Upcoming Events

Summer Culinary Institute: San Diego Summer Cooking

Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 9:30am & 6:00pm
The Spice Way
260 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, 92024

Roasted Beet Salad with Pistachios, Goat Cheese and Pomegranate Vinaigrette, Israeli Couscous with 18-year Aged Balsamic Sundried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese Salad, Espresso Infused Seared Ahi, Almond Cake. Minimum of 8 people and maximum of 12 people per class.

Instructor: Debbie Kornberg, Owner of The Spice Way

$60 per class, includes meal
$110 total if you register for 2 dates
$165 total if you register for all 3 dates
Box Office (858) 362-1348

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Nathan Gunn, Flying Solo

June 3, 2018, Sunday matinee
12:30 P.M. meet bus at JCC to go to the San Diego Rep Theatre for a 2:00 P.M. Show

Written and directed by Hershey Felder, Nathan Gunn, FLYING SOLO features one of America's greatest baritone voices telling his own true story and singing selections from classic American musicals, contemporary songs and a little bit of opera fun.

For tickets, please call the Senior Dept. (858) 362-1141.

Price: $48; JCC Member Price: $38
Sorry, no refunds unless JCC cancels

Nathan Gunn, FLYING SOLO


The Ancient Law (Das alte Gesetz) With Live Score Performed by Donald Sosin and Alicia Svigals

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

San Diego Premiere

One of the hottest tickets at the recent Berlin International Film Festival, we are honored to provide San Diegans the first opportunity to view the digitally restored version of the 1923 German classic. Making the evening even more special, the film will be accompanied with an original score by renowned pianist and composer Donald Sosin performed live along with violinist Alicia Svigals, a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics. The film takes on the theme of Jewish assimilation in 19th-century Europe as it contrasts the closed world of shtetl life with liberal society. With its depiction of a Rabbi's son who breaks with family tradition to become an actor, this 1923 film was clearly the inspiration for the groundbreaking 1927 American film The Jazz Singer.
Director: Ewald André Dupont / Germany / 1923 / 137 min (restored version) / German and English Subtitles / Silent

Presented in partnership with the Lipinsky Family Jewish Arts Festival
Price: $20; JCC Member Price: $18
Assigned Seating

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Brian Keating - Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science’s Highest Honor

Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 7pm
Dove Library-Schulman Auditorium
Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011

Join UCSD astrophysicist Brian Keating to discuss his new book which tells the inside story of a quest to unlock one of cosmology’s biggest mysteries, derailed by the lure of the Nobel Prize. Keating brings to vivid life the highly competitive, take-no- prisoners, publish-or- perish world of modern science. Along the way, he provocatively argues that the Nobel Prize, instead of advancing scientific progress, may actually hamper it, encouraging speed and greed while punishing collaboration and bold innovation. Keating offers practical solutions for reforming the prize. A book signing will follow the Talk.

“Brian Keating’s riveting new book tells the inside story of the search for cosmic origins, emphasizing the influence of Nobel dreams and laying bare the question of whether the lure of grand prizes is ultimately a good thing for science.” —Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe

Book signing to follow.
Price: FREE
Please RSVP with link.
General Admission Seating

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Yossi Klein Halevi - Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 11am
Dove Library-Schulman Auditorium
1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

The Jewish Book Award-winning author of Like Dreamers offers a powerful and nuanced call for reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians in Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor. In ten provocative and moving letters, Halevi—who was born in the U.S. and emigrated to Israel in his twenties —shares his passion for his adopted homeland and why he refuses to despair of peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Through his unique prism, Halevi reveals the complex strands of faith, pride, anger, and anguish he feels as a Jew living in Israel.

Halevi is a senior fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, where he co-directs, together with Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University, the Muslim Leadership Initiative.
Book signing to follow.
Price: $26 includes one copy of the book per order.
General Admission Seating

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Challah Circle: A monthly get together to prepare challah at the JCC

Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 7pm
Lawrence Family JCC

During the Circle, you will learn how to make a holiday-themed challah, knead the dough, let it rise and shape it. While the dough is rising, you can join in a text-based conversation or shmooze with your friends. You’ll leave with your ready-to-bake challah which will bring sweet and aromatic smells to your kitchen on Friday, in time for Shabbat.

Space is limited. Following your registration, you’ll receive a list of basic supplies to bring to prepare your challah. All ingredients will be provided.

