San Diego Jewish calendar

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This calendar is presented in chronological order.  Ongoing  Events may be found at the end of the chronological listings.

Gail Umeham

Compiled by Gail Umeham

Tuesday, October 25

JEWISH MEN’S EVENT – Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, keynotes the annual Men’s Event of the Jewish Federation of San Diego County from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. The $100-per-person kosher event is open to anyone who contributes in advance or at the door a minimum $180 to the Federation’s annual campaign. For youngsters 21 and under, the minimum contribution is $36.



L’DOR V’DOR–From Generation to Generation.  The Gotthelf Art Gallery San Diego Center for Jewish Culture new exhibit from September 14, 2011 – November 16, 2011 Open to the public. Four artists and family members represented in: Lizet Benrey, Ken Goldman, Becky Guttin and Vivien Ressler are able to share their family history with us through their art. Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037.


A MELTON SAMPLER: FINDING BALANCE–In this “micro-course” from the Melton Institute of the Hebrew University, you will study significant Jewish texts (biblical, Talmudic, midrashic, and medieval) that are concerned with family, work, community and self. Discussion on the perspectives these texts offer on ways to balance these priorities and on the power of Jewish study to give greater meaning to the way we live our lives. Instructor: Noah Hadas, Tuition: $10 (AMA or JCC Members $8), Oct. 3, 7:00 – 8:30pm @ Lawrence, Family JCC, Sept. 27 & Oct. 4, 10:00 – 11:30am @ Lawrence Family JCC. Register online at or by phone, 858-362-1154.

BLESSING OF THE SKINNED KNEE–Using Jewish Teaching to Raise  Self-Reliant Children.  Rabbi Yael Ridberg will lead a four series discussion group based on  the book by Wendy Mogel.These events will take  place at Congregation Dor Hadash, 4858 Ronson Court, San Diego,  92111 on Sundays October 16, 23, 30 and November 6th from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.  For more information call 858-268-3674.


JEWISH BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP (UTC Area)–Tuesdays, September 6−October 11 • 3:30−5:00pm. Congregation Beth Israel • 9001 Towne Centre Dr. • San Diego 92122.  Together, we will address the social, religious, psychological, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of the bereavement process. Facilitated by Rabbi Aliza Berk, LMFT. $18 for all six sessions. Registration Required • Register Online>>

AGING WELL MEN’S GROUP–Moderator: Bruce Sachs, Ph.D. Open to all men ages 65 years and older, group supports your needs and helps you continue to thrive as you move through the later stages of life. It will provide a safe, accepting environment so that you are able to explore your individual issues. Group members will connect to promote personal growth and will address the subjects of loss, family connection, economic difficulties, sustaining a healthy lifestyle, and other concerns that create an obstacle to healthy living. JFS–Turk Family Center. Second and fourth Tuesday of the month,  3:30–5:00pm. Sliding Scale Fee (most insurance accepted). (877) 537-1818 • 

DIVORCE & SEPARATION GROUP–Open to all individuals who are considering, in the process of or post-divorce. Attend this group to help sort out feelings, thoughts and concerns. Interact with others about how relationships have been affected, how to move on, fears about the present and future, feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. Open to new attendees. Intake required prior to entering group. JFS–Turk Family Center Wednesday evenings beginning in September. 5:30–7:00pm. Sliding Scale Fee. 


PERSONAL SPIRITUAL JOURNEY–Wednesdays, October 5 & 26, and November 2, 9 & 16 • 6:30−8:00 pm. JFS Turk Family Center • 8804 Balboa Ave. • San Diego 92123. Are you interested in exploring your spiritual side? Join Rabbi Aliza Berk, LMFT as our group uses poetry, guided meditation, chanting, personal reflection, and Jewish text study to deepen our spiritual connections and understanding. The group will explore the concept of Jewish spiritual direction as a prayerful and focused discussion on finding God in one’s life and one’s world.  Participants learn to practice “inner listening,” an essential skill towards living completely in the present. $48 for all eight sessions. Registration Required • Register Online>>


SENIOR JEWISH BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP at LFJCC–Thursdays, October 6 & 27, and November 3 & 17 • 1:30−3:00pm
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center • 4126 Executive Dr. • La Jolla 92037
Facilitated by Rabbi Aliza Berk, LMFT. Co-sponsored with the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center. $36/JCC Member, $46/Non-member. Contact Melanie Rubin, Director of Seniors and Adult Programs, at (858) 362-1141 to register or register online at


HOPE & WELLNESS SUPPORT GROUP–Open to all individuals with ongoing health challenges, especially those that result in chronic pain. Focus of group is to create an understanding, educational, and social environment by providing members with an opportunity to interact with others with similar experiences, gain insight, learn new tools for coping with their symptoms and set small manageable goals. Open to new attendees. Intake required prior to entering group. Moderators: Ros Goldstein, RN, LCSW, and Gianna Muir-Robinson, Medical Case Manager, MFT Intern
Sliding Scale Fee (most insurance accepted)JFS–Turk Family Center.First and third Thursday of the month. 2:30–4:00pm . (877) 537-1818


Wednesdays, October 5−November 16 (no meeting October 19) • 1:00−2:30pm
Temple Adat Shalom • 15905 Pomerado Rd. • Poway 92064. Facilitated by Rabbi Aliza Berk, LMFT. $18 for all six sessions. Registration Required • Register Online>>


Umeham is associate editor of San Diego Jewish World.  She may be contacted at [email protected]

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