Library Programs and Lectures

Learn about Astor Judaica Library programs!

Even in Darkness: A Novel by Barbara Stark-Nemon


7:00 P.M., Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Spanning a century and three continents, Even in Darkness tells the story of Kläre Kohler, whose early years as a dutiful daughter of a prosperous German-Jewish family hardly anticipate the often-harrowing life she faces as an adult—a saga of family, a lover, two world wars, a concentration camp and the unconventional life she builds in post-war Germany. As the world changes around her, Kläre makes boundary-crossing choices in order to protect the people she loves—and to save herself. Based on a true story.
Every story needs a narrator, and Barbara Stark-Nemon stepped up early in life. She learned a fascination with the magic of language from her storytelling grandfather. An undergraduate degree in English literature and art history and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Michigan led Stark-Nemon to a career in schools, universities, and hospitals. As a teacher and speech-language therapist, Barbara specialized in child language disorder and deafness; everywhere, there were stories, and the need to be heard and seen that we all share. Today Stark-Nemon writes novels and family histories while gardening, cycling, and creating fiber art in Ann Arbor and Northport, Michigan.

Price: $10, JCC Member Price: $8

For Information: Susan Hagler (858) 362-1150 or

Holocaust Education Programs Generously Supported by the Viterbi Family Foundation


I Remember Mama: Celebrating Jewish Mothers


7:00 P.M., Monday, May 11, 2015

A post Mother’s Day celebration. Featuring Walter Ritter and Veronica Murphy, Jewish stories of Jewish mothers come to life during this literary event. This program is in conjunction with Write Out Loud!

Price: $15, JCC Member Price: $12

For Tickets: JCC Box Office (858) 362-1348 or the Box Office

For Information: Susan Hagler (858) 362-1150 or



Entering Its 7th Season!


Tuesday March 31
Presenting poetry of local educators including Laurie Baron and Rabbi Baruch Rock and Zev Bar-Lev.

Professor Emeritus Lawrence Baron held the Nasatir Chair of Modern Jewish History at San Diego State University from 1988 until 2012 and directed its Jewish Studies Program until 2006.  He has authored and edited four books including The Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema and Projecting the Holocaust into the Present: The Changing Focus of Contemporary Holocaust Cinema. He writes movie reviews and a satirical column for the San Diego Jewish World.

Rabbi Baruch Rock is the Director of Judaic Studies/ Judaic Dept Chair at the San Diego Jewish Academy.

Zev Bar-Lev is professor of linguistics at San Diego State University, where he has taught since 1979. He received his PhD in general linguistics at Indiana University (1969). He has published research in several fields of theoretical linguistics on (and in) several languages (Hebrew, Russian, and others), but has focused more recently on applied linguistics, developing and presenting his "heretical" method for faster teaching of confident abilities in foreign language: "Sheltered Initiation Language Learning".

The program will be followed by open mic. Bring your poetry to read or sing, or just listen and enjoy!

Tuesday May 12

From Generation to Generation. Three mothers will read the poetry of their daughters: Lawyer Suzi Finklestein will read the poetry of Jaime Lynn Finklestein, actress Bryna Weiss will read the poetry of Valerie Weiss and violinist Eileen Wingard will read the poetry of Harriet Wingard.

The program will be followed by followed by open mic. Bring your poetry to read or sing, or just listen and enjoy!

Programs will be held in the Samuel and Rebecca Astor Judaica Library of the Lawrence Family Jewish Communty Center JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS

All programs are FREE of charge

For Information: Susan Hagler (858) 362-1150 or