Upcoming Events

The Art of Aging


Tuesday, March 19 - Friday, May 31, 2019
Gotthelf Art Gallery
Lawrence Family JCC

The Art of Aging, a fine arts exhibition, celebrates the positive aspects of maturity through the lens of Jewish values. Created by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, the exhibition explores the ways in which aging is less an inexorable process and more of a lifelong journey affecting the dynamics of human relationships, creativity, memory, continuity, and growth.


Youth Basketball Leagues

Sunday's March 10th-May 18th
Game times between 12:00 and 4:00 PM
Gymnasium
Lawrence Family, JCC

The JCC youth basketball league is a fun and nurturing environment for kids ages 5-10 to play and learn the sport of basketball.

This Youth Basketball Program will teach players the basics of team basketball as well as provide them with the tools necessary to begin their competitive basketball careers. Players will learn to cooperate within a team as well as learn the rules and strategies that come with playing in an organized basketball setting.

Teams will be broken up as grades: K-1 (coed), 2-3 (coed), and 4-5.

Games will be played on Sunday afternoons at the JCC Gymnasium.

To participate on one of the JCC teams your child must be enrolled at least one day a week in our Youth Basketball Academy.

For more information about signing up and rules and policies please contact Spencer Lynch or 858-362-1126.

JCC Academy Participant Pricing: $80, JCC Member; $64
Team Pricing: $500


Spanish Conversation


Wednesdays, April 3-May 29, 2019 (9 weeks), 1:00-3:00 pm
Lawrence Family JCC

The goal of this class is to have participants practice, improve, and acquire confidence in using their Spanish vocabulary. Students will practice advanced grammatical points such as: preterite vs. imperfect; ser vs. estar; and present and past subjunctive. The instructor will introduce each class topic from a specific genre in literature, history, music, economics issues, social processes, indigenous American societies, arts, and current events from Latin America and/or Spain.

Minimum # must be met to hold class.
To RSVP sign up online or call the Senior Dept. at (858) 362-1141 by March 29, 2019

Price: $156; JCC Member Price: $125 (additional fees for materials may apply).

No refunds unless JCC cancels.


Beginners Spanish II


Tuesdays, April 2-May 28 (9 weeks), 3:00-5:00 pm
Lawrence Family JCC

In addition to continuing to practice oral proficiency, students of this class will also learn grammar and vocabulary. Their dialogue skills will continue to progress and, as they develop a native-like accent, they will better understand the importance of good pronunciation.

Minimum # must be met to hold class.
To RSVP sign up online or call the Senior Dept. at (858) 362-1141 by March 29, 2019

Price: $156; JCC Member Price: $125 (additional fees for materials may apply).

No refunds unless JCC cancels.


Ignite the Night 2019


Saturday, April 27th - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ballast Point Brewing Miramar
9045 Carroll Way
San Diego, CA 92121

Ignite the Night is a social evening out for Nierman parents and their friends, an opportunity to create community and connection, while at the same time raising funds for a specific purpose in the preschool. This year, proceeds will benefit our preschool's outdoor nature, sensory and STEM enhancements.

$50.00 per Person (21 and Older)

Two Drink Tickets Per Person

Heavy Appetizers, Desserts, Beer & Wine

Beer Tasting, Silent Auction and Opportunity Drawing

Dressy Casual


Would you like to help underwrite Ignite the Night?

Flame $100.00
Candle$250.00 (Includes 2 Tickets)
Torch $500.00 (Includes 2 Tickets & 10 Raffle Tickets)
Campfire $750.00 (Includes 4 Tickets & 10 Raffle Tickets)
Bonfire $1,000.00 (Includes 4 Tickets & 25 Raffle Tickets)

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Yom Hashoah: 2019 Community Holocaust Commemoration

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Free to the pubic, but please RSVP.
Remember. Honor. Teach.
Keynote Speaker, Heather Maio-Smith
Managing Director at Conscience Display

