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Sunday, October 18, 2009

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

AIPAC— National Summit—American Israel Public Affairs Committee members are signing up the AIPAC National Summit in San Diego. Pro-Israel activists from across the country will gather in San Diego this fall for AIPAC's premier foreign policy retreat, the 2009 AIPAC National Summit. This year's National Summit, to be held October 18-19, is geared specifically for the AIPAC's most generous contributors. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from leading statesmen and scholars and engage in thoughtful exchanges with America and Israel's chief policymakers. Previous Summit speakers have included President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Nobel Laureate Eli Wiesel as well as many other top administration officials, congressional leaders, academics and political pundits. In addition, AIPAC Senate Club members will enjoy an elegant dinner the evening before the National Summit kicks off. Hundreds have already signed up. Here is a link to the online registration form. (Preceding provided by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC))

J*Company—South Pacific—1 and 4:30 p.m., the award-winning J*Company Youth Theatre, a program of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center,Jacobs Family Campus, is pleased to announce its production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s immortal favorite, South Pacific , which premiered on Broadway 60 years ago. The production will run October 15-25 at the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre. It all starts “Some Enchanted Evening” on an island paradise during World War II, where two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. The natural beauty of the islands, the hijinks of the sailors, the danger of war, and the strength of true love are joined by a sensational Rodgers and Hammerstein score featuring such hits as “Bali Ha’i,” “Younger Than Springtime,” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair.” Based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Tales of the South Pacific, the musical was nominated for ten Tony Awards and won all of them, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Libretto and all four awards for acting. J*Company will produce a gorgeous 60th Anniversary production for the entire family.“This is the first of our year-long tribute to the brilliance of Rodgers and Hammerstein and the Golden Age of American Musical Theatre,” said J*Company Artistic Director Joey Landwehr. “South Pacificholds a very special place in my heart as my very first union production at the age of 19. It starred Victoria Mallory and the late, great Howard Keel. I remember loving the music and performing for 15,000 people every night.”Heading the cast of South Pacific Are are:Ensign Nellie Forbush: Danielle Smotrich, 17, High Tech High International; Emile De Becque: Darien Sepulveda, 16, High Tech High International;Seabee Luther Billis: Robbie Friedman, 18, Rancho Penasquitos resident, high school graduate; Bloody Mary: Satya Chavez, 16,  Academy of our Lady of Peace;Lieutenant Joe Cable: Daniel Myers, 15, High Tech High International; Liat: Danielle Levin, 15, San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts.  

Jewish Family ServiceNature Walk & Sitting Meditation Group—Walking meditations (held at Rancho Penasquitos Nature Reserve): 11/15, and 12/20. Sitting meditations (held at JFS Turk Family Center): 10/18, 11/1, and 12/6 10:00-11:30am
Learn walking and sitting meditation techniques to help you in your spiritual journey. Jewish kavanah (intention) is discussed before each monthly sitting. Walking meditation will be held in a beautiful natural setting. Facilitated by Jeff Zlotnik, Executive Director of The Meditation Initiative. Read More & Register Online>> To see a San Diego Jewish World story on Zlotnick, click here.

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.

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 Theatre Sammy—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 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

Temple Adat Shalom—Jewish genes—Dr. Stephen Baird, professor emeritus of Pathology at UCSD School of Medicine, will discuss Jewish law as related to DNA at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 18, at Temple Adat Shalom, 15905 Pomerado Road, Poway. Among questions he will address are: "Genetically speaking, how are Jews defined? Is there a Jewish gene?"
Admission is free. All are welcome.


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