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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 »


How You Learn from Experience and Shape What Happens Next
Jan 17 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Often overlooked in our practices as managers, program designers, and leaders is the process of how we learn from experiences. Utilizing the David Kolb Learning Cycle, this seminar exposes participants to the theory and practice of this approach, and provides them with practical tools for facilitating supporting staff and participants in growth. This will be a hands on and collaborative seminar.

Beth Accomando: Breaking the Commandments: Pre-Code Hollywood
Jan 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
For a few brief years at the end of the silent era and early years of the talkies, Hollywood reveled in breaking the rules. Pre-Code Hollywood refers to an era from the arrival of sound in 1927 to the mandatory enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code in July 1934. This era is notable because while there was a Production Code on record, many Hollywood films turned a blind eye to its dictates and served up some of the most delightfully scandalous comedies and darkly sensational dramas.


Contemporary audiences are sometimes surprised by how openly suggestive and fun many of these Pre-Code films are. Join me on a journey through some of these films and learn about the Pre-Code Hollywood film series presented in 2019 at Digital Gym Cinema.
Tu B’Shevat Seder & Luncheon
Jan 19 all-day
Tu B’Shevat Seder & Luncheon
Temple Beth Shalom of Chula Vista
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Following Shabbat Services
Shabbat Morning Torah Study
Jan 19 @ 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.
8th Annual Love of Israel Brunch
Jan 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Featuring Guest Speaker
Bari Weiss
The New York Times Op-Ed Staff Editor & Writer

Before joining The New York Times, Bari was an op-ed editor and an associate book review editor at The Wall Street Journal. For two years, she was a senior editor at Tablet, the online magazine of Jewish news, politics, and culture, where she edited the site’s political and news coverage. She’s written for Ha’aretz, The Forward, and the late New York Sun. Bari regularly appears on shows like “Morning Joe” and “Real Time with Bill Maher,” where she talks politics and culture.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 21 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Meet in Balboa Park at the end of President’s Way on the lawn between the Automotive Museum and International Cottages. Parking is available in surrounding lots.


8:45 AM—Registration (same day on-site only)
Participants under 18 must sign a waiver (available on-site). Youth under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

9:15 AM—Opening Ceremony celebrating the 11th Anniversary of the Interfaith MLK Jr. Day of Service.

9:30 AM—Cleanup in Palm Canyon and the old Desert Garden. Come dressed and prepared for physical work.

11:30 AM—Musical entertainment and complimentary picnic lunch of hot dogs and chips.

Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Earne
Jan 23 @ 12:00 pm

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