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Teen Philanthropy Far and Wide

Local nonprofits help teens bring tzedakah back into their lives
by Natalie Jacobs

Tomato Pesto Tart with Cauliflower Crust

In the Kitchen with Tori Avey
by Tori Avey

Not-So-Easy Living

The Starting Line, July 2016
by Natalie Jacobs


Israeli rabbinical high court rejects Lookstein conversion

Israel’s highest rabbinical court rejected a conversion performed by prominent American modern Orthodox Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, upholding the decision of a lower rabbinical court. On Wednesday, the Supreme Rabbinical Court held a second appeals hearing on the rejection of the woman’s conversion in April by the Petach Tikvah Rabbinical Court, where she applied for marriage… Read More »

Auschwitz museum prohibits Pokémon Go play on its grounds

The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum is not buying into the Pokémon Go craze. On Tuesday, the Holocaust memorial site tweeted that it will not allow visitors to play the new smartphone game because it is “disrespectful on many levels.” New York magazine first reported Tuesday that some users of the Nintendo game, which allows players to… Read More »

Renowned San Diego music director Esther Segal dies

Esther Segal’s passion for music ran so deep that she never wanted to retire. So for 50 years she directed the San Diego Choraleers, the mixed chorus that she founded in 1966. The group sang on tv, in school auditoriums and churches, in retirement homes, at Balboa Park and even at Disneyland. That half-century tenure was… Read More »

When Germany Came to Africa

It is settled, everyday history that Nazi Germany aggressed against its neighbors in part because of a twisted concept known as Lebensraum — that is, the self-declared mandate to achieve “living space” for an overcrowded Germany. Lebensraum declared that the Third Reich was inherently entitled to supplant and destroy other nations to advance German notions… Read More »


My Hero & Unlocking Wonderland
May 21 – Aug 14 all-day

Superheroes come to life this summer! These parallel exhibitions examine heroic comic book icons and celebrate 150 years of Alice. Go down the rabbit hole into the whimsical world of Wonderland, then summon your powers and soar through the exhibits. Over 60 world-renowned artists look at our beloved heroes in the thought-provoking new ways.

Gift Shop Sale
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am
House of Israel Open House Sundays
Jul 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Vanguard at Westminster Theatre presents COMPANY by Stephen Sondheim
Jul 31 @ 2:00 pm

Vanguard at Westminster Theatre (Point Loma) opens its 2016 Season with Stephen Sondheim’s Tony award-winning musical comedy Company playing at Westminster Theatre in July, 2016. Company’s plot revolves around Robert, a 35-year-old-turning bachelor who is unable to commit fully to a steady relationship, let alone marriage. A series of vignettes follows five couples who are his best friends, as well as his relationships with his three girlfriends. Each scene, in its quirky and hilarious way, increasingly inspires Bobby to tie the knot before it’s too late. Having accumulated 17 Tony awards during multiple Broadway runs since opening in 1970, Company was one of the first musicals to deal with adult themes and relationships, focusing on dating and marriage in New York City, and features the songs Being Alive, Side By Side, Ladies Who Lunch, Not Getting Married Today and Company.

Sounds of the City
Jul 31 @ 4:00 pm

The San Diego Symphony will present Sounds of the City, a free, outdoor celebration of San Diego’s local music scene that will feature the region’s top bands:  Todo Mundo and King Taylor Project along with singer Raelee Nikole.  Sounds of the City takes place at picturesque Embarcadero Marina Park South—home of San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights—where the day will culminate in a free concert by the San Diego Symphony performing the music of Academy Award-winning composer John Williams.

Taking advantage of the beautiful park setting for all to enjoy, Sounds of the City will offer games and activities including Giant Jenga, Corn Hole, bocce ball, checkers and Twister.  There will also be a family area featuring “make-your-own-instrument,” an obstacle course and “My First Violin Class” where students of all ages can try their hand at playing the violin led by a professional instructor.  Attendees may bring their own picnic basket or purchase food on the premises including popular craft beer offerings.

4pm:  Todo Mundo

5pm:  King Taylor Project

6pm:  Raelee Nikole

7:30pm:  San Diego Symphony Performs the Music of John Williams

A Jewish Land: What Israel Means to Us
Aug 2 @ 7:00 pm

Israel, a tiny piece of land, provokes so much passion among the Jewish people and throughout the world. Why do we care about it so much? Uncovering its inner dynamics & spirit sheds light on our timeless bond with a land unlike any other. All are welcome.

Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Earne
Aug 3 @ 12:00 pm

Bring your own dairy lunch and discuss the week’s parasha with Rabbi Earne.