San Diego Israel and Jewish

Ellen Fox & Glenda Sacks Jaffe

Ellen Fox is the religious school Director at Temple Solel for 30 years and Glenda Sacks Jaffe, is USD’s Hillel Director.  Both are passionate about Israeli dancing, music and Hebrew. Together they offer Cafe v’Ivrit a community that meets weekly on Fridays to converse in Hebrew.

The pace of conversation is slower than you might find in a group of Israelis, but the group speaks primarily in Hebrew so it’s a great place to be if you’re trying to use the skills you have.  Some Israeli adults participate too.

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Cafe v’Ivrit

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There’s More  Glenda worked at the Jewish Federation of San Diego County for many years before joining Hillel.  She is also an active member of JPRO,  an organization for Jewish community professionals for professional development. Glenda is a regular weekly at one of her favorite spots Israeli Dancing.

Ellen was a Tarbuton board member and is an active member of the Principal’s Council of Jewish educators in San Diego.  Ellen plays guitar and song leads frequently at Temple Solel.

Cafe v’Ivrit


What?  A weekly or bi-monthly casual gathering, non facilitated, just friends who speak some Hebrew gathering for lunch or a coffee. The Café v’Ivrit experience is for those who have some Hebrew skills, but are not necessarily fluent, who want to socialize in Hebrew.  Conversations are in Hebrew, but at their own pace.

Great for newcomers to make new connections. Some Israelis have found a home in Café v’Ivrit too enjoying the social with this group of adults many of whom have lived in Israel, or have friends and family living in Israel.  This group began in 2007 and is primarily American adults generally 50-70ish.  The group has planned additional gatherings such as Israeli cooking and Israeli films together, Shira b’Tzibur (Singing), Shabbatot, and visits with seniors who speak Hebrew in Seacrest Village.

Participants RSVP through the list to notify friends if they’ll be there each time. Join the Mailing list to receive the reminder and RSVP each week.  Click here.

When?   Weekly. Meets every Friday at Noon.  Coffee Bean at the Lawrence Family JCC in La Jolla.

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Independent Friday Kabbalat Shabbat

What? Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat in the park, at the JCC, offered nearly pop up shabbat style throughout San Diego.  Cantor Weiss is just getting started.

When?  Visit the web site for the schedule.

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