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November 2021

Member Meet Up: Pumpkin Succulent Planting

Sunday, November 14, 2021 @ 9:15 am - 11:15 am
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States

Pumpkin Succulent Planting Host: Heather Cohen Sunday, November 14 during Religious School Join us in the Price Family Courtyard at Beth Israel around 9 am (masks please) to create your own seasonal pumpkin succulent design. Please bring your own pumpkins to decorate and you are welcome to bring more than one. Extras are encouraged to be donated to Caring Community to brighten up our care packages for others. All other materials will be provided by Beth Israel for a $5…

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Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Experience

Sunday, November 14, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

THANKSGIVING SERVICE Beth Israel and First United Methodist Church will join together for the 41st Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 14, at 4:00 p.m. This year First United is hosting the service (2111 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA US 92108). Senior Rabbi Jason Nevarez will deliver the Thanksgiving message, and the Zimriyah Chorale and the Chancel Choir (First United) and youth choir from both congregations will participate. COMMUNITY MEAL A FREE catered community meal follows on the First…

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Virtual Chanukah Zentangle: A Guided Meditative Doodling Experience

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Zoom San Diego, CA United States
Free

De-stress with Zentangle! Looking to take a break, de-stress, and make art all at the same time? Lose yourself in a session of guided, meditative doodling that begins with a brief “Torah Tangle” introduction by Rabbi Cantor Arlene Bernstein and ends with a piece of art created by you! Do you have to be an artist? Definitely not. If you’ve ever doodled in the margins of a page, you can do this. Just grab a sharpened pencil, fine-tipped black pen,…

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December 2021

Erev Shabbat Chanukah Service

Friday, December 3, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States

Join us for our BIG Chanukah Celebration! Before the service, let's light up the sky with our chanukiyot - we will light the candles together. After, we will join for a short Chanukah Shabbat service which will be followed by a festive oneg! Think lots of lights, arts & crafts, a latke bar, sufganiyot and more! Chanukiyah lighting @ 6:00 pm Chanukah Shabbat service @ 6:15 pm No fee, but please RSVP for planning purposes.

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Member Meet Up: Walk around Mission Bay

Sunday, December 5, 2021 @ 9:15 am - 11:15 am
San Diego, CA United States

Walk around Mission Bay Host: Allison Golding Sunday, December 5 during Religious School Meet at the newly remodeled Mission Bay Visitor Center (2688 E Mission Bay Drive) around 9:15 am for a leisurely walk around Mission Bay. We’ll stretch together first as an opportunity to introduce ourselves to each other and then set out on a walk around the Bay. Masks are optional if vaccinated since we will be outside. Once finished, we can grab a coffee/juice at the new…

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January 2022

Evolution of CCAR and Reform Judaism

Wednesday, January 5, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Rabbi Person will speak with Rabbi Nevarez on the evolution of CCAR and Reform Judaism at 7:00 p.m. on January 5, 2022. Rabbi Hara Person is the first woman to head one of the Reform Movement’s three major leadership organizations. She is a visionary who began her tenure as CCAR Chief Executive in the summer of 2019. Since that time, she has prioritized the cause of gender equity within the Reform Movement, increased the rabbinic voice on social justice issues,…

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Shabbat Tzedek: Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

Friday, January 14, 2022 - Saturday, January 15, 2022
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is the President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash, Founder & President of Uri L’Tzedek, Founder & CEO of Shamayim: Jewish Animal Advocacy, and Founder & President of YATOM: The Jewish Foster & Adoption Network. Rabbi Yanklowitz’s writings have appeared in outlets as diverse as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and the Atlantic among many other secular and religious publications. Rabbi Yanklowitz is a sought-after educator, social justice activist, and motivational speaker as well as the author of seventeen books on Jewish spirituality, social…

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Virtual Tu BiSh’vat Zentangle: A Guided Meditative Doodling Experience

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom San Diego, CA United States
Free

De-stress with Zentangle, held in collaboration with Nefesh SD: the New Center for Jewish Creativity. Looking to take a break, de-stress, and make art all at the same time? Lose yourself in a session of guided, meditative doodling that begins with a brief “Torah Tangle” introduction by Rabbi Cantor Arlene Bernstein and ends with a piece of art created by you! Do you have to be an artist? Definitely not. If you’ve ever doodled in the margins of a page, you can…

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“Antisemitism: Here and Now” with Deborah Lipstadt in conversation with Rabbi Jason Nevarez

Sunday, January 30, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Zoom San Diego, CA United States
Free

Deborah Esther Lipstadt is an American historian, best known as the author of the books Denying the Holocaust, History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, The Eichmann Trial, and Antisemitism: Here and Now Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, has published and taught about the Holocaust and antisemitism for close to 40 years.  In August 2021, President Biden nominated her as his Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat…

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February 2022

Member Meet Up: Hike – Calavera Lake in Carlsbad

Sunday, February 6, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
San Diego, CA United States

Host: Theo Romain Join us at 9:30 am as we hike around Lake Calavera and go to the top of Cerro de la Calavera for some nice views. Along the way we'll talk a bit about the history and unique geology of the preserve. The hike is between 3 and 4 miles. The hike up the volcanic plug is a gain of around 500 feet. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and clothing consistent with the weather. Bring some water and any…

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Torah Flora: A Biblical Nature Walk

