'There's a Jewish story everywhere'

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Editor's Note: Events are listed in alphabetical order of the organization sponsoring them.

Congregation Beth El—High Holy Day rituals—Rabbi Philip Graubart discusses the reasons behind mantra-like High Holy Day prayers that are so often repeated from Selichot to Yom Kippur, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. in the Bet Midrash of Congregation Beth El, 8660 Gilman Drive. More information at (858) 452-1734, or via the website, http://congregationbethel.com/

Congregation Beth Israel
—Preparing for High Holy Days -- Rabbi Lenore Bohm, in a group discussion titled "Prepare to Be Awed," will discuss the traditional spiritual message and themes of the High Holy Days and also discuss creative ideas for maximizing their impactin our lives. Free, but RSVP please to Program Director Bonnie Grff at bgraff@cbisd.org or (858) 535-1111, Ext. 3800.

Jewish Family Service--Hard Times Workshops—Even if you thought you'd never need Jewish Family Service's services, the agency has programs to help you in the troubled economy.Today's economic crisis has created extreme hardship for many in our community, including many families who've never needed assistance before. That's why JFS created this program--to provide special help during these hard times .JFS can help with job search skills, understanding bankruptcy and foreclosure, reducing stress, regaining sleep, and more. So if you've hit hard times and need help turning things around, JFS is here for you. All workshops are free and open to everyone. Upcoming is: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 6:00-7:30pm - "Taking Care of Yourself During Tough Times," Ros Goldstein, LCSW, JFS; JFS Turk Family Center - 8804 Balboa Ave, San Diego, 92123. Learn some techniques for surviving & thriving during these challenging economic times. Read more & register online. More workshops and support groups are listed online on the JFS website. If you still haven't found what you're looking for, give JFS a call at (877) 537-1818. Our intake coordinator can help connect you to a counselor or case manager who can work with you individually.

Lawrence Family JCC—Cooking healthy for the Holy Days—7 p.m., also 10:30 a.m., Sept. 10; Shula Gabbay will show participants how to modify their recipes to make them more nutritious. Melanie Rubin (858) 362-1141, and leave message which date you can come. Fee $3 JCC member, $5 non-member

Lawrence Family JCC—Feldenkrais—10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Awareness through movement.  Info (858) 362-1338.  Free to JCC members; $10 per class for non members.  Instructors Roanne Gotthelf and Sue Turcotte.

Lawrence Family JCC –Joy of Opera—9:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Discover operas from Monteverdi’s time to present. Enjoy study of complete operas and compare productions, taught by Claudia Tornsaufer of San Diego Community Colleges.  No fee. More information: (858) 457-3030, or via the website www.lfjcc.org

Lawrence Family JCC
– Mah Jongg – 12 p.m.—3:15 p.m..  Information from Betty Pittluck.  (858) 202-1390.  For JCC members only. 

Lawrence Family JCC—Senior Aerobics –Improve cardiovascular fitness, range of moton, flexibility, endurance and energy levels, 9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.  Free for members; $10 per class, non members.  (858) 362-1337, or via the website www.lfjcc.org

Lawrence Family JCC—Senior Double Tennis—Play on the Lawrence Family JCC courts, 4126 Executive Drive, at 8 a.m. Members free, non-members $5.  For more information (858) 362-1337, or via the website www.lfjcc.org

Oceanside Museum of ArtFabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz— Esther Nisenthal Krinitz was a teenager in rural Poland when the Nazis invaded her quiet village, changing her life forever. Separated from their family, young Esther and her sister survived the Holocaust pretending to be Polish Catholics, eventually coming to America after the war. Several programs are planned throughout the exhibition that celebrate Jewish culture and honor Holocaust memories. In New York, Esther continued the sewing and embroidery she learned as a child. She was an avid storyteller and throughout their lives, shared with her daughters the story of her harrowing days as a youth in Nazi occupied Poland. A gifted seamstress, Esther decided, at age 50, to tell her story in cloth, stitching thirty-six beautiful and poignant appliqué and embroidered panels which comprise the exhibition, Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz. It will be shown through October 25, except Mondays. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.to 4 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m.-4 p.m. For more information call the museum at (760) 435-3720, or visit its website at www.oma-online.org

Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School—Rabbi Simcha Weiser, headmaster of Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School, has been setting aside a half hour most Wednesday mornings for the last 20 years to teach a Torah class for adults at the school, located at 3630 Afton Road in the Kearny Mesa area of San Diego. He'll be at it again from 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. this morning, and on Wednesday mornings thereafter. He will lead a discussion today on "Why Mitzvot?" For more information contact the school at (858) 279-3300 or check the website at http://www.hebrewday.org

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