Events Calendar



Cowboys & Vaqueros: Legends of the American West
Jan 14 – Feb 16 all-day

Take a trip to the Wild West in this collection of grand paintings of nostalgic vistas of the American West and ornately decorated equestrian bits, spurs, and bridles. This journey through our region’s history explores the culture of the West and honors Cowboy, Native American, and Mexican traditions.

Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Earne
Feb 1 @ 12:00 pm

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

Black Violin
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm

Virtuoso violinists Wil B. and Kev Marcus meld highbrow and pop culture through a fusion of classical, jazz, hip-hop, blues, and R&B. Joining the classically-trained violinists is turntable wiz DJ TK; together the trio smashes musical stereotypes and enthrall fans of Bach and Beyoncé alike.

Generously sponsored by Stone Brewing Co.

Peace in the Middle East – What Does it Need?
Feb 2 @ 8:23 pm – 9:23 pm

Dr. Kedar is a PHD and scholar of Arabic literature and a lecturer at Bar­Ilan University. Dr. Kedar is an academic expert on the Israeli Arab population. He served for twenty­five years in IDF Military Intelligence, where he specialized in Islamic groups, the political discourse of Arab countries, the Arabic press and mass media, and the Syrian domestic arena. Dr Kedar drew attention with a June 2008 al­Jazeera interview in which he challenged the moderator’s assertion that “You cannot erase Jerusalem from the Quran,” pointing out that Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Quran. Join us for an insightful lecture and discussion.

Birthright Shabbat at Congregation Beth El
Feb 3 @ 6:15 pm

Join us for an Israeli-style Shabbat complete with falafel, hummus, and other Israeli treats in honor of the opening of Birthright registration. Come and learn more about Israel travel and how to get on the San Diego community Birthright bus. If you have already experienced the wonder that is Birthright, come and relive the magic. Reminisce with your friends and share your incredible stories of how Birthright changed your life.

Original Spoken Word Opera Ordinary Magic
Feb 3 @ 7:00 pm

Straight off of the success of his last play The Best Goodbye, Sotu combines the beauty of spoken word poetry and the drama of classic opera in Ordinary Magic to tell the story of an ambitious young drummer who is forced to choose between her family, helping her community, or following her dreams amongst protests and powerful men with their own agendas.


Shabbat Morning Torah Study
Feb 4 @ 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.