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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.

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.

Friday Night Live! at Chabad of Pacific Beach
Jul 29 @ 7:00 pm

Welcome the Shabbat in song, prayer & dance!
*Short and lively service!
*All are welcome to join!
*No previous background necessary!

Jul 29 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Young opera artists from all over the country come to San Diego each summer to study with the company’s international opera professionals and perform in fully staged productions. Opera, operetta, and musical theater scenes served with hors-d’oeuvres, desserts, and wine.

Vanguard at Westminster Theatre presents COMPANY by Stephen Sondheim
Jul 29 @ 8:00 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.

Shabbat Morning Torah Study
Jul 30 @ 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.