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Teen Philanthropy Far and Wide

Local nonprofits help teens bring tzedakah back into their lives
by Natalie Jacobs

Tomato Pesto Tart with Cauliflower Crust

In the Kitchen with Tori Avey
by Tori Avey

Not-So-Easy Living

The Starting Line, July 2016
by Natalie Jacobs


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 »


My Hero & Unlocking Wonderland
May 21 – Aug 14 all-day

Superheroes come to life this summer! These parallel exhibitions examine heroic comic book icons and celebrate 150 years of Alice. Go down the rabbit hole into the whimsical world of Wonderland, then summon your powers and soar through the exhibits. Over 60 world-renowned artists look at our beloved heroes in the thought-provoking new ways.

Saturday at Rancho La Puerta
Jul 23 all-day

Join Nan Sterman, garden expert and host of the award winning TV show, A Growing Passion, as she leads a 50 minute guided tour of Rancho La Puerta’s spectacular gardens. Learn about the The Ranch’s landscape, garden history, and how to implement water-wise practices into your own garden.

The tour continues at Tres Estrellas, The Ranch’s 6-acre organic farm, where Nan will join Executive Chef Denise Roa to discuss growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs used in The Ranch’s famous farm-to-table cuisine.

Come sample the riches of Rancho La Puerta. Enjoy a massage, tour the gardens, take a yoga class, savor the delicious spa cuisine, and more!

Round-trip transportation from San Diego to The Ranch and a 50-minute massage are included

Stand Down for Homelessness
Jul 24 all-day

Stand Down is a yearly outreach program to help homeless veterans across the United States.  Our vets can remove themselves from the combat of the streets and allow Veteran’s Village of San Diego and the community of San Diego to stand the watch so they can receive needed services and rest. Over 800 men, women and children are provided with shelter, medical, dental, legal,clothing, showers, haircuts, food, counseling, employment and other needed services.

Temple Solel is putting together a team to volunteer at Stand Down 2016 on July 24.  They will be volunteering in the clothing tent.  You must be 18 or older to volunteer. Contact Marsha Schjolberg to participate.

House of Israel Open House Sundays
Jul 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Vanguard at Westminster Theatre presents COMPANY by Stephen Sondheim
Jul 24 @ 2:00 pm

Vanguard at Westminster Theatre (Point Loma) opens its 2016 Season with Stephen Sondheim’s Tony award-winning musical comedy Company playing at Westminster Theatre in July, 2016. Company’s plot revolves around Robert, a 35-year-old-turning bachelor who is unable to commit fully to a steady relationship, let alone marriage. A series of vignettes follows five couples who are his best friends, as well as his relationships with his three girlfriends. Each scene, in its quirky and hilarious way, increasingly inspires Bobby to tie the knot before it’s too late. Having accumulated 17 Tony awards during multiple Broadway runs since opening in 1970, Company was one of the first musicals to deal with adult themes and relationships, focusing on dating and marriage in New York City, and features the songs Being Alive, Side By Side, Ladies Who Lunch, Not Getting Married Today and Company.

Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Earne
Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm

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

RAW Series – Urinetown
Jul 28 @ 7:00 pm

A brilliant satire modeled off the plays of  Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, Urinetown is  a TONY award-winning, wickedly funny,  fast-paced, and surprisingly intelligent  comedic musical. See this special stagedreading  performed one night only.