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On Shabbat at Summer Camp

The key is balance
by Dan Baer

Plastic Surgery, Yay or Nay?

Ask Marnie, Nov. 2016
by Marnie Macauley

What’s Goin On, November

The best in live entertainment this month
by Eileen Sondak


Herb’n Donuts Mobilizes Gluten-Free and Custom Desserts

In an unassuming food truck parked inside the exclusive campus of Illumina, a biotechnology company, I found the cure to a bad day. Maybe Herb’n Donuts sets up there because geneticists need something really good after a long day of sequencing, but regardless I’m glad I found my way there. Started by former kosher caterer… Read More »

Voter Registration Historically High in California

California has set a new record for registered voters – 18,251,826 people as of September 9, according to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. “This is a major milestone,” Padilla said in a press release.  “The high profile 2016 election cycle, social media networks harnessing the power of online voter registration and relentless outreach by… Read More »

Unknown Jewish Tapestries are a World Treasure

Jews love Sicily. Everywhere you go, you meet tourists with last names on the the Schwartz-Cohen-Steinberg-Benvenisti spectrum, and it’s not unusual to see Jewish stars, Jewish-themed tattoos, and Jews kvelling over pasta dishes they discover in little-known restaurants. In Siracusa, some Jewish travelers from the U.S. and Israel descend 56 steps into a mikvah, ritual… Read More »

Taking the Edge Off

Prostate Cancer is the number one silent disease in men and early detection is the key,” says Lyle LaRosh, President of the Informed Prostate Cancer Support Group (IPCSG).  “Our goal is to teach men and their loved ones how to be their own case manager.” While it may not be top of mind for men,… Read More »


Heated Exchange: Contemporary Encaustics
Sep 24 – Nov 13 all-day

No longer entombed with the mummies, the ancient art of encaustic (hot wax) resonates in contemporary culture. The multi-dimensional surface, luminous color, and ethereal image layering unique to this once obsolete medium is now recognized both for it’s exquisite beauty and incredible versatility.

Cinderella (La Cenerentola)
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm

Rossini’s delightful version of the classic fairytale Cinderella shows that virtue does triumph and kindness can make your dreams come true, even without a fairy godmother and a glass slipper.

Tuesday Night Comics
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm

Hosted by Mark Christopher Lawrence, San Diego Critic’s Circle 2012 Outstanding Actor Of The Year, Tuesday Night Comics is arguably the funniest night of comedy in San Diego. MCL taps into his extensive list of talented comedian friends and shares the North Coast Rep stage with them. The show is comprised of talent from all over the country with late night television credits as well as credits from Comedy Central, HBO, SHOWTIME, ETC….

Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Earne
Oct 26 @ 12:00 pm

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

CJC Distinguished Speaker Series: What’s at Stake in the Election
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm

Although American elections usually turn on domestic issues, this one raises important questions for foreign policy, which is mainly the preserve of the executive branch. Another Democratic administration would most likely continue the globalist policies of the Obama administration in trade, human rights, and climate change, but with a stronger emphasis on reforming immigration policy and combating terrorism and regional instability. A Trump presidency may move us away from the status quo, including our relationships with America’s allies in Europe and Asia, treaty-based trade relations, and immigration. Come hear Professor Lakoff’s analysis just weeks before the election.

Screening of Bang! The Bert Burns Story
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm

Music meets the Mob in this bio-doc narrated by Steven Van Zandt. You may have never heard of Bert Berns, but you know the enduring songs he has written and produced: Twist & Shout, Cry to Me, Tell Him, Hang On Sloopy, I Want Candy and Everybody Needs Somebody to Love. Berns’ sessions made legends of The Isley Brothers, The Drifters, Ben E. King, Wilson Pickett, Van Morrison, and Neil Diamond, and his songs became chart-topping covers for the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Janis Joplin. Included in the film are interviews with Ronald Isley, Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, Van Morrison and Paul McCartney.

The Shabbat Morning Minyan 25th Anniversary
Oct 28 – Oct 29 all-day

I am very proud that our Shabbat morning Lay Led Service will be celebrating its 25th anniversary on October 29, 2016.

I would like to invite the whole Congregation to join in celebrating this wonderful accomplishment during the weekend of October 28 & 29. There will be an array of events and programs, more details to follow shortly.

We should all be very proud of our lay led service, which is lively and spirited and brings together people who love Shabbat and the community and warmth of our chapel.

I hope you will all join me in helping to celebrate this milestone.
Rabbi Michael Berk