Upcoming Events

Virtual Mah Jongg Lessons

Dates and times to be arranged based on participants’ availability.
Virtual

Want to learn how to play Mah Jongg, or sharpen your game? Stay stimulated, connect with old friends and meet new people during these live, interactive virtual lessons for beginners and intermediate level players. Classes of four people ensure individual attention with instructors from the School of American Mah Jongg. Sign up with friends or as an individual and be paired with people in other cities.

Requirements: video and audio; Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browser; desktop computer, laptop w/external mouse, tablet, or iPad, and 2021 Mah Jongg card (card can be purchased separately through National Mah Jongg League or School of American Mah Jongg).

Price per 4 week class (2 hours per week): $150 | JCC Member: $140

Contact Melanie Rubin at melanier@lfjcc.org or 858.362.1141 to sign up and indicate level.


THE BROTHERS GRIMM SPECTACULATHON


On-Demand
Directed by Lindsey Grant
Virtual

The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm are turned on their heads in this fast-paced, rollicking ride as two narrators and several actors attempt to combine all 209 stories ranging from classics like Snow White, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel to more bizarre, obscure stories like The Devil's Grandmother and The Girl Without Hands. A wild, free-form comedy with lots of audience participation and madcap fun.

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RENT Replay


On-Demand
Directed by Joey Landwehr
Virtual

Based on Puccini’s beloved opera La Bohème, Jonathan Larson’s life-changing musical Rent follows the ups and downs of a year in the life of a group of impoverished, artistic friends living in Manhattan’s East Village. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, struggles to find his place in the world; his roommate Roger, an HIV-positive musician, wonders how he will leave his mark before he dies. Mimi and Angel look for true love as they face the harsh reality of life as HIV-positive young people, while the businesslike Joanne seeks fidelity from her wild-child performance artist girlfriend Maureen. The group’s dreams, losses, and love stories weave through the musical’s narration to paint a stunningly raw and emotional portrait of the gritty bohemian world of New York City in the early 1990s.

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Still Traveling: April in Paris

Mondays, April 5 - 26, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Virtual

Spend a few hours of “April in Paris” with a professional guide who will lead this series of interesting tours in four different neighborhoods in gorgeous and romantic “the City of Light!” In this series, visit:
The Two Islands & Notre Dame (Apr 5)
The Marais (Apr 12)
The Medieval Latin Quarter (Apr 19)
The Village of Montmartre (Apr 26)

Price: $12.50 - $50 ($12.50 for first trip only; $50 for series)

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Spanish Conversation I

Tuesdays, April 13 - May 18, 2021 | 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Virtual

Participants will practice, improve, and acquire confidence using Spanish vocabulary; talking among themselves they develop confidence in their ability to speak in Spanish. Topics from literature, history, and current events from Latin America and Spain will be put forward.

Students who are new to our JCC Spanish classes will have assessment with instructor prior to enrolling. Contact Melanie Rubin, melanier@lfjcc.org to arrange.

Price: $110 | JCC Member: $90


2021 Spring Camp


Week 1: Monday - Friday | March 22- 26, 2021 | 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Week 2: Tuesday - Friday | March 30- April 2, 2021 | 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Week 3: Monday - Friday | April 5- 9, 2021| 9:00 am - 3:30 pm


Join us for a fun filled Spring Camp. We offer an exciting variety of activities for every interest in a supportive and enriching environment. All camps include traditional camp activities as well as swimming (weather permitting).

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2021 Spring Camp


Virtual Senior Lounge: Coffee Chat with Melanie

Friday, April 16, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00 am
Virtual

Let’s relax now that our taxes are done! Join Lawrence Family JCC Senior Department Director Melanie Rubin in our monthly virtual senior lounge where we hang out, share jokes, tell stories, and enjoy our beverage of choice together!

Price: Free

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Virtual Senior Lounge: Coffee Chat with Melanie


We are THE TREE OF LIFE: Carry On Preview Screening

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Virtual

To announce We Are The Tree of Life, we are screening a video showcasing art created during the Holocaust. A dialogue will follow between Lauren Bairnsfather, Director of the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, Dr. Stephen Smith, Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, and Dr. Edith Eger. They will discuss the history of performing arts during WWII and today’s Holocaust education efforts.

Price: Free

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We are THE TREE OF LIFE: Carry On Preview Screening


Songs & Stories: French “Chansons”

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Virtual

Jazz chanteuse Gilda Solve takes us to Paris to explore great chansons françaises, beloved classics like “La Vie en Rose,” “Les Feuilles Mortes” (“Autumn Leaves”), “Que Reste-t-il de Nos Amours” (“I Wish You Love”) and more! Enjoy the nostalgia of the “City of Light” where dinner starts at 10pm and jazz plays until dawn. “C’est si Bon!” (“It’s so Good!”).

