The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture is pleased to present the 2021-2022 Arts & Ideas season, which will offer in-person and virtual events. We have carefully considered your safety, comfort and convenience in the planning of the season, and we look forward to building community with you throughout the months to come.

In adherence with the San Diego County Public Health and the CDC, masks are required for everyone (over the age of two) in childcare and youth settings, regardless of your vaccination status. Please wear a mask while indoors at the JCC. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Upcoming Events through 2021 (more coming soon)!

Arts & Ideas Season Kickoff: Emmy Blotnick

Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm
David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

New York-based writer and comedian Emmy Blotnick performs a stand-up show for the LFJCC crowd. She has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CONAN, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and in her own special on Comedy Central. Previously, wrote for the series THE PRESIDENT SHOW. Currently, Emmy is a writer on HBO Max’s PAUSE WITH SAM JAY.

Price: $36 | JCC Member: $30 | Military: $30

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SUSTAIN: A Root to Stem Jewish Cooking Experience LIVE with Chef Michael Solomonov

Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
VIRTUAL

Join Israeli chef and restaurateur Michael Solomonov for a live “root to stem” cooking show honoring Jewish cuisine, seasonal ingredients, and sustainability. Recipes will be provided in advance.

This program is presented by Virtual J.

Price: Free

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SUSTAIN: A Root to Stem Jewish Cooking Experience LIVE with Chef Michael Solomonov


LITVAKdance: Revisiting Repertoire

Thursday, November 4, 2021 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

LITVAKdance has dedicated the Fall of 2021 to revisiting some of it’s most well-received repertoire from their four year tenure. At the Garfield Theatre, LITVAKdance will present four works full of punch, play and power. Choreographers include local dance icon and octogenarian Patricia Sandback, visiting choreographer Chuck Wilt and LITVAKdance artistic director, Sadie Weinberg.

Price: $18 | JCC Member: $15 | Military: $15 | Student: $12

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Our Shabbat Table: Avi Shemtov

Friday, November 12, 2021 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Lawrence Family JCC

Avi Shemtov is a Boston-based food truck and restaurant owner. His cooking tells the story of the global journey of the Israeli people. He’ll focus on dishes from The Simcha Cookbook, his collection of stories and recipes, which was released in late July.

Price: $60 | JCC Member: $54 | Military: $54 (Shabbat dinner and a copy of Avi's cookbook is included in the ticket price)

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Hanukkah Happening: Josh and the Jamtones Concert and Community Shuk

Sunday, November 21, 2021 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

The Lawrence Family JCC's Hanukkah Happening celebration kicks off with a live performance from Josh and the Jamtones. The band performs children’s music with rock choruses and ska-centric jams that make their shows fun for everyone. We expect an all-ages dance party! Join us after the concert to stroll through our Shuk and enjoy Hanukkah family fun with crafts, games, and some shopping. Can't make the concert? No problem - join us at the Shuk!

The concert will be from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm followed by the Shuk from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The Shuk is free to enter.

Price Per Family for concert: $18 | JCC Member: $15 | Military: $15

Please indicate the number in your party at checkout.

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Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
VIRTUAL

Join JCC Association, JArts, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as we celebrate Hanukkah. Eight female Jewish artists, including singer Tair Haim, Italian chef Sylvia Nacamulli, and dancer Rachel Linsky, will share pieces inspired by Hanukkiot from the MFA Judaica collection, one of the largest Judaica collections in a major American museum.

This program is presented by Virtual J.

Price: Free

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Hanukkah Concert with Mister G & Friends

Monday, December 6, 2021 | 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
VIRTUAL

Join Latin Grammy Award-winning musician Mister G and his international band of Jewish music-makers from Israel, Mexico, and Argentina for a special family engagement Hanukkah concert, filled with ruach (spirit).

This program is presented by Virtual J.

Price: Free

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Hanukkah Concert with Mister G & Friends


Jori Epstein: The Upstander: How Surviving the Holocaust Sparked Max Glauben’s Mission to Dismantle Hate

Monday, December 6, 2021 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Rehearsal Room Lawrence Family JCC

Jori Epstein, author of The Upstander, is a sports reporter for USA Today where she covers the Dallas Cowboys. The Upstander explores Holocaust survivor Max Glauben’s mischievous childhood and teen years as a go-to ghetto smuggler. Glauben is on a mis­sion: to outlast hate, to pre­serve memory, and to compel the world to embrace tolerance.

Price: $18 | JCC Member: $15 | Military: $15

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Historical Fiction of the Holocaust

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm
VIRTUAL

Historical fiction of the Holocaust authors Jennifer Rosner and Lisa Scottoline join virtually in conversation about their new books, the research that went into their novels, and the passion behind their work. Rosner’s book, The Yellow Bird Sings, explores the mindset of survivors, and Eternal by Scottoline focuses on three friends living in Italy at the onset of WWII.

Price: Free

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Film Screening & Chinese Dinner: The Nutty Professor

Saturday, December 25, 2021 | 6:00 - 9:00 pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

It’s December 25, which means Chinese food and a movie! The food will be Kosher and the movie will be The Nutty Professor (1963). A timid chemistry teacher discovers a magical potion that can transform him into a suave and handsome Romeo. The Jekyll and Hyde game works well enough until the concoction wears off at the most embarrassing times.

Price: $38 | JCC Members: $35 | Military: $35
(Dinner and screening included in ticket price)

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