Heather Smith is an experiential exhibit designer who has exhibited in Los Angeles, Cuba, and The United Nations. Heather is the concept creator and producer of New Dimensions in Testimony, the technology behind future generations being able to have a conversation with a Holocaust survivor.
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Infant Massage

Mondays (4-Week Sessions)
10:00 - 11:00am
Senior Activity Room

Infant Massage is a natural and soothing way to promote infant health.
A certified Infant Massage Instructor teaches parents techniques
which will provide many benefits for their babies and at the same
time offer a very special bonding period. Benefits include: relief of
discomfort for teething, congestion, colic, constipation and
emotional stress, and enhancement of neurological development,
sleep, muscle tone development, and strengthening of the immune
system.

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Real/Reel Rescuers


Tuesday, April 30; May 14, 21, 2019 at 10:30 am- 12:00 pm (3 Sessions)
Senior Activity Room
Lawrence Family JCC

This series of lectures examines how and why Gentiles rescued Jews drawing upon interviews of them and how they have been portrayed in feature films. Lectures include: The Dynamics of Decency: Why Righteous Gentiles Rescued Jews, Christian Holocaust Films: From Complicity to Compassion, and How Oskar Schindler Screened Out Raoul Wallenberg.

Instructor: Dr. Lawrence Baron

Price: $55; JCC Member Price: $50

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Youth Gymnastics

Monthly September-June: Time varies by Grade
Gymnasium
Lawrence Family JCC

The Youth Gymnastics program at the JCC is taught by Ofir Gonen, a professional who has over 20 years of experience teaching gymnastics. Ofir has a BA in Physical Education and is a behavioral and development therapist.

Students will learn skills on the balance beam, vault, tumbling trampoline, rings, high-bar, and more. At the same time they will develop strength, flexibility, coordination, and self-confidence! Open to all genders from PK - 5th grade.

Class Schedule
Mondays:
3:30-4:20 (Grades K-2)
4:20-5:10 (Grades 2-5)
Wednesdays:
3:30-4:20 (Grades K-1)
4:20-5:10 (PK- Ages 4-5)
5:10-6:00 (Grades 2-5)

For more information please contact Ofir Gonen at (858) 220-9012 or ofirg@lfjcc.org

Monthly Pricing Details:
Mondays or Wednesdays (Once Weekly): $60; JCC Member $48
Mondays & Wednesdays (twice Weekly): $114; JCC Member $92

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Monthly Shabbat Celebration at the J

The First Friday of Every Month at 12:30 PM
The Galleria
Lawrence Family JCC

Celebrate Shabbat at the J on the first Friday of every month. Join for a casual gathering to relax, reflect, and connect as we end the week and welcome Shabbat together. RSVP is encouraged but not required.

Price: Free

Monthly Shabbat Celebration
Friday, May 3, 2019 12:30 PM
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J Fit Fiesta


Sunday, May 5, 2019 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Lawrence Family JCC

Join the Movement, Find your fit, connect and have fun!

Complimentary group classes, meet the trainers, music, snacks, babysitting and more! Bring your friends!

Featuring: LesMills Master Class, New Music & Choreography for BodyPump, BodyCombat & Grit.
Other sample classes: Zumba, Pickle Ball, Spin, Jbarre, Yoga & Masters Swim.

Spring Training BOGO: buy one 30-minute personal session get one free.
Offer valid April 1- May 15, 2019 for new and current JCC members.

Price: Free- Space is limited, sign up today!

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Gender and Judaism

Monday, March 25, 2019 at 7pm
Seacrest Village, 211 Saxony Rd, Encinitas
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 10:30am
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado
Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 2pm
Temple Adat Shalom, 15905 Pomerado Rd, Poway

In the dizzying spin of the 21st century, we have achieved marriage equality in all 50 states for LGBTQ people, there are openly gay and lesbian leaders in every field, and transgender rabbis, athletes, actors, government leaders, and everyday Americans are more able to live their lives as their truest selves. We will examine Jewish texts that deal with gender, sexuality, and inclusion as a way to situate the conversation within a Jewish context. You may be surprised to learn how much Judaism has to see about these very contemporary issues, and how advanced Jewish teachings have been on these sometimes-controversial topics.

