Jewish Education Upcoming Events

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
Box Office (858) 362-1348


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

Thursday, August 16, September 20, October 25, November 15, and December 13, 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. Prior to the class, you’ll receive a list of basic supplies to bring to prepare your challah. All ingredients will be provided.

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

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Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning: Rhythms of Jewish Living & Purposes of Jewish Living

Thursday, September 6, 13, 20, 27; October 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 29; December 6, 13, 2018; January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; February 21, 28; March 7, 14, 28; April 4, 11; May 2, 9, 16, 2019 from 10:00 am-12:15 pm
Music Room
Lawrence Family JCC

Each fall, the Adult Jewish Education department opens its doors to a new class of Melton students who embark on a journey that strengthens their relationship to Judaism and deepens their understanding of how Judaism continues to provide intelligent, relevant and thoughtful answers to issues of life and death, society and our global village, ethics and morality, historical events and future challenges. The two-year non-denominational curriculum, developed by educators at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is designed to speak to the intellectually curious and contemporary adult Jewish learner. Ancient as well as recent texts on a variety of subjects form the basis of the teachers' presentations and the classes' conversations. There are no prerequisites, tests or homework. The school is open to any member of the community. If you want to incorporate new friendships and Jewish learning into your life, then this is the place for you!

Instructors: Rabbi Ralph Dalin, Professor Joellyn Zollman, Noah Hadas, Rabbi Lenore Bohm

Price: $500; JCC Member Price: $400*
Student Textbooks: $60
*JCC Member Discount Code: Contact lenoreb@lfjcc.org or (858) 362-1327

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Rosh HaShana Apple Strudel

Friday, September 7, 2018 at 10am
Rehearsal Room
Lawrence Family JCC

Diane Hillman grew up in Chicago cooking Jewish foods by her mother's side and many of her recipes, including her apple strudel, were handed down in her family for generations. For Hillman, a retired doctor of pharmacy, Jewish food is more than sustenance: it's nutrition for the soul. All the ingredients for a mouth-watering strudel will be provided and Diane will demonstrate how this iconic Jewish New Year treat is made. Each participant will make their own small strudel to take home and bake in time for the holiday. Before the class ends, you'll be treated to a piece of strudel fresh from the oven along with a cup of coffee or tea, and the chance to wish your cooking neighbors a Shana Tova.

Maximum 18 students. Pre-registration is necessary. No walk-ups.
Instructor: Dr. Diane Hillman

Price: $25; JCC Member Price: $22

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Beginning Conversational Hebrew

Monday, October 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19, 26; December 3, 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM (10 Sessions)
Youth J Team Room
Lawrence Family JCC

Come and learn (or review) basic Hebrew vocabulary and improve your conversation skills. If you’re traveling to Israel this summer or if you want to do something in honor of Israel’s upcoming 70th birthday, learning some Hebrew is a great way to proceed. Most of the class will be dedicated to speaking. There will be some time to practice reading as well. Orli is an enthusiastic and experienced teacher of all levels of Hebrew. She will make it fun and interesting.

Instructor: Orli Moses

Price: 145; JCC Member Price: $120

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New Directions in French Films on the Holocaust: Second Generation and Beyond

Monday, October 8, 2018 at 7pm
Seacrest Village, 211 Saxony Rd, Encinitas
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 10:30am
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado

Since 1945, hundreds of films have been made on the Holocaust. In addition to Oscar-winners like Schindler’s List and Life is Beautiful, scores of other films have chronicled diverse aspects of the Shoah. The number of existing films presents a challenge to anyone who might think of making a new Holocaust film. Are there still new things for filmmakers to say about the Holocaust, and new dimensions of the tragedy to show on screen? This talk will explore how filmmakers are finding new ways to treat the Holocaust and make it relevant to twenty-first century audiences. It will focus on recent French films about the Holocaust. Topics include athletes who died in concentration camps; how the Holocaust is relevant to students today; and the effects of the Holocaust on the second and third generations. Talk will include clips!

Lecturer: Professor Alyssa Sepinwall

Price: Free

New Directions in French Films on the Holocaust: Second Generation and Beyond
Monday, October 8, 2018 at 7pm, North County Lecture Series
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New Directions French Films on the Holocaust: Second Generation and Beyond
Wednesday, October 10, 10:30 am - Mandelbaum Family Lecture Series
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Mussar: North County Inland

Tuesday, October 9, 16, 23 (11:30am), 30, 2018 at 10:30am (4 Sessions)
Temple Adat Shalom, Social Hall Suite A
15905 Pomerado Road, Poway

Mussar is a 1,000 year tradition that draws on Jewish values and wisdom to help individuals develop character traits which enhance spiritual growth and personal well-being. This course will be based on the book Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis, Dean of the Mussar Institute, and will focus on these "soul traits:" Patience, Humility, Generosity, Silence and Kindness.

Instructor: Rabbi Lenore Bohm

Price: $72; JCC Member Price: $60

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Bereisheet I: From Adam and Eve to Abraham and Sarah: The First 20 Generations
A Melton Scholars Curriculum

Thursday, October 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 29; December 6, 13, 20, 2018 at 7:00PM (10 Sessions)
Senior Activity Room
Lawrence Family JCC

The stories take us from the universal tales of the creation of the world, the flood, and the Tower of Babel to the foundational tales of Abraham and Sarah, and the beginnings of the Jewish people. The themes of family and faith, honor and dishonor, passion and power provide a rich exploration of our people and ourselves.

Instructor: Rabbi Ralph Dalin

Price: $250; JCC Member Price: $200*
Student Textbooks: $45
*JCC Member Discount Code: Contact lenoreb@lfjcc.org or (858) 362-1327

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12th Annual Women's Weekend at Camp Mountain Chai

Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14, 2018
Camp Mountain Chai, 4950 Murphy Canyon Rd, San Diego

Women’s Weekend is all about YOU—connecting with yourself, with other women, and with nature. When women gather at camp, magic happens. Join us to feel enriched, powerful, and alive.

You deserve a weekend away from your everyday life to connect with yourself and other Jewish women in the majestic San Bernardino Mountains near Big Bear, CA. Worship, sing, dance, hike, and create art while breathing the crisp autumn air. Experience the serenity of sunrise morning yoga while marveling at the ancient pines. Deepen friendships old and make new ones around the campfire before falling asleep in your cozy cabin.

This Women’s Weekend is really all about YOU. Return home refreshed in body, mind and spirit.

Questions? Email womensweekend@campmountainchai.com

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Talks with Dr. Judith Hauptman

Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10am
Rehearsal Room, Lawrence Family JCC
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7pm
Congregation Beth-El, 8660 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037

AM SESSION:
In general, only men issue halachic statements in the Talmud. But women appear often in anecdotes, and a close reading thereof reveals that women sometimes took the law into their own hands and made changes in it for personal reasons. In this session, we’ll see the kinds of changes women made in the law and the reasons behind them. Text handouts in Hebrew and English.

PM SESSION:
This presentation is based on a discussion in Bavli Shabbat, which takes up the question of what to do when one sees people misbehaving, whether they are government officials or neighbors, and whether they are breaking religious or civil laws. Via anecdotes and midrashim, a demanding and contemporarily relevant moral principle emerges.

General Admission Seating
Price: $18; Member Price: $16; 2-Pack: $28; Member 2-pack: $25

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