Price: $12.50 (early bird price if reserve by Apr. 19); $15 after Apr. 19

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Songs & Stories: French “Chansons”


Middle East Update

Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:30 am
Virtual

Mark Silberstein Zooms in from Israel to give us the latest updates on politics, Coronavirus and more.

Price: Free

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Middle East Update


Bess Kalb: Nobody Will Tell You This But Me

Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Virtual

Jewish Book Council author Bess Kalb joins us to share anecdotes from her memoir, Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A true (as told by me) story.

Even after she left home for Hollywood, Emmy-nominated TV writer Bess Kalb saved every voicemail her grandmother Bobby Bell ever left her. In this debut memoir, Bobby is speaking to Bess once more, in a voice as passionate as it ever was in life.

Get your own copy of Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A true (as told by me) story HERE.

Price: Free

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Bess Kalb: Nobody Will Tell You This But Me


JCC Social Circles: Movie Discussion

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Virtual

Are you a movie lover? Join us for a lively discussion about the plots and characters from the foreign film A Separation (2011), available for viewing in advance on streaming services such as Prime Video, AppleTv, Vudu, and Fandango Now.

Price: Free

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JCC Social Circles: Movie Discussion


Jacob Goldberg Lecture Series
The Middle East and Israel at the Crossroads – Old Conflicts, New Challenges


Lecture 1: Monday, April 26, 2021 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Iran’s Multi-Lateral Challenge: Are the US and Israel on a Collision Course?

Lecture 2: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Domestic Israeli Politics after Four Elections: Paralyzed, Polarized, Pulverized


Virtual

Professor Jacob Goldberg, former senior advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, presents his annual lecture series on the political landscape in the ever-changing Middle East. Professor Goldberg joins from Israel for the virtual presentation of his lectures. Author of The Foreign Policy of Saudi Arabia, Goldberg has been published in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Price: Free

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Jacob Goldberg Lecture Series
The Middle East and Israel at the Crossroads – Old Conflicts, New Challenges


Connect with Shabbat

Friday, April 30, 2021 | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Virtual

Connect with our JCC senior “family” to learn about Shabbat symbols and the holiday of Lag B’Omer, presented by Shabbat San Diego. Wear a white shirt or blouse.

First 25 who sign up receive a ShabbaTote w/candles, blessings, grape juice, & challah (delivered or for pick up).

Price: Free

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Jewish Poets of the Past

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Virtual

Featuring two Jewish poets of the past, Natan Alterman and Zelda. Readers in Hebrew and English will present the works of the two Israeli poets and Elisheva Edelson and Myla Wingard will sing some of the songs set to their lyrics.

Price: Free

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Jewish Poets of the Past


Yiddish Fun with Avi and Miriam Hoffman

Two sessions available:
Sundays, April 25 - May 30, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesdays, May 12 - June 16, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Virtual

6-week “Yiddish Fun” online course celebrates Yiddish language, culture and their positive and far-reaching impact on the world. This entertaining, basic conversational class is designed to easily allow people to learn how to use selected words, popular sayings, curses, and phrases accompanied by an assortment of popular Yiddish music videos, stories, songs, and poems.

Taught by Yiddishkayt Initiatives co-founders - Avi Hoffman and his mother retired Columbia University Professor Miriam Hoffman - both world-renowned Yiddish educators and entertainers. Class will be offered as a livestream webinar, and a portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the Lawrence Family JCC. (Note: you can register for either Yiddish Fun 01 or 02 as they are not sequential but are the same course offered at different times).

Price: $60 for either session

Yiddish Fun-03 (advanced level) on Sundays, April 25 - May 30, 2021 | 11am - 12:00 pm :

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Yiddish Fun-02 (intermediate level) on Wednesdays, May 12 - June 16, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:00 pm:

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Yiddish Fun with Avi and Miriam Hoffman


Shabbat Shakespeare: Twelfth Night


Saturday, May 15th, 2021 | 7:00 pm
Directed by Erin Petersen
Virtual

Shakespeare comes with a twist in JCompany’s adaptation of “Twelfth Night.” The story follows Viola, who, after she is separated from her twin brother in a shipwreck, disguises herself as a young man. She becomes a servant to the Duke Orsino, and her first task is to woo the Countess Olivia on his behalf. However, when Olivia ends up falling in love with Viola in boy’s clothes, confusion, comedy, and chaos ensues.