Lecturer: Rabbi Yael Ridberg

Price: Free
May 5 Price: $10; JCC Member Price: Free

Gender and Judaism
Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 2pm, North County Inland Lecture Series
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Junior Bakers- Grades K-4


Mondays: May 6, 13, 20 and June 3, 3:30-4:45 pm
Lawrence Family JCC

Create amazing desserts in this 4 class series with Certified Pastry Chef Zohar Cohen. Develop basic culinary skills, bake delicious, exciting recipes, have a blast with friends and impress your family with the treats you will take home. We use the best ingredients and we will be hands on in the kitchen. Please join us to share this culinary adventure! It is too sweet to miss.

Junior Bakers is open to students in grades K-4

Class size: minimum 6 students- maximum 10 students

Price: $144; JCC Member $120

An additional materials/ingredients fee of $25 is payable directly to the instructor upon beginning of first class.

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Monthly Tennis Clinics


Pacific Coast Tennis is proud to offer complimentary adult tennis clinics for JCC members each month. Beginner and intermediate levels are welcome to attend, as we will split into groups based on experience. Racquets will be provided if needed. Players will receive instruction, valuable practice, a good workout, and most importantly have fun. These clinics are a great way to begin playing tennis, perfect your game and connect with other members.

Space is limited sign up today! Must be logged in as a member to make your online reservation.

For more information, contact Spencer Lynch spencerl@lfjcc.org or 858-362-1226

Monday,May 6th, 2019 7:30-8:30 PM
Overhead and serve, how to use the proper technique to have a killer serve.
Cost: Free for JCC members
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Monday, June 3rd, 2019 7:30-8:30 PM
The net game and how to develop a strong volley game.
Cost: Free for JCC members
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Monthly Mussar


Tuesday, May 7, 14, and 21, 2019 at 12:00-1:30pm (3 sessions)
JTeam Room
Lawrence Family JCC

Mussar is a 1,000 year tradition that draws on Jewish wisdom to help individuals develop character traits which enhance spiritual and personal growth. We will discuss Jewish character traits by looking at insightful and motivating texts.

Instructor: Rabbi Lenore Bohm

Price: $60; JCC Member Price: $50

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Welcome to Mandarin! Grades K-6


Tuesday's May 7, 14, 21,28- 4:00-5:00 pm
Lawrence Family JCC

Learn the special language of Mandarin in a fun, interactive, engaging way! Our instructors, Bi-Lingual kids, make language learning exciting and highly participatory. This 4 class session will give kids a great intro to Mandarin and a great cultural experience.

Mandarin is open to students in grades K-6

Class size: minimum 6 students

Price: $120; JCC Member $100

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Youth Basketball Academy

Ongoing Monthly
Sunday 9:30 11:30 AM
Monday 5:10-6:10 PM
Gymnasium
Lawrence Family JCC

Sessions are designed for kids in grades K- 5 with a desire to learn the fundamental skills of the game. At this age, players use a Jr. size basketball as well as 7’-7’6” high basketball hoops to help players gain confidence as well as proper shooting form. Clinics focus on a holistic approach to basic skills acquisition and understanding group process in an effort to build a strong foundation for future success as a basketball player. Coached by Ofir Gonen

Grades K-5

For more information please contact Ofir Gonen at ofirg@lfjcc.org or Spencer Lynch at spencerl@lfjcc.org

Monthly Pricing Details:
Sundays Only: $84; JCC Member $69
Mondays Only: $60; JCC Member $48
Both Days: $120; JCC Member $105

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1776 Presented by JCompany Youth Theatre

May 11-19, 2019
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Directed by Joey Landwehr


It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence... if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence. 1776 is a funny, insightful and compelling drama with a striking score and legendary book.
JCompany’s production will be led by an all female cast!

