The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture is pleased to present the 2022-2023 Arts & Ideas season, which will offer in-person and virtual events. This season features a reimagined Book Festival, inspired by Book Fairs of the past, as well as Shabbat dinners with chefs and cookbook authors, Israeli jazz, and much more.

This season’s focus is on masa, a Hebrew word that means journey. As a Jewish value, it encompasses reflection, return, and renewal along a continual path. Traditional programming, like concerts, lectures, and comedy performances will be complemented by experiential opportunities for those who crave more hands-on engagement.

 

Upcoming Events

Jewish Poets-Jewish Voices

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
In Person
Astor Judaica Library

We'll kick off the 15th season of Jewish Poets-Jewish Voices with three local Jewish poets, Nathan Grinshpun, Jane Muschenetz and Omer Zalmanowitz. Open mic to follow.

Cosponsored by the Astor Judaica Library, JCC Senior Dept. and San Diego Center for Jewish Culture. To sign up for open mic, email melanier@lfjcc.org

Price: Free

Jewish Poets-Jewish Voices Add to Cart


J Plays with the Roustabouts Theatre Co.

Sunday, November 6, 2022 | 7:00 pm
Rehearsal Room
Lawrence Family JCC

Join us for J Plays, a series of play readings in collaboration with the Roustabouts Theatre Co. Starting with Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple”, each J Plays will highlight a different Jewish theatre writer of the 20th century and will use some of the leading actors in San Diego to create quality presentations of these historic pieces of Jewish culture.

Price: $25 | JCC Members: $20

J Plays with the Roustabouts Theatre Co. Add to Cart


The Antiphonary of Love: The Call of the Scroll

Monday, November 7, 2022 | 12:00 pm
Lawrence Family JCC

Jackie Gmach, a native of Tunisia, and co-author Stephanie Johnstone Steinberg, share their historical novel about a young Tunisian girl who, despite a life filled with family, education, and diversity, is challenged by the events of the world around her. A discovery follows her through her young adult life and guides her toward something that proves to be stronger: Love.

Price: $25 | JCC Member: $20

The Antiphonary of Love: The Call of the Scroll Add to Cart


Michael Gardiner, Author of Modern Kosher

Monday, November 7, 2022 | 7:00 pm
The Bean
Lawrence Family JCC

Join us for an evening with Michael Gardiner, author of Modern Kosher as he showcases his food-forward, modern approach to the laws of kashrut. Modern Kosher not only features traditional Jewish recipes but also other international cuisines for the kosher table. This event will feature a Q&A with Michael as well as a tasting of small plates from his cookbook.

Price: $36 | JCC Member: $30

Michael Gardiner, Author of Modern Kosher Add to Cart


Rebecca Soffer, Author of The Modern Loss Handbook

Thursday, November 10, 2022 | 7:00 pm
Lawrence Family JCC

Join Rebecca Soffer, Author of The Modern Loss Handbook, as she uses her warmth, wit and disarming humor to hold an approachable conversation about eradicating the stigma and awkwardness around grief while also focusing on our capacity for resilience and finding meaning.

Price: $25 | JCC Member: $20

Rebecca Soffer, Author of The Modern Loss Handbook Add to Cart


Book Festival All-Access Pass

Sunday, November 6 - Saturday, November 12, 2022
Lawrence Family JCC

Includes admission to all Book Festival events between November 6th and 12th including the Tapestry Keynote Speaker, Zack Bodner.

Price: $100 | JCC Members: $90

Book Festival All-Access Pass Add to Cart


On the Wings of Songs with Daniel Vnukowski

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 | 7:00 pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Join Daniel Vnukowski, Concert Pianist, for a performance exploring the resilience of the human spirit, interpreted through a modern lens.

This program is in collaboration with We Are the Tree of Life.

Price: $25 | JCC Members: $20

On the Wings of Songs with Daniel Vnukowski Add to Cart


LIGHT: LITVAKdance and Yale Strom's Broken Consort

Sunday, December 18, 2022 | 7:00 pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

In "Light", LITVAKdance, Yale Strom, and Elyssa Dru Rosenberg create a new kind of winter production that honors the diverse histories and practices of our communities. Immediately following the performance of Light, Yale Strom and his all-star ensemble of musicians will perform Shimmering Lights, a celebration of the holiday of lights from around the Jewish world.

Price: $30 | JCC Members $24

LIGHT: LITVAKdance and Yale Strom's Broken Consort Add to Cart


Our Shabbat Table: Benedetta Jasmine Guetta

Friday, January 20, 2023| 7:00 pm
Lawrence Family JCC

Join us for an author talk and Shabbat dinner with Benedetta Jasmine Guetta, author of Cooking alla Giudia: A Celebration of the Jewish Food of Italy which explores the wonderfully rich, yet still largely unknown, culinary heritage of the Jews of Italy.

Price: $45 | JCC Members: $36 (Tickets include Shabbat Dinner)

Our Shabbat Table: Benedetta Jasmine Guetta Add to Cart


Our Shabbat Table: Shannon Sarna

Friday, March 10, 2023 | 7:00 pm
The Bean
Lawrence Family JCC

Join us for an author talk and Shabbat dinner with Shannon Sarna, author of Modern Jewish Comfort Food: 100 Fresh Recipes for Classic Dishes from Kugel to Kreplach. In her cookbook, Sarna showcases recipes and variations that have shaped Jewish cuisine from around the world including immigration waves from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, New York City, and beyond.

Price: $45 | JCC Members: $36
(Ticket includes Shabbat Dinner)

Our Shabbat Table: Shannon Sarna Add to Cart


Professor Jacob Goldberg Lecture Series

Three Day Lecture Series | April 18, 19 and 20, 2023 | 7:00 PM
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Professor Jacob Goldberg, a former senior advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, presents his annual lecture centered on the current political landscape in the ever-changing Middle East.

Price:
Individual Lectures: $36 | JCC Members: $30
Series 3-Pack: $90 | JCC Members: $75

Professor Jacob Goldberg Lecture Series | 3 Pack Add to Cart

Professor Jacob Goldberg Lecture Series | Tuesday, April 18 Add to Cart

Professor Jacob Goldberg Lecture Series | Wednesday, April 19 Add to Cart

Professor Jacob Goldberg Lecture Series | Thursday, April 20 Add to Cart