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We are excited to announce our inaugural season of Arts & Ideas. Experience new spins on old traditions, daring artistry, the chance to think deeply, to laugh and to dance. The artists and intellectuals who comprise the 2018-2019 season are visionaries who represent a wide spectrum of art forms from podcasts to hip-hop to the great American songbook. Get big saving with WITH SEASON PACKAGES!

 

2019 San Diego International Jewish Film Festival Kick-Off, Sam Spiegel: Conquering Hollywood

Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Sam Spiegel fled the specter of Nazi Germany in 1933 to become the most enigmatic and controversial film producer in the history of Hollywood, the equal of Selznick, Goldwyn, Zanuck and Mayer. He was a pioneer of independent film making whose movies stacked up dozens of Academy Awards. He is the only person to win three Oscars as sole producer on a feature film, for On The Waterfront (1954), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962). He also produced the iconic film The African Queen with Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn (1951).

Directors: Robert de Young, Stephan Wellink / France / 2018 / 60 min / English / Documentary
General Admission Seating; Film Underwriters receive early entry & reception at 5:30pm
Price: $15.25; JCC Member: $13.25
To become an Underwriter and to RSVP contact Shannon at shannonm@lfjcc.org

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Pints & Pages: Homebrew World with Josh Bernstein

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Ballast Point; 9045 Carroll Way, San Diego, CA 92121
Happy Hour at 6:30pm, Program begins at 7:30pm

No one knows beer better than Joshua M. Bernstein. The prolific contributor to publications such as Bon Appétit, Men’s Journal, and The New York Times—to name only a few—has also released a “four pack” of books on the topic: The Complete Beer Course, Brewed Awakening, Complete IPA, and his latest, Homebrew World. Have a beer and join us for an exciting talk on homebrewing and the future of beer. This conversation with Josh will also include a panel of homebrew experts including award-winning Homebrewer, Nick Corona, and a representative from White Labs Inc.
General Admission
Price: $18; Member Price: $15

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Gili Yalo in Concert

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 8pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

San Diego debut! Gili Yalo creates a rich patchwork of contemporary soul, funk, psychedelic rock, and traditional Ethiopian music—all drawing inspiration from his experience as an Ethiopian Jew who fled Sudan in 1984 and re-settled in Israel. Yalo has performed on revered international stages as both a soloist and as a member of Israel’s leading world-reggae band Zvuloon Dub System. Gili’s performance is part of his first US tour as a solo artist.

Reserved Seating
Price: $30; Member Price: $25

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GIANTS OF JAZZ ON FILM, A NEW Three Part Series, Hosted by Mark Cantor

Tuesdays at 7pm, September 4, October 23, and November 27, 2018
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC


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

General Admission Seating
Price for individual shows: $25; JCC Member Price: $22
Series price: $57; JCC Member $50

Archive Treasures - September 4th at 7pm Add to Cart

Women in Jazz - October 23rd at 7pm Add to Cart

Broadway to Hollywood to Jazz – November 27th at 7pm Add to Cart


Paula Poundstone

Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 7:30pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

With smart, observational humor and a legendary spontaneous interaction with the crowd, Paula Poundstone is one of our country’s preeminent comedians. She improvises like a jazz musician, swinging in unexpected directions, and always for the fences. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness a master humorist in action.

Assigned Seating
Premium: $56; Tier 2: $46; Tier 2 Member: $39

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The Body Collector

Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7pm
A riveting drama based on the real life story of Dutch journalist Hans Knoop and his 1970s struggle to uncover the truth about World War II war criminal and millionaire art collector Pieter Menten. Stellar performances and a taut script make this a powerful film about the pursuit of justice and one man’s persistence for the truth. 142 minutes

General Admission Seating
Price: $15.25; Member Price: $13.25

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Bettye LaVette Reinvents the Bob Dylan Songbook

Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 8pm

Beyond her spectacular, gritty voice, Bettye LaVette embodies the searching, all-or-nothing commitment to the song that is the hallmark of the great soul singers. On her new album Things Have Changed , the three-time Grammy nominee transforms the music and lyrics of Bob Dylan into a career retrospective all her own. Dont miss an unforgettable concert as Bettye performs in an intimate setting with her pianist. This riveting performance elevates her voice to center stage as she shares songs from her new album and throughout her career.