Price: $10, Men, women, and children over 12 are welcome

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Humor Me

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 7pm
Edwards San Marcos Stadium 18

Humor Me stars award-winning actors Elliot Gould, Bebe Neuwirth, Annie Potts, Jermaine Clement (from HBO’s Flight of the Conchords) and singer Ingrid Michaelson. A father and son comedy, the story centers on the son (Clement) who is forced to move into his father’s (Gould) retirement community. The film’s winsome performances and winking humor will remind audiences of writer/director Sam Hoffman’s acclaimed earlier work, Old Jews Telling Jokes.
Director: Sam Hoffman | 93 mins | USA | 2017 | English | Comedy
Price: $15.25; JCC Member Price: $13.25
General Admission Seating

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Budapest Noir

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

Set in the politically troubled autumn of 1936, this story follows Zsigmond Gordon, a world-weary reporter asking unwanted questions about the seemingly unimportant murder of a young prostitute found beaten to death and dumped in a courtyard. While supposedly covering the funeral of fascist-leaning, real-life Hungarian prime minister Gyula Gömbös, Gordon’s investigation leads him deep into the city’s dark underbelly – a shady world of pornographers, fixers, all-night “smokers”, boxing rings, seedy brothels, powerful crime syndicates and communist cells – all the way to the highest echelons of power, where one of Hungary’s most influential business figures plans to make a fortune through his political ties to Germany’s leadership – as long as he can somehow keep secret the fact that he is of Jewish heritage.

Director: Éva Gárdos | 95 mins | Hungary | 2017 | Hungarian with English Subtitles | Drama
Price: $15.25; JCC Member Price: $13.25
General Admission Seating
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Sephardic Philosophy and Its Impact on Today’s Jewish Thought

Thursday, June 21, 28; July 5, 2018 at 7pm (3 Sessions)
Youth J-Team Room
Lawrence Family JCC

In this 3 session course, Rabbi Palti will delve deeply into the general ability of Sephardic thought to mediate between apparently conflicting ideas such as science and religion, materialism and spirituality, and the challenge of having a strong Jewish identity and functioning as an integral part of the world.

Instructor: Rabbi Nisso Palti

Price: $55; JCC Member Price: $45
Box Office (858) 362-1348

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JCC Exclusive - Live at Humphreys


Rock & Dine Under The Stars at Humphreys with an EXCLUSIVE private concert by Don Felder, former lead guitarist of The Eagles, to support programs and services at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS.
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Who Wrote the Bible?

Tuesday, July 10 and 17, 2018 at 10:30AM (2 Sessions)
Winn Room, Coronado Public Library
640 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

Why do there appear to be two creation stories in Genesis? Why did Abraham ask Sarah to pretend to be his sister two different times? How many animals of each species did Noah bring onto the ark? These questions will lead us to consider the Documentary Hypothesis, the scholarly assertion that the Torah is a compilation of separate sources. In this class, we will begin to untangle these sources and shed light on some of the Torah's most puzzling stories.

Instructor: Noah Hadas

Price: $36; JCC Member Price: $30
Box Office (858) 362-1348

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Disney's Frozen Jr.-A 60-minute musical adapted & developed exclusively for middle-school students

July 13-July 29, 2018
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Directed By Joey Landwehr


When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna's sister, Snow Queen Elsa, and break her icy spell. With music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

Prices:$17-$25

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Summer Culinary Institute: Moroccan Summer Cooking

Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 9:30am & 6pm
The Spice Way
260 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, 92024

Preserved Lemon and Tomato Bruschetta (including how to preserve lemons), Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Tumeric and Tahini, Baked Salmon with Borage Raita, Halva Stuffed Dates. Minimum of 8 people and maximum of 12 people per class.

Instructor: Debbie Kornberg, Owner of The Spice Way

$60 per class, includes meal
$110 total if you register for 2 dates
$165 total if you register for all 3 dates
Box Office (858) 362-1348

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Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 6pm Add to Cart


Knowledge is Power: Understanding and Managing BRCA-Related Cancer Risk

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

In Partnership with the Basser Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvania, join us for a panel discussion with Basser Center Executive Director, Dr. Susan Domchek, local physicians Dr. Paul Hyde and Dr. David Smotrich as well as a community member who has been impacted by these issues. Learn about BRCA mutations and related cancers and what can be done to mitigate risk for families. Areas of discussion will include genetic counseling and testing, misconceptions about hereditary cancers and how to navigate through the challenging decision-making and medical management options faced by mutation carriers. Meet and Greet panelists and local support groups. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public with registration.

Price: Free
General Admission Seating

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Refreshing Summer Art: Bottle Decanter

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 6:30pm
Astor Judaica Library
Lawrence Family JCC

Every bottle is itself a piece of art. Transform these beautiful into vessels that look like jewelry for your home or centerpieces for a special occasion. Beads and baubles, jewels and glitter, papers and fabric, ribbons and trim are all available for you to create your one-of-a-kind bottle decanter.

Instructor: Marlene Recht and Sheryl Snyder of The Art Safari

Price: $75; JCC Member Price: $55
Price for both sessions: $120; JCC Member Price for both sessions: $100
Box Office (858) 362-1348

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A Shalom Hartman Institute Lecture and Study Series
iEngage: Israel’s Milestones and Their Meanings

Thursday, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 2018 at 7pm (5 Sessions)
Senior Activity Room
Lawrence Family JCC

This innovative new course explores the pivotal events of 1947 and 1967 - following the 1917 Balfour Declaration - as key moments when Zionism unleashed new thinking about the meaning of Jewishness for generations to come. This course engages participants in an open and pluralistic discussion about issues of peoplehood, ethics and theology as they relate to nationhood, land, sovereignty, Jerusalem, occupation and moral red lines. We are honored to welcome Rabbi Phil Graubart to teach this complex curriculum. Rabbi Graubart is the former Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth El. He currently serves as SDJA's first ever Chief Jewish Officer. Rabbi Graubart is an esteemed teacher and leader in San Diego.

