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February 2023

Mendelbaum Family Lecture Series featuring Rabbi Nevarez: The Sacred Ingredients of Transformation

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118 United States
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Free

Join Rabbi Jason Nevarez, Senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel, as he uses the wisdom of middot (Jewish values) to offer a powerful framework for enhancing the ways in which we live our lives. No prior Hebrew or text experience necessary – just a desire to be open to possibility! This is a program of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture

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33rd Annual San Diego International Jewish Film Festival

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 - Sunday, February 26, 2023
JCC San Diego, CA United States

In-Person February 15-26 Streaming February 27-March 3 View the Film Guide and purchase tickets at https://2023sdijff.eventive.org/welcome. $3.00 off Discount code for in person Garfield Theatre screenings (General Admission and LFJCC Member price) for Beth Israel: BETHIS23.

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March 2023

Purim Carnival

Sunday, March 5, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Do you hear that? The distant sound of groggers in the wind? It can only mean one thing... ...the annual Purim Carnival is coming to Beth Israel! Get the wind in your hair on bouncy houses and exciting rides, or challenge your friends to fun carnival games. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, hit the dining area in Café Shushan. There's endless fun to be had, so don't wait—buy your wristbands today! Schedule & Information The Purim Carnival will be…

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Fighting Antisemitism: Lior Suchard Master Mentalist & Special Guests

Sunday, March 12, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
San Diego, CA United States

Fighting Antisemitism: Lior Suchard Master Mentalist & Special Guests. Reserve your tickets at https://fightingantisemitism2023.com/. Cal Coast Amphitheater. Free admission. This event is sponsored by SDSU Student Affairs and Campus Diversity

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May 2023

Celebrate Israel 2023

Sunday, May 21, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Balboa Park San Diego, CA United States
Free

Come celebrate Israel in a fun-filled day of family activities, music, dance, food, and performances on May 21st at the House of Israel in the international Village in Balboa Park, from 12-4 p.m. House of Israel Balboa Park 2156 Pan American Plaza San Diego, CA 92101

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June 2023

Coastal Roots Farm: Monthly Farm Tour

Sunday, June 11, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Coastal Roots Farm, 441 Saxony Road
San Diego, CA 92024 United States

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of our production methods as you enjoy a gentle walk through the ever-evolving and diverse vegetable, herb, and flower gardens. This 90 minute public tour takes place on the second Sunday of every month. You’ll learn about Coastal Roots Farm’s innovative practices and programs and visit our market style production beds, Education Farm and Gardens, chickens, compost operations, and Food Forest. Pre-registration only. Suggested donation $18/person.

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Dean Nelson in Conversation with Steve Leder

Thursday, June 15, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Zoom San Diego, CA United States

Join Dean Nelson, award-winning journalist and host of the Writer's Symposium by the Sea, as he interviews NY Times Bestselling author Rabbi Steve Leder about his latest incredibly powerful book, For You When I Am Gone: Twelve Essential Questions to Tell a Life Story. Rabbi Leder will discuss the ancient tradition of writing an ethical will, which can include stories and reflections about your past as well as hopes and dreams for your relatives. Rabbi Leader states, "Because our culture…

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Farm Film & Music Series: The Blue Forest and two other short films

Thursday, June 15, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Coastal Roots Farm, 441 Saxony Road
San Diego, CA 92024 United States

Join us this summer for a 5-part series featuring inspiring documentary films, local musicians, and meaningful conversations around equitable food systems, environmental justice, and caring for the planet. Thursday, June 15th - The Blue Forest is the first comprehensive film focusing on the important topics of kelp and seaweed around the world. The film also explores how we can preserve one of the world’s most productive habitats. Kelp forests are recognized as one of the most complex and vital ecosystems…

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Farm-Food for Thought: Monthly Hands-On Workshops with a Jewish Twist

Thursday, June 22, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Coastal Roots Farm, 441 Saxony Road
San Diego, CA 92024 United States

Calling all foodies! Food is your canvas during this 4-part Springtime series. Get your farm and food fix alongside a diverse community exploring Jewish holiday cooking and learning. $36 per workshop per person. Pre-registration required. Max capacity 30 people. June 22nd, 6:00-8:0pm: Fit For a Queen; Sabbath Cocktails and Mocktails Jewish tradition imagines the weekly Sabbath (Friday to Saturday evening) as a queen. So, just like preparing a banquet for royalty, there’s a special opportunity each Sabbath eve to host…

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July 2023

Eco-Jewish Play Fest

Sunday, July 16, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Coastal Roots Farm, 441 Saxony Road
San Diego, CA 92024 United States

At Coastal Roots Farm's first-ever Eco-Jewish Play Fest, 7 nationally recognized local playwrights, 7 directors, and 20+ local actors will have just 24 hours to create and perform brand new plays inspired by Eco-Jewish themes. Plays will explore such things as joy in nature, food justice, Jewish farmers, whimsy, eco-sorrow, and how stories can transform us. On Sunday evening, all plays will be performed on the Farm, as we come together to celebrate creativity, community, and quick-made art. Following the…

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September 2023

House of Israel presents Israeli Dancing!

