Jewish Education Upcoming Events

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.


Women in the Rabbinate: Seeds Planted, Lessons Learned, Truths Exposed

Monday, April 23, 2018 at 7pm
Temple Solel
3575 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 10:30am
Coronado Public Library
640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA
Mandelbaum Family Lecture Series

Rabbi Lenore Bohm was one of the first 50 women ordained by the Reform movement and the first woman rabbi to serve in San Diego County. In this presentation, Rabbi Bohm will talk about the events that led to the women being ordained in all movements of Judaism, beginning in 1972. Amusing and unexpected vignettes from her life as a student, a mother, and a congregational rabbi will entertain and perhaps challenge you.

Instructor: Rabbi Lenore Bohm

Free, but please RSVP below.
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Beginning Conversational Hebrew

Wednesday, April 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; June 6,13, 2018 at 7pm (8 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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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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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
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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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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
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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
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Religious Views for Secular Jews

Wednesday, July 11 and 18, 2018 at 7pm (2 Sessions)
Senior Activity Room
Lawrence Family JCC

An exploration of Jewish beliefs and traditions by thinking about our questions and seeking connections between Judaism and our personal values.

Instructor: Rabbi Ron Shulman

Price: $36; JCC Member Price: $30
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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
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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
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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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