Assigned Seating
Price: $38; Member Price: $33; Premium Price: $52

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Peter Yarrow

Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 8pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Don’t miss the chance to experience folk legend, Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary) when he performs at the Garfield Theatre. More than just a folk singer, Yarrow has long been an activist for peace (citing his Jewish faith as a primary driver), and has received both the Allard K. Lowenstein and the Tikkun Olam Awards.

Seating: Reserved
Tickets: Tier 2: $54 | JCC Members $47
Tier 3: $44 | JCC Members $37
Premium (Includes Meet-&-Greet) $95

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NETFLIX'S SOMEBODY FEED PHIL VISITS TEL AVIV A Screening & Conversation with Series Star Phil Rosenthal & Steven Rothfeld

Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

Israeli food is having a moment, beyond hummus and falafel. It’s the dinner you aspire to have with tahini, harissa, sumac, and za’atar trickling into the mainstream. Dip into this vibrant and diverse cuisine with Phil Rosenthal, star of the hit Netflix series Somebody Feed Phil and creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, along with Steven Rothfeld, a world-class photographer and author of Israel Eats, a delicious compilation of stories and recipes. Featuring a screening of the Tel Aviv episode of Somebody Feed Phil, stories and photos from Israel Eats and appropriate noshes. 'Somebody Feed Phil' Is the Show We Need in a Post-Bourdain World Entertainment Tonight Despite his show’s title, “Somebody Feed Phil” isn’t about the food. It’s about everything else. –Los Angeles Times

General Admission Seating
Price: $28; Member Price: $23

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Encounters: Taiseer Elias, Menachem Wiesenberg & Hillel Zori

Wednesday October 3, 2018 at 8pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

This incredible concert collaboration was born out of a connection and deep mutual respect between three of Israel’s foremost musicians. In working together, Taiseer Elias (oud), Menachem Wiesenberg (piano) and Hillel Zori (cello) discovered a beautiful resonance within their instruments and their cultures, surfacing the commonalities between Arabic and Jewish music (which are seldom heard together). The spontaneity of the performance is contagious: Israeli Jews and Arabs meet together to celebrate an ongoing feast of enriching and fertile human and musical coexistence!

"Taiseer raises the level wherever he happens to be; he makes us all better… he makes the material come to life, he makes us want to learn."
- Maestro Itzhak Perlman

Assigned Seating
Price: $30; Member Price $25

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The Joyce Forum Shorts Film Festival

Saturday, October 6 & Sunday October 7, 2018
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

The first standalone Jewish Film Festival dedicated to the art of short film. The Joyce Forum offers more than 40 imagination-stretching short films from across the globe and from almost every cinematic genre: documentary, drama, comedy, sci-fi, horror, animation, and more. Join us for a two-day event featuring numerous special guests.

General Admission Seating
Price: $15.25; Member Price: $13.25; 5-Pack: $60

Program 1 - October 6 at 8pm Add to Cart

Program 2 - October 7 at 10:30am Add to Cart

Program 3 - October 7 at 1:30pm Add to Cart

Program 4 - October 7 at 4:30pm Add to Cart

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NORMAN EISEN The Last Palace: Europe’s Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 7pm
Astor Judaica Library
Lawrence Family JCC

Join Norman Eisen, the former US Ambassador to the Czech Republic and President Obama’s chief “ethics czar,” as he speaks about his latest book. As the basis for Jeff Goldblum’s character in The Grand Budapest Hotel, Eisen offers a sweeping narrative that refracts the history of 20th century Mitteleuropa through the lens of one of the last palaces built in Europe’s Gilded Age. The book offers an account of the struggle between democracy, communism, and fascism over the past century. Book signing to follow.

