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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Editor's Note: Events are listed in alphabetical order of the organization sponsoring them. We also list the public events of Jewish officeholders.

Block, Marty, State Assemblyman—Fire Safety Expo—Assemblyman Marty Block will participate in the exposition teaching how people can protect their homes and property during fire season, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rancho San Diego Towne Center, 2891 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, CA 92019. More information from his district office at (619) 462-7878, or via his website, www.assembly.ca.gov/block

Boxer, Barbara, U.S. Senator—House Party—Senator Boxer (Democrat, California) will speak by video hookup to homes across the state at 11 a.m., with participants at four homes including that of Gloria Casillas at 571 East J Street, Chula Vista, scheduled to ask the senator a question Price: $10.00 / Person
Contact: Jessica at (619) 200-4612 or via email, jessica.w.hayes@gmail.com

Congregation Beth Am--Selihot service—Seeking a Spiritually Uplifting Start to a Fulfilling New Year? Come to Congregation Beth Am's  Musical Selichot Service on Saturday, September 12,  from 7:00-8:30 P.M. Selihot means prayers of forgiveness. Selihot services were created to stretch and open our Jewish selves in the week before Rosh Hashanah in preparation to forgive and be forgiven.  This service with be led by a variety of Beth Am members, the Adult Choir and some of the congregation’s most resident soloists and readers. RSVP appreciated but not required to Elisheva at Congregation Beth Am: (858) 481-8454 or elisheva@betham.com


Congregation Beth Israel
—Selichot services--Congregation Beth Israel has announced its High Holy Day Schedule, with most services being held at the downtown San Diego Civic Center, corner of 3rd and B Streets. Here is the schedule for the Reform congregation: Selichot—Saturday, September 12 at Congregation Beth Israel: 7 p.m. Dessert Reception & Havdalah; 8 p.m. Study Session: To Dwell in God’s House Forever; 9:30 p.m. Selichot Service. Erev Rosh HashanahFriday, September 18 at Civic Theatre: 6 p.m. Family Service; 8:30 p.m. Evening Service. Rosh Hashanah-Saturday, September 19 at locations noted: 9:30 a.m. Morning Service at Civic Theatre; 9:30 a.m. Family Service at Golden Hall (across Plaza from Civic Center); 4 p.m. Tot Rosh Hashanah at Congregation Beth Israel; 6 p.m., Tashlich Service and Havdalah at La Jolla Shores Beach. Rosh Hashanah Second Day—Sunday, September 20 at Conregation Beth Israel: 9:30 a.m., Second Day Morning Service at CBI, followed by a light kiddush lunch . Kever Avot Annual Cemetery Memorial ServicesSunday, September 27 at locations noted 11a.m.. Memorial Service at Sol Stone Chapel at Cypress View, 3953 Imperial Avenue, San Diego; 12:30 p.m. Memorial Service at El Camino Memorial Park Chapel, 5600 Carroll Canyon Road, San Diego. Kol Nidre—Sunday, September 27 at Civic Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Service (new this year – only one service time). Yom KippurMonday, September 28 at Civic Theatre: 9:30 a.m. Morning Service; 9:30 a.m. Family Service; 1:15 p.m. Discussion Session;
2:30 p.m. Afternoon Service; 4:30 p.m. Yizkor Service; 6:30 p.m. Neilah concludes. Erev Sukkot Friday, October 2 at Congregation Beth Israel: 4 p.m., Decorate the Sukkah; 6 p.m. Erev Sukkot Service; 7 p.m. Sukkot Picnic in the Sukkah followed by s’mores. Sukkot—Saturday, October 3 at Congregaton Beth Israel: 10 a.m. Sukkot Morning Service followed by light kiddush lunch. Erev Simchat TorahFriday, October 9 at Congregation Beth Israel; 5:30 p.m. Spaghetti dinner followed by 6:45 p.m. Erev Shabbat Simchat Torah and Consecration Service. 7:30 p.m. Dancing in the courtyard. Simchat Torah—Saturday, October 10 at Congregation Beth Israel. 10 a.m. Atzeret/Simchat Torah and Yizkor Service followed by light Kiddush lunch. Transportation: Congregation Beth Israel now offers limited complementary round trip shuttle service from the temple to the Civic Theatre for congregants.  This service is available on the morning of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur only.  Reservations are required.  Please contact Lianne Beyer at 858-535-1111, ext. 3113 for details Children /Childcare: For families with very young children (ages 3 years through kindergarten) and who wish not have them sit in the Main service, we offer dynamic childcare programming and entertaining activities on Rosh Hashanah Day and Yom Kippur Day from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Childcare will take place at the Silver Room in Golden Hall.  Preregistration is required and a downloadable sign up form is available on our website for your convenience at www.cbisd.org and for additional information our Preschool Office would be happy to speak with you at 858/535-1144, ext. 3120. Tickets: Cost for Services: Member Price: Included in membership and $200/adult for all services or $50/per service. Non-member: $250/adult for all services or $65/per service Child members: no charge Child non members: $75/all services or $15/per service. Students: free with student ID, same for Military. Tickets Required.Please contact us as there is limited availability at some services offered as they are held at the Civic Theatre in Downtown San Diego.  (special rates available for, please inquire) Contact:  Maria Dickerman  mdickerman@cbisd.org   (85) 535-1111 ext. 3502.  Order Forms are also available online at www.cbisd.org