Saturday, September 2, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
House of Israel, 2156 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

The House of Israel is delighted to invite the entire community to experience the Israeli cultural phenomenon of rikudei am, folk dancing which is traditionally performed by huge crowds all over Israel every week! All ages and all levels of ability are welcome. Come by yourself or bring family and friends and have fun, Israeli-style! Can't make it? Save the dates of Saturday, October 14, and Sunday, November 12. Or just come for all three!

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Tishrei Ag Fest

Sunday, September 10, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Coastal Roots Farm, 441 Saxony Road
San Diego, CA 92024 United States
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The cycle of agriculture requires that we continually regenerate, repair, and renew in order to grow. Likewise, the Hebrew month of Tishrei, often referred to as the “month of beginning,” is the first month of the Jewish year and reminds us that such renewal is possible at the human level too: with each new year, we reflect where we have been and where we’re going so that we may begin again with intention. The month of Tishrei encompasses the Jewish holidays known as…

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The Future of Israel’s Jewish Democratic Identity

Monday, September 18, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Hive at Leichtag Commons, 441 Saxony Rd
Encinitas, CA 92024 United States
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A few days before this event, Israel’s Supreme Court will hear the appeal over the judicial overhaul plan. Join the MGSDII (https://mgsdii.org/) with Visiting Professors Dr. Amos Nadan, Deputy Director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University, and special guest Dr. Maya Tevet Dayan, Israel’s most famous feminist poet, for a discussion about the divisions in Israeli society, the current political crisis, and what efforts can be undertaken to bridge the growing divides. RSVP…

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Welcome the new Consul General of Israel at the HOI in Balboa Park: Consul General Israel Bachar

Monday, September 25, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
House of Israel, 2156 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

Consul General of Israel to the Pacific Southwest ​Israel Bachar was appointed Consul General of Israel to the Pacific Southwest in May 2023, and assumed the post in September. Having developed his career in the private sector, Mr. Bachar is one of the most respected and sought-after marketing and political strategists in the country. He has decades of experience in Israel’s ever-shifting political landscape, and his background serves him well in his role as Israel’s senior representative to the Pacific…

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October 2023

Jewish Federation of San Diego Community Vigil

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
JCC San Diego, CA United States

Lawrence Family JCC 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, California 92037 Please join us as we come together and join the Jewish Federation of San Diego for a community vigil on Tuesday, October 10 @ 7:00 pm on the field at the Lawrence Family JCC, in memory of Ofir, and in support of Sha’ar HaNegev, and of Israel. YOUR PRESENCE MATTERS.

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Combating Antisemitism: Navigating Conversations through the War in Israel

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Zoom San Diego, CA United States

As our community reels from the brutal terror attacks by Hamas on the Jewish State, and the barrage of anti-Israel, antisemitic displays, and disinformation campaigns on campuses, in our local schools and on social media, we must empower our students and ourselves to be educated, strong Jewish advocates. Join us on Wednesday, October 25 at 6:30 pm. We will educate and provide tools to navigate antisemitism, hate, and intolerance both in educational institutions, online, and to help prepare our children (if…

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November 2023

J’Accuse! A Film and Community Event

Sunday, November 5, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Dr
La Jolla, 92037 United States
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We join together the award-winning film J’Accuse! and a conversation between the film’s two main subjects - Silvia Foti, author of Storm in the Land of Rain: A Mother’s Dying Wish Becomes Her Daughter’s Nightmare, and Grant Gochin, an American philanthropist, journalist, politician, and activist of Jewish South African descent - together with J’Accuse! director, Michael Kretzmer. Price: $10 | JCC Members: $8 Special discount code for Beth Israel members: BethIsrael ($2 off  regular price) TICKETS

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January 2024

Tu B’Shvat Food Forest Festival

Sunday, January 21 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Coastal Roots Farm, 441 Saxony Road
San Diego, CA 92024 United States

Discover the enchanting world of interconnectedness at Coastal Roots Farm's 9th Annual Tu B'Shvat Food Forest Festival. Jewish tradition teaches that everything exists in relationship: we don’t exist in isolation but rather as part of a larger, interconnected whole. This year’s theme “Together we Grow” reminds us of the profound power of this connection. Every relationship, whether between people and plants, creatures and culture, is greater together than the sum of its parts. Come, be a part of the magic.…

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February 2024

Standing Together: A Community Response to Antisemitism

Sunday, February 4 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
San Diego, CA United States

Standing Together: A Community Response to Antisemitism 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Hilton Bayfront Hotel Join us on Sunday, February 4, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. PT for an impactful in-person event aimed at combating antisemitism. This symposium will serve as a powerful platform to unite our community, foster understanding, and build real-world skills. “Standing Together” is designed as a day for community learning and action. Together, we will address rising antisemitism and develop tools to stop its spread. This symposium…

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Mission to Mexico City

Tuesday, February 20 @ 8:00 am - Sunday, February 25 @ 5:00 pm

Mexico City, especially when seen through a Jewish lens is an exhilarating fusion of diverse cultures and rich histories. It's a city that pulsates with life, where you can discover the vibrant tapestry of Jewish influences in every corner. From the historic synagogues to the mouthwatering cuisine, you'll embark on an exciting journey through the dynamic interplay of Jewish traditions and the city's boundless energy. Mexico City is a thrilling blend of culture and heritage that promises an unforgettable adventure.…

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