Seating: General Admission
Price: $18; Member Price $15
Questions: Guest Services (858) 362-1348

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Chef Michael Twitty at our Shabbat Table

Friday, October 12, 2018 at 7:30pm
Rehearsal Room
Lawrence Family JCC

Join us for Shabbat dinner with renowned culinary historian Michael Twitty who won the 2018 James Beard Foundation's Book Of The Year Award for his book exploring the history of southern cuisine: The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African-American Culinary History in the Old South. His work is a medley of two distinct tastes: Antebellum cooking, which draws from the work of black cooks who essentially created creole cuisine, and Kosher/Soul, which melds the histories, tastes, and flavors culled from the chef’s own background: black and Jewish.

General Admission Seating
Price (includes Shabbat dinner): $45; Member Price: $40

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Corks 'n Culture

Monday, October 22, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Project Bar and Grill
3683 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Corks ‘n Culture, a pop-up art gallery exhibit, gives artists an opportunity to show what their culture means to them through a Jewish lens, all while encouraging appreciation of San Diego's artistic community. Come for happy hour and mix and mingle with local artists, who will be selling their artwork at affordable prices. In partnership with Shabbat San Diego's Jewish Xperience Week or information about submitting artwork visit sdcjc.org/gag.

General Admission Seating
Price: Free

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Rebecca Soffer & Gabrielle Birkner-Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 7pm
Astor Judaica Library

At a time when we mourn public figures and national tragedies with hashtags, where intimate posts about loss go viral and we receive automated birthday reminders for dead friends, it’s clear we are navigating new terrain without a road map. Modern Loss offers a fresh and irreverent examination into navigating grief and resilience in the age of social media. Book signing to follow.

General Admission Seating
Price: $18; Member Price: $15

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Yotam Ottolenghi at our Brunch Table with Evan Kleiman, Host of KCRW's Good Food

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 10am
Leichtag Commons
441 Saxony Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024

It’s not easy to turn generations of meat eaters into vegetable lovers—and almost overnight at that. But through a series of hit cookbooks (Jerusalem, Plenty), British-Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi is teaching everyone he encounters to be masters of a healthier, tastier kitchen. His latest contribution, Ottolenghi Simple, presents easy, flavor-forward recipes packed with his signature Middle Eastern–inspired flavors. Come experience the culinary genius of a contemporary cooking iconoclast. For the full menu visit sdcjc.org. Registration required by October 21.
“No chef captures the flavors of the moment better than Yotam Ottolenghi.”—Bon Appetit

General Admission Seating
Price: $80; Member Price: $65;(includes brunch and one pre-signed copy of Ottolenghi Simple)

Premium: $118 (includes 9:00 am Meet & Greet, champagne & light bites, reserved seating, plus one personalized signed copy of Ottolenghi Simple)
This event will be outdoors, rain or shine

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MASTER MENTALIST LIOR SUCHARD in an Interactive Mind Reading Experience

Monday, October 29, 2018 at 8pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Do you believe that your mind can be read? Lior Suchard does. Considered to be the world’s greatest mentalist, Suchard routinely reveals the innermost thoughts of even the most skeptical audience member. Don’t miss his mind-blowing, mind-reading performance: skeptics are not only welcome, but encouraged to attend.
“Both of us know how to be funny and entertaining. It’s a pity I cannot read thoughts too.” – Jerry Seinfeld
“It’s the most amazing thing I saw in my life. And I’ve seen a lot!” – Larry King
Assigned Seating
Price: $60; Member Price: $55

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Celebrating The Simpsons at 30 With Mike Reiss, The Simpsons Writer & Producer

Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

Get the inside scoop on Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and all your favorites as we salute the legendary series that has become one of the most revered artistic achievements in television history. Four-time Emmy winner Mike Reiss shares stories, secrets and scandals from his thirty years writing for The Simpsons. Following the program, Reiss will be signing his new Simpsons memoir Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons. Don’t miss this inside look at America’s most iconic cartoon family.
“The good is always rare. A truly great comic is rare. Mike Reiss, by definition, is a rarity.”
-Conan O’Brien