Prices:$17-$25

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ISRAEL STORY LIVE!
"The Wall" - A Look At The Barriers That Separate Us, And Those That Bring Us Together

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 8pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Israel’s leading podcast blends live storytelling and surprising multimedia, introducing us to a different Israel, one that we rarely get a chance to see: life-sized, nuanced, funny and touching. These are everyday stories, told by, and about, regular Israelis.

Everywhere we turn these days it seems "the wall" is staring back at us. Its power is magical - it both protects and alienates; keeps people in and out; and can - we have all seen - even bring mighty governments to a standstill. Israel, too, has its share of walls. There's the West Bank Barrier, of course, the Wailing Wall, and basically everything in between. In their newest live show, Israel Story - the country's leading podcast - interact with different walls and have surprisingly poetic tales to tell about their encounters. With their usual mix of unusually splendid storytelling, marvelous live music and stunning visuals, join the Israel Story team for an evening that will redefine your thoughts about the good ol' "W-word."


“The Israeli ‘This American Life’” -Ira Glass


Assigned Seating
Price: $38; Member Price: $33; Premium Price: $52

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"The Wall" - A Look At The Barriers That Separate Us, And Those That Bring Us Together
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Lag B'Omer Celebration: AN EVENING OF OUTDOOR FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY


Wednesday, May 22, 2019 5:00-7:00 pm
Mandell Weiss Eastgate Park (Back Field)
Lawrence Family JCC

Between Passover and Shavuot, Jewish communities around the world dedicate a day to OUTDOOR FUN including picnics, games and bonfires. Join us for a community-wide celebration of Lag B’Omer on the LFJCC Field featuring:

Live Fire Arts | San Diego Women’s Drum Circle | Israeli Music | Stories | Crafts

Kosher Cookout (for purchase) or Bring Your Own Picnic Dinner

Price: $18 per family includes limited edition LFJCC picnic blanket

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Challah Circle


Thursday, May 23, 7:00-8:45 pm
Taubman Drama Workshop (Rehearsal Room)
Lawrence Family JCC

Learn to make a holiday-themed challah--knead the dough, let it rise and shape it. While the dough is rising, join in a text-based conversation or schmooze with your friends. Take home your ready-to-bake challah just in time for Shabbat! For adults and children over 12.

Price: $10

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SALK TALKS

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 7pm Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Three remarkable events bring together experts and influencers from The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, the world’s top leader in biomedical research, located in La Jolla. Salk scientists will showcase their remarkable insights and discoveries and their impact on humanity.

General Admission Seating
Price: $18; Member Price: $15;

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Sreekanth Chalasani, PhD: “A new approach to alleviating symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders” Add to Cart


The USS Midway Story & Optional USS Midway Museum Visit


Lecture: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 1:30-3:00 pm
Garb Senior Activity Center
Lawrence Family JCC

Come hear how the Midway evolved from serving 47 years as an active aircraft carrier to becoming a successful museum about to celebrate its 15th year in San Diego.

Price: Lecture Only: $6; Member Price: $4

Tour: Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 9:15 am-1:30 pm (approximate)
USS Midway- Meet at the Lawrence Family JCC

Museum Tour: You heard the story, now see the ship. NOTE: good walking shoes recommended to navigate steps, uneven surfaces, and long distances between exhibits.

Price: Lecture & Visit to Museum: $38; Member Price: $30 (includes pre-trip lecture, round-trip transportation from JCC, and museum admission for self-guided tour)

Sign up online or RSVP by May 22, 2019 to Senior Adult Dept. (858) 362-1141

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Leona


Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Leona is an intimate, insightful, and moving film that tells the story of Ariela, a young Jewish woman from Mexico City who finds herself torn between her family and her forbidden love. It’s ripe with all the drama and interpersonal conflicts of a Jane Austen novel. Watching Ariela negotiate the labyrinth of familial pressure, religious precedent, and her own burgeoning sentiment is both painful and beautiful—there are no easy choices to be made. The viewer travels back and forth with her as she struggles with her heart to take the best path.

