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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 »


Test-Screening of Obsidian Dolls
Aug 26 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Come see a limited, early test screening of OBSIDIAN DOLLS, an upcoming feature film centering around themes of faith, journeying, and mental health.

Shot entirely inside the Glickman-Galinson Sanctuary, Obsidian Dolls is an intellectual, innovative, and character driven drama about an Ethiopian rabbi who is tasked with counseling a lost young man on the night before Yom Kippur.

Village Vino 7th Anniversary and Community Day Celebration
Aug 31 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A portion of the proceeds from this Community Day event are going to support the local organization Home Start. Home Start, a nonprofit child abuse prevention and treatment agency that has strengthened and developed San Diego’s families and communities since 1972, will receive a portion of proceeds from this event. Village Vino will host Home Start at its high-top table in the restaurant during the event, where guests can learn more about Home Start and its upcoming Hallo-Wine Fall Festival, as well as offer various donations. Home Start will be accepting monetary donations, items such as diapers, and lightly used thrift items.

Songs of the Soul | Music of Sri Chinmoy
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm

International classical, world, and jazz musicians perform compositions by Maestro Sri Chinmoy. Experience an evening of sublime melodies, dynamic arrangements, and peaceful meditation. Since 2008, Songs of the Soul has travelled to dozens of countries, sharing the concert experience with more than 100,000 people.

An Evening with Holocaust Survivor Sami Steigman
Sep 4 @ 7:30 pm

Steigmann will share his story about life in a Nazi labor camp, the medical experiments he was subjected to, how he survived and the many lessons he’s learned throughout his life. Listen to his first-hand account of a dark period of recent history and be inspired by a story of resilience and the ability to overcome the greatest difficulties.

Don’t Tell Comedy
Sep 5 @ 7:00 pm

Secret comedians and secret locations! LFJCC is partnering with Don’t Tell Comedy, the hottest comedy show you’ve never heard about! With secret comedy shows in unique settings all over the country, Don’t Tell brings the fasting-rising talent alongside celebrity headliners to perform in nontraditional settings. Past performers include Hannibal Buress, Nikki Glaser, Tom Segura, Rory Scovel, Mark Normand, Iliza Shlesinger, Bryan Callen and more! You never know who might show up – the secret comedians will only be revealed as they step up on stage!

Sink or Swim: Cardboard Boat Race & Membership BBQ
Sep 8 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Navigate your way to the J for the first-ever cardboard boat race. Please build a boat using only cardboard and duct tape, capable of carrying one or two people across the pool. Only homemade paddles (cardboard & duct tape) allowed! Race categories: ages 3-7, 8-11, 12-15, & 16+. Children under age 7 must have an adult in the boat and be able to swim. Boats must be built ahead of time.

JCC Members Only.

Kahal Am Annual Picnic
Sep 8 @ 12:00 pm
What better way to celebrate the last month of summer than with a picnic? We will meet at noon on Sunday, September 8 at Ocean Air Community Park, 4770 Fairport Way, Carmel Valley. We have a shaded pavilion reserved next to the shaded kid’s playground. This park catches a nice ocean breeze. Kahal Am will provide hot dogs and burgers (meat & veggie) hot off the grill and all the fixings, as well as beverages and paper goods. The rest of the meal will be a potluck by last name: A-L desserts and M-Z side dishes & salads.
Reservations and special requests for burgers are due by Friday, Sept. 6 so we can have enough food for all. To RSVP, contact or call 858-549-3088.