Instructor: Rabbi Phil Graubart

Price: $150; JCC Member Price: $125
Box Office (858) 362-1348

A Shalom Hartman Institute Lecture and Study Series
iEngage: Israel’s Milestones and Their Meanings
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Summer Culinary Institute: Summer Citrus, Light and Fresh

Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 9:30am & 6pm
The Spice Way
260 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024

Citrus Salad with Toasted Nuts, Oven Baked Cod with Lemon, Black Olives and Potatoes, Lavender Lemon Cookies. Minimum of 8 people and maximum of 12 people per class.

Instructor: Debbie Kornberg, Owner of The Spice Way

$60 per class, includes meal
$110 total if you register for 2 dates
$165 total if you register for all 3 dates
Box Office (858) 362-1348

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Refreshing Summer Art: Mosaic Shabbat Candle Tray

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 6:30pm
Astor Judaica Library
Lawrence Family JCC

Learn this ancient art form what dates back to early civilization. Students will be introduced to a variety of mosaic techniques utilizing traditional and upcycled materials including glass, ceramic tiles, vintage and contemporary dishes. You’ll create your own unique tray and leave with instructions for grouting, and confidence to create other mosaics at home.

Instructor: Marlene Recht and Sheryl Snyder of The Art Safari

Price: $75; JCC Member Price: $55
Price for both sessions: $120; JCC Member Price for both sessions: $100
Box Office (858) 362-1348

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A Taste of Melton: Environmental Ethics

Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 10am
Astor Judaica Library
Lawrence Family JCC

Is recycling a Jewish value? How would Jewish scholars weigh in on climate change, carbon footprints or littering? Join Rabbi Ralph Dalin for a FREE, no obligation "Taste of Melton" class to sample the quality and camaraderie of the worldwide Adult Jewish Education phenomenon. As a Melton student, you'll deepen your connection and understanding of Judaism using a variety of texts and sources in an open and engaging style, designed for adults of all backgrounds and levels of knowledge. See what the buzz is about!

Instructor: Rabbi Ralph Dalin

Price: Free
Box Office (858) 362-1348

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Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning: Rhythms of Jewish Living & Purposes of Jewish Living

Thursday, September 6, 13, 20, 27; October 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 29; December 6, 13, 2018; January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; February 21, 28; March 7, 14, 28; April 4, 11; May 2, 9, 16, 2019 from 10:00 am-12:15 pm
Music Room
Lawrence Family JCC

Each fall, the Adult Jewish Education department opens its doors to a new class of Melton students who embark on a journey that strengthens their relationship to Judaism and deepens their understanding of how Judaism continues to provide intelligent, relevant and thoughtful answers to issues of life and death, society and our global village, ethics and morality, historical events and future challenges. The two-year non-denominational curriculum, developed by educators at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is designed to speak to the intellectually curious and contemporary adult Jewish learner. Ancient as well as recent texts on a variety of subjects form the basis of the teachers' presentations and the classes' conversations. There are no prerequisites, tests or homework. The school is open to any member of the community. If you want to incorporate new friendships and Jewish learning into your life, then this is the place for you!

Instructors: Rabbi Ralph Dalin, Professor Joellyn Zollman, Noah Hadas, Rabbi Lenore Bohm

Price: $500; JCC Member Price: $400*
Student Textbooks: $60
*JCC Member Discount Code: Contact lenoreb@lfjcc.org or (858) 362-1327

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Beresheet I: From Adam to Abraham: The First 20 Generations

Thursday, October 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 29; December 6, 13, 20, 2018 at 7:00PM (10 Sessions)
Senior Activity Room
Lawrence Family JCC

The stories take us from the universal tales of the creation of the world, the flood, and the Tower of Babel to the foundational tales of Abraham and Sarah, and the beginnings of the Jewish people. The themes of family and faith, honor and dishonor, passion and power provide a rich exploration of our people and ourselves.

Instructor: Rabbi Ralph Dalin

Price: $250; JCC Member Price: $200*
Student Textbooks: $45
*JCC Member Discount Code: Contact lenoreb@lfjcc.org or (858) 362-1327

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Beresheet I: From Adam to Abraham: The First 20 Generations


Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame presented by Jcompany Youth Theatre

October 20 - November 4, 2018
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Directed By Joey Landwehr


Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical and favorites, “The Bells of Notre Dame,” “Topsy Turvy,” “Out There,” and “God Help the Outcasts.”

Prices:$17-$25

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