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On Shabbat at Summer Camp

The key is balance
by Dan Baer

Plastic Surgery, Yay or Nay?

Ask Marnie, Nov. 2016
by Marnie Macauley

What’s Goin On, November

The best in live entertainment this month
by Eileen Sondak


Herb’n Donuts Mobilizes Gluten-Free and Custom Desserts

In an unassuming food truck parked inside the exclusive campus of Illumina, a biotechnology company, I found the cure to a bad day. Maybe Herb’n Donuts sets up there because geneticists need something really good after a long day of sequencing, but regardless I’m glad I found my way there. Started by former kosher caterer… Read More »

Voter Registration Historically High in California

California has set a new record for registered voters – 18,251,826 people as of September 9, according to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. “This is a major milestone,” Padilla said in a press release.  “The high profile 2016 election cycle, social media networks harnessing the power of online voter registration and relentless outreach by… Read More »

Unknown Jewish Tapestries are a World Treasure

Jews love Sicily. Everywhere you go, you meet tourists with last names on the the Schwartz-Cohen-Steinberg-Benvenisti spectrum, and it’s not unusual to see Jewish stars, Jewish-themed tattoos, and Jews kvelling over pasta dishes they discover in little-known restaurants. In Siracusa, some Jewish travelers from the U.S. and Israel descend 56 steps into a mikvah, ritual… Read More »

Taking the Edge Off

Prostate Cancer is the number one silent disease in men and early detection is the key,” says Lyle LaRosh, President of the Informed Prostate Cancer Support Group (IPCSG).  “Our goal is to teach men and their loved ones how to be their own case manager.” While it may not be top of mind for men,… Read More »


Heated Exchange: Contemporary Encaustics
Sep 24 – Nov 13 all-day

No longer entombed with the mummies, the ancient art of encaustic (hot wax) resonates in contemporary culture. The multi-dimensional surface, luminous color, and ethereal image layering unique to this once obsolete medium is now recognized both for it’s exquisite beauty and incredible versatility.

The Shabbat Morning Minyan 25th Anniversary
Oct 28 – Oct 29 all-day

I am very proud that our Shabbat morning Lay Led Service will be celebrating its 25th anniversary on October 29, 2016.

I would like to invite the whole Congregation to join in celebrating this wonderful accomplishment during the weekend of October 28 & 29. There will be an array of events and programs, more details to follow shortly.

We should all be very proud of our lay led service, which is lively and spirited and brings together people who love Shabbat and the community and warmth of our chapel.

I hope you will all join me in helping to celebrate this milestone.
Rabbi Michael Berk

Camp Mountain Chai’s Women’s Weekend
Oct 28 @ 11:00 am – Oct 30 @ 12:30 pm

Reward yourself with a weekend away at the 10th Annual Women’s Weekend where we’ll celebrate YOU, a Woman of Valor. Take a break from the craziness of everyday life and soak in the majestic San Bernardino Mountains, breathe the crisp autumn air and marvel at the ancient trees. Connect with Jewish Women of all ages through workshops and worship. Experience the uplifting joy of early morning yoga or a sunlit nature hike. Deepen friendships old and new around the campfire. Sing and dance to your heart’s delight before retiring to your cozy cabin.

Art After Dark Halloween Party
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Doubling as opening night for the Beauties Beasts pop-up exhibition, this Halloween party is inspired accordingly and will be a wild night indeed!

Come as you are, or in your most irreverent costume to enjoy live art and music experiences. Food trucks and tempting libations will further feed your senses. Not only is this party more fun with friends, it’s also a lower price—buy your tickets in pairs and get them before it sells out!

Cinderella (La Cenerentola)
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm

Rossini’s delightful version of the classic fairytale Cinderella shows that virtue does triumph and kindness can make your dreams come true, even without a fairy godmother and a glass slipper.

Shabbat Morning Torah Study
Oct 29 @ 8:30 am – 9:45 am
Come occasionally or come every week. These eclectic and lively discussions about the week’s Torah portion consider the text through traditional and modern commentaries, as well as through the lenses of history, ethics, sociology and psychology. Insightful and frequently provocative, Torah study at Beth Israel will prompt you to engage with the text in new ways. Young and old, scholars and beginners are all welcome. Bagels and coffee provided.
Monster Bash
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm – 12:00 am

The 16th Annual Dos Equis Monster Bash presented by Sailor Jerry, San Diego’s most EPIC Halloween festival, will transform the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village into a paradise for haunted souls and fabulous freaks on Saturday, October 29th from 6:00 PM to Midnight. Spanning eight city blocks, this massive takeover boasts FIVE hauntingly crafted themed stages that have become the hallmark of this unforgettable event, hosting over 20 DJ’s and entertainment acts over the course of the night. Featuring DJ sets and live performances by trap, edm, hip hop, house, and progressive artists, San Diego Monster Bash has something for everyone! Flocking from across the globe and every US State, over 15,000 costumed revelers join together to dance unabashed into the night at this Halloween mecca of terror and sinful delight.