Isaac Cherem; Mexico; 2018; 95 minutes; Spanish; Drama; San Diego Premiere

General Admission Seating
Regular Price: $15.25; Member Price: $13.25

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Community Divided/Humanity United With March For Our Lives founding members Sofie Whitney and Brendan Duff

Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 5:00 pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

 

Since the tragedies at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the March For Our Lives movement has taken a stand against senseless gun violence. The Parkland students work together with young leaders of all backgrounds from across the country to hold politicians accountable and combat the normalization of gun violence. The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture brings survivors of the Parkland shooting to San Diego to share Glimmer of Hope, the New York Times bestselling book by the founders of the movement that tells the story of how a group of teenagers raced to channel their rage and sorrow into action—and went on to create one of the largest youth-led movements in global history. These students bring their urgent conversation to San Diego, offering us a chance to come together and take action, refuse to remain passive, and work to create a safe and compassionate nation for our youth. An important conversation with Parkland shooting survivors Sofie Whitney and Brendan Duff.

 “Glimmer of Hope provides a blueprint for launching social change...”—NPR.org

 

General Admission Seating

Price: FREE to the public, but tickets required to enter. All ages welcome. Doors open at 4:30 PM. Q & A and book signing to follow event.

Books for purchase (100% of the authors' proceeds from Glimmer of Hope will benefit the March For Our Lives Foundation and the ongoing fight to end gun violence in the United States).


Community Divided/Humanity United is generously funded by the County of San Diego’s Community Enhancement Program

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5 Minute Play Festival

Monday, June 3, 2019 at 7pm
Rehearsal Room
Lawrence Family JCC

Join us for the 6th Annual 5-Minute Play Festival, a staged reading series. You'll get a taste of comedies, tragedies and everything in between as professional San Diego actors, under the stellar direction of D. Candis Paule, transform scripts into theater showcasing fresh, new playwrights that speak to Jewish identity, cultural experiences and values. This is an evening of laughter, inspiration and thought-provoking questions.

General Admission
Price: $18; Member Price: $15

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Eyewitness to History: A Personal Account


Thursday, June 13 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Samuel and Rebecca Astor Judaica Library

Please join us for another in our series of historical presentations. Lou de Beer, a recipient of the Coronado Avenue of Heroes Award, will relay his personal account of his WWII and Korean War experiences. The son of American parents, Lou was born in Amsterdam. As a boy he witnessed the arrival of the German troops in 1940 and lived through 18 months of occupation. His experience adds an important and generally overlooked angle to the history of the Second World War in Europe.

RSVP by June 6 to Senior Dept. (858) 362-1141

Price: $6; Member Price: $4

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Patron Party 2018-19


Sunday, June 23, 2019
6:00-10:00p,
Humphreys, 2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

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Additionally Support the JCC as Underwriters with a gift of $1,000 for Decor, $2,000 for Cocktails or $3,600 for the Entertainment! Add to Cart


JCC Patron Party – Rock & Dine Under the Stars

Sunday, June 23
Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

Rock & Dine Under The Stars at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay with an EXCLUSIVE private concert by Steve Augeri, former lead vocalist of Journey, to underwrite programs and services at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS.

Did we mention EXCLUSIVE private concert? What this means is that on June 23rd, Humphreys is opening their doors just for US! Patrons of the J will dine on delicious eats, participate in a LIVE auction, watch the sunset, AND rock out under the stars together in this amazing outdoor bayside venue. Could there be a more fun way to support your favorite J San Diego programs? Gather your family and friends - we welcome you with Open Arms.
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DAY AT THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY FAIR: OZSOME


Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Meet Bus at JCC at 12:30 pm; Return to JCC at approximately 6:00 pm
Del Mar Fairgrounds

Follow the yellow brick road and enter into an “Oz-some” world inspired by Baum’s classic tale, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells & shopping and come away with pleasant memories from the San Diego County Fair!

