Events Calendar

 

 

Nov
11
Sat
An Evening with Carl Bernstein, “The Use and Abuse of Power: the American Presidency from Nixon to Trump.”
Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Carl Bernstein delivers a thoughtful, hard-hitting, and bitingly humorous analysis of today’s political landscape with a focus on US presidents from Nixon to Clinton, and everyone in between. 

Jan
23
Tue
Jewish Poets, Jewish Voices
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for an evening of original and published poetry written and performed by three San Diego poets: Chris Baron, Professor of English at San Diego City College; Roger Aplon, former teacher at The Writing Center; and Ruth Benjamin, retired teacher of Special Education; followed by a half hour of open microphone and refreshments.

Jan
31
Wed
The Ballerina of Auschwitz
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm

Dr. Edith Eva Eger lives in La Jolla, CA.  Edith Eva Eger was taken to Auschwitz when she was only 16.  She was forced to dance for Dr Mengele, the man who had ordered her parents’ death. She became a clinical psychologist specializing in treating patients suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.  Dr Eger works with the US military, victims of domestic abuse, and is a motivational public speaker at schools and universities.

“The Choice: Embrace the Possible” is a powerful, moving memoir—and a practical guide to healing—written by Dr. Edith Eva Eger, an eminent psychologist whose own experiences as a Holocaust survivor help her treat patients and allow them to escape the prisons of their own minds.

May
30
Wed
Motherhood, Daughterhood and the Mess in Between
May 30 @ 11:00 am

Judy Batalion grew up in a house filled with endless piles of junk and layers of crumbs and dust; suffocated by tuna fish cans, old papers and magazines, swivel chairs, tea bags, clocks, cameras, printers, VHS tapes, ballpoint pens … obsessively gathered and stored by her mother, who was a hoarder. The first chance she had, she escaped the clutter to create a new identity—one made of order, regimen, and clean white walls. Until, one day, she found herself enmeshed in life’s biggest chaos:motherhood.

In her heartbreakingly funny memoir, WHITE WALLS, Batalion delves into her personal story of “stuff and survival,” and the daunting task of raising a daughter after her own dysfunctional childhood. Her talk is sure to spark conversation about the messiness of motherhood – and the indelible marks that mothers and daughters make on each other’s lives.

Apr
2
Tue
DayTimers Book Club
Apr 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
DayTimers Book Club members share the wonder they discover “between the lines.” Men and women are welcome! Please RSVP at least one week in advance to Randy Savarese. No fee (for Beth Israel members).
April Book Pick: Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
Apr
3
Wed
Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm

Jamie Bernstein the oldest daughter of Leonard Bernstein, one of the 20th century’s most revered musicians, offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth. Chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, composer of West Side Story, Candide, On the Waterfront, and On the Town, Renaissance artist in a variety of musical forms, humanitarian and all-around celebrity, he held court with everyone from the Kennedys to the Black Panthers to John Lennon. In this intimate portrait of a complicated and occasionally tormented artist and father, Jamie Bernstein—a celebrated concert narrator, broadcaster, journalist, poet, and radio producer/host in her own right—tells a great American story about one of the greatest Americans of the modern age.

“In the year of Leonard Bernstein’s centenary, with its worldwide celebrations, this book is a startling inside view…a story of encompassing family love, Jewish-American style, with all its glories and corrosions.” –The New Yorker

Apr
5
Fri
Shabbat with Nathan Englander
Apr 5 @ 6:30 pm

Join Pulitzer finalist Nathan Englander (Dinner at the Center of the Earth, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank) for Shabbat dinner and conversation about his best work yet—a brilliant satire, reminiscent of early Philip Roth, about a son’s failure to say Kaddish for his dead father. Larry is an atheist in a family of orthodox Memphis Jews. When his father dies, it is his responsibility as the surviving son to recite the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead, every day for eleven months. Larry refuses—thus imperiling the fate of his father’s soul. To appease his family, he hires a stranger through a website called kaddish.com to recite the daily prayer and shepherd his father’s soul safely to rest. For full menu visit sdcjc.org.