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November 2022

Challah Braiding with The Challah Prince

Thursday, November 10, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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$18 – $25

Be the life of the Shabbat table when you show off your newfound challah braiding skills, courtesy of our special virtual guest and expert challah braider/baker, The Challah Prince, Idan Chabasov! This braiding demo is part of our Shabbat San Diego offerings at Beth Israel. Shabbat San Diego is an independent grassroots level community-wide, inclusive and egalitarian organization of volunteers dedicated to encouraging the entire San Diego Jewish community to participate in a unique, international Jewish identity event that inspires…

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Broad commonalities & differences of the Abrahamic faiths, addressing the question of: Who is my neighbor?”

Saturday, November 12, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

The San Diego School of Christian Studies (SDSCS) cordially invites you to celebrate and join the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 curriculum.  Who is my neighbor? Engage with us in asking deep questions.  How do we build relationships with those who are different from us?  How can we understand “the other?”  Join us as we explore these and many similar questions through 1) expert lectures and a panel discussion;  2) experiencing art from various cultures and religions; 3) and participating in…

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42nd Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Experience

Sunday, November 13, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Beth Israel and First United Methodist Church will join together for the 42nd Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 13, at 4:00 p.m. This year Beth Israel is hosting the service (9001 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego, CA 92122). The event will begin in the Sanctuary at 4:00 pm with communal worship. We will continue into the Social Hall at 5:00 pm for a community service project and festive meal. Please bring some of the following items to contribute…

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December 2022

Chanukah Artist in Residence: Jacob “Spike” Kraus

Friday, December 16, 2022
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until Saturday, December 17, 2022

Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Friday, December 16 6:15 pm - Friday night services featuring Jacob “Spike” Kraus. Shabbat services are available via live stream and in-person. Saturday, December 17 9:30 am - 10:30 am: Young Family Prayers & Pancakes with Spike (Click HERE to RSVP) Join us on Saturday morning for a Young Family Prayers& Pancakes with Chanukah Artist in Residence: Jacob “Spike” Kraus! Songs, stories, and Shabbat joy… come one, come all! 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Kumsitz jam session/sing-a-long with Spike (Click HERE…

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Chanukah Artist in Residence: Jacob “Spike” Kraus

Saturday, December 17, 2022
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until Saturday, December 17, 2022

Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Friday, December 16 6:15 pm - Friday night services featuring Jacob “Spike” Kraus. Shabbat services are available via live stream and in-person. Saturday, December 17 9:30 am - 10:30 am: Young Family Prayers & Pancakes with Spike (Click HERE to RSVP) Join us on Saturday morning for a Young Family Prayers& Pancakes with Chanukah Artist in Residence: Jacob “Spike” Kraus! Songs, stories, and Shabbat joy… come one, come all! 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Kumsitz jam session/sing-a-long with Spike (Click HERE…

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Young Family Prayers & Pancakes with Chanukah Artist in Residence: Jacob “Spike” Kraus

Saturday, December 17, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Free

Join us on Saturday morning for a Young Family Prayers& Pancakes with Chanukah Artist in Residence: Jacob "Spike" Kraus! Songs, stories, and Shabbat joy... come one, come all! 9:30-10 am      Tot Service in the North Social Hall 10-10:30 am    Pancake Nosh to follow Jacob serves as the Artist in Residence at Temple Israel of West Bloomfield. His music has been included in the cantorial curriculum of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, and is featured…

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Community Chanukiah lighting prior to Erev Shabbat Services

Friday, December 23, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Bring your chanukiah and candles to the courtyard at 6:00 pm to join together for a community chanukiah lighting prior to Erev Shabbat Services!

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February 2023

Dominican Republic Service Learning Trip

Friday, February 17, 2023 - Saturday, February 25, 2023
Off Site San Diego, CA United States

When:         Friday, February 17 (late evening) to Saturday, February 25, 2023 Where:        We will be living and working in the village of La Guama, in the northwest region of the Dominican Republic. What:        We will primarily be building a home for one beneficiary family. More importantly, we will be participating in a cross-cultural exchange as well as witnessing the harsh realities of poverty. Who:        Beth Israel has up to 20 spots this February.…

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[New Date] 15th Annual Interfaith Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Monday, February 20, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Balboa Park San Diego, CA United States
Free

WE WILL COME TOGETHER THIS MONDAY, RAIN OR SHINE! This remarkable event brings people of different faiths and cultural backgrounds together for a wonderful morning of hands-on community service, fun and fellowship. Families are encouraged to participate together on this day of community work, suitable for all ages. NO PETS PLEASE. WHERE TO MEET AND PARKING: Meet in Balboa Park at President’s Way, in the first parking lot on the left. WHAT TO BRING: Water, work gloves, and pruning tools (if…

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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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Passover Seder Plate Fused Glass Workshop

