'There's a Jewish story everywhere'

Saturday, October 24, 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 www.campmountainchai.com

J*Company—South Pacific— 8 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.  

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.

Orchestra Nova--
Norman Krieger—Orchestra Nova orchestra will, for the first time, step forward without a conductor for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, featuring renowned pianist Norman Krieger, during the October Flying Solo concerts. Maestro Pak, will however, kick off the concert by conducting Mozart’s Divertimento in D major (Salzburg Symphony No. 1). Mr. Krieger, who will also perform Beethoven’s beloved Moonlight Sonata, is one of the most acclaimed pianists of his generation, highly regarded as an artist of depth, sensitivity and virtuosic flair. He began his training in Los Angeles under the guidance of Esther Lipton which led him to a full scholarship at the age of 15 to The Juilliard School where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He regularly performs with nationally and internationally renowned orchestras and has made many recordings. Based in Los Angeles once again, he is an Associated Professor of the distinguished faculty of the University of Southern California. The orchestra is offering a special 20% discount to entrepreneurs for this concert at any of the three venues as a way of honoring the contribution entrepreneurs, experts at flying solo, have made and are making to the San Diego business community. Student tickets at $10 are available all season at all venues for the Classics Series of concerts. The October concert venues and times: Downtown, St. Paul’s Cathedral – Wednesday, October 21, 7:30 p.m; Sorrento Valley, Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall – Saturday, October 24, 8:00o p.m.; and La Jolla, Sherwood Auditorium – Monday, October 26, 2009 To purchase tickets: Entrepreneurs – call 858-350-0290 and tell them the name of your company. All others – www.orchestranova.org or 858-350-0290. More information: www.orchestranova.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

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