What we're about

Why JewFFFrs?

We want to nosh and shmooze with like-minded Jews. We're interested in meeting secular, cultural Jews who enjoy a good meal, a good story, and great conversation with good company. That's why we're doing monthly events we're calling Diaspora Dining and Movie Club.

Diaspora Dining is attending San Diego area restaurants to get the character, history, and flavor of countries where Jews have lived. Each month we pick a different restaurant and one person gives a brief overview of the history and life experience of Jews in that country. It's a delicious and fun way to feel connected with our Mishpocha (cultural family).

We're also looking for humanistic Jews who enjoy viewing films that make a statement that upholds human dignity. The topics can be focused narrowly on Jewish culture or broadly on humanistic values of happiness, equality, and social justice. Movies attended are in public theaters or private homes. The best part is the stimulating discussion among members that inevitably follows the film.

This group is non-religious and open to anyone interested in supporting the Jewish people. We choose to learn about the culture, history, values, and personalities of Jews who created a way of life that exists beyond the religious practice of Judaism.

Guidelines for Joining

We're about making connections with other San Diego Cultural Jews. So we ask for a recognizable face photo of you, rather than a symbol for your profile. Members can bring guests who want to try us out, but they must join before coming to a second event. We need you to provide us his/her name for attendance purposes and so we can provide them a name tag.

We're a non-profit group and charge dues to cover annual Meetup website fees, materials, supplies, and incidentals. It's free to sign up for the group, but annual dues must be paid before attending an event. Your membership year begins the day you sign up for this Meetup group.Dues are not refundable.

Remaining a member

We encourage you to participate and build the secular Jewish community in San Diego. If you have not attended an event for six months, we'll send you a message encouraging you to participate. You will be dropped from the group if you do not reply within 14 days.

Also, if you have made an RSVP and realize you can't attend an event, let us know ASAP so we can release others from the waiting list to come. No Jewish Guilt allowed ~~ just communicate with us. Members who have two instances not showing up and not communicating ("NO SHOW") will be dropped.

Upcoming events (3)

Virtual Film and Discussion

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Our Sunday December 12 Meetup at 2:00 p.m. will give us plenty to smile about. We found "Keep the Change," a funny and charming film about two unique people who meet in a support group for those on the autism spectrum. To quote the Tribeca film award presentation, "For her heartwarming, hilarious and consistently surprising reinvention of the New York romantic comedy, which opens a door to a world of vibrant characters not commonly seen on film."
The movie is available for streaming ahead of our meeting on Amazon Prime, YouTube, and Apple TV. Sign up here for this event and the Zoom link for the afternoon discussion will be sent to you by Saturday.

Diaspora Dining Morocco

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We are going to have an experience of Jews of Morocco for the Diaspora Dining event on Sunday, January 30. Gary will share his knowledge of the culture and history of this Mizrahi community. Of course, food will be involved! We are exploring the possibility of going to a restaurant for this event, depending on the COVID situation. Save the date and more information will follow.

Film & Discussion of SD Jewish Film Festival

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It's on! The 32nd San Diego International Jewish Film Festival - "the largest world-class Jewish cultural event in San Diego." Films will be virtual and in person (only at the JCC Garfield Theater) from Feb.10-20, 2022.
Our Meetup is planned for Feb.20 to give us plenty of time to view a film ahead of our gathering at 2:00. More details will be posted here when the full SDIJFF program is announced. Save the date of Feb. 20 for the JewFFFrs!

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