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Upcoming Events

Screening of Refugee Kids

Refugee Kids

Each year the Jewish community retells the Passover story as a remider that we were once strangers in a strange land. But how are we welcoming strangers today? Join us for a community screening of Refugee Kids, a short documentary that follows students at a New York City summer program for children seeking asylum from the worlds's most volatile conflicts.

Date: April 26 , 2016
6:30 pm
Leichtag Commons
441 Saxony Road
Encinitas, CA 92024

To register: http://www.jfssd.org/site/Calendar/22794320?view=Detail&id=106201
For more information: Carole Yellen 858-637-3395 or Carole Yellen

Previous Events

3rd Annual 5 Minute Play Festival

Directed by: D. Candis Paule

Five Minute Play Festival

This festival showcases a variety of original plays written by national talent.
The plays speak to Jewish identity, heritage, cultural experiences or values.

Date: Monday, April 11, 2016
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
Price: $13; JCC Member Price: $11


Purchase Tickets

JCC Box Office (858) 362-1348

Audience Choice Awards

Theodore Bresler
Julie Brown
Ron Frankel
Lucy Lehman
Varda Levy
Lou Pechi
Arnold Shelby
Martin Stern
Janet Tiger
Janet Williams


Harold Kushner: Nine Essential Things I've Learned about Life

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Thirty four years ago, the publication of his bestselling book When Bad Things Happen to Good People introduced Rabbi Harold Kushner as a voice of great empathy, wisdom, and understanding in the private pain and doubt with which we all struggle. In millions of households across the world, people have turned to Rabbi Kushner and his books for guidance in times of conflict and confusion. 

Now with the publication of NINE ESSENTIAL THINGS I’VE LEARNED ABOUT LIFE he gives us his most personal book, a distillation of all he has learned in his remarkable career. Now he shows us how he himself learned to embrace life to its absolute fullest, and imparts that wisdom - fueled by his half-century as a Rabbi, his personal experiences, and his singular take on Scripture - to us. Don't miss this opportunity to be inspired by a true legend!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 • 7:30 p.m. David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre Price: $20; JCC Member Price: $16

For Tickets: JCC Box Office (858) 362-1348 or tickets.lfjcc.org

Call for Submissions 5 Minute Play Festival


San Diego Center for Jewish Culture’s (SDCJC), Straight From The Page, a staged reading series, is proud to announce the 3rd Annual 5 Minute Play Festival.

Do you have a 5 minute play in you? Write it down and send it to us – your play might be chosen and performed by professional actors on Monday, April 11, 2016 at Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037.


• The play must speak to Jewish identity, heritage, cultural experiences or values
• Submission must be a five minute original play (approximately 750 words)
• Play can have 2 or 3 characters - no monologues
• No musicals may be submitted at this time, if there is any music, it must be sung a cappella
• Comedy, drama, historical, political are all welcome


• Deadline for submission is January 5, 2016
• Plays must be submitted as a Word document only - a pdf will not be accepted
• Plays must be created in 12pt Ariel font
• There is no cost to submit
• Plays will not be returned
• Submit plays to jewishplays@lfjcc.com
• All finalists will be notified by February 17, 2015


• All plays submitted will be read blindly by the Straight From The Page committee
• Top scripts will be chosen to be cast and directed for a staged reading
• Casting and directing of the top scripts to be done solely by Straight From The Page producer(s) or their designate – playwrights do not have input in casting or directing decisions
• Top scripts will be performed on April 11, 2016 at Lawrence Family JCC, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS in La Jolla, CA as a staged reading; immediately following the winning play will be selected by audience hand-written ballots
• SDCJC reserves the right to cancel and/or modify the program at any time
• Straight From The Page is unable to compensate for any travel and accommodation expenses

Jewish Jokes

A curmudgeonly Jewish comedy screenwriter from MGM comes up against the Communist blacklist in 1950’s Hollywood. He now has to make the biggest decision of his life. Armed with stories about the great era of Jewish humor, this poignant solo comedy shows one small man facing the tough American events of the mid-20th century. A New Comedy by Phil Jonson and Marni Freedman; Directed by David Ellenstein; Featuring Phil Johnson

Monday, October 19, 2015 at 7:30 PM

David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

Price $25; JCC Member Price: $20

For Tickets: JCC Box Office (858) 362-1348 or tickets.lfjcc.org

Read a review here in San Diego Jewish World.

Read an interview here in Broadway World San Diego.

Two Worlds with Jill and Amnon Damti

Two Worlds is a unique presentation that brings together the two worlds of a deaf dancer and a hearing dancer-narrator with an actively participating audience. Celebrated Israeli dancers, Jill and Amnon Damti, perform a mixture of dance, pantomime, movement, words and sign language.

Amnon Damti, deaf from birth, is considered one of the leading deaf dancers in the world today as well as a gifted choreographer. Jill Damti, Amnon's wife, incorporates dance and discussion into their performance, interacting with the audience for an experience that delivers the powerful message that the perception of the deaf community's limitations are exactly that ... only perceptions.

The dancers have performed Two Worlds from the White House in Washington D.C. to Moscow, Germany, Sweden, Paris, London, Paraguay, and beyond.

Join us for the uplifting opportunity to see the couple perform, and reawaken your own sense of what is and isn't possible.

Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 7:00 PM

David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

See a video recap of the event here.