Congregation Dor Hadash—Hasidic Teachings for Days of Awe—Rabbi Yaffa-Shira Sultan conducts a course on Hasidic teachings for the High Holy Days, at Congregation Dor Hadash, 4858 Ronson Court, San Diego. More information: (858) 268-3674, or via website www.dorhadash.org
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: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 6:00-7:30pm - "Introduction to Stress Reduction." Oded Shezifi, Psy.D, JFS; Encinitas Library - 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, 92024. Learn and practice a variety of stress reduction exercises to helpdeal with the stresses 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.
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
Lawrence Family JCC—Art exhibit—The Gotthelf Art Gallery, part of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS, is pleased to announce the new exhibition Like Water on Rock: Exhibit by the Jewish Women Artists’ Network, running September 10, 2009 – October 30, 2009. Art is for sale, with all proceeds benefiting the artists and the Gotthelf Art Gallery. The title of this exhibit relates the phenomenon of the soft continuous drip of water that eventually erodes a hard rock to personal, familial, communal or global challenge and change. The poetry and image of Like Water on Rock provoke a variety of responses and suggests a relationship between time, the human process, the persistence of change and the many layers of meaning that speak to each artist in her own way Dr. Barbara Gilbert, Senior Curator Emerita of The Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, selected the work for this exhibition. Dr Gilbert points out the great diversity in this exhibition as well as the wide range of personal expression: “Beginning in the nineteen-sixties when artists in greater numbers began to explore the potential of their Jewish heritage, most efforts were identity-based. Like Water on Rock provides an opportunity for artists to transcend this earlier approach, challenging them to think expansively and take ideas and values inherent to Jewish tradition, adapting them to concerns of the larger society.” The participating artists are: Linda Arreola, Ruth Askren, Madeleine Avirov, Helene Aylon, Carol Buchman, Emily Corbato, Anne Doris-Eisner, Harriet Finck, Karen Frostig, Teresa Gale, Sari Gilbert-Batchelor, Fay Grajower, Beth Haber, Katherine Janus Kahn, Rachel Kanter, Julie Klaper, Wendy Sue Lamm, Elaine Langerman, Aline Mare, Freyda Miller, Priscilla Otani, Margaret Parker, Roxanne Phillips, Cindy Rinne, Launa D. Romoff, Dawn Saks, Masha Schweitzer, Margaret Silverman, Simone Soltan and Marian Yap.Thirty artists from across the United States were selected to comprise this exhibit. "To have thirty talented Jewish women artists exploring the theme of change is exciting to see, "says Randy Savarese, Gotthelf Art Gallery Committee Chair. "We are excited to give these artists a platform to exhibit their diverse work and the San Diego community an opportunity share art from around the country." The Jewish Women Artist’s Network is a special interest group within the National Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) and is the only organization of professional Jewish women artists in the United States. The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS, is located at 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. Gallery hours are Sunday-Friday, 9 a.m.—5 p.m. For more information about the Gotthelf Art Gallery and other programs of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, visit the web site at www.sdcjc.org or call (858) 457-3030.
Lawrence Family JCC- H20 Aerobics—8:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, $7 JCC member, $12 non-member per class, or $40 ten classes for JCC member, $55 for non member. More information at (858) 362-1337, or via the website www.lfjcc.org
Lawrence Family JCC – Men’s Poker Night—5:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For JCC members only. For information cntact Henry at (858) 450-0750.
Lawrence Family JCC – Music appreciation—Study of eras, styles and comoposers through listening to music and discussion, instructed by Claudia Tormsaufer, 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Free. More information at (858) 457-3030, or via the website www.lfjcc.org
Lawrence Family JCC –Social Bridge – 7 p.m. For intermediate and advanced players. Chicago scoring, bring a partner. More information from Melanie Rubin (858) 362-1141, or via website, www.lfjcc.org. Fee: $2 member, $3 non-member.
Lawrence Family JCC – Sumi-E Japanese Brush Painting –12:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Learn Japanese brush painting, develop Zenga and spontaneity with flowers, animals and landscapes. Instructor Takashi Ijichi of San Diego Community Colleges. Free. More information at (858) 457-3030, or via the website www.lfjcc.org
Lawrence Family JCC—Watercolor painting—(resumes 9/8) 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Landscape, still life flowers instructed by Kathleen Fitzsimmons of San Diego Community College. No fee. More information: (858) 457-3030, or via the website www.lfjcc.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