Thursday, March 16, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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$135 – $150

Beth Israel is thrilled to offer a special opportunity to explore the art of fused glass with renowned glass artist Ilanit Shalev. During this 10" seder plate workshop, participants will have the chance to learn the process of fused glass making and create their own one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Ilanit, who was born and raised in Israel and studied at the World Center for Glass in Portland, Oregon, will guide participants step-by-step through the process, allowing them to tap into their own…

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Special Meeting

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Please join us for a special meeting of the congregation to affirm and celebrate the first renewal of Senior Rabbi Jason Nevarez’s tenure. Voting will be available electronically for those attending virtually. A link to the meeting will be emailed. You must be a member in good standing to vote. * Beth Israel Bylaws require the first renewal of the Senior Rabbi’s tenure be approved at a special meeting of the congregation. David & Dorothea Garfield Social Hall. Wine, cheese…

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New Member Shabbat

Friday, March 24, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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New Member Shabbat is a longstanding tradition at Beth Israel when our community joins together at Erev Shabbat Services to welcome all members who have joined in the past year with open arms. The service features a special blessing from our clergy in honor and in celebration of our newest community members. All are invited to a festive oneg immediately following services. New Member Reception: Our new members are invited to an intimate happy hour reception in the Foster Family Chapel…

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The State of Antisemitism in America at Congregation Beth Israel

Thursday, March 30, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Free

Featuring             Holly Huffnagle               Sara E. Brown, PhD AJC U.S. Director for        AJC San Diego Combating Antisemitism  Regional Director Each day seems to bring more troubling news about the state of antisemitism in America, and San Diego has not been immune to this hate. Over the last few years, American Jews have been murdered in synagogues and shot in the streets, Jewish institutions have been vandalized,…

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April 2023

Congregational Second Night Passover Seder

Thursday, April 6, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Celebrate the Passover season with us at our unforgettable 2nd Night Seder! Join the Beth Israel clergy and fellow members of our congregation as we come together for a night of joy, reflection, and delicious food. Our Haggadot will be thoughtfully provided, guiding us through the traditional story of the Exodus with beautiful illustrations and meaningful insights. Whether you're a long-time member or new to our community, you're warmly welcome to join us. Don't miss out on this unforgettable evening…

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May 2023

CommUNITY Trip to Israel

Thursday, May 4, 2023 - Thursday, May 11, 2023
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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A CommUNITY Trip to Israel enables you to engage with Israel through exclusive access to premier hotels, venues, and experiences. Along with fellow San Diego Jewish community members, you will meet with high-level government officials, journalists, academics, and experts in a variety of fields, while also connecting with everyday Israelis. Most of the trip experiences will be in groups of 30-40 people. We’ll also have special, meaningful moments when our entire group gathers, representing people involved in our local synagogues…

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Annual Meeting

Thursday, May 18, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Free

All Beth Israel members and volunteers are invited to enjoy a complimentary dinner at our Annual Meeting of the Congregation. We look forward to treating you to this fun and festive evening. Anyone planning to attend the meeting needs to RSVP. 6:00 p.m. - Volunteer and Member Appreciation Dinner 6:30 p.m. - Annual Meeting in the David & Dorothea Garfield Social Hall AGENDA Welcome & blessing Remarks by President Dan Jones, Treasurer John Lefter, and Senior Rabbi Jason Nevarez Appreciation…

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Israel Family Trip Information Meeting

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Join us for the Israel Family Trip Information Meeting on Wednesday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. Our information meeting is the perfect opportunity for you to learn more about the trip, ask questions, and get to know your fellow congregants who are also interested in joining this unforgettable adventure. During the meeting, we will provide you with an overview of the trip itinerary, so you can get a sense of all the incredible places we'll be visiting and the experiences…

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June 2023

Dancing with the Stars of Beth Israel: Beth Israel’s Annual Fundraiser

Saturday, June 3, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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        PREPARE TO BE DAZZLED! Please join us for Beth Israel’s annual fundraiser on Saturday, June 3, 2023. We are excited to present something new this year: Dancing with the Stars of Beth Israel. In addition to cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, dessert, and dancing, the entertainment will showcase Beth Israel’s very own dancing stars - clergy, Board members, congregants, and staff - performing with professional dance instructors. Dress to impress for this fun evening—sparkles encouraged! 6:00…

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Shabbat Under the Stars

Friday, June 16, 2023 @ 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Free

Join us as we kick off our Courtyard Summer Services, Beth Israel style! Our signature outdoor Erev Shabbat Services begin June 16th at 6:15 pm. This is the perfect time to bring your friends or family members to check out Beth Israel! Immediately following services, join us on the lower field for a tapas-style enhanced oneg and dessert bar. Children’s activities will be available. This event is free and open to all, but please RSVP by Tuesday, June 12th for…

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