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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


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 »


Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Earne
Mar 29 @ 12:00 pm

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

Opening Night of the Geeze &Me
Mar 31 @ 8:00 pm

A new musical featuring a troupe of baby boomers who sing, dance, and hobble their way through issues of retirement, leakage, and more.

March 31 – April 29, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday matinees  at 2:00 p.m. 


Shabbat Morning Torah Study
Apr 1 @ 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.
Jewish Family Services’ Heart and Soul Gala
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 2 @ 12:00 am

Please join us in celebrating the incredible contributions of our 2017 Mitzvah Honorees and help raise vital resources to build a stronger, healthier, more resilient San Diego.

Russia and Paris: A Jacobs Masterworks Concert
Apr 1 @ 8:00 pm

Fabien Gabel, conductor
Jeff Thayer, violin

DEBUSSY: Printemps (tone poem)
STRAVINSKY: Violin Concerto
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 9
RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2

Hazon San Diego Bike Ride
Apr 2 all-day

The first Hazon Ride in San Diego will launch from Coastal Roots Farm in Encinitas. This day-long, fully-supported ride will take riders through the coastal beaches and inland paved trails, culminating in a group lunch and celebration at the farm, including an interactive marketplace of local, sustainable vendors.

House of Israel Open House Sundays
Apr 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm