Partners in Torah San Diego

Tuesday, April 17; Monday, April 23, 30; Monday, May 7, 14; Tuesday, May 22, 29; Monday, June 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018 at 7:30pm
Astor Judaica Library
Lawrence Family JCC

Partners in Torah San Diego is a community-wide, indepedent and inclusive adult education program focusing on understanding Jewish relevancy to our lives by studying texts of interest to each participant. Through one-on-one or small group discussion for one hour each week, friendships are forged between mentors and mentees.

Free. This event includes a nosh.


Documenting the Dream

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - Thursday, May 31, 2018
Open Daily: 9am - 5pm, Closed Saturday
Lawrence Family JCC, Gotthelf Art Gallery

In celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary, the Lawrence Family JCC will present the first public exhibition of a selection of photographs from the Viterbi Collection of Israeli Photographic Art. The images, from the 1910s through the 1950s, document everyday activities and events which, in any other society, might be considered mundane. For those performing these activities in the Land of Israel, and for those documenting them, they understood they were participants in a modern miracle. After nearly 2,000 years, the Jewish people were coming home to rebuild a state. The process was at times prosaic, but every field plowed, every cow milked, every widget manufactured, and every house built was a part of this miracle and worthy of documentation.

Photographers represented in the exhibition will be among some of the most significant in pre-State and post-independence Israel, including Yosef Schweig,David Rubinger, Boris Carmi, Marli Shamir, and Leo Kann.


The Prophet Jeremiah and the Jeremiah Symphony

Thursday, April 26; May 3, 10, 2018 at 10:30am (3 Sessions)
Astor Judaica Library
Lawrence Family JCC

Jeremiah was a prophet, political figure and tragic messenger of God’s word. Leonard Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony uses verses from the Book of Lamentations, attributed to Jeremiah, to portray the tragedy of the destruction of Jerusalem and Solomon’s Temple. In this three part program you'll learn both about the prophet and the symphony. Lecturers: Noah Hadas (April 26 & May 3) and Nuvi Mehta (May 10)

Instructor: Noah Hadas (April 26 & May 3) and Nuvi Mehta (May 10)

Price: $60; JCC Member Price: $50

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Community Divided/Humanity United Featuring Sally Kohn

Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7pm
Lawrence Family JCC Gymnasium

At a moment when we are facing an epidemic of incivility and hate—with divisive political speech, online trolling, and hate crimes escalating—popular CNN commentator and former Fox News contributor Sally Kohn sets out to discover why we hate and how we can stop. Come together for an honest conversation about the “epidemic of incivility” as well as real-world solutions to curb the hate. Sally will be in conversation with Joel Day, Ph.D. Executive Director of the City of San Diego's Human Relations Commission & International Affairs Board. Sally will be available for a book signing following the event. This event is generously funded by the County of San Diego's Community Enhancement Program.

This event is FREE to the public, but tickets will be required to enter.

Join our supporting partners at the Activism Resource Fair beginning at 5:30 PM

Lawrence Family JCC Gymnasium.

For information and to reserve tickets: JCC Box Office: 858-362-1348
In Partnership with Anti-Defamation League of San Diego

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Hairspray

May 4-13, 2018
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

It’s way beyond GREASE... It’s HAIRSPRAY!
“You Can't Stop the Beat” in this big, bold, and beautiful musical about one girl's inspiring dream to dance. The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with romance and laughter. It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has only one desire – to dance on the popular "Corny Collins Show." When she finally gets her shot, she is transformed from social outcast to sudden star... all without denting her 'do! Including all your favorites like "Good Morning Baltimore," "Welcome To The 60's," "Big, Blonde And Beautiful," and "You Can't Stop The Beat."
“As light and bouncy as a bubble of gum!” - The Observer

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5th Annual 5 Minute Short Play Festival

Monday, May 7, 2018 at 7pm
JCC Rehearsal Room

“Brevity is the soul of wit,” according to William Shakespeare and who are we to argue? You’ll be inspired and amazed at how much creativity can be packed into 300 seconds or less in the form of ten plays performed by professional actors under the direction of D. Candis Paule. Selected from more than 80 submissions -- representing various facets of Jewish identity, culture, holidays, relationships, values and history -- this year’s plays offer something for everyone. As an audience member, you’ll have the chance to vote on your favorite and enjoy a delicious dessert reception hosted by “Straight From the Page,” a subcommittee of the CJC.

