Jewish Things to do in San Diego this Summer
by Hanz Enyeart, Program Associate
Summer is one of the most enjoyable times in San Diego. Not sure what to do? Here are some exciting ways to spend this summer with friends, community, and yourself. Whether you enjoy alone time, being with others, flexing your creative muscles, or catching a gorgeous sunset, there are many Jewish activities coming up in North County to make the most of your summer. Read more for unique ways to connect with Jewish experiences in North County San Diego!
Events – In-person experiences from local community organizations
Great Outdoor Shabbat – Register here.
Coastal Roots Farm, Friday, July 15 @ 5:30 pm
Coastal Roots Farm welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds for a free festive summer Shabbat series on the Farm! The upcoming Great Outdoor Shabbat on July 15 will feature music from Craig Parks.
In this simple, picnic-style Shabbat, the farm provides the ambiance, challah, candles, and a Farm Tour – the rest – including dinner – is up to you! Children’s activities may include: arts and crafts, hoola hoops, books, blocks, and soil with worms.
Welcome Shabbat with a beautiful sunset in the great outdoors. Pre-registration required.
Shmita Series – Register here.
Coastal Roots Farm, Sundays, July 17, August 21, September 18 @ 10:30AM
Shmita is a year-long Sabbatical practice that was introduced in the Torah and occurs on the last year of a seven-year cycle. This year is a shmita year, which means that the farm will be holding different workshops to learn about how the values of shmita can help us grow physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Register for one or all of the workshops!
- July 17th: Native Plant Tour on the Farm – Learn about the benefits of growing native plants during a walking tour with Richard Bugbee, instructor of Ethnobotany and Ethnoecology at Kumeyaay Community College.
- August 21st: Ethnobotany – Learn about how plants have woven their way into our local communities and cultures over the years.
- September 18th: Meditation (the year in review) – “A Day in the Life” – how meditation can be incorporated into daily life, in the 7th year, 7th month, 7th week, 7th day, and every day for 7 minutes.
A Love Play for Tu B’Av: a Portrait of Our Community – Register here.
The Hive at Leichtag Commons, Sunday, August 14 @ 7PM
Jewish tradition has its own special day that is all about love: Tu B’Av. Falling during the height of summer, Tu B’Av offers a perfect excuse to enjoy a warm evening basking in the glow of love! Come celebrate love The Hive way –a theatrical reading of an original play by Ali Viterbi during sunset with live music, wine, cheese, and sweet treats!
JCC Maccabi Games
July 31 – August 6
For the second time in history, San Diego will host the 2022 JCC Maccabi Games® and Access! More than 1,500 participants, ranging from 12 to 16 years old, will call the region home as they compete in team sports such as baseball, basketball, flag football, ice hockey, soccer, and volleyball. Individual sports include dance, eSports (video games), golf, tennis, table tennis, and swimming.
The 2022 JCC Maccabi Games® and Access will also include Olympic-style opening and closing ceremonies, as well as a community service day. These events each aim to bring the San Diego Jewish Community together for a week of spirit and celebration. We’ll share more details about it soon!
Through the Lens: Meet Diverse Voices of Jerusalem – Register here.
The Hive at Leichtag Commons, Sunday, August 21, 11:00AM – 1:00PM
Get to know six Jerusalemite changemakers in “Voices of Jerusalem,” a series of short films directed by the award-winning team that brought the world State of Jerusalem and other documentary journalism. Through in-depth, highly personal looks at day-to-day life in Jerusalem, these short vignettes reveal the city’s delights, adventures, and complexities and why these Jerusalemites are passionately committed to their home.
This brunch discussion will be moderated by Charlene Seidle and Haneen Mgadlh. After brunch, you are invited to tour our new exhibit, “Jerusalem the People” by photographer Sharon Gabay.
Rise and Fall – Register here.
The Hive at Leichtag Commons, Wednesday, August 24, 7:00 pm
The Hive is proud to partner once again with theatre dybbuk for an evening of experimental music. Rise and Fall combines monologues from the last 10 years of theatre dybbuk’s theatrical work with original compositions from the HEX vocal ensemble. Be prepared for a concert-style presentation that contains all of the poetry and humanity you expect from a theatre dybbuk show, entwined with and elevated by HEX’s exquisite vocal landscapes.
The show will run for 60 minutes, followed by an engaging talkback with the artists.
Shabbat by the Sea: A Liberation Celebration – Registration coming soon!
Friday, September 16, 6:00PM – 8:00PM, The Hive at Leichtag Commons
“Shabbat is a time to engage in a deep knowing that we are enough – that we were born that way, and that if we never did another thing we would still be precious, loved and valuable beyond measure…” – Yavilah McCoy
Join teacher, singer, activist, and spiritual practitioner Yavilah McCoy for an intimate opportunity to engage in and learn from Jewish gospel songs that were passed down to her across three generations of her African-American Jewish family. Join us as Yavilah leads us in celebrating Shabbat as a practice of liberation, restorative justice and transformational healing.
