Jewish Education Upcoming Events

Challah Circle: A monthly get together to prepare challah at the JCC

Thursday, September 20, October 25, November 15, and December 13, 2018 at 7pm
Lawrence Family JCC


During the Circle, you will learn how to make a holiday-themed challah, knead the dough, let it rise and shape it. While the dough is rising, you can join in a text-based conversation or shmooze with your friends. You’ll leave with your ready-to-bake challah which will bring sweet and aromatic smells to your kitchen on Friday, in time for Shabbat.

Space is limited. Prior to the class, you’ll receive a list of basic supplies to bring to prepare your challah. All ingredients will be provided.

Price Per Session: $10, Men, women, and children over 12 are welcome

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Beginning Conversational Hebrew

Monday, October 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19, 26; December 3, 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM (10 Sessions)
Youth J Team Room
Lawrence Family JCC

Come and learn (or review) basic Hebrew vocabulary and improve your conversation skills. The class will be based on the book Hebrew for Dummies, but you do not need to purchase the book. Most of the class will be dedicated to speaking. There will be some time to practice reading as well. Orli is an enthusiastic and experienced teacher of all levels of Hebrew. She will make it fun and interesting.

Instructor: Orli Moses

Price: $145; JCC Member Price: $120

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New Directions in French Films on the Holocaust: Second Generation and Beyond

Monday, October 8, 2018 at 7pm
Seacrest Village, 211 Saxony Rd, Encinitas
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 10:30am
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado

Since 1945, hundreds of films have been made on the Holocaust. In addition to Oscar-winners like Schindler’s List and Life is Beautiful, scores of other films have chronicled diverse aspects of the Shoah. The number of existing films presents a challenge to anyone who might think of making a new Holocaust film. Are there still new things for filmmakers to say about the Holocaust, and new dimensions of the tragedy to show on screen? This talk will explore how filmmakers are finding new ways to treat the Holocaust and make it relevant to twenty-first century audiences. It will focus on recent French films about the Holocaust. Topics include athletes who died in concentration camps; how the Holocaust is relevant to students today; and the effects of the Holocaust on the second and third generations. Talk will include clips!

Lecturer: Professor Alyssa Sepinwall

Price: Free

New Directions in French Films on the Holocaust: Second Generation and Beyond
Monday, October 8, 2018 at 7pm, North County Lecture Series
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New Directions French Films on the Holocaust: Second Generation and Beyond
Wednesday, October 10, 10:30 am - Mandelbaum Family Lecture Series
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Mussar

Tuesday, October 9, 16, 23 (11:30am), 30, 2018 at 10:30am (4 Sessions)
Temple Adat Shalom, Social Hall Suite A
15905 Pomerado Road, Poway

Mussar is a 1,000 year tradition that draws on Jewish values and wisdom to help individuals develop character traits which enhance spiritual growth and personal well-being. This course will be based on the book Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis, Dean of the Mussar Institute, and will focus on these "soul traits:" Patience, Humility, Generosity, Silence and Kindness.

Instructor: Rabbi Lenore Bohm

Price: $72; JCC Member Price: $60

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Bereisheet I: From Adam and Eve to Abraham and Sarah: The First 20 Generations
A Melton Scholars Curriculum

Thursday, October 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 29; December 6, 13, 20, 2018 at 7:00PM (10 Sessions)
Senior Activity Room
Lawrence Family JCC

The stories take us from the universal tales of the creation of the world, the flood, and the Tower of Babel to the foundational tales of Abraham and Sarah, and the beginnings of the Jewish people. The themes of family and faith, honor and dishonor, passion and power provide a rich exploration of our people and ourselves.

Instructor: Rabbi Ralph Dalin

Price: $250; JCC Member Price: $200*
Student Textbooks: $45
*JCC Member Discount Code: Contact lenoreb@lfjcc.org or (858) 362-1327

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Bereisheet I: From Adam and Eve to Abraham and Sarah: The First 20 Generations
A Melton Scholars Curriculum


12th Annual Women's Weekend at Camp Mountain Chai

Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14, 2018
Camp Mountain Chai, 4950 Murphy Canyon Rd, San Diego

Women’s Weekend is all about YOU—connecting with yourself, with other women, and with nature. When women gather at camp, magic happens. Join us to feel enriched, powerful, and alive.

You deserve a weekend away from your everyday life to connect with yourself and other Jewish women in the majestic San Bernardino Mountains near Big Bear, CA. Worship, sing, dance, hike, and create art while breathing the crisp autumn air. Experience the serenity of sunrise morning yoga while marveling at the ancient pines. Deepen friendships old and make new ones around the campfire before falling asleep in your cozy cabin.

This Women’s Weekend is really all about YOU. Return home refreshed in body, mind and spirit.

