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The Surprises of Jewish and Polish Poland

The last thing I expected to find in Poland was a hot Jewish scene. I had to rub my eyes to believe what I was seeing. Travelers of all religions, ages, cultural backgrounds, and nationalities flocked to Jewish-related sites eager to explore a world that was all but eliminated when Nazi Germany murdered 3,000,000 Jews,… Read More »

The Jewish Millennial Project

There is plenty of conversation around the term “Jewish millennials” and what they want out of their jobs, their lifestyles, their philanthropy, their spirituality. A big focus of “the establishment” (older generations that hold positions of power in Jewish organizations) is how will this next generation of Jewish people embrace and engage with their Judaism,… Read More »

Suspension of Western Wall deal leaves Jewish leaders feeling betrayed

They’ve tried strongly-worded statements. They’ve tried private meetings with the prime minister. They’ve tried negotiations, protest and prayer. But for the past five years, despite broad internal consensus and consistent pressure, the American Jewish establishment has been unable to persuade Israel’s government to create an equitable space for non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall. The… Read More »

Lawmakers Urge Trump to Appoint White House Jewish Liaison

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is calling on President Donald Trump to appoint a White House liaison to the Jewish community. Reps. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., and Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., are asking members of Congress to sign a letter to the president. Rosen and Zeldin are Jewish. “While it is still… Read More »

EVENTS CALENDAR

Oct
17
Thu
DayTimers Speaker Series: Jonathan Schwartz “Aging in the 21st Century”
Oct 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

What can we do to enhance successful aging?  What does it take to live happy and healthy in advanced age? What is the secret of a few regions in the world where there is a high concentration of people that live beyond 100? These questions and many others will be answered in a collaborative, informative and humorous discussion. Fee: $5 with RSVP, $8 without RSVP.

Friendship Circle Adult Circle Sukkot
Oct 17 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Adult Circle is invited to a Sukkot celebration with food, music, & friends!
Free w/RSVP by 10/11, $10  at the door. Address given upon RSVP.

Introduction to Judaism: Fundamentals of Belief and Practice
Oct 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

This course is designed for newcomers to Judaism as well as those who wish to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of Judaism. Learn fundamental concepts of Jewish belief and practice and become more comfortable participating in worship and ritual life.

Topics include synagogue geography, Jewish sacred literature, Jewish views of God, the Jewish lifecycle, worship and prayer, the High Holy Days and festivals, the Jewish home, Zionism and Israel, and much more.

Introduction to Judaism is a prerequisite for conversion candidates, Beth Israel members planning to become adult b’nai mitzvah, and couples planning an interfaith marriage with a Beth Israel officiant.

Complimentary High Holy Days tickets (for Fall, 2020) will be available to those who complete the course.

Sukkot Dinner & Symposium
Oct 17 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Beth El for a communal dinner in the Sukkah, then join in for this year’s Sukkot Symposium: New and Not So New Anti-Semitism. Cost is $25 per adult.

This Is San Diego Jewry
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Explore many faces of San Diego Jewry on the 5th night of Sukkot, a holiday that teaches  to be welcoming and create belonging. Experience a photo exhibit featuring the local Jewish community, farm-to-table tastings, live music, and deep discussion all with a flair that’s special to San Diego.

Oct
19
Sat
12th Annual Hallo-Wine Fall Festival
Oct 19 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Home Start, Inc., a nonprofit child abuse prevention and treatment agency that has strengthened and developed San Diego’s families and communities since 1972, will hold its 12th Annual Hallo-Wine Fall Festival on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Historic Burnham House, located at 3565 7th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103.

 Held each October in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Home Start’s Hallo-Wine Fall Festival raises funds for the organization’s programs that provide critical assistance to vulnerable children and families in San Diego. Event guests can savor a variety of boutique wines, hand-crafted beers, small-batch spirits, and gourmet hors d’oeuvres while enjoying live entertainment, a silent auction and many more fun surprises.

 Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available. Early bird tickets cost $50 until Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $300. Registration closes on Friday, October 18, 2019. For more information and to register, please visit www.hallowine.org.

Oct
20
Sun
Women’s Festival Art Series
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Learn how to create folded and sewn books from visiting artist Joanne Steinhardt. A $38 fee will fund participants’ art materials.