Activities – Creative opportunities to connect with yourself or others
Shmita R&Art: A Paint and Sip Experience – Register here.
Tuesday, July 26, 7:00PM – 8:30PM, The Hive at Leichtag Commons
Nourish your creativity as we paint with themes of rest and reflection to honor this shmita year in this guided experience by a talented local artist. We will paint whileenjoying desserts and wine on the Hive Farmhouse Patio, overlooking Coastal Roots Farm. Your creativity will flow in a relaxed environment accented with music, learning about shmita, and great wine.
Artists of all levels are welcome! Everything you need will be provided, including canvas, paints, brushes, wine and more. Come on your own or in a group – painters will be set up at stations with plenty of space.
Write Now! @ JCC
Every other Friday, 10:30 – 12:00 pm @ JCC
You don’t have to be a Sholem Aleichem to flex those writing muscles. All you need is pen and paper and the willingness to try something new! Release your creative side as you try your hand at Midrash, D’var Torah, or anything that strikes your fancy!
Volunteer for Rosh Hashanah La’Behemot – New Year of the Animals
You probably know about Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and maybe you’ve heard of Tu B’Shvat (the Jewish New Year of the Trees), but did you know the Jewish calendar also has a new year for domesticated animals? Rosh Hashanah La’Behemot is a day where we reflect on our relationships with domesticated animals, recognize our personal responsibilities to them, and repair our relationships to the best of our ability. Tza’ar ba’alei hayim is the ancient Jewish practice of kind and humane treatment toward animals. A wonderful way to engage in this is to volunteer at one of North County’s animal shelters:
Helen Woodward Animal Center (Rancho Santa Fe)
Rancho Coastal Humane Society (Encinitas)
Volunteering – Coastal Roots Farm or Jewish Family Service
Fulfill a mitzvah (good deed) this summer by doing good for others! Both Coastal Roots Farm and Jewish Family Service offer volunteer opportunities for the whole family.
Shabbat Sunset Hike
Greet Shabbat by watching the sun go down as you walk off all the stress of the week. Annie’s Canyon Trail is a stunning multi-terrain hike (don’t worry, it’s beginner-level!) located in Solana Beach. Take your Shabbat prep to the next level by turning your hike into a walking meditation. Tune into Guided Jewish Meditations, a podcast that combines classic breathing and meditation techniques with ancient Jewish wisdom from the Torah. Episode #56, “Preparing for Shabbos,” is perfect for this occasion.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Longing for a piece of Jerusalem but can’t make it overseas this summer? The San Diego Zoo Safari Park features over 15 animals you would find at the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem! In fact, did you know the two zoos have a longstanding partnership? Every year, the Jerusalem Zoo gives six Israeli teens an opportunity to enjoy a cultural experience in San Diego where they also learn from the experts at the San Diego Zoo.
Food – Jewish culinary experiences are expanding in North County
- Broad Street Dough Co. / 967 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas
Grab a sweet treat from Broad Street Dough Co., Encinitas’s own kosher doughnut shop! They offer dozens of classic and specialty doughnuts with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options.
- Kosher Haus / 12925 El Camino Real, San Diego (Del Mar)
Kosher Haus is San Diego’s only Kosher Butcher Shop! All the meat is certified Glatt Kosher – a level of Kosher certification prohibiting the use of animals that have broken bones, cuts, punctures to the lungs, or a terminal illness that would have caused suffering during its life. Don’t eat meat? Kosher Haus also carries plenty of vegetarian Kosher snacks straight from Israel.
- Milton’s Deli/Restaurant / Del Mar
From crunchy kosher pickles to piled-high pastrami, corned beef sandwiches, steaming bowls of matzo ball soup, traditional brisket dinners, and a bakery boasting homemade recipes – Milton’s is a Jewish experience from start to finish!
- Ben and Esther’s Vegan Jewish Deli (opening August 6) / Oceanside
While it opened earlier this year near SDSU, this vegan Jewish deli is already expanding its presence across the region with their upcoming space in Oceanside. Bagels by the dozen, stuffed Reuben sandwiches, and year-round hamantaschen are a few things to expect from this plant-based eatery!
Virtual Events – Stay cool inside with these virtual experiences
Mah Jongg Classes
Mah Jongg is a 19th century Chinese parlor game that gained immense popular with Jewish community in the 1920s. The Lawrence Family JCC offers virtual classes through the School of American Mah Jongg where you can either learn to play or sharpen your skills!
Register here: https://my.lfjcc.org/11538
New York Style Bagels
August 28, 9:30am, cocusocial.com
Nothing beats a good bagel, especially when you make it yourself! Join Chef Jason in his Manhattan kitchen as he teaches you the secret to making your own bagels at home. Follow the process of making the dough, which you will do several times throughout class so you’ll be an expert bagel maker in no time! Learn the recipe for three different types of bagels: plain, cumin & cheddar, and raisin. Each will be paired with its own cream cheese spread, which you will also make along with the chef. No experience is required!