Questions? Email womensweekend@campmountainchai.com

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12th Annual Women's Weekend at Camp Mountain Chai


Yiddish Songs

Wednesday, October 24, 31 November 7, 14, 21, 28 2018 at 7pm (6 Sessions)
Senior Lounge
Lawrence Family JCC

Join us for an exciting course that will focus on Yiddish songs, specifically the topics of theater songs, lullabies, sung poetry and shabbat songs.

Instructor: Jana Mazurkiewicz Meisarosh

Price: $22; JCC Member Price: $18

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Psalms Class

Monday, November 5, 12, 19, 2018 at 10am (3 Sessions)
Senior Activity Room
Lawrence Family JCC

"Psalms are one of the most important means Jews possess to get the attention of God." These words are part of the Introduction written by esteemed Rabbi Richard N. Levy in his new translation of The Book of Psalms, Songs Ascending. In this three-week class, Rabbi Bohm will present how we might interpret and utilize the language of the Psalms to make them come alive to us as contemporary Jews. Among others, we will discuss the best known psalm in the Western world (#23), the Hallel Psalms (#113-118), and psalms associated with the funeral service (#15, 91,121). Handouts will be given each week. No prior text study experience is necessary. Come and join the conversation!

Instructor: Rabbi Lenore Bohm

Price: $40; JCC Member Price: $36

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Kristallnacht 80th Anniversary: We Honor and Remember
A Day Trip to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH)

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 8am-5:30pm
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH)

LAMOTH is the oldest Survivor-founded Holocaust museum in the US. Its mission is to commemorate and educate so that no one will ever forget the atrocities of the Holocaust. This November marks 80 years since Kristallnacht, the event that is deemed the "beginning" of the destruction of Jewish life and lives in Europe. The purpose of our visit is to continue to pay our respects to those who perished, and to keep alive the lessons learned through this devastating time in Jewish history.

In 2010, LAMOTH opened the doors to its new and award-winning building, designed by acclaimed architect Hagy Belzberg, in Pan Pacific Park. We will be transported to the Museum in a comfortable bus (with a toilet), and will be taken on a docent led 75 minute tour. We will then take a short drive to well-known Canter's Deli, which serves traditional deli cuisine, for lunch, returning to San Diego about 5pm. Payment includes transportation and donation to LAMOTH. Lunch is on your own.

Price: $90; JCC Member Price: $75 (Includes bus, entrance to museum, and docent tour; lunch on your own)

Kristallnacht 80th Anniversary: We Honor and Remember
A Day Trip to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH)
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Artist-Pioneers of Eretz Yisrael and the First Israeli City, Tel Aviv

Monday, November 12, 2018 at 7pm
Seacrest Village, 211 Saxony Rd, Encinitas
Wednesday,November 14, 2018 at 10:30am
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado

Join us to learn about two Israeli artists who were the pioneers of a new, distinctive "Eretz Israel" art style in the days prior to the foundation of Israel. Nachum Gutman and Reuven Rubin developed a unique style that was influenced by their personal experience of building a new life in Israel. In their modern and naive style, they portrayed Israel's landscapes (Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Zefat, Galillee) and inhabitants (Yemenite & Hassidic, Jews & Arabs) in a sensitive fashion. We will look at their paintings, mosaics, tapestries and books, and will discuss these artists' motivations and influences and how they influenced Israel's art world.

Lecturer: Guri Stark

Price: Free

Artist-Pioneers of Eretz Yisrael and the First Israeli City, Tel Aviv
Monday, November 12, 2018 at 7pm, North County Lecture Series
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Artist-Pioneers of Eretz Yisrael and the First Israeli City, Tel Aviv
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 10:30am, Mandelbaum Family Lecture Series
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Living Jewishly in the Military: How does a Nice, Jewish Boy from the South End Up as a Career Officer?

Monday, December 10, 2018 at 7pm
Seacrest Village, 211 Saxony Rd, Encinitas
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 10:30am
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado

This lecture will intertwine LCDR Kleinman's story of growing up Jewishly in Memphis with his military experiences and the challenge of maintaining Jewish practice/identity in the military. Kleinman will describe his life at the Naval Academy and his decision to lead a more observant life, as well as his "stumbling into" military chaplaincy, an area of service that few know much about. Anecdotes about Jewish life in the Navy and Marine Corps today will be included and questions will be welcomed.

Lecturer: Rabbi Aaron Kleinman, LCDR, CHC, USN

Price: Free

Living Jewishly in the Military: How does a Nice, Jewish Boy from the South End Up as a Career Officer?
Monday, December 10, 2018 at 7pm, North County Lecture Series
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Living Jewishly in the Military: How does a Nice, Jewish Boy from the South End Up as a Career Officer?
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 10:30am, Mandelbaum Family Lecture Series
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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

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.

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

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The Moral Obligation to Speak Out in the Face of Wrongdoing (PM SESSION) Add to Cart