Price: $20; JCC Member Price: $16

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SOLD OUT: Day Trip to Jewish Tijuana

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
9:00AM Departure from LFJCC on comfortable bus with bathroom
4:00PM Departure from Tijuana (approx. return time 5:30PM)

Join us for a day of discovery as we tour Jewish Tijuana with tour guide, Rabbi Mendel Polichenco. We will depart from the LFJCC at 9:00 a.m. and will visit Bnei Noach, Center for Learning Kabbalah, Congregacion Hebrea, Centro Social Israelita de BC, and an Art Gallery in Rosarito. A four course lunch will be provided at Chabad of Tijuana. Transportation, lunch at Chabad of Tijuana, and admission all inclusive. Space is limited. Passport is required to attend this trip.

Price: $108; JCC Member Price: $90
Box Office (858) 362-1348

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Mark Cantor's Giants of Jazz on Film

Wednesdays - January 24, March 7, and May 9,2018 at 7pm
David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre

With a vast archive of more than 12,000 films and clips, music maven Mark Cantor’s spectacular collection of jazz and blues performances is widely considered one of the world’s premier collections of American popular music on film. In his not-to-be-missed programs, Cantor screens rare clips and shares detailed documentation and lively commentary.

“Mark Cantor has one of the very best collections of jazz films in the world.”
– Ken Burns

Price for individual shows: $25; JCC Member Price: $20
Series price: $57; JCC Member $45
Questions: JCC Box Office (858) 362-1348

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SAN DIEGO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL-ISRAELI CINEMA SERIES screening of: WEDDING DOLL With Special Guest: Director Nitzan Gilady

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 7pm
David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre

Hagit, a young woman with a mild mental deficiency, works in a toilet-paper factory and lives with her mother, Sarah, a divorcée who gave up her life for her daughter. When Hagit embarks on her first romantic relationship, she keeps it a secret from her overbearing mom. Israeli director Nitzan Gilady sparkles in his feature debut, a richly detailed family drama for which Asi Levi’s performance as Sarah earned her the Best Actress prize at the 2015 Jerusalem Film Festival.

Regular Price:$15.25; Member Price:$13.25; Students & Faculty FREE with ID
General Admission Seating
Presented in partnership with The Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative

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Challah Circle: A monthly get together to prepare challah at the JCC

Thursday, April 19, May 17, June 14, 2018 at 7pm
Lawrence Family JCC

During the Circle, you will learn how to make a holiday-themed challah, knead the dough, let it rise and shape it. While the dough is rising, you can join in a text-based conversation or shmooze with your friends. You’ll leave with your ready-to-bake challah which will bring sweet and aromatic smells to your kitchen on Friday, in time for Shabbat.

Space is limited. Following your registration, you’ll receive a list of basic supplies to bring to prepare your challah. All ingredients will be provided.

Price: $10, Men, women, and children over 12 are welcome

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Bird Sing a Pretty Song

Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 8pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

Don’t miss the west-coast premiere of a riveting amalgam of dance, music, and film that follows two dancers as they fight for connection in a digital age of surveillance. The three live musicians act as observers, building lush soundscapes that influence the dancers movement and accompanying projections of film. The performance seamlessly blends art forms into a cohesive, visceral experience offering a glimpse into a world of solitude, beauty and chaos.
Created during fellowships at LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture in New York City and Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver. The piece is brought to life on stage by dancers Rebecca Margolick and Chuck Wilt, guitarist/media/composer Maxx Berkowitz, guitarist/composer Jake Klar, and percussionist Bruno Esrubilsky, with film by Derrick Belcham. This tour is supported by The Canada Council for the Arts.

Price: $32; JCC Member Price: $28
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Melton Alumni Event: Crescent and Star-Crossed Lovers: Jewish-Muslim Romance Films

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 10am
Astor Judaica Library
Lawrence Family JCC

For decades, Jewish Christian love stories have challenged or exalted the romantic ideal that love can transcend cultural or religious differences. Today, the cinematic trope of the unlikely Jewish-Christian couple has been supplanted by that of the Jewish-Muslim couple. Dr. Baron's lecture compares and contrasts four star-crossed lover plotlines to either affirm or discredit generalizations about the intractability of Israeli-Palestinian and Muslim-Jewish relations. The presentation will include clips from contemporary films including David and Fatima and Don't Mess with the Zohan.

Instructor: Dr. Lawrence Baron

Price: $20
Box Office (858) 362-1348

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The Ancient Law (Das alte Gesetz) With Live Score Performed by Donald Sosin and Alicia Svigals

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

San Diego Premiere

One of the hottest tickets at the recent Berlin International Film Festival, we are honored to provide San Diegans the first opportunity to view the digitally restored version of the 1923 German classic. Making the evening even more special, the film will be accompanied with an original score by renowned pianist and composer Donald Sosin performed live along with violinist Alicia Svigals, a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics. The film takes on the theme of Jewish assimilation in 19th-century Europe as it contrasts the closed world of shtetl life with liberal society. With its depiction of a cantor's son who breaks with family tradition to become an actor, this 1923 film was clearly the inspiration for the groundbreaking 1927 American film The Jazz Singer.
Director: Ewald André Dupont / Germany / 1923 / 137 min (restored version) / German and English Subtitles / Silent

Presented in partnership with the Lipinsky Family Jewish Arts Festival
Price: $20; JCC Member Price: $18
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Brian Keating - Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science’s Highest Honor

Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 7pm
Dove Library-Schulman Auditorium
Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011

Join UCSD astrophysicist Brian Keating to discuss his new book which tells the inside story of a quest to unlock one of cosmology’s biggest mysteries, derailed by the lure of the Nobel Prize. Keating brings to vivid life the highly competitive, take-no- prisoners, publish-or- perish world of modern science. Along the way, he provocatively argues that the Nobel Prize, instead of advancing scientific progress, may actually hamper it, encouraging speed and greed while punishing collaboration and bold innovation. Keating offers practical solutions for reforming the prize. A book signing will follow the Talk.

“Brian Keating’s riveting new book tells the inside story of the search for cosmic origins, emphasizing the influence of Nobel dreams and laying bare the question of whether the lure of grand prizes is ultimately a good thing for science.” —Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe

Book signing to follow.
Price: FREE
Please RSVP with link.
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Yossi Klein Halevi - Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 11am
Dove Library-Schulman Auditorium
1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

The Jewish Book Award-winning author of Like Dreamers offers a powerful and nuanced call for reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians in Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor. In ten provocative and moving letters, Halevi—who was born in the U.S. and emigrated to Israel in his twenties —shares his passion for his adopted homeland and why he refuses to despair of peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Through his unique prism, Halevi reveals the complex strands of faith, pride, anger, and anguish he feels as a Jew living in Israel.

Halevi is a senior fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, where he co-directs, together with Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University, the Muslim Leadership Initiative.
Book signing to follow.
Price: $26 includes one copy of the book per order.
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Budapest Noir

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

Set in the politically troubled autumn of 1936, this story follows Zsigmond Gordon, a world-weary reporter asking unwanted questions about the seemingly unimportant murder of a young prostitute found beaten to death and dumped in a courtyard. While supposedly covering the funeral of fascist-leaning, real-life Hungarian prime minister Gyula Gömbös, Gordon’s investigation leads him deep into the city’s dark underbelly – a shady world of pornographers, fixers, all-night “smokers”, boxing rings, seedy brothels, powerful crime syndicates and communist cells – all the way to the highest echelons of power, where one of Hungary’s most influential business figures plans to make a fortune through his political ties to Germany’s leadership – as long as he can somehow keep secret the fact that he is of Jewish heritage.

Director: Éva Gárdos | 95 mins | Hungary | 2017 | Hungarian with English Subtitles | Drama
Price: $15.25; JCC Member Price: $13.25
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Sephardic Philosophy and Its Impact on Today’s Jewish Thought

Thursday, June 21, 28; July 5, 2018 at 7pm (3 Sessions)
Youth J-Team Room
Lawrence Family JCC

In this 3 session course, Rabbi Palti will delve deeply into the general ability of Sephardic thought to mediate between apparently conflicting ideas such as science and religion, materialism and spirituality, and the challenge of having a strong Jewish identity and functioning as an integral part of the world.