Price: $22; JCC Member $18
Price includes bus transportation and fair admission

Sign up online or RSVP by June 19, 2019 to Senior Adult Dept. (858) 362-1141.

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Pre-natal Yoga


Are you looking for a class to help prepare you for labor, birth, and motherhood?

Prenatal Yoga does all that and more. It prepares your heart, mind and body for the transformative experience of giving birth and mothering a new baby. No Matter what kind of birth you are planning, a regular practice of connecting your breath and body will positively impact your birth.

Classes open with dialogue, meditation, breath work, and then physical practice and poses. Themes relative to labor and birth are woven into class and handouts offered.

Instructor Laura McIntire has dedicated herself to the study and teaching of yoga therapies. Since 1994 she has continuously sought out respected and innovative teachers and trained in styles of Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Anusara, Yoga Tune Up, MELT Hand and Foot, Restorative, Partner, Acro Yoga and AYFit. Laura's teaching is augmented by her continued studies in anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, energy work, and other therapeutic modalities.

Price: $104; JCC Member $84
Single Class Drop-In $15; JCC Member $12

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Pickleball

Ongoing,Tuesdays & Friday's 9:30-11:30 AM
Jacobs Gymnasium
Lawrence Family, JCC

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States and it is gaining popularity here at the JCC. Join us for active play and fun. Beginner to advanced players are welcome. Enjoy this time to learn the sport and/or work on your game. No experience is necessary. If you don’t have a paddle, no problem, we have one you can borrow. We will have a staff member available to help and answer any questions. Due to popular demand, we added a Tuesday time.

Get in and work on your skills because in February we are adding a round robin tournament. Stay tuned…..

Price: $15; JCC Member: Free

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Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews


Tuesday, August 27 - Sunday, September 29, 2019
*Opening Night Reception: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 7:00pm

Gotthelf Art Gallery
Lawrence Family JCC

The personal stories of American Jewish activists and Soviet Jews – known as refuseniks – will be brought to life in Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews, a new traveling exhibition created by NMAJH. It will explore the significance of this dramatic, risky, and emotionally fraught social justice movement, what The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg has called "the most successful human rights campaign of our time." After World War II, Jews who lived in the Soviet Union were denied the rights to live freely, practice Judaism, or leave the country. A worldwide human rights effort on their behalf brought together organizations, student activists, community leaders, and thousands of individuals – and reached the highest echelons of the American government. The exhibition will serve as a reminder of the unique promise of religious freedom and our continuing responsibility to preserve and protect that freedom.

Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews was created by the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia and this project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

*In conjunction with the August 27 opening, Rabbi Ralph Dalin will share some of his personal insights and experiences from his years of activism in the Soviet Jewry movement on the national and local level.

Price: Free

Please RSVP with link provided for Opening Night

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Semi(te) Sweet: On Jews and Chocolate


Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - Thursday, January 31, 2020
Opening Night Reception: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 7:00pm

Gotthelf Art Gallery
Lawrence Family JCC

A tin of Barton’s Almond Kisses. A stretchy yellow pouch of Elite Gelt. Imagine the intersection of Jewish life and chocolate, and those are the markers that likely come to mind. Less likely, but no less pivotal is the liquid delicacy that Inquisition-era Sephardi Jews introduced to France. Semi[te] Sweet: On Jews and Chocolate features tantalizing historical and contemporary archival materials, decorative arts and bibliographic materials that celebrate these contributions of Jews to the business of chocolate.

Price: Free

Please RSVP with link provided for Opening Night

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Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin


Tuesday, February 25 - Sunday, May 31, 2020
Opening Night Reception: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 7:00pm

Gotthelf Art Gallery
Lawrence Family JCC

Siona Benjamin is a painter originally from Bombay, now living in the US. Her work reflects her background of being brought up Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. In her paintings she combines the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic inspired by both Indian miniature paintings and Sephardic icons.

Price: Free

Please RSVP with link provided for Opening Night

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