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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 »


12th Annual Hallo-Wine Fall Festival
Oct 19 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Home Start, Inc., a nonprofit child abuse prevention and treatment agency that has strengthened and developed San Diego’s families and communities since 1972, will hold its 12th Annual Hallo-Wine Fall Festival on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Historic Burnham House, located at 3565 7th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103.

 Held each October in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Home Start’s Hallo-Wine Fall Festival raises funds for the organization’s programs that provide critical assistance to vulnerable children and families in San Diego. Event guests can savor a variety of boutique wines, hand-crafted beers, small-batch spirits, and gourmet hors d’oeuvres while enjoying live entertainment, a silent auction and many more fun surprises.

 Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available. Early bird tickets cost $50 until Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $300. Registration closes on Friday, October 18, 2019. For more information and to register, please visit

Women’s Festival Art Series
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Learn how to create folded and sewn books from visiting artist Joanne Steinhardt. A $38 fee will fund participants’ art materials.

Friendship Circle Family Sukkot
Oct 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Families are invited to come celebrate with Sukkot activities, snacks, and an Abby & TJ Bubble Show.

Pleasure of Your Company Music Series
Oct 20 @ 2:30 pm

The “Pleasure of Your Company” music series sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library welcomes back Trio Arpavioluta at the informal and intimate setting of the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center.  Comprised of flutist Cathy Blickenstaff, harpist Laura Vaughan, and violinist Päivikki Nykter, the musical heritage of these three artists is immediately apparent in their music and rapport.  The trio, which has delighted audiences with their performances since 2010, will present a program featuring works by composers ranging from Telemann and Donizetti to Ibert and Cui.

San Diego Convention Center
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

In honor of its 30th anniversary, the San Diego Convention Center will unveil an interactive art exhibit. The team at the Convention Center is creating this pop-up art exhibit in order to lift the roof off the iconic building and show the community how the people behind-the-scenes have been bringing the building to life in the heart of San Diego for three decades.

Synagogue Geography
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Beth Israel’s campus brings Jerusalem to San Diego.  The theme of the buildings can be summed up as community, connectedness, and holiness through its connection with Jerusalem.  The architect and his team felt it was very important to preserve the past while building the future.  They spent time in Jerusalem, studying how to bring the feel of the holy city to San Diego.

Enjoy this fascinating, behind-the-scenes tour that reveals little-known facts about Beth Israel’s campus and takes the mystery out of the ritual items found in the sanctuary.

Synagogue Geography
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Take part in a behind-the-scenes tour that reveals little-known facts about Beth Israel’s campus and takes the mystery out of the ritual items found in the sanctuary.