General Admission Seating
Price: $18; Member Price: $15

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Today’s Jerusalem: Neighborhoods unveiled in the City of Gold with Marik Shtern

Tuesday, November 5, 2018 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Marik Shtern, MGSDII visiting professor at UCSD is a researcher at the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, where his field of research is the geography of Jewish-Arab relations in Jerusalem. He specializes in the sphere of community empowerment and strategic consulting for third sector organizations (civil society) in the fields of social and political change in Jerusalem. Don’t miss this inside look at the dynamic life of the world’s most fascinating city.

General Admission Seating
Price: $18; Member Price: $15

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SALK TALKS

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 7pm Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 7pm Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Three remarkable events bring together experts and influencers from The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, the world’s top leader in biomedical research, located in La Jolla. Salk scientists will showcase their remarkable insights and discoveries and their impact on humanity. Topics and speakers TBA.

General Admission Seating
Price: $28; Member Price: $23; 3-Pack: $63; Member 3-Pack $52

Janelle Ayres, PhD: “Surviving diseases with the help of microbes” Add to Cart

Satchidananda Panda, PhD: “The ideal circadian code to a long healthy life” Add to Cart

Sreekanth Chalasani, PhD: “A new approach to alleviating symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders” Add to Cart


Lean on Me: Jose' James Celebrates Bill Withers

Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 8pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawence Family JCC

A deep and soulful young vocalist whose international profile has exploded in the last few years, José James has transcended his reputation as a jazz singer to embrace influences including R&B, Moroccan Gnawa music, hip-hop, and gospel. His latest, Lean On Me, is a celebration of the music of iconic soul singer and composer Bill Withers. Vetted personally by Withers himself, the show is an exploration of the deep musical catalogue that has touched millions of hearts and united communities worldwide. Featuring Withers' top 10 hits as well as his soul ballads and rare grooves, James brings both a deep musical appreciation and a contemporary approach to songs such as "Ain't No Sunshine," "Lean on Me," and "Just the Two of Us.”

“A genre hybridist who claims both b-boys and jazz purists in his fan base… A winningly singular presence in contemporary American music. Not just singular, but magnetic.?”-Los Angeles Times A romantic baritone with a deep-funk band, stretching out songs, evoking both the ’70s of Roberta Flack and Gil Scott-Heron and the ’90s and oughts of J Dilla.” -The New York Times

Assigned Seating
Price: $38; Member Price: $33

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Dorie Greenspan at our Table - Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook

Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 5pm
Rehearsal Room
Lawrence Family JCC

Join a taste bud-tantalizing technician of the contemporary table. Three-time James Beard Foundation Award winner, Dorie Greenspan discusses her newest book Everyday Dorie and invites us into her kitchen to savor the dishes that she makes all the time, from Miso-Glazed Salmon to Lemon Goop. Don’t miss this singular opportunity to meet a woman the New York Times hails as a “food guru.”

“Dorie’s stuff works. It’s practical. It’s compelling. In Everyday Dorie she effortlessly represents how we cook today—a culinary mashup that promises a bigger helping of fun and adventure in the kitchen.”
—Christopher Kimball, founder, Milk Street

General Admission Seating
Price: $18; Member Price: $15

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Inside Netflix' Fauda: An Evening with Moshe Zonder

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:30pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

A rare opportunity to hear from Moshe Zonder, head writer and director of the first season of Fauda, the first Israeli television series to be released as a Netflix Original. Set in the West Bank, Fauda goes beyond the usual ingredients of the thriller series—intelligence gathering, interludes of violent action. The setting is the flashpoint of a fifty-year-long conflict, and Zonder believes that they have made not only a deft work of entertainment but also a drama that gets at the political dynamic of the Israeli-Palestinian situation. After screening the series’ first episode, Zonder will discuss the process of writing and producing the acclaimed series.