Jewish Family Service/ Congregation Beth Israel/ Congregation Beth El ~ Mindful Meditation~ Sylvia Boorstein, who practices “mindful meditation” and is the author of  That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist, will deliver three lectures Saturday and  Sunday, Sept. 12-13,  under Jewish Family Service auspices.  The first from 1:30 p.m. to 4: 30 pm., Saturday, Sept. 12, will explore meditative practices of forgiveness and reconciliation, at Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive in San Diego.  That evening there will be a reception and havdalah at 7 p.m. following a teaching and selichot service at 8 p.m. featuring Boorsteen. The scene will switch on Sunday to Congregation Beth El at 8660 Gilman Drive in La Jolla, when Boorsteen leads a 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. mini-retreat focusing on “mindfulness meditation, the act of seeing things the way they are and not as we imagine them to be,” according to the JFS announcement.  “Special emphasis on learning how to resolve old difficulties, create new intentions and develop self-awareness.”   A kosher vegetarian lunch will be served. Open to people of all faiths, the Saturday events cost $30; the Sunday mini-retreat $60, and the price for people attending all events is $85.   Registration may be accomplished online at www.jfssd.org
Preceding based on material provided by Jewish Family Service

La Jolla Landmark Theatres—Play The Game screening— (Story by Sara Appel-Lennon):The San Diego Jewish Film Festival recently previewed Play the Game, written and directed by Marc Fienberg. The movie is based on Fienberg’s late grandfather, Joe Ward, a former La Mesa widower who had been married for 54 years to the same woman.Ward kept active and drove a car well into his 90s. He exercised regularly and bragged about his leg bench pressing abilities.Ward, better known as Papa Joe, served as the family comedian. He was of average height with a pot belly that he covered by wearing his pants almost up to his chest. Ward, like George Burns, liked to have fun and make people laugh. He was 89 when Fienberg wrote the script, which brought him to tears when he attended the script reading.Ward will be portrayed by Andy Griffith who starred in TV's Andy Griffith Show, and in Matlock, which, fittingly, was Ward’s favorite TV show. His heart-throb will be performed by Doris Roberts, who won five Emmy Awards for her role as Raymond’s mom on the nine year TV series, Everybody Loves Raymond. Roberts recently performed as Mrs. Darnell in Unusual Acts of Devotion at the La Jolla Playhouse.Ward’s girlfriend Edna will be acted by Liz Sheridan who played Jerry’s mom, Helen Seinfeld, in the Jerry Seinfeld TV show.Both Paul Campbell and Marla Sokoloff auditioned for the parts. Campbell played David, Joe’s grandson. He previously played the role of Billy Keikeya in Battlestar Galactica. Sokoloff played Julie, Rose’s granddaughter. She also acted as Lucy Hatcher in the TV series The Practice. Fienberg kidded that he got the actors the same way anyone gets actors in Hollywood, by sleeping with them. He said that Andy Griffith agreed to the part because he had a bedroom scene and he didn’t die at the end. Fienberg explained that both Griffith and Roberts liked the roles since they lead vibrant lives off stage, and wanted to show their vibrancy on screen. The movie begins when David visits his grandfather, Joe. David realizes that Joe hasn’t talked to anyone at the retirement home for the past two years since his wife died. Joe talks about giving up on life. David convinces Joe it’s time to meet women. He proceeds to teach his grand-father his own six steps to dating. The movie unfolds as David and Joe get back in the dating game and learn from each other along the way. Fienberg told the audience that he originally met his current wife in high school. He pursued her for twelve years using his tricks of the dating trade. Seven months after he stopped playing games, he and his wife became engaged. Two years ago they both quit their jobs in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles for Play the Game. Like their courtship the movie took twelve years. I laughed several times during this film. There are anecdotes of wisdom sandwiched with the humor. One example is when David asks Joe what kind of woman he wants to meet. Joe says that companionship is the real McCoy. He explains that you know if she’s the one when you
meet her or when you lose her. She’s a woman whose hand you want to hold.The film is a light romantic comedy which shows a senior’s slice of life. The film could bring a smile to your face and a realization that seniors need to feel loved and appreciated too.Play the Game will be screened on Friday September 11th-Thursday, September 17 in La Jolla at La Jolla Landmark Theatres, 8879 Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla 92037

Ner Tamid Synagogue
Selichot—Ner Tamid Synagogue, a Conservative congregation in Poway, has announced its schedule of High Holy Day services and child care hours for caring for children between the ages of 18 months and 8 year. The fee for each child care session is $10. Rav. Nadav Caine, the congregation's spiritual leader who is completing his studies for ordination as a rabbi, will conduct the following services:
Saturday, September 12—Selichot—8 p.m. No child care offered. Friday, September 18--Erev Rosh Hashanah-7 p.m. No child care offered. Saturday, September 19—Rosh Hashanah first day--9 a.m. regular services, 11 a.m. children's services. Child Care 9:15 a.m.- 1 p.m. Sunday, September 20—Rosh Hashanah second day--9 a.m. regular services, 2 p.m. Tashlich at Lake Poway. Child care: 9:15 a.m.- 1 p.m. Sunday, September 27—Kol Nidre night (Erev Yom Kippur)—6 p.m. Child care 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday, September 28—Yom Kippur—9 a.m. regular services, 11 a.m. children's services, 4 p.m. Mincha, Yizkor, Neilah.Child care session one 9:15 a.m.-1 p.m.; session two: 4 p.m.-7 p.m. For more information, contact the synagogue at (858) 513-8330, or visit its website at www.nertamidsd.org

Oceanside Museum of Art
Fabric 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

Ohr Shalom Synagogue
—Selichot—Cantor Joseph Furmansky will be the special guest at Selichot services at 8:30 p.m., Saturday evening, September 12, at Congregation Ohr Shalom, 2512 Third Avenue, San Diego.The Conservative congregation plans in succession a Havdalah service, Ma’ariv service, special Selichot prayers and a dessert reception.   Also plaques installed on Ohr Shalom’s memorial board over the past year will be unveiled in a commemorative ceremony. More information may be obtained by calling the synagogue at (619) 231-1456, or visiting its website at www.ohrshalom.org.

Temple Etz Rimon—Selichot— The Reform congregation utilizing rented space at the Pilgrim Church at 2020 Chestnut, has announced  its schedule of services for the High Holidays, to be led by Rabbi Karen Sherman. There is no fee, but donations are much appreciated.   The congregation requires worshipers who are not members to make reservations, and remind that members have priority for seating, with other seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. The schedule is as follows: S'lichot--Saturday, Sept. 12: 7 p.m. Ice Cream Social; 7:30 p.m. service.  Erev Rosh Hashanah--Friday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m. service. Rosh Hashanah--Saturday, Sept. 19, regular service10 a.m.; children's service, 3 p.m.; Tashlich following Children's Service at  Tamarack Beach Shabbat Shuvah,  Friday, September 25, 7 p.m. at the Chapel at Eternal Hills, 1999 S. El Camino Real, Oceanside. Kol Nidre-- Sunday, September 27, 7pm. Yom Kippur—Monday, September 28, regular service 10:00 am; children's service, 3 pm; afternoon service, 4 p.m.;  Yizkor & Neilah, 5:15 pm Unless otherwise noted, all services held at Pilgrim Church , 2020 Chestnut Avenue , Carlsbad. For more information, please check the congregation's website at www.templeetzrimon.org


Tifereth Israel Synagogue—Evening of Arts--Selichot will be observed as "An Evening of Arts," beginning at 8 p.m., Saturday, September 12. A Havdalah service will be followed by a program of Jewish and Classical Music including works by Bloch, Brahms, two Terezin composers, and Yoav Talmi, performed by Russian-born pianist Irina Bendetsky and the Miryam String Quartet: Eileen Wingard and Myla Wingard, violins; Dorothy Zeavin, viola; and Marcia Bookstein, cello. Visit us to learn more about our musicians. Next there will be time to browse a display by visiting artist Rachel Rowen who will be available to discuss, display, and offer for purchase, a variety of her Judaica and jewelry pieces. Visit her website for a preview. Wine, cheese and desserts will be served. Finally, At 11:00 p.m. a traditional Selichot service will begin.


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