2018-2019 North County Lecture Series

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Location: Seacrest Village, 211 Saxony Road, Encinitas


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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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
Monday, February 25, 2019 at 7pm, North County Lecture Series
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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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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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