"The grittiest, tightest, most lived-in thrillers come from Israel, and Fauda... is the current standard-bearer." -The New York Times

General Admission Seating
Price: $15.25 Member Price: $13.25

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Pablo Ziegler Jazz Tango Trio

Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 8pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

It takes YOU to tango. Nuevo Tango maestro Pablo Ziegler—the Buenos Aires-born pianist and composer who helped shape the modern tango—delivers stripped-down, intimate arrangements of his essential repertoire, offering a raw, elemental concert program. Ziegler, who honed his chops working with the legendary fellow Argentinian Astor Piazzolla, won the 2018 Grammy for "Best Latin Jazz Album" with Jazz Tango. For fans of jazz, bossa nova, and (of course), tango.
"There's no question that Ziegler takes the tango to levels of sophistication and refinement probably undreamed of by Piazzolla." The Chicago Tribune

Assigned Seating
Price: $38; Member Price: $33; Premium Price: $52

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Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird

Monday, November 19, 2018 at 8pm
David & Dorothea Garfiled Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Detroit-born, Berlin-based poet/translator/singer/multi-instrumentalist Daniel Kahn concocts furious, tender, electrifying and revolutionary “Alienation Klezmer” music. With the Painted Bird, he presents a variety of songs inspired both by the struggles of Jewish revolutionaries at the turn of the century and his own desire for a better world. With their latest release, The Butcher’s Share, Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird continues to masterfully navigate the dichotomy between revolution and alienation, the political and the poetic, the explosive and the corrosive. The raucous live show features projected translations and images by legendary New York underground artist Eric Drooker.

"Accordion charged with punkrock...the free-spirited attitude of the New York Tzadik circle, cabaret flair, and scraps of Tom Waits."- Rolling Stone

Assigned Seating
Price: $30; Member Price $25

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The Gender Creative Child with Diane Ehrensaft

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

Diane Ehrensaft, PhD, a developmental and clinical psychologist based the University of California San Francisco, helps unlock the door to a gender-expansive world, revealing pathways for positive change in schools, the community, and the world at large. Fueled by over three decades of pioneering work, she explores the interconnected effects of nature, nurture, and culture to explore and explain gender fluidity. Her most recent book, The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes acts as a guide for parents who are raising children in a time of progressive change in cultural, medical and legal ideas of gender and identity.

General Admission Seating
Price: $18; Member Price: $15

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Sandra Bernhard "Sandemonium"

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 8pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Get swept into the madness of “Sandemonium” from the one and only Sandra Bernhard. This hilarious mix of comedy and song highlights all the issues. Climate change? Check. Russian cyberattack? Check. Facing an Instagram account-hacking white supremacist while floating on a chunk of the polar ice cap? Check, and check out “Sandemonium!”

Assigned Seating
Premium Price:$68; Tier 2: $58; Tier 2 Member: $51; Tier 3: $48; Tier 3 Member: $41

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Scattered Among the Nations Presentation by Photographer Bryan Schwartz

Monday, December 17, 2018 at 7:00pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

From the Benei Menashe tribes in the hills of India to the Inca Jews of the Andes to the Jewish community of Rusape, Zimbabwe (with its own Jewish gospel choir), Bryan Schwartz has visited dozens of today’s most isolated Jewish communities. Scattered Among the Nations’ unique photographs and interviews document the fringes of the Jewish Diaspora.

Followed by Preview of Gotthelf Art Gallery Exhibition of Jews of Color: a Renaissance created by Scattered Among the Nations

General Admission Seating
Price: $20; Member Price: $18

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Francis Fukuyama-Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

Identity politics has taken America—and the world—hostage, crippling our ability to even be civil with those with whom we disagree, let alone have constructive communication. A provocative examination of modern identity politics.“ Because we are all different, we each have a contribution that only we can make. That is the way of Abraham.” - Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Book signing to follow.

