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 (2)

Diaspora Dining

Fairouz Cafe & Gallery


Join us at Fairouz Restaurant and Gallery as we delve into the culture, history, and cuisine of the Jews of Lebanon and Syria. This lovely cafe setting has been a mainstay of Middle Eastern cuisine in San Diego for 35 years. And what a feast we will enjoy after Gary's talk! The buffet lunch will include all-you-can-eat among 40 -- yes 40 -- different choices. (Your organizers tried all of them!) There will be appetizers, soups, a variety of salads & sides, main dishes that include four with meat and at least one vegan or vegetarian, plus plenty of desserts. We will have pita and homemade hummus on the tables. This meal also includes a choice of iced teas or sodas. (Hot beverages are available for individual purchase.) Your RSVP and prepayment for the meal is needed by Thursday, March 13. You can pay one of two ways: 1. via PayPal using the address: https://paypal.me/JewishSecularsforFFF . You will pay $20.20 with no fees charged to our group as long as you choose "Friends and Family" when preparing your transaction. You must have a PayPal account already set up. 2. via Meetup using a credit card. You will pay $22.30 because Meetup goes through a service that charges fees. Parking can be a little challenging in this small shopping area. However, there are plenty of other small shopping areas nearby. In addition to the buffet, JewFFFrs will be treated to a gallery of original artwork and poetry by Al Nashashibi that is on display throughout the restaurant. He is one of the friendly family members who established Fairouz Cafe.

Film and Discussion

Needs a location

We are exploring movies due out in late March and early April. Stay tuned for our suggestions. Final details will be posted by Tuesday, April 9. We have to wait for the theaters to schedule the movie times, which they do the week before a showing.

Past events (54)

Film and Discussion at SD Jewish Film Festival

Reading Cinemas Town Square


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