Events Calendar

 

 

Feb
22
Wed
Putting God Second: How to Save Religion From Itself
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The past two decades have seen religion emerge as a central force in world politics and a frequent instigator of global conflict. We have witnessed multiple manifestations of global Islamist terror and have seen both Muslim and Jewish religious ideologies increasingly mainstreamed into political governance in ways that tend to fuel and exacerbate conflicts. This re-emergence of God as a dominant force in world affairs, moreover, is not only relegated to the Middle East. Religion is also playing an increasingly influential and often contentious role in political discourse and public policy in the United States.

If religion is supposed to guard our best human virtues, why does it so often lead to war and injustice? When God enters the conversation and dictates human ethical and social norms, is this a force for good or evil? For moral progress or moral corruption? What are the consequences of faith?

Join us as we examine Donniel Hartman’s radical and provocative notion that religion has an “autoimmune disease,” a critical flaw that leads to its misuse. We will discuss the “disease’s” two main symptoms: “God intoxication” and “God manipulation,” and Hartman’s “cure” for their pathology.

Mar
1
Wed
Putting God Second: How to Save Religion From Itself
Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The past two decades have seen religion emerge as a central force in world politics and a frequent instigator of global conflict. We have witnessed multiple manifestations of global Islamist terror and have seen both Muslim and Jewish religious ideologies increasingly mainstreamed into political governance in ways that tend to fuel and exacerbate conflicts. This re-emergence of God as a dominant force in world affairs, moreover, is not only relegated to the Middle East. Religion is also playing an increasingly influential and often contentious role in political discourse and public policy in the United States.

If religion is supposed to guard our best human virtues, why does it so often lead to war and injustice? When God enters the conversation and dictates human ethical and social norms, is this a force for good or evil? For moral progress or moral corruption? What are the consequences of faith?

Join us as we examine Donniel Hartman’s radical and provocative notion that religion has an “autoimmune disease,” a critical flaw that leads to its misuse. We will discuss the “disease’s” two main symptoms: “God intoxication” and “God manipulation,” and Hartman’s “cure” for their pathology.

Mar
5
Sun
Building the Holy Place: An Afternoon of Chanting and Meditation
Mar 5 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

As we cultivate connection between us in spiritual community, we must also do the work of creating holy connection inside our hearts. It is that inner work which will form the foundation for our work in community. In this experiential workshop we will study the model of the Mishkan in the Book of Exodus as the key to our liberation, as we build a place for God to dwell within us, between us and among us.

Mar
22
Wed
Whitney Shay in Women, Wine and Song
Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm

Whitney Shay is a talented & vibrant young vocalist, and for one night only she will take you on an entertaining journey through the history of Jewish women in song. Backed by a trio of accomplished musicians, this is an evening that you won’t want to miss. From Sophie Tucker and Bette Midler to Carly Simon to Amy Winehouse, this exciting show spans genres and decades!

Women, Wine and Song – An Evening with Whitney Shay
Mar 22 @ 8:00 pm

Shay, a San Diego native, will salute, honor and sing classic hits from iconic Jewish vocalists spanning decades. Whether you fancy big band and swing, love folk music and the blues or are a fan of classic or alternative rock – many genres will be explored. The tribute will feature songs from Sophie Tucker, Bette Midler, Carly Simon, Amy Winehouse and others at this truly unique performance. There is even a tune from the not-so-Jewish, Andrews Sisters. Why? Their breakout song was a Yiddish oldie – Bei Mir Bist Du Shein.

Apr
1
Sat
Jewish Family Services’ Heart and Soul Gala
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 2 @ 12:00 am

Please join us in celebrating the incredible contributions of our 2017 Mitzvah Honorees and help raise vital resources to build a stronger, healthier, more resilient San Diego.

Apr
7
Fri
Lawrence Family JCC Monthly Senior Meeting
Apr 7 @ 10:30 am

Middle East update with Mark Silberstein.