'There's a Jewish story everywhere'

Saturday, September 26, 2009

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

Beth Jacob Congregation—Shabbat Shuva—7:45 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. Shacharis; 6:05 p.m. Mincha; 7:21 p.m. Shabbos ends, at 4855 College Avenue, San Diego. For more information, call the congregation at (619) 287-9890

Chabad at La Costa—Shabbat Shuvah—The Lubavitcher congregation has announced its schedule of services to be conducted by Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort at the shul at 1980 La Costa Avenue.Shabbat Shuvah—Sept. 26, morning service 10 a.m. Kol Nidrei Night— Sept. 27, evening service 6:30 p.m. Yom Kippur—Sept. 28, morning service 9 a.m.; Yizkor memorial service 11:30 a.m.; afternoon service & Neilah closing service 4:30 p.m. Erev Sukkot— Friday, Oct. 2--service 6 p.m. Sukkot— Oct. 3, morning service 10 a.m., evening service 7 p.m. Sukkot, second day—Oct. 4, morning service 10 a.m. Erev Shmini Atzeret—Friday, Oct. 9, evening service 6 p.m. Shmini Atzeret—Saturday, Oct. 10 morning service 10 a.m, Yizkor memorial service 11:30 a.m. Erev Simchat Torah—Saturday, Oct. 10, evening service, 7 p.m., followed by Kiddush & Havdalah. Simchat Torah—Sunday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m services, followed by kiddush and Hakafot.

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


Old Globe TheatreSammy—The late Sammy Davis Jr. broke ground as an entertainer and as an interreligious figure. His conversion to Judaism was a sensation, with Davis later explaining that after the car accident in which he had lost an eye, he had reflected with singer Eddie Cantor about the similarities between the Jewish and American experiences. Years later, he appeared on a television special with Nancy Sinatra, and the kiss they gave each other in greeting was believed to have been the first inter-racial kiss ever seen on television. Nancy's father, Frank Sinatra, was, along with Davis, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop were members of a high-flying group of popular entertainers known as the "Rat Pack." Sammy Davis, Jr., the man, his songs, and dancing are the subject of a world premiere to be performed at the Old Globe, September 19 through Nov 8, with the title role to be filled by Obba Babatunde, whose own career was influenced by Davis. Leslie Bricusse wrote the book, and most of the music and lyrics. Curtain times and other information available on line at www.theoldglobe.org.

Republican Party of California—State Convention— Jockeying for endorsements and for individual supporters by three hopefuls for California's Republican gubernatorial nomination will highlight the state GOP's convention at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells Sept. 25-27. The three candidates who've indicated they will be attending include Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner (a member of the Jewish community); former U.S. Congressman Tom Campbell and former E-Bay CEO Meg Whitman. "Our convention offers Republican volunteers, donors, elected officials, candidates and state committee members the opportunity to learn about the issues, pick up valuable new skills, and build relationships with fellow Republican leaders from throughout California," said State Party Chairman Ron Nehring.

San Diego Film Festival—Civil Rights Film --Neshoba, the award-winning documentary film that tells the true story behind the “Mississippi Burning” murders, will have its San Diego premiere at this year’s San Diego Film Festival on Saturday, September 26 at 10:00 P.M. at the Gaslamp Theater, 701 Fifth Avenue, San Diego. Neshoba is directed by Micki Dickoff and Tony Pagano.  Filmmaker Micki Dickoff will attend the screening.“In 1986 I was in San Diego making a film about AIDS and families called Too Little, Too Late, and the community here embraced me,” says Dickoff.  “I’m honored to return to this wonderful city with Neshoba.”Dickoff, an Emmy award-winning filmmaker and social activist, was haunted by the slayings of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, kids only a few years older than she was at the time, who were murdered for doing the right thing during the famed minority voter registration drives in Mississippi in what became known as Freedom Summer.“In 1964, the Klansmen bragged about what they did.  I was offended by the lack of truth and justice in the case,” Dickoff explains.  “When Ben Chaney called me about making a film about his brother's murder, I jumped at the chance.” Teaming with Pagano, an award-winning director of photography, they began shooting on the 40th anniversary of the killings in Neshoba County, Mississippi where the three civil rights workers were slain in 1964.  Pagano makes his feature directorial debut on Neshoba. “When Micki introduced me to Andrew Goodman’s mother Carolyn, I knew I needed to tell this story,” says Pagano.  “Micki’s passion for the truth and Carolyn’s passion for justice were doubly inspiring.”Through intimate interviews with the families of all three victims, candid interviews with black and white Neshoba County citizens still divided about the meaning of justice 40 years later, and exclusive first-time interviews with 80-year-old preacher Edgar Ray Killen, the mastermind of the killings, the film explores whether the prosecution of one unrepentant Klansman constitutes justice and whether healing and reconciliation are possible without telling the unvarnished truth.“With the election of Barack Obama in 2008 -- unthinkable 40 years ago – our film serves as a current reminder of how far we’ve come in race relations and how far we need to go,” says Dickoff. Neshoba won Best Documentary at the Boston Film Festival, Indie Memphis Film Festival and Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival; Best Political Documentary and Best Directors at the New York Independent Film Festival; Best Mississippi Film at the Oxford Film Festival; Special Jury Award at WorldFest Houston; and, the Audience Award at the Albuquerque Film Festival. 


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