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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

Please RSVP with link provided for Opening Night


Fred Hersch: A Solo Piano Concert
In Memory of Loraine Stern

Monday, April 13, 2020 | 7:30pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

A select member of jazz’s piano pantheon, Fred Hersch is a pervasively influential creative force who has shaped the music’s course over more than three decades. He has been proclaimed “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade” by Vanity Fair, “an elegant force of musical invention” by The Los Angeles Times, and “a living legend” by The New Yorker. A 14-time Grammy nominee, Hersch has remained committed to exploring the possibilities and limits of solo piano improvisation. A solo performance by Hersch is an elegant, pensive and playful invitation to explore the possibilities of both the instrument and the song.
“When it comes to the art of solo piano in jazz, there are currently two classes of performers: Fred Hersch and everybody else.” -Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

Seating: Reserved | Seat Map B
Tickets: Standard $38 | JCC Members $33 | Premium $52 | Premium JCC Members $47

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In Memory of Loraine Stern
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Statuettes of Limitations: The Oscars and the Holocaust, 1945-1960

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 | 10:30 - 11:30 am
Coronado Public Library
640 Orange Avenue, Coronado

The Oscars constitute Hollywood’s recognition of the movies which were the most cinematically, financially, or socially significant in the year of their release. Between 1945 and 1960, a number of documentaries and feature films relating to the Holocaust garnered Oscars or nominations. Based on how they depicted the Shoah, this lecture, led by Dr. Lawrence Baron, traces the contours of American awareness of the Holocaust in those years.

Price: Free

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Marc Cohn & Band in Concert

Thursday, April 23, 2020 | 7:30 pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. Rooted in the rich ground of American rhythm and blues, soul and gospel, and possessed of a deft storyteller’s pen, he weaves vivid, detailed, often drawn-from-life tales that evoke some of our most universal human feelings: love, hope, faith, joy, heartbreak.

"One of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade" -TIME magazine

"Marc is one of the most soulful, talented artists I know. I love his songs, he's an incredible singer, and I marvel at his ability to mesmerize every audience he plays for." -Bonnie Raitt

“Cohn has one of rock’s most soulful croons – a rich, immediately recognizable tenor that makes these songs his own.” -Rolling Stone

Seating: Reserved | Seat Map B
Tickets: Standard $38 | JCC Members $33
Premium $52 | Premium JCC Members $47

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San Diego International Jewish Film Festival
30th Anniversary Spring Film Series:
Crossroads

Friday, April 24, 2020 | 11:00 am
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

When an underfunded charter school for at-risk teens receives a gift of lacrosse equipment, they are determined to put it to use— despite their students’ lack of experience and enthusiasm. The seemingly impossible task of forming a team is tackled by Bob Selkin, a local Jewish ophthalmologist, who volunteers to coach these young men. Selkin leads the team not only to athletic success, but to personal and academic successes as well. Emmy Award-winning director Ron Yassen tells the inspiring story of perseverance and the transformative power of sports on players and their mentors.

Director Ron Yassen

Documentary, American Stories, Sports | USA | 2018 | 77 mins | English | San Diego Premiere

Tickets: Free. Please reserve your seat by registering here or at Guest Services.

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30th Anniversary Spring Film Series:
Crossroads
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Jewish Poets-Jewish Voices


The Samuel & Rebecca Astor Judaica Library
Lawrence Family JCC

For our 2019-2020 season, three local poets will be featured at each program, followed by a half hour of open mic. The evening will conclude with a reception. There is no charge for these programs, although donations are welcome.

Price: FREE

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020
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Albert Einstein: Still a Revolutionary

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 | 7:00 pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

The Albert Einstein you never knew!

The image of a charmingly unworldly genius, playing the violin and riding a bicycle around Princeton University, has eclipsed the real Albert Einstein—a firebrand social activist who warned of Hitler’s evil intentions and helped to rescue Jews from the Nazis before WWII. Einstein was an outspoken social and political leader and an anti-war activist who was on the right side of controversial issues like women's rights, racism and nuclear arms control. Using a wealth of rarely seen archival footage, letters to and from Einstein, and new and illuminating interviews, Albert Einstein: Still a Revolutionary shows us a man who, while celebrated for his groundbreaking work in physics, was a true humanitarian; a man who believed in always doing the right thing.

