Upcoming Ticketed Events


The Art of Aging

Tuesday, March 19 - Friday, May 31, 2019
Gotthelf Art Gallery
Lawrence Family JCC

The Art of Aging, a fine arts exhibition, celebrates the positive aspects of maturity through the lens of Jewish values. Created by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, the exhibition explores the ways in which aging is less an inexorable process and more of a lifelong journey affecting the dynamics of human relationships, creativity, memory, continuity, and growth.


Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Leona is an intimate, insightful, and moving film that tells the story of Ariela, a young Jewish woman from Mexico City who finds herself torn between her family and her forbidden love. It’s ripe with all the drama and interpersonal conflicts of a Jane Austen novel. Watching Ariela negotiate the labyrinth of familial pressure, religious precedent, and her own burgeoning sentiment is both painful and beautiful—there are no easy choices to be made. The viewer travels back and forth with her as she struggles with her heart to take the best path.

Isaac Cherem; Mexico; 2018; 95 minutes; Spanish; Drama; San Diego Premiere

General Admission Seating
Regular Price: $15.25; Member Price: $13.25
Please call Guest Services at 858-362-1348 for Group Price: $11.25 ( 10 or more per order)

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Community Divided/Humanity United With March For Our Lives founding members Sofie Whitney and Brendan Duff

Sunday, June 2, 2019
Resource Fair: 4:00 pm | Seating: 4:30 pm | Discussion: 5:00 pm

David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Since the tragedies at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the March For Our Lives movement has taken a stand against senseless gun violence. The Parkland students work together with young leaders of all backgrounds from across the country to hold politicians accountable and combat the normalization of gun violence. The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture brings survivors of the Parkland shooting to San Diego to share Glimmer of Hope, the New York Times bestselling book by the founders of the movement that tells the story of how a group of teenagers raced to channel their rage and sorrow into action—and went on to create one of the largest youth-led movements in global history. These students bring their urgent conversation to San Diego, offering us a chance to come together and take action, refuse to remain passive, and work to create a safe and compassionate nation for our youth. An important conversation with Parkland shooting survivors Sofie Whitney and Brendan Duff.

 “Glimmer of Hope provides a blueprint for launching social change...”—NPR.org

General Admission Seating

Price: FREE to the public, but tickets required to enter. All ages welcome.
Resource Fair: 4:00 PM. Doors open at 4:30 PM. Q & A and book signing to follow event.

Books for purchase (100% of net proceeds from book sales benefit the March For Our Lives Action Fund).

Community Divided/Humanity United is generously funded by the County of San Diego’s Community Enhancement Program

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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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Ballet Arte Presents

Swan Lake
Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 2pm and 6pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
La Jolla JCC

"Swan Lake" is a timeless love story that mixes magic, tragedy, and romance. It features Prince Siegfried and a lovely swan princess named Odette. Under the spell of a sorcerer, Odette spends her days as a swan swimming on a lake of tears and her nights in her beautiful human form. The couple quickly falls in love. As in most fairy tales, things are not that easy and the sorcerer has more tricks to play. That brings Odile, his daughter, into the picture. Confusion, forgiveness, and a happy ending with Siegfried and Odette together forever.

Price: $28-$35
Assigned Seating

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JCC Patron Party – Rock & Dine Under the Stars

Sunday, June 23
Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

Rock & Dine Under The Stars at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay with an EXCLUSIVE private concert by Steve Augeri, former lead vocalist of Journey, to underwrite programs and services at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS.

Did we mention EXCLUSIVE private concert? What this means is that on June 23rd, Humphreys is opening their doors just for US! Patrons of the J will dine on delicious eats, participate in a LIVE auction, watch the sunset, AND rock out under the stars together in this amazing outdoor bayside venue. Could there be a more fun way to support your favorite J San Diego programs? Gather your family and friends - we welcome you with Open Arms.
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Chef Alon Shaya at Our Shabbat Table
Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel

Friday, June 28, 2019 at 6:30pm

David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Alon Shaya learned to cook while hanging onto the apron strings of his mother and grandmother. But by the time the Tel Aviv-born, Philly-raised chef moved to New Orleans and won the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in America, shrimp, gumbo and jambalaya had made their way into his shakshuka—and okra had found a partner in black-eyed peas. Join us for a special Shabbat dinner to hear about — and sample — that culinary journey, in celebration of Shaya's cookbook/memoir, Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel. As you enjoy some of Chef Shaya's most raved-about creations, you'll hear the stories of the places, people and food that have informed his journey from Tel Aviv to NOLA and back again.

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“Alon’s journey is as gripping and as seductive as his cooking…Lovely stories, terrific food.” —Yotam Ottolenghi, author of Jerusalem: A Cookbook

Price: $45 |JCC Members: $40
(Includes Shabbat Dinner)

Tickets are only available to purchase in until Thursday, June 20, 2019


Package with Dinner and Book:
Price: $69 |JCC Members: $66
(Includes Shabbat Dinner & one signed copy of Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel)

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Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews

Tuesday, August 27 - Sunday, September 29, 2019
*Opening Night Reception: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 7:00pm

Gotthelf Art Gallery
Lawrence Family JCC

The personal stories of American Jewish activists and Soviet Jews – known as refuseniks – will be brought to life in Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews, a new traveling exhibition created by NMAJH. It will explore the significance of this dramatic, risky, and emotionally fraught social justice movement, what The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg has called "the most successful human rights campaign of our time." After World War II, Jews who lived in the Soviet Union were denied the rights to live freely, practice Judaism, or leave the country. A worldwide human rights effort on their behalf brought together organizations, student activists, community leaders, and thousands of individuals – and reached the highest echelons of the American government. The exhibition will serve as a reminder of the unique promise of religious freedom and our continuing responsibility to preserve and protect that freedom.

Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews was created by the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia and this project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

*In conjunction with the August 27 opening, Rabbi Ralph Dalin will share some of his personal insights and experiences from his years of activism in the Soviet Jewry movement on the national and local level.

Price: Free

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Semi(te) Sweet: On Jews and Chocolate

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - Thursday, January 31, 2020
Opening Night Reception: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 7:00pm

Gotthelf Art Gallery
Lawrence Family JCC

A tin of Barton’s Almond Kisses. A stretchy yellow pouch of Elite Gelt. Imagine the intersection of Jewish life and chocolate, and those are the markers that likely come to mind. Less likely, but no less pivotal is the liquid delicacy that Inquisition-era Sephardi Jews introduced to France. Semi[te] Sweet: On Jews and Chocolate features tantalizing historical and contemporary archival materials, decorative arts and bibliographic materials that celebrate these contributions of Jews to the business of chocolate.

Price: Free

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Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin

Tuesday, February 25 - Sunday, May 31, 2020
Opening Night Reception: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 7:00pm

Gotthelf Art Gallery
Lawrence Family JCC

Siona Benjamin is a painter originally from Bombay, now living in the US. Her work reflects her background of being brought up Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. In her paintings she combines the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic inspired by both Indian miniature paintings and Sephardic icons.

Price: Free

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