Jewish Education Upcoming Events

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


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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Kabbalah and Mysticism

Tuesdays January 8-February 5, 2019 (5 Sessions)
Senior Activity Room
Lawrence Family, JCC

Kabbalah is the Jewish mystical tradition that delves into the esoteric mysteries of God, the universe, humankind, and the paramount questions of existence. It is a pathway to connect and communicate with the Divine, to know the essence of your soul, and to fulfill the yearnings of your heart. In this class, we will explore Kabbalah’s origins and history, principles, and practices, and — with sacred scholarship and spirit, source-texts, sweet melodies and chants, mythic stories and tales, and contemplative meditation — enter into the spiritual Garden of Kabbalah’s Tree of Life. Come on the journey to your own deep, personal, intimate, loving relationship with the Divine, and to uncover the deepest secrets of the ultimate meaning of life and love.

Instructor: Rabbi Wayne Dosick

Price: $90; JCC Member Price: $70

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Mussar Reunion

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 1:30 PM
Astor Judaica Library
Lawrence Family, JCC

If you are one of the 60 people who have studied Mussar with Rabbi Bohm through the JCC, please join us for a "reunion" which will include a 45-minute Mussar teaching, light refreshments and chance to reconnect with Mussar friends and meet others with similar interests.

Price: $20

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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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