General Admission Seating
Price: $18; Member Price: $15

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50th Anniversary of Funny Girl

Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at 5pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

It’s December 25, and that means Chinese food and a movie: the Chinese food will be Kosher and the movie will be William Wyler’s Funny Girl, which is now 50 years young. The story (in case you didn’t know) centers on the life of Fanny Brice—inimitably portrayed by Barbra Streisand—a famed entertainer of the early 1900s. For the full menu visit sdcjc.org. Registration required by December 18.


General Admission Seating; Price Includes Food
Price: $38; Member Price: $35: 4-pack: $100
For groups of ten or more: Group Rates

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Erez Ben-Yosef - In Search of King Solomon’s Mines: The Archaeological Discoveries Behind the Biblical Legend

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

Archeologist Erez Ben-Yosef, MGSDII visiting professor at UCSD, presents his latest discoveries in Southern Israel. Uncovering a 3,000-year-old fortified trading post, and the copper mining camps it protected, Ben-Yosef and his team thought, “Are these the gates to King Solomon’s mines?” Dating techniques put it squarely in the era of stories from the Bible about Solomon’s and King David’s reign. Hear Ben-Yosef unravel the mystery of King Solomon’s Mines.

General Admission Seating
Price: $18; Member Price: $15

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NATHAN DEVIR: The Lost Tribes of Israel in Madagascar?

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

For centuries, millions of people on the island of Madagascar have claimed to be descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel. Does this claim have any basis in fact? In this presentation, Professor Nathan P. Devir examines the evidence, provides an overview of current Jewish activity on the island, and elucidates the implications of these claims and movements for Israel and the larger Jewish world. Book signing to follow.

General Admission Seating
Price: $18; Member Price: $15

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ISABELLA ROSSELLINI: LINK LINK CIRCUS

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 8pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Link Link Circus is at once comic and scientifically informed, arguing Darwin’s theory of evolution which links us humans to animals. The show is illustrated with legendary Isabella Rossellini’s short comic films, home movies and animation. She transforms herself into philosophers of the past like Aristotle, René Descartes and a medieval theologian while her dog Pan plays various animals, assisted by puppeteer and animal handler Schuyler Beeman. Judaism teaches that animals are part of God's creation and should be treated with compassion. God makes a covenant with the animals, just as he does with humans.
Co-Directed by Guido Torlonia “The world’s most uncategorizable star”—Vanity Fair
Assigned Seating
Price: $65; Member Price: $58; Premium: $85

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UNORTHODOX Tablet Magazine's Podcast Live

Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 8pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Unorthodox is the world’s leading Jewish podcast - but you don’t have to be Jewish to love it! Hosted by Mark Oppenheimer, Stephanie Butnick, and Liel Leibovitz of Tablet Magazine, each episode brings you interesting guests (one Jewish and one gentile), News of the Jews, and so much more. From Amy Schumer to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, presidential nepotism to Drake, no topic is off limits. Guests to be announced soon but former guests include David Duchovny, John Cleese and Mark Bittman. Join us for a live recording of this popular podcast!
Assigned Seating
Price: $38; Member Price: $33; Premium: $52

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Dan Zanes and Friends in Concert

Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 11am
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Known as the crown prince of contemporary kids’ music, Grammy Award-winning musician Dan Zanes and Friends perform for families live at the Garfield Theatre. Zanes got his start at Oberlin and went on to play in the acclaimed rock band The Del Fuegos. In his family-friendly incarnation, he has collaborated with everyone from Sheryl Crow to Lou Reed. (Ages 3+)

“(Zanes is) the family-music genre’s most outspoken and eloquent advocate.” – TIME Magazine


General Admission Seating
Price: Adult $32, Child (under 16) $18; Member Price: $29, Member Child (under 16) $15
Lap Child (under 5): Free

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Tio Chorinho: A Tribute to Jacob do Bandolim

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 8pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Toronto’s Tio Chorinho performs a tribute to the great Brazilian-Jewish mandolin virtuoso Jacob do Bandolim on his 101st birthday during the month of Carnival in Brazil. One of the founders of choro, the original Brazilian soul music, Bandolim’s compositions virtually defined the choro style through the Thirties, Forties and Fifties, and he remains one of the most endearing figures in Brazilian music to this day. This exciting tribute to one of Brazil’s greatest Jewish composers features creative arrangements by contemporary masters Tio Chorinho. Charming and powerful music with a sensual lyricism from one of the guiding lights of the Jewish Diaspora.
“An absolute delight...outstanding playing...It’s a terrific debut CD; play it on a grey day and your room will be filled with sunshine” -The Wholenote Magazine

Assigned Seating
Price: $38; Member Price: $33; Premium Seating: $52

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Nellie McKay Performs THE BIG MOLINKSY: CONSIDERING JOAN RIVERS

Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 8pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Nellie McKay exploded onto the music scene in 2004 with her eclectic showstopper, Get Away from Me. Upending the norms of piano-backed jazz with a seamless merger of musical erudition and thematic irreverence, it was, as the New York Times observed, “a tour de force from a sly, articulate musician.” With a voice that can be boisterous and bold or soft and breathy, McKay harnesses the agility of a superstar athlete from the piano bench. She has maintained that adventurousness — starring on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera, opening for Lou Reed at Carnegie Hall, duetting with Eartha Kitt and recording a dazzling tribute to Doris Day. In her onewoman show The Big Molinsky: Considering Joan Rivers, McKay delivers a performance for the ages as the talented and treasured Joan Rivers (playing a few other people in Rivers’ life to boot).

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Price: $38; Member Price: $33; Premium Price: $52

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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.

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

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JACOB GOLDBERG Lectures on the Middle East

Monday, March 11-13, 2019 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Professor Jacob Goldberg—a former senior adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak—presents a three-day lecture event centered on the current political landscape in the ever-changing Middle East. The author of The Foreign Policy of Saudi Arabia, Goldberg has also been published in the New York Times and the Washington Post.

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Price: $28, 3-pack: $63; Member Price: $23; Member 3-pack: $52

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Matti Friedman-Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 7pm
Rehearsal Room
Lawrence Family JCC

A tale of Israel’s first spies who would emerge, after Israel’s War of Independence, as the nucleus of the Mossad, Israel’s vaunted intelligence agency. It’s about the complicated identities of these young spies, but it’s also about Israel’s own slippery and fascinating identity as a Western nation with Middle Eastern roots and traditions. Book signing to follow.

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Price: $18; Member Price: $15

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Caroline Rothstein

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 8pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Caroline Rothstein is a New York City based writer and performer of spoken word poetry, theater, creative nonfiction and journalism. Her poignant poetry and soulful presentation allows the audience to connect to her, to each other, and to themselves, and feel “they are enough.” Her work has been featured in Cosmopolitan, The New Yorker, and elsewhere, with high praise coming from Lady Gaga who called the poet “very inspiring.”

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Price: $18; Member Price: $15

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Inside Israeli TV-An Eveing with Ronit Weiss-Berkowitz

Thursday, March 26, 2019 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Ronit Weiss-Berkowitz, MGSDII visiting professor at SDSU, is one of the most powerful women in Israeli cinema. She has been a writer on several television series, directed documentaries and also served as a script editor on two series. She is well known in Israel for the drama “A Touch Away” and the documentary, “A Place Under the Sun." She was Editor-in-Chief at Keter Publishing House, one of the largest publishers in Israel, and has edited books by celebrated writers, including Amoz Oz, Shemi Zarhin, and Nava Semel.

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Price: $18; Member Price: $15

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Bill Charlap Trio: Somewhere, The Songs of Leonard Bernstein

Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 8pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

In celebration of legendary composer Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, jazz pianist Bill Charlap and his trio perform songs from Charlap’s tribute, Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein. Charlap is an acclaimed master of the Great American Songbook, whose inspired reading of Bernstein includes songs from West Side Story, On The Town, Fancy Free and Wonderful Town. Charlap has performed with Wynton Marsalis and Barbra Streisand and had a longstanding residency at the legendary Village Vanguard. In 2016, Charlap's collaboration with Tony Bennett led to a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Album.

“Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…when he sits down to play, the result is an embrace, an act of possession.”
-TIME Magazine

"Bill Charlap is one of the greatest musicians and greatest artists I've ever met."
-Tony Bennett, 2016 Grammy Awards Ceremony

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Price: $38; Member Price: $33; Premium Price: $52

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Jamie Bernstein-Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

The oldest daughter of Leonard Bernstein, one of the 20th century’s most revered musicians, offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth. Book signing to follow.

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Price: $18; Member Price: $15

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JENNY SCHEINMAN’S KANNAPOLIS: A Moving Portrait

Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 8pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Acclaimed composer, singer, and violinist Jenny Scheinman accompanies the captivating visual world of Depression-era filmmaker H. Lee Waters, who documented over 118 small towns in the southeast between 1936-42. A frequent collaborator with musicians such as Bill Frisell, Ani Difranco and Norah Jones, Scheinman and her musical sidemen provide a live soundtrack seasoned with bluegrass, country, and roots music. Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait takes audiences on a journey back into America’s industrial past that speaks to any community today as much as to the towns where it was filmed.
"A beautifully coordinated melding of music and film... a vivid image of small-town life, morphing back and forth almost imperceptibly between black-and-white and color."
The Washington Post
"Scheinman [has] a distinctive vision of American music, suffused with plainspoken beauty and fortified all at once by country, gospel, and melting-pot folk, along with jazz and the blues.”
The New York Times

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Price: $38; Member Price: $33; Premium Price: $52

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End of the Silence

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 8pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Written and performed by Dan Wolf
Directed by Gendell Hing-Hernandez
Music by Keith Pinto.


World premiere of a solo play from acclaimed Bay Area actor/playwright/rapper Dan Wolf whose performances cross borders to combine conventional theater styles with the themes, language, music, history and aesthetics of the Hip-Hop generation. End of the Silence is about a podcaster making a podcast. Using field recordings, voice actors, music, video, movement, spoken word and rap, this performance follows a Jewish - American man as he makes a podcasr about his relationship with, and the untimely death of, an artist from Hamburg, Germany. The show plays out like a live podcast as Daniel (the writer and director) uses shards of a fragmented history to attempt to heal the wounds of time.

With incredible energy and seamless staging, the show has the effect of being lost in a good book, not sitting in a theater. -San Francisco Chronicle

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Price $28; Member Price $23

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ISRAEL STORY LIVE!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 8pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Join us for an evening of magical live radio with the creators of Israel Story (Sipur Yisraeli)—the award-winning radio show and podcast that is one of the most popular programs in Israel, where it is aired nationally, on prime-time. With its unique blend of live storytelling and surprising multimedia, Israel Story introduces us to a different Israel, one that we rarely get a chance to see: life-sized, nuanced, funny and touching. These are everyday stories, told by, and about, regular Israelis.
“The Israeli ‘This American Life’” -Ira Glass

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Price: $38; Member Price: $33; Premium Price: $52

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5 Minute Play Festival

Monday, June 3, 2019 at 7pm
Rehearsal Room
Lawrence Family JCC

Join us for the 6th Annual 5-Minute Play Festival, a staged reading series. You'll get a taste of comedies, tragedies and everything in between as professional San Diego actors, under the stellar direction of D. Candis Paule, transform scripts into theater showcasing fresh, new playwrights that speak to Jewish identity, cultural experiences and values. This is an evening of laughter, inspiration and thought-provoking questions.

General Admission
Price: $18; Member Price: $15

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We are excited to announce our inaugural season of Arts & Ideas. Experience new spins on old traditions, daring artistry, the chance to think deeply, to laugh and to dance. The artists and intellectuals who comprise the 2018-2019 season are visionaries who represent a wide spectrum of art forms from podcasts to hip-hop to the great American songbook.