Instructor: Rabbi Nisso Palti

Price: $55; JCC Member Price: $45
Box Office (858) 362-1348

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Andy Statman Trio: An American Musical Treasure

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 8pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

Pre-show conversation with Andy Statman: 7:15pm

Andy Statman is universally acknowledged as one of the world’s premier mandolin and clarinet players. Performing traditional Jewish music, bluegrass, and Americana on both instruments, Statman is a master of respecting and innovating musical traditions. A GRAMMY nominee, Andy is a recipient of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the traditional arts. He has performed and recorded with an incredible range of artists including the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Ricky Skaggs, Béla Fleck, David Grisman, Itzhak Perlman, Vassar Clements, and Stéphane Grappelli. Andy will be performing with his trio, Jim Whitney, bass, and Larry Eagle, drums.



“Andy Statman, clarinet and mandolin virtuoso, is an American visionary … “- The New Yorker
” … One of the most important Jewish creative artists of the postwar era.” - The Jerusalem Post

Premium Price: $48
Price: $36; JCC Member Price: $29
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Presented in partnership with the Lipinsky Family Jewish Arts Festival

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Drop-In Dance Class

Fridays, 4:00-5:00 P.M.
October 20, 2017-August 31, 2018

Ages 10+
Brand new for 2017! Brush off your jazz shoes, or start tapping right now! JCompany is proud to introduce a weekly drop-in dance class for all dancers who want to keep their skills fresh. Families are welcome - parents and grandparents included! This class will be taught on a rotating basis by phenomenal MFA Musical Theatre students from the SDSU School of Theatre, Television and Film. The dance style will vary from week to week, so be prepared for soft-shoe, tap, hip-hop, and everything in between!

Single Drop-In Class: $15/Class
Annual Package (Unlimited Classes in 12 Months):
Non-Member Price: $300; JCC Member Price: $240

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Disney's Frozen Jr.-A 60-minute musical adapted & developed exclusively for middle-school students

July 13-July 29, 2018
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Directed By Joey Landwehr


When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna's sister, Snow Queen Elsa, and break her icy spell. With music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

Prices:$17-$25

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A Shalom Hartman Institute Lecture and Study Series
iEngage: Israel’s Milestones and Their Meanings

Thursday, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 2018 at 7pm (5 Sessions)
Senior Activity Room
Lawrence Family JCC

This innovative new course explores the pivotal events of 1947 and 1967 - following the 1917 Balfour Declaration - as key moments when Zionism unleashed new thinking about the meaning of Jewishness for generations to come. This course engages participants in an open and pluralistic discussion about issues of peoplehood, ethics and theology as they relate to nationhood, land, sovereignty, Jerusalem, occupation and moral red lines. We are honored to welcome Rabbi Phil Graubart to teach this complex curriculum. Rabbi Graubart is the former Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth El. He currently serves as SDJA's first ever Chief Jewish Officer. Rabbi Graubart is an esteemed teacher and leader in San Diego.

Instructor: Rabbi Phil Graubart

Price: $150; JCC Member Price: $125
Box Office (858) 362-1348

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A Taste of Melton: Environmental Ethics

Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 10am
Astor Judaica Library
Lawrence Family JCC

Is recycling a Jewish value? How would Jewish scholars weigh in on climate change, carbon footprints or littering? Join Rabbi Ralph Dalin for a FREE, no obligation "Taste of Melton" class to sample the quality and camaraderie of the worldwide Adult Jewish Education phenomenon. As a Melton student, you'll deepen your connection and understanding of Judaism using a variety of texts and sources in an open and engaging style, designed for adults of all backgrounds and levels of knowledge. See what the buzz is about!

Instructor: Rabbi Ralph Dalin

Price: Free
Box Office (858) 362-1348

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Mussar, Elul and the High Holy Days

Tuesday, August 14, 21, 28; September 4, 2018 at 7pm (4 Sessions)
Astor Judaica Library
Lawrence Family JCC

Mussar is a 1,000 year-old tradition that draws on Jewish values and wisdom to guide individuals towards developing character traits which enhance spiritual growth and personal well-being. The month of Elul which leads up to the High Holy Days provides a unique opportunity to focus on the habits and attitudes that we are encouraged to pay attention to at this time of year. In this Mussar class, we will look specifically at these traits: Truthfulness (Right Speech), Gratitude, and Awe/Wonder.

Instructor: Rabbi Lenore Bohm

Price: $72; JCC Member Price: $60
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