJC In The Mix
- CJC Performing Arts
- The Goldberg Trust Makor
- Gotthelf Art Gallery
- Holocaust Education Program
- J*Company Youth Theatre
- March of the Living
- San Diego Jewish Book Fair
- San Diego Jewish Film Festival
- Yom Limmud: San Diego's Day of Learning
Lawrence Family JCC Facilities Include:
• Albert A. Hutler Tennis Center
• Astor Judaica Library (10,000+ volumes)
• The Bean: Gourmet Coffee & Smoothie Bar
• David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre (500 seats)
• Friedenberg Olympic Pool
• Garb Senior Activity Center
• Gotthelf Art Gallery
• Gotthelf Dance Studio
• Holocaust Memorial Garden
• Jacobs Fitness Center and Gymnasium
• Jaffe Family Senior Lounge
• Mandell Weiss Eastgate Park and Softball Fields
• Nierman Preschool (Glickman-Galinson Early Childhood Education Complex)
• The Place: Glatt Kosher Café
• Taubman Drama Workshop