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Ask Marnie, Feb. 2017
by Marnie Macauley

What’s Goin On February

The best in live entertainment around San Diego this month
by Eileen Sondak

Camp Ramah Begins California Expansion

Conservative camp adds 174 acres to Southern California facilities
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 »


Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm

A brilliant comedy based on a character from Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, this period piece boasts an updated twist, pops of color and designs from a modern point of view for modern tastes.

Jewish Arguments Against Christianity: The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same
Feb 22 @ 10:30 am

Rebecca Moore has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Marquette University, where her specialty was Jewish and Christian dialogue. She has written and published on medieval Christian theologians and their debt to Jewish biblical commentary. She co-authored the book A Portable God: The Origin of Judaism and Christianity with SDSU colleague Risa Levitt Kohn. Dr. Moore also studies New Religious Movements, where she has concentrated on interpreting a group called Peoples Temple and the events at Jonestown, Guyana that occurred in November 1978.

Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Earne
Feb 22 @ 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
Feb 22 @ 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.

International Guitar Night
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm

Master performer Brain Gore returns to the Center for another critically acclaimed performance celebrating the world’s finest guitarists! This brilliant acoustic extravaganza features Gore along with a new cast of celebrated guitar luminaries including Luca Stricagnoli, Chrystian Dozza, and Debashis Bhattacharya.

Villalobos Brothers
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm

Hailing from Veracruz, Mexico, the Villalobos Brothers are acclaimed as one of today’s leading contemporary Mexican ensembles. The violin trio draws on many genres including San Jarocho, jazz, rock, and blues. These classically trained virtuosos deliver a signature style known as “Fast-Chatting Violin,” for a mesmerizing brew of brilliance, cadence and virtuosity.

Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm

A brilliant comedy based on a character from Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, this period piece boasts an updated twist, pops of color and designs from a modern point of view for modern tastes.