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Friday, October 23, 2009

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

Camp Mouintain Chai—Third Annual Women's Weekend—
Camp Mountain Chai sponsors its third annual women's weekend October 23-25 at the rustic hideaway in Angelus Oaks, California.A San Diego-based Jewish camp with offices in the same building as the United Jewish Federation at 4950 Murphy Canyon Road, Camp Mountain Chai offers summer camping for youth and diverse programming, including the women's weekend, over the rest of the year. The weekend, which costs $225 per person including transportation from the Lawrence Family JCC, will include Shabbat services, social activities, exercise, yoga, and nature walks, kosher cuisine, singing, Israeli dancing, and a variety of workshops. These will include Torah study with Rabbi Lenore Bohm, who will discuss Parashat Noach, giving attention to such questions as how Noach differed from Abraham, what were the sins that prompted God to destroy the world, and what is the cautionary tale of the Tower of Babel. Rabbi Bohm also will lead a discussion about eco-kashrut based on the teachings of Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi who advocated "organizing our daily choices (food and beyond) so that we can actively engage in ecologically responsible living." Maxine Weseley will lead a workshop on communications to "promote even better relationships with our loved ones, students and colleagues." Weseley will utilize dialogue, Jewish anecdotes and Biblical quotes. Ellen Fox will conduct a discussion "All About Friendship," asking "what qualities do we look for in a friend" How many friends do we need? How are our friendships different now than they were in previous stages of our lives?Cheryl Rattner-Price will conduct a workshop in beginner converational Hebrew. She says participants will be able to enjoy some basic conversation "even if you don't know glida from g'veret or chalav from challa. (ice cream from Mrs. or milk from challa) Louise Chandler will lead a discussion of the book God in the Wilderness by Rabbi Jamie Korngold, "Perhaps you have some term that you are comfortable with such as Oneness, or Sprit, or Unknown, or Source, or I Don't Know, that feels better than God," advises Chandler. "All of that is ok. We are going to talk about some of the ideas Rabbi Korngold brought up in her book, and see if they might apply to you, or maybe you will disagree." Liat Hoffman will lead a workshop using "music as a medium to explore our emotional and spiritual selves, and to wash away the dust of our everyday lives. It will be an organic mixture of learning new songs, singing songs we already know, and creating our own, orginal songs. If you have an instrument please bring it." Besides the workshops, there will be specialized hikes. The entire group will make a moderate hike as a community to the creek where "together we'll experience how nature can open our hearts and remind us of all the small miracles that abound in every moment." Diana Lerner and Wanda Refealy will lead an easy hike to the Medicine Wheel, an hour long up hill, down hill walk through the pine forst. Adam Lybarger will lead a more challenging hike from the camp to Slushy Meadows at the edge of the San Gorgonio Wilderness area, where several streams meet forming the headwaters for the Santa Ana River. It will take approximately 90 minutes. For more information call (858) 449-1330, or visit the camp's website at

College Avenue Senior Adult Center— Fridays Schedule--Classes and Activities offered by Jewish Family Service at Beth Jacob Congregation, 4855 College Avenue. Aerobics with Kara Anderson (8:30 - 10 am, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays); Feeling Fit with Kara Anderson (10 - 11:15 am, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays); Yoga with Shashi Pottathil (10:45 am), $5 for members, $7 for non-members; Special Musical Programs (12:30 pm, Please call for music program information).
For more information on any of the classes or activities, call (619) 583-3300.

J*Company—South Pacific— 10:30 a.m. (school show)., 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.  

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 or call (858) 457-3030.

Lawrence Family JCC – Daytime Party Bridge – 1 p.m.  Bridge game for novice and experienced players. Bring a partner, come alone, or arrange your own table of four.  Cookies and coffee served.  Information Ruth Margolin (858) 452-3001.  Fee: $1, JCC member; $2 non-member.

Lawrence Family JCC —Middle East Primer—J.J. Surbeck, founder of  Training and Education About the Middle East (TEAM) , provides background on the Middle East conflict  at  10:15 a.m. at the Friday Forum, with refreshments following, Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla.  Fee: $2 JCC members, $2.50 non member.   More information: (858) 457-3030, or via the website,

Lawrence Family JCC—Senior Aerobics –Improve cardiovascular fitness, range of moton, flexibility, endurance and energy levels, 9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.  Free for members; $10 per class, non members.  (858) 362-1337, or via the website

Lawrence Family JCC
—Senior Double Tennis—Play on the Lawrence Family JCC courts, 4126 Executive Drive, at 7:30 a.m. Members free, non-members $5.  For more information (858) 362-1337, or via the website

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 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

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

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

T.E.A.M. — Mideast Conflict—Training and Education About the Middle East (T.E.A.M) is offering a series of classes and seminars to help members of the public understand the dynamics of the conflict in the Middle East. Here is one of the classes, with more information available on the organization's website. Class 1: "A Primer on the Middle East Conflict": a. Friday October 23, 2009, 10:15 am, JCC Library (Seniors and Adults Program), 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. b. Wednesday October 28, 2009, 7:00 pm, Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester, Cardiff by the Sea, Calif. 92007

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