Pesach 2023

Join us for our Congregational Seder 
At Temple Emanu-El led by Rabbi Devorah

Thursday, April 6 at 6 pm

Adults $54 – Children 4-12 $18 (3 and under free)
Space is limited, and sign-ups are on a first come first serve basis. 

Register Here

Congregational Seder Menu Starters Matzah Haroset Eggs Parsley Horsera Dish Chopped Liver Baba Ghanoush Olives, Pickles & Fresh Vegetables Soup Matzah Ball Soup Dinner Buffet Bubbie's Brisket Apricot Chicken Sephardic Spinach Matzah Pie Mashed Potatoes Vegetarian Tzimmes Streamed Green Vegetables Gefilte Fish Green Salad, Beet Salad, Israeli Salad Dessert Flourless Chocolate Cake Macaroons Chocolate Toffee Matzah Fresh Fruit

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Musical Theater Day Camp, Summer Stock

Monday, August 7, 2023, through Friday, August 11, 2023

9 am to 3 pm

Temple Emanu-El

Musical Theater Day Camp will feature acting, singing, and dance workshops, with training from top-tier San Diego artists, and will culminate in a performance for parents and families on Friday, August 11. The YELL-adim Summer Stock is open to all children entering the 3rd grade through 12th grade in the Fall. The cost of this week-long program is $300, which includes snacks, drinks, a pizza party lunch on Friday, and a souvenir cast t-shirt. This is a great way for students interested in the Musical Theater club to get a head start by learning the songs and choreography from our next musical play, “Maccabee,” which details the story of Chanukah. All students participating in our Summer Stock program will be guaranteed a part in the “Maccabee” musical in the Fall (Temple members only regarding Maccabee.)

Register here!

Presented by Jewish Federation of San Diego Yom Hashoah 2023 Celebrating 70 Years of Survivors in San Diego Sunday, April 16, 2023 at LFJCC Gotthelf Gallery Installation April 12-May 24


Yom HaShoah
Community Holocaust Commemoration
Sunday April 16, 2023 | 1:00 p.m.
On Yom HaShoah we remember the 6 million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust, honor those who survived, and teach future generations so it never happens again. Our mantra has been Never Forget and Never Again. This year we will explore 70 years of survivors in San Diego and the impact our survivor community has had on San Diego and the Jewish community.

Memorial Installation
Wednesday, April 12-
Wednesday, May 24
Lawrence Family
Jewish Community Center
Gotthelf Art Gallery
Commemoration Program*
Sunday, April 16 | 1:00pm
Lawrence Family
Jewish Community Center
Garfield Theatre
Historical photographs and  descriptive text tell the story of survivors creating new lives in San Diego. The self-guided installation will include a featured wall of the New Life Club, South Bay, North Park, and  54th Street JCC. Our program will feature a video honoring and celebrating 70 years of survivors in San Diego. We will hear stories of Survivors thriving and creating new lives in our community from a panel of a survivor and second-generation family members.

*Registration is required to attend


Board-Approved Guidelines
Recommended by our
Health & Safety Committee

(Effective 10/28/2022 and subject to change.)

Masks are optional but highly encouraged. The Temple will have surgical, N95 and KN95 masks available for use.


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Reflecting on 50 Years in Jewish Journalism
Aron Hirt-Manheimer
On the eve of my retirement from the Union for Reform Judaism, I’d like to share a few reminiscences and reflections.

Chapter One: Davka
I was a senior at UCLA in 1970 when our Hillel director, Rabbi Richard Levy, of blessed memory, asked students to come up with projects that needed funding. I proposed starting a West Coast Jewish Quarterly called Davka, meaning “just because,” reflecting the counter-cultural attitude I had embraced as a member of the Jewish radical community on campus. My proposal was accepted, and Rabbi Levy, who had been editor of The Harvard Crimson, showed me how to lay out the first edition — “The Ills of American Jewry” — on his dining room table.  Click here to read more...

Social Action Center

March Mitzvah of the Month

Infant Clothes for Gently Hugged

In today’s economy, it can be difficult to provide the necessities that keep a new baby warm and thriving during the crucial first year of his/her life. Two nurses working in the field of public health noticed this and decided to do something about it. They founded Gently Hugged (, an organization that distributes appropriate items to those in need. The idea is that those families who have the good fortune to enjoy excess clothing for their infants (some items perhaps worn once or twice before the baby outgrows them) can share them with others. Gently Hugged serves families with children ages preemie to 12 months.

Please join Temple Emanu-El’s Mitzvah of the Month, which will collect clothing and other items listed below for Gently Hugged. Please put them in the white Social Action barrel in the lobby of the Temple office building. For more information, contact Jean Seager at (619) 435-8130 or email her at Thank you.

Preemie to 12 months sizes only
Gently used or new
Especially needed this month:
Pajamas: 12 month or newborn, 0-3 months and 3-month sizes Pants: Newborn, 0-3 months and 3-month sizes Onesies: long sleeved, 12-month size

Always needed:

Clothing, including hats, jackets, pajamas, hats, etc. Bibs
Towels, washcloths
Board or cloth books

Links to Social Action Sites

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