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Coastal Roots Farm, 441 Saxony Road
San Diego, CA 92024 United States
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$15 – $18

Join Dr. Jon Greenberg as he leads us on a walk through Coastal Roots Farms for a mutually enriching exchange between Torah and science through literate and intellectually honest exploration. This program includes periods of walking and standing. Price: $18 | JCC Members and Beth Israel Members: $15 To unlock member price, use code BethIsrael Call 858.362.1136 or visit https://my.lfjcc.org/11779/11780 to Register The program is presented in partnership with the LFJCC JLearn and Seniors departments, Congregation Beth Israel, and Coastal Roots…

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March 2022

Scholar-In-Residence Weekend with Rabbi Carole Balin

Friday, March 4, 2022 - Sunday, March 6, 2022
Diverse Access (hybrid), 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Free

Rabbi Carole B. Balin is Professor Emerita of Jewish History at HUC-JIR/New York, where she trained and mentored over 500 beloved rabbinical, cantorial and education students. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College, Balin earned a Ph.D. at Columbia University and honed her spiritual practice in the Institute for Jewish Spirituality's program for clergy. Balin co-curated the national traveling exhibit, "Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age," co-sponsored by the National Museum of American Jewish History and the teen engagement organization…

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Member Meet Up: Paint & Sip Tea

Monday, March 7, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States

Paint & Sip Tea Host: Marsha Lubick Monday, March 7 @ 1:30 - 3:00 pm Join us for an afternoon of painting, socializing and sipping your favorite tea. No art smarts needed!You will be guided step-by-step through the entire painting process by Leo Angelo ( https://www.leoangeloart.com/). You’re sure to enjoy a fun & creative afternoon as you produce your very own masterpiece! All materials and supplies are provided. No experience necessary. Cost is $35 per person and space is limited. RSVP below. If you…

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Trivia Night

Saturday, March 12, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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$15

Think, Drink, and Win! Cruise on out to Beth Israel for a Saturday night of friends and fun at this in-person Trivia Night hosted by the fine folks at Sunset Trivia. The evening will begin at 6:30 pm with registration, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and appetizers. Trivia begins sharply at 7:00 pm. Each team will have 8 players. Team registration is welcome. Groups of 8 or less will be paired with other groups to create a team. Registration is now closed.

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Pre-Purim Pizza Dinner 5782

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 @ 5:45 pm - 6:15 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Purim is here! Before you get your spiel on, join the Lee and Frank Goldberg Family Religious School for a special pizza dinner. Order below for $10 a pie. Pizza dinner will be served outdoors on the courtyard (weather permitting) at 5:45. The Purim service will begin at 6:15. All pizza orders must be placed by March 10th.  

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Purim spiel & Megillah reading

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Join us for this year's Purim spiel: Purim Punnery Conglomospiel - or What You Will" Some synagogues have Star Wars themed Purim spiels. Some synagogues have Disney-themed Purim Spiels. Some even have superhero Purim spiels. But thanks to the miracle of Mickey Mouse’s media monopoly, Beth Israel—the biggest synagogue in San Diego—is proud to offer you ALL THREE. Esther. Haman. Mordechai. Achashveros. Tongue-twisters. Lightsaber battles. Sidekicks. Word play. Princesses. Riddles. The Multiverse. Jell-O shots. Nostalgia. All-you-can-stream for $8 a month.…

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Purim Carnival 5782

Sunday, March 20, 2022 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Come one, come all for the magnificent return of Beth Israel’s Purim Carnival! 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. Don’t forget to grab your goodie bag at the redemption booth on the way out, to bring the fun home with you! Mishloach Manot You can also fulfill the mitzvah of mishloach manot and…

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Nature Journaling at Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve

Sunday, March 27, 2022 @ 9:15 am - 11:15 am

Nature Journaling at Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve (west approach) Host: Seekey Cacciatore Date: Sunday, March 27 @ 9:15 am (during Religious School) Meet at 9:15 am at the parking lot/trailhead of Los Peñasquitos Canyon (west approach) located at 4733 Sorrento Valley Blvd, San Diego, CA 92121. This is a 10 minute drive from Beth Israel. This will be a slow-paced walk making plant and animal observations, journaling/drawing, and getting to know one another on a well-maintained trail. The elevation gain/loss…

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April 2022

Judaica Roadshow: Passover Edition

Sunday, April 10, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom San Diego, CA United States
Free

Join Joellyn Zollman, Ph.D for a curated conversation about our most treasured Jewish objects. Dr. Zollman will use an Antiques Roadshow-style approach to explore how our own Jewish art and artifacts can be legitimate, articulate sources for understanding American Jewish history and identity. Having worked with the Judaica collections at the Smithsonian, the Skirball Museum, and the American Jewish Historical Society, Dr. Zollman can't wait to see the Judaica treasures that come out of your closets. This session will focus…

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Congregational Second Night Passover Seder

Saturday, April 16, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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The evening begins at 5:30 pm and takes place in the Social Hall. Join us for our traditional Congregational 2nd Night Seder with the Beth Israel clergy. This joyous celebration will feature a delicious catered dinner and Haggadot will be provided. Tickets are $55 for nonmembers (per person), $50 for members and their guests (per person). Children 6-12 years old are $20 and children 5 and under are $10. REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED. Menu: 2nd Night Seder…

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