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Ann Lapedus Brest 1967 Yeoville JHB So Africa

Ann Lapedus Brest ‘s Memories of Johannesburg South