Director Julia Newman | 2020 | 80 min | English | Documentary

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Price: $16.25 | JCC Member $14.25

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Etgar Keret
Fly Already: Stories

Wedneday, May 13, 2020 | 7:00pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

There’s no one like Etgar Keret. Beloved and renowned for his surreal, delightful short stories and his Cannes-winning work as a film director, the Israeli writer was just awarded the Sapir Prize, Israel’s most prestigious literary honor. Conspicuously diverging from the pioneers-and-politics narrative that is central to Israel’s literary style, Keret instead tells stories of love, loss and everyday neuroses. In Fly Already, his brilliant new collection, Keret's characters grapple with parenthood and family, war and games, marijuana and cake, memory and love. These stories never go to the expected place, but always surprise, entertain, and move. Book signing to follow.

“Etgar Keret is a genius…”-New York Times

“A brilliant writer…completely unlike any writer I know. The voice of the next generation.”
-Salman Rushdie


Presented in partnership with the Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative


Seating: Reserved | Seat Map B
Tickets: Standard $28 | JCC Members $25 | Premium $38 | Premium JCC Members $35 | Students & Faculty: FREE
Please call Guest Services to RSVP at 858-362-1348. Must show valid I.D. at the door.

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Liaisons2020: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano Anthony de Mare, pianist

Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 7:30pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

In celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday and following on the success of his widely acclaimed Liaisons, concert pianist and new-music champion Anthony de Mare brings Liaisons2020 to the stage. The brilliant songs of Sondheim find a second life as beguiling instrumentals in de Mare's concert and commissioning project. More than 45 prominent composers such as Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Nico Muhly, Ethan Iverson, and Wynton Marsalis each re-imagine a favorite Sondheim song as a work for solo piano. The result is a set of fully realized works that use their original themes as springboards for invention and showcase de Mare's formidable talents at the keyboard.

"Not just inventive piano arrangements of the songs but new compositions written in the composers' own styles... It was fascinating to hear how [each] composer approached the song... I loved it." -The New York Times

"To hear composers take my work and take it seriously... it’s a thrill." -Stephen Sondheim


Seating: Reserved | Seat Map B
Tickets: Standard $38 | JCC Members $33 | Premium $52 | Premium JCC Members $47

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San Diego International Jewish Film Festival
30th Anniversary Spring Film Series:
Let Me Go

Friday, May 22, 2020 | 11:00 am
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Four generations of women confront a terrible family secret when Traudi, the mother who abandoned her young daughter, Helga, in 1941, is close to death. Helga’s visit to her mother decades later with her own granddaughter, Emily, leads to shocking revelations that each woman has to come to terms with. Based on a true story and book by Helga Schneider. Contains Holocaust material.

Let Me Go(FULL TRAILER)

Director Polly Steele

Drama, History and War| UK, Austria | 2017 | 101 mins | German, English | San Diego Premiere

Tickets: Free. Please reserve your seat by registering here or at Guest Services.

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Let Me Go
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Laurie Berkner in Concert

Sunday, May 31, 2020 | 11:00 am
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Children’s music icon Laurie Berkner brings her signature blend of whimsical lyrics and indie folk pop melodies to the Garfield Theatre in a solo show. Laurie’s hit songs like “We Are the Dinosaurs” and “Victor Vito” are featured on children’s networks Nick Jr. and Sprout, in Off-Broadway children’s musicals, and in children’s books. Be sure to catch the artist People magazine calls “the queen of children’s music” and the New York Times has dubbed “the Adele of the preschool crowd.” For children ages 2 and older. Children ages 15 and under are eligible for child prices.

"One of the most popular children's performers in America ... her music is distinctive because it speaks to kids without talking down to them, charming youngsters without boring grown-ups." -The Wall Street Journal

"Laurie Berkner is like a goddess to these children." -NPR's All Things Considered

Seating: Reserved | Seat Map B
JCC Member Tickets In advance: Child $15 (ages 15 & under) | Adult $25
Premium $45 includes artist meet-and-greet after the performance
JCC Member Tickets At the door: Child $20 (ages 15 & under) | Adult $30
Premium $50 includes artist meet-and-greet after the performance
Standard Tickets In advance: Child $20 (ages 15 & under) | Adult $30
Premium $50 includes artist meet-and-greet after the performance
Standard Tickets At the door: Child $25 (ages 15 & under) | Adult $35
Premium $55 includes artist meet-and-greet after the performance

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7th Annual 5-Minute Play Festival

Monday, June 8, 2020 | 7:00pm
Rehearsal Room
Lawrence Family JCC

Join us for the 7th 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 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

Seating: General Admission | Seat Map A | JCC Rehearsal Room
Tickets: Standard $18 | JCC Members $15

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