Jewish Education Upcoming Events

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 from 8:00am-5:00pm
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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Challah Circle: A monthly get together to prepare challah at the JCC

Thursday, 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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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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Franz Boas: The Father of American Anthropology and a Post Ceremonial Jew

Monday, January 7, 2019 at 7pm
Seacrest Village, 211 Saxony Rd, Encinitas
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 10:30am
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado

Frank Boas was a scholar, academic and activist who almost single-handedly transformed American anthropology from a field dominated by amateurs to a full-fledged professional, academic discipline. A German-born Jewish immigrant who had experienced anti-Semitism in his native land and in the US, Boas was especially effective in dismantling hierarchical theories of race, language and culture. Most of his works centered on Native Indians, African Americans and southern and eastern European immigrants in the US. As an activist, he expressed his revulsion against immigration restriction and anti-black prejudice and discrimination. In this lecture, Prof. Nalven will introduce us to Boas' contribution to his chosen field with particular emphasis on his complex Jewish identity.

Lecturer: Professor Joe Nalven

Price: Free

Franz Boas: The Father of American Anthropology and a Post Ceremonial Jew
Monday, January 7, 2019 at 7pm, North County Lecture Series
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Franz Boas: The Father of American Anthropology and a Post Ceremonial Jew
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 10:30 am, Mandelbaum Family Lecture Series
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Women in the Rabbinate: Seeds Planted, Lessons Learned, Truths Exposed

Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Temple Adat Shalom
15905 Pomerado Rd, Poway

Rabbi Lenore Bohm was one of the first 50 women ordained by the Reform movement and the first woman rabbi to serve in San Diego County. In this presentation, Rabbi Bohm will talk about the events that led to the women being ordained in all movements of Judaism, beginning in 1972. Amusing and unexpected vignettes from her life as a student, a mother, and a congregational rabbi will entertain and perhaps challenge you.

Lecturer: Rabbi Lenore Bohm

Price: $10; JCC Member Price: Free

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Abraham Joshua Heschel and Radical Amazement

Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 2pm
Temple Adat Shalom, 15905 Pomerado Rd, Poway
Monday, February 25, 2019 at 7pm
Seacrest Village, 211 Saxony Rd, Encinitas
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 10:30am
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado

Rabbi Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel zt”l was a modern mystic, who saw the world through eyes of wonder, awe, and radical amazement. He brought the World of Spirit into contemporary Jewish consciousness through his God-centered teaching, writings, political activism, and personal magnetism. Rabbi Dosick will tell stories about Dr. Heschel’s life, and journey into his profound legacy through source-texts, chant, and spiritual inspiration.

Lecturer: Rabbi Wayne Dosick

Price: Free
February 24 Price: $10; JCC Member Price: Free

Abraham Joshua Heschel and Radical Amazement
Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 2pm, North County Inland Lecture Series
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Abraham Joshua Heschel and Radical Amazement
Monday, February 25, 2019 at 7pm, North County Lecture Series
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Abraham Joshua Heschel and Radical Amazement
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 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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Gender and Judaism

Monday, March 25, 2019 at 7pm
Seacrest Village, 211 Saxony Rd, Encinitas
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 10:30am
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado
Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 2pm
Temple Adat Shalom, 15905 Pomerado Rd, Poway

In the dizzying spin of the 21st century, we have achieved marriage equality in all 50 states for LGBTQ people, there are openly gay and lesbian leaders in every field, and transgender rabbis, athletes, actors, government leaders, and everyday Americans are more able to live their lives as their truest selves. We will examine Jewish texts that deal with gender, sexuality, and inclusion as a way to situate the conversation within a Jewish context. You may be surprised to learn how much Judaism has to see about these very contemporary issues, and how advanced Jewish teachings have been on these sometimes-controversial topics.

Lecturer: Rabbi Yael Ridberg

Price: Free
May 5 Price: $10; JCC Member Price: Free

Gender and Judaism
Monday, March 25, 2019 at 7pm, North County Lecture Series
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Gender and Judaism
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 10:30am, Mandelbaum Family Lecture Series
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Gender and Judaism
Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 2pm, North County Inland Lecture Series
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A Potpourri of Jewish Music: Ladino, Yiddish, American Musical and Popular Israeli

Monday, April 15, 2019 at 7pm
Seacrest Village, 211 Saxony Rd, Encinitas
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 10:30am
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado

Music has been a part of Jewish life since biblical times and remains integral to the Jewish religious and cultural experience. Jewish music tends to blend unique elements with aspects that reflect the cultures in which Jews have lived, composed, played instruments and sung. In this presentation, we will explore several distinct types of Jewish music including Ladino (with Sepahrdic roots), Yiddish (with E. European roots), American Jewish folk and Broadway music, including composers and songwriters as diverse as George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, Carole King and Paul Simon, and Israeli music with its rich tradition of immigrant and native-born musical artists. Do you think you have a favorite "style" of Jewish music? You may learn to appreciate something new during this musical lecture.

Lecturer: Cantor Kathy Robbins

Price: Free

A Potpourri of Jewish Music: Ladino, Yiddish, American Musical and Popular Israeli
Monday, April 15, 2019 at 7pm, North County Lecture Series
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A Potpourri of Jewish Music: Ladino, Yiddish, American Musical and Popular Israeli
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 10:30am, Mandelbaum Family Lecture Series
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