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Shabbat Shakespeare: Twelfth Night


Albert Einstein: Still a Revolutionary


Virtual film screening: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 | 11:00 am, film is available
Live virtual discussion with director Julia Newman:
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 | 7:00 pm

Film and live virtual discussion included in package.
Screening on: Eventive platform

Albert Einstein was a world renowned celebrity, greeted like a rock star whenever he appeared in public. He was an outspoken social and political activist, an anti-war firebrand who was on the right side of controversial issues like women's rights, racism and nuclear arms control. He warned the world early on that Hitler was intent on war and the destruction of the Jewish people and was strategic and effective in helping to rescue Jews from the Nazis before World War II.

Director: Julia Newman | USA | 2020 | 80 min | English | Documentary | San Diego Premiere

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Price: General $15 | JCC Member: $12 | Benefit to Underwriters

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Albert Einstein: Still a Revolutionary


Bruce Feiler: Life Is in the Transitions

Thursday, June 3, 2021 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Virtual

Bruce Feiler’s book, LIFE IS IN THE TRANSITIONS: Mastering Change at Any Age, describes his journey across America, collecting life stories, exploring how we can navigate the number of life transitions with greater purpose and skill. Bruce joins us to share about his book.

Get your own copy of LIFE IS IN THE TRANSITIONS: Mastering Change at Any Age HERE.

Price: Free

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Bruce Feiler: Life Is in the Transitions


Improv Your Mind

Mondays, June 7 - 28, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:15 pm
Virtual

Unscripted Learning, in conjunction with National Comedy Theatre, facilitates a virtual 4-week fun, interactive improv comedy class for seniors to foster brain health, create new social circles and improve cognitive ability, all while laughing and having a great time. Tap into your inner funny and sign up before all spots are filled!

Price: $75 | JCC Member: $70

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You're a Good Man Charlie Brown Presented by JCompany Youth Theatre


On Demand

Charles Schulz’s beloved comics come to life in this classic musical. The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse, and “blockhead,” himself, Charlie Brown, is in rare form and many more. Brief vignettes span the months from Valentine’s Day to “Beethoven Day,” from wild optimism to utter despair. Whether you’re keen to fly with the Red Baron, moon over the Moonlight Sonata, or just do your best to find “Happiness,” You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a crowd-pleasing classic.

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You're a Good Man Charlie Brown


Snoopy Replay Presented by JCompany Youth Theatre


On Demand

Snoopy!! focuses on the life of the world’s most famous beagle. Atop his doghouse, Snoopy surveys the skies of his scene of triumph as a First World War flying ace. Modestly he considers his genius. Stoically he accepts that his brilliance in nearly every field of endeavour will forever go unremarked by humankind. The show contains over 15 toe-tapping tunes performed by Charlie Brown, Lucy, Sally, Linus, Peppermint Patty, Woodstock, the entire Peanuts gang and one loveable beagle.

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Snoopy


SHABBAT SHAKESPEARE: MACBETH Presented by JCompany Youth Theatre

On-Demand
Macbeth is a Shakespearean tragedy involving the inevitable fate of someone who challenges the natural order of things. A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland.

The Shabbat Shakespeare project brings our community together in celebration as we step away from the week to enjoy the timeless combined magic of Shabbat and Shakespeare. Families experience alongside our cast, blessings of gratitude and joy. Everyone is welcome!

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REMEMBRANCE READINGS: FIREFLIES
Presented by JCompany Youth Theatre


On Demand

It is 1944. Imprisoned at Terezin Camp in Czechoslovakia, Austrian artist Friedl Dicker-Brandeis uses her art lessons to help the children cope with the realities of their daily existence. Despite the terrible conditions, the community is forced to contribute to Nazi propaganda. They devise a plan to communicate with visitors from the International Red Cross.

We are proud to once again partner with the National Jewish Theater Foundation (NJTF) - Holocaust Theater International Initiative (HTII) to commemorate its ongoing Remembrance Day Readings program.

This JCompany season will be free for all audience members thanks to the generosity of our JCompany Jewels. To become a Jewel, please visit jcompanysd.org

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REMEMBRANCE READINGS: FIREFLIES
Presented by JCompany Youth Theatre


MAGIC IN THE ATTIC: A New Play Celebrating Yiddish Folktales Presented by JCompany Youth Theatre
Directed by Joey Landwehr | Play by Bess Welden


On Demand

In this brand new play, Elinor and Leo, a modern American sister and brother, are exiled to clean out their grandmother’s slightly spooky attic and are none too happy about the task. But when Elinor discovers an old notebook written in a foreign language, the kids find themselves plunged into a supernatural world in which their long dead great-great grandmother and a group of elves bring Yiddish language and folktales to life.

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