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IN THE MAGAZINE

Moses with a Smart Phone

For the funny pages in August
by Rabbi Ben Leinow

Israeli Chicken Sofrito

In the Kitchen with Tori Avey, August 2016
by Tori Avey

Curious Tech

A small story on big ideas coming out of Israel
by Natalie Jacobs

FROM THE ARCHIVE

Israeli rabbinical high court rejects Lookstein conversion

Israel’s highest rabbinical court rejected a conversion performed by prominent American modern Orthodox Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, upholding the decision of a lower rabbinical court. On Wednesday, the Supreme Rabbinical Court held a second appeals hearing on the rejection of the woman’s conversion in April by the Petach Tikvah Rabbinical Court, where she applied for marriage… Read More »

Auschwitz museum prohibits Pokémon Go play on its grounds

The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum is not buying into the Pokémon Go craze. On Tuesday, the Holocaust memorial site tweeted that it will not allow visitors to play the new smartphone game because it is “disrespectful on many levels.” New York magazine first reported Tuesday that some users of the Nintendo game, which allows players to… Read More »

Renowned San Diego music director Esther Segal dies

Esther Segal’s passion for music ran so deep that she never wanted to retire. So for 50 years she directed the San Diego Choraleers, the mixed chorus that she founded in 1966. The group sang on tv, in school auditoriums and churches, in retirement homes, at Balboa Park and even at Disneyland. That half-century tenure was… Read More »

When Germany Came to Africa

It is settled, everyday history that Nazi Germany aggressed against its neighbors in part because of a twisted concept known as Lebensraum — that is, the self-declared mandate to achieve “living space” for an overcrowded Germany. Lebensraum declared that the Third Reich was inherently entitled to supplant and destroy other nations to advance German notions… Read More »

EVENTS CALENDAR

Aug
5
Fri
Bakelite In The Age Of Plastics
Aug 5 – Aug 28 all-day

Bakelite, the material of a thousand uses, is probably the most collectible-and valuable-jewelry made of a material which brightened the Great Depression. This exhibit features Bakelite items from local collectors, curated by Historian, Darlene Davies.

Aug
26
Fri
Shabbabeque
Aug 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
It’s time for Congregation Beth Israel’s 10th Annual End-of-Summer Shabbabeque celebration! Please join us on August 26 and come prepared for fun, music and food!

Beth Israel also extends a big welcome to your family, friends and neighbors. Please invite them to share in this wonderful Beth Israel community event with us!  Together, we’ll enjoy an abbreviated Shabbat service followed by a delicious BBQ dinner.

5:30 pm Check in
6:00 pm Informal outdoor Shabbat service
6:30 pm BBQ (food provided by Beth Israel)
There is no fee, but for planning purposes, please RSVP by August 12 with choice of meat or vegetarian dinner. Please RSVP through the link or to Liz Martin at 858.535.1111.
Jazz Jam Sessions
Aug 26 @ 7:00 pm

Jazz up your week with The Charlie Arbelaez Quintet, The Society Boys, and the Robert Dove Quintet! Enjoy their live music under the stars every Friday night in August. The bands will play a one-hour set and then invite community musicians and singers to join in for the remainder of the session.  You can jam with the band or just watch while you enjoy gourmet wine, appetizers, and desserts in the beautiful Lyric Court!

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA!
Aug 26 @ 8:00 pm

This production celebrates the vibrant and rich history of the American West.  On the eve of Oklahoma‘s transition from territory to statehood, the dynamic that has come to define the American experience comes alive through song and dance.  The Pulitzer Prize-winner OKLAHOMA! is chock full of iconic and unforgettable songs that the whole family will enjoy, such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” and “People Will Say We’re in Love.”  NVA is honoring the many diverse voices that have harmonized throughout history to create our united, if occasionally patchwork, national identity.  Indeed, OKLAHOMA! still resonates today.

Aug
27
Sat
Shabbat Morning Torah Study
Aug 27 @ 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.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA!
Aug 27 @ 3:00 pm

This production celebrates the vibrant and rich history of the American West.  On the eve of Oklahoma‘s transition from territory to statehood, the dynamic that has come to define the American experience comes alive through song and dance.  The Pulitzer Prize-winner OKLAHOMA! is chock full of iconic and unforgettable songs that the whole family will enjoy, such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” and “People Will Say We’re in Love.”  NVA is honoring the many diverse voices that have harmonized throughout history to create our united, if occasionally patchwork, national identity.  Indeed, OKLAHOMA! still resonates today.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA!
Aug 27 @ 8:00 pm

This production celebrates the vibrant and rich history of the American West.  On the eve of Oklahoma‘s transition from territory to statehood, the dynamic that has come to define the American experience comes alive through song and dance.  The Pulitzer Prize-winner OKLAHOMA! is chock full of iconic and unforgettable songs that the whole family will enjoy, such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” and “People Will Say We’re in Love.”  NVA is honoring the many diverse voices that have harmonized throughout history to create our united, if occasionally patchwork, national identity.  Indeed, OKLAHOMA! still resonates today.