'There's a Jewish story everywhere'

Saturday, October 3, 2009

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

Chabad at La Costa—Sukkot—The Lubavitcher congregation has announced its schedule of services to be conducted by Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort at the shul at 1980 La Costa Avenue. 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.

Congregation Beth Israel— Sukkot -Congregation Beth Israel has announced its High Holy Day Schedule. 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.

Lawrence Family JCC -
- Closed for Sukkot, except for the swimming pool.

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.

San Diego City College—Book Festival—Laurel Corona, Theodor Geisel Award winner for Book of the Year at the 2009 San Diego Book Awards, will speak at 4 p.m. Saturday, October 3, at the Fourth Annual San Diego City College International Book Fair about her experiences writing Until Our Last Breath: A Holocaust Story of Love and Partisan Resistance (St. Martin's Press, 2009, with coauthor Michael Bart). “When Mr. Bart approached me in 2003 to see if I would be interested in writing a book about his parents’ wartime experience in Nazi-occupied Lithuania and the renowned Jewish resistance movement of which they had been a part, I almost said no. In the end, what settled it for me was the chance to address several common misperceptions: first that the typical Jew was a passive, uncomprehending victim, and second, that rescuers were almost always non-Jews.” Until Our Last Breath explores the many ways Jews fought back, focusing in particular on the armed resistance movement known as the Vilna Partisans.Until Our Last Breath won the 2009 San Diego Book Award for best biography and a 2009 Christopher medal, given to books whose writers "craft words and images into a clear, cohesive vision." Corona regularly reviews books for San Diego Jewish World.
Other authors and their presentation times at the October 3 event in SDCC's Saville Theatre will include: 10 a.m. Gustavo Arellano Orange County; ¡Ask a Mexican!; 11 a.m. Rodolfo Acuña, lecture, "Chicano Studies: from Activism to Mainstream;" 12 noon Lavanderia: A Mixed Load of Women, Wash and Word., edited by Donna J. Watson. (Lavanderia readings by Ella deCastro Baron, Chris Baron, Nancy Cary, Yousef Doucet, Olga García Echeverría, V. Kali, Lucia Gbaya-Kanga, Nadia Mandilawi, D. Zenani Mzube, Michelle Sierra)l
1 p.m. Barry Sanders, The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism; 2 p.m. William Powers, lecture, "Write to Make Change; 3 p.m. Marilyn Chin, Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen, and 5 p.m. Willie Perdomo, Where a Nickel Costs a Dime

San Diego Repertory Theatre—
Long Story Short—
The San Diego Repertory Theatre will present October 3-November 1 Long Story Short, a musical based on a 50-year love affair between Hope, an Asian American woman, and Charles, a Jew who moved to Los Angeles from New York. Written by Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda, and starring Robert Brewster and Melody Butiu, the musical is described as a "timetraveling romance that begins with a blind date and goes all the way to old age in one exotic song-filled evening!" It will be presented at the Lyceum Space at 79 Horton Plaza. For tickets, call the box office at (619)-570-1100

Tifereth Israel Synagogue
(Conservative)—Sukkot—9:15 a.m. services in the sanctuary, 6660 Cowles Mountain Drive, San Diego, California 92119. More information at (619) 697-6001, or via the website, www.tiferethisrael.com

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