Israeli storyteller, actress and author Noa Baum began a heartfelt dialogue with a Palestinian woman while living in the United States. She weaves together their memories, and their mothers’ stories, to create a moving testimony that illuminates the complex and contradictory history and emotions surrounding Jerusalem, for Israelis and Palestinians alike.  Join a wide gathering of community members as Noa Baum takes us behind the rhetoric and headlines to hear the true stories of four women, 2 Israelis and 2 Palestinians. In the process, we experience the most precious ingredient for the resolution of any major conflict: mutual compassion.

ADULTS & AGES 12 AND UP Community

Outreach partners: JITLI, J Street, Hands of Peace

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Previous Events

All Who Go Do Not Return

Shulem Deen

Thursday, September 27, 2016
7:00 pm

Carlsbad City Library
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011

The Wall Street Journal calls it, “eloquent and heartbreaking” and the Washington Post said it is “a wrenching and astonishing indictment of those who are standing by and allowing it to be.” Based on his best-selling, moving and revealing memoir, All Who Go Do Not Return, Shulem Deen will share his story about how the simple act of turning on the radio led him to question, challenge and ultimately abandon his life in one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the U.S. Deen honestly, openly and bravely traces his harrowing loss of faith, family and community; while offering an illuminating look at a highly secretive world that outsiders rarely see.

Screening of Refugee Kids

Refugee Kids

Each year the Jewish community retells the Passover story as a reminder 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

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

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


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

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.