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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 »

EVENTS CALENDAR

Nov
20
Wed
Astana Presents MASTERPIECES
Nov 20 @ 7:30 pm

Astana Ballet is one of the top performance theater companies of the Republic of Kazakhstan. For the first time, the theater group will be on the West Coast, featuring a world-class and diverse repertoire, set on a technically riveting stage. The program will include classic and modern dance as well as original compositions by renowned choreographers.

The evening’s performance will feature The Heritage of the Great Steppe, a Kazakh folk dance which is full of expressive music and artistic imagery. Also included will be three neoclassical one-act ballets, which include two pieces by Brazilian choreographer Ricardo Amarante: Love Fear Loss, a ballet set to songs by Edith Piaf that focuses on Piaf’s life story; and A Fuego Lento, a ballet that uses the rhythms of a Samba and Tango to tell a story about the flush of first love. The final one-act, Love’s Lost Idols, is by New York-based choreographer Nicolo Fonte..

Nov
21
Thu
DayTimers Speaker Series: Karen Dobkins “Compassion for the Perpetrator?”
Nov 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Professor Dobkins’ lecture “Compassion for the Perpetrator” is about how society’s heal after massive human rights violations, and how we (as individuals) heal after minor (or major) violations.  Taking a historical approach, Professor Dobkins will discuss one of the best examples of societal healing – the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was formed after the end of Apartheid in South Africa.  Taking a humanistic approach, Professor Dobkins will discuss everyday violations, where we can all relate to being both “perpetrator” and “victim”, and how a deep understanding of our own dark side is a necessary step in making sure it doesn’t run the show.

The Gates: An Evening of Stories With Adam Gopnik
Nov 21 @ 7:30 pm

With his signature wit and keen observational eye for everyday life, bestselling author and New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik chronicles his early days in the tumultuous 1980s–where a life begun in the smallest apartment in Manhattan opened the gate to professional misadventures in the worlds of high fashion, art and public speaking. Jumping forward twenty years, Gopnik also tells the story of raising two children in the utterly different New York of the aughts and builds a moving portrait where imaginary friends, misunderstood texts and even steam bath sexuality all manage to confound and shape his understanding. This one-man show of stories from his 30 years as a husband, father, and writer is based on material developed with public radio’s The Moth and most recently played for a sold-out run at NYC’s Public Theater. A book signing will follow.

Nov
25
Mon
HBO’s “Our Boys” – A Viewing and Conversation with Screenwriter Shuki Ben-Naim
Nov 25 @ 7:00 pm

Get a behind-the-scenes look at HBO’s hit series, Our Boys, with Shuki Ben-Naim, the series’ screenwriter. Through the use of clips, audience members will be transported inside the show for a rare opportunity to see how the series was created and filmed. Q&A session to follow.

Filmed in Israel, Our Boys is based on the true events which led to the outbreak of war in Gaza. In the summer of 2014, three Jewish teenagers are kidnapped and murdered by Hamas militants. Israel is shocked, shaken and furious. Two days later, the burned body of a Palestinian teenager from eastern Jerusalem is found in a forest on the western outskirts of the city. In the ensuing days, an agent from the internal terror division of the Shin Bet investigates the murder, while the parents of the slain teenager begin their long and anguished journey toward justice and consolation. The series follows the investigation of Mohammed Abu Khdeir’s murder, and tells the story of all those involved, Jews and Arabs alike, whose lives were forever changed by these events.

Shuki Ben-Naim is a Murray Galinson San Diego Israel Initiative Visiting Scholar. He is teaching screenwriting at San Diego State University.

Presented in partnership with the Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative MGSDII Logo

Nov
27
Wed
Congregation Beth Israel Thanksgiving Eve Interfaith Service
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The service—the 39th annual Thanksgiving service between First United Methodist and Congregation Beth Israel—will be held at First United Methodist Church. One of the Methodists will speak and the combined choirs of FUMC and CBISD will sing. A reception will follow the service.
Dec
5
Thu
Light Up Your Chanukah
Dec 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join CBI to create your own Chanukah celebration. Rabbi/Cantor Arlene Bernstein will teach how to do it yourself (DIY) in this hands-on workshop.

No fee, but please RSVP below at least one week in advance. For more information contact Program Director Ilene Tatro; itatro@cbisd.org or call 858 535-1111, ext.2516

Libations and Live Entertainment at Prohibition
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Prohibition, GBOD Hospitality Group’s popular speakeasy located at 548 5th Ave. in the Gaslamp Quarter, will host a Repeal Day celebration on Thursday, Dec. 5 to commemorate the official end of the U.S.’s Prohibition era. The award-winning bar will toast to the holiday with specially priced cocktails and live entertainment.

 In honor of the occasion, Prohibition’s lead bartender, Ryan Andrews, will serve up the bar’s signature Old Fashioned cocktails for $1 from 8 to 9 p.m. The cocktail is a combination of rye whiskey, house-made demerara sugar, R&D Bitters Aromatic #7 and R&D cherry apple bitters. Prohibition also features live music performances ranging from blues, soul and more every Thursday evening beginning at 9:30 p.m.