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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

Mar
14
Thu
The Art & Act of Prayer
Mar 14 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 19 @ 9:00 pm

The Art and Act of Prayer: Wow! Gimme. Thanks. Oops. These are essential prayers. In this interactive session, we’ll talk about the purpose and the power of prayer. What constitutes prayer? What’s the nature of prayer? Together we’ll explore two elements of our worship: what’s going on in prayer – in other words, the act of prayer itself – and the art of the way we pray and the impact on our intellectual and spiritual lives.

Alden Solovy spreads joy and excitement for prayer. A liturgist, poet, author and teacher, his writing was transformed by multiple tragedies, marked in 2009 by the sudden death of his wife from catastrophic brain injury. Alden’s teaching spans from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem to synagogues throughout North America. The Jerusalem Post called his writing “soulful, meticulously crafted.” He’s the author of two books from CCAR Press: the newly-released  and This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day. In 2012, Alden made aliyah to Israel and lives in Jerusalem. He also writes for Ritualwell, RavBlog and the Times of Israel. Find his latest work at ToBendLight.com.

Mar
20
Wed
Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Earne
Mar 20 @ 12:00 pm

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

Mar
21
Thu
DayTimers Speaker Series: Professor Jan Stiglitz
Mar 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Topic: Wrongful Convictions: Causes and Obstacles to Freeing Victims

As a result of many DNA exonerations, the public is now aware that the criminal justice system makes mistakes and many innocent people have been wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. The California Innocence Project has been dealing with this problem for decades by undoing these mistakes as well as advocating criminal justice reform to prevent and better enable these mistakes to be discovered and remedied.

Professor Jan Stiglitz is a 1975 graduate of Albany Law. He began his teaching career at California Western School of Law in 1980, after receiving his LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

While on the faculty at California Western, Professor Stiglitz also represented numerous individuals who were appealing their criminal convictions. In 1999, Professor Stiglitz, along with Professor Justin Brooks, founded the California Innocence Project. The Project’s mission is to seek the exoneration of those who have been wrongfully convicted and to effect changes in the law and in police practices which will prevent wrongful convictions.

In his work as Co-Directer of the Project, Professor Stiglitz has appeared in federal and state courts throughout California, including the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court. His work in the Project has earned him two California Lawyer of the Year Awards.

Professor Stiglitz has recently stepped down as Co-Director of the Innocence Project and retired from California Western. He is now representing some California Innocence Project exonerees in civil litigation seeking compensation

Mar
22
Fri
Persian Food Night
Mar 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join the Jewish Collaborative of San Diego for a Persian Food event just in time for Purim!
Eat and talk about culture and food with Elizabeth Jacobson.

Space is limited—To attend you must sign-up by March 18.

Mar
23
Sat
Shabbat Morning Torah Study
Mar 23 @ 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.
San Diego Sings!
Mar 23 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

From 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 22 of San Diego’s finest and most diverse choral groups will perform, with each given a 12-minute slot to showcase its vocal offerings. At 2:00 p.m., all the choirs will join together on the organ pavilion stage, steps, and along the colonnades, for a massed choir sing of 1,000 voices conducted by Dr. Arlie Langager, Chair of the MiraCosta College Music Department and with the participation of Civic Organist Raul Prieto Ramirez. In addition to the massed choir sing, there will be two audience sing-along segments. (All times approximate and subject to change.)

The Art of Dance: Fundraising Celebration
Mar 23 @ 6:30 pm

The third-annual Art of Dance fundraising celebration features fashion, dance, and culinary arts inspired by Marc Chagall’s “The Juggler.” The festive party environment at the innovative HUB and IDEA1 will create an evening of entertainment and experiences that will wow the senses.

VIP guests will enjoy a private pre-event cocktail hour on the beautiful rooftop lounge. General admission guests will mix and mingle with San Diego art, fashion, and dance patrons while enjoying interactive art, themed craft cocktails and sweet and savory tapas created by San Diego’s most innovative chefs.

A team of local fashion designers will create one-of-a-kind garments inspired by paintings by Marc Chagall’s “The Juggler.” The works will be modelled and featured in a fashion runway walk.

Performances by the Malashock Dance Company, live music, interactive art, and an exciting live auction and paddle raise will round out the evening’s festivities.

The purpose of the event is to engage, entertain, and encourage our generous community to keep the the arts in the forefront of their giving priorities, and create access to arts education for underserved communities.