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What’s Goin On, March 2017

What to watch live this month
by Eileen Sondak

Rainbow Israeli Salad

In the Kitchen with Tori Avey
by Tori Avey

A Mitzvah for Zaide

Local teen shares her reasons for her mitzvah project
by Natalie Jacobs

FROM THE ARCHIVE

Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem: the good, the bad and the unpredictable

President-elect Donald Trump said during his campaign he wants to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. His nominee for ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has said he hopes he will work from an embassy in the city. Trump’s transition team has affirmed the intention to move the embassy, albeit without a timeline. And now, Israel’s… Read More »

OP-ED: Israel and PA Leaders Can’t be Relied on for Peace

Abbas? Netanyahu? Today’s leadership lacks the vision, motivation, courage and legitimacy to promote peace and to take the necessary steps to bring it about; their narrow concerns are sadly their personal and political survival. Recognizing this, the School for Peace (SFP) at Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam has initiated a new program to engage up-and-coming politicians from… Read More »

NYPD sees ‘huge spike’ in hate crimes post-election — Jews targeted most

The New York Police Department said it has seen a dramatic rise in hate crimes following the election of Donald Trump, with the majority of incidents directed at Jews. There has been a 115 percent increase in bias crimes in New York City following Election Day, with Jews being targeted in 24 of the 43… Read More »

Betsy DeVos, Trump pick for education, pleases Orthodox, spooks church-state separationists

Add sweeping school reforms – and with them, funding for private schools that Orthodox groups embrace and secular Jewish groups fear — to the campaign promises that Donald Trump plans to fulfill. Last week, just before Thanksgiving, the president-elect named Betsy DeVos, a billionaire education reform activist and champion of charter schools and public funding for… Read More »

EVENTS CALENDAR

Mar
1
Wed
Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Earne
Mar 1 @ 12:00 pm

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

Putting God Second: How to Save Religion From Itself
Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The past two decades have seen religion emerge as a central force in world politics and a frequent instigator of global conflict. We have witnessed multiple manifestations of global Islamist terror and have seen both Muslim and Jewish religious ideologies increasingly mainstreamed into political governance in ways that tend to fuel and exacerbate conflicts. This re-emergence of God as a dominant force in world affairs, moreover, is not only relegated to the Middle East. Religion is also playing an increasingly influential and often contentious role in political discourse and public policy in the United States.

If religion is supposed to guard our best human virtues, why does it so often lead to war and injustice? When God enters the conversation and dictates human ethical and social norms, is this a force for good or evil? For moral progress or moral corruption? What are the consequences of faith?

Join us as we examine Donniel Hartman’s radical and provocative notion that religion has an “autoimmune disease,” a critical flaw that leads to its misuse. We will discuss the “disease’s” two main symptoms: “God intoxication” and “God manipulation,” and Hartman’s “cure” for their pathology.

Mar
3
Fri
Masters of Hawaiian Music
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm

Four-time Grammy Award winner and slack key guitar virtuoso George Kahumoko Jr. is known as Hawaii’s Renaissance Man. Kahumoko will take the stage with slack key guitarist Kawika Kahiapo and instrumentalist Nathan Aweau to perform a distinctly Hawaiian style of open tunings, along with stories and light-hearted entertainment.

Mar
4
Sat
Shabbat Morning Torah Study
Mar 4 @ 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.
Movie, Lunch and Discussion at Adat Shalom
Mar 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Please join Temple Adat Shalom for lunch and a screening of "Salam Neighbor" followed by discussion led by Rabbi David Castiglione at Temple Adat Shalom, Fischlowitz Cultural Center. "Salam Neighbor" follows the adventure of two Americans who deliberately head to the edge of war, just seven miles from the Syrian border, to live among 80,000 uprooted refugees in Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp.  As the first film makers allowed by the UN to register and set-up a tent inside a refugee camp, Zach and Chris plunge into the heart of the world's most pressing humanitarian crisis. Donations welcome to offset cost of lunch.

 

Biocom Institute Festival of Science & Engineering: San Diego’s EXPO Day
Mar 4 @ 7:11 pm – 8:11 pm

EXPO DAY features interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage kids, adults and families in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Last year, 24,000 children, parents and STEM enthusiasts attended EXPO Day.

Mar
5
Sun
House of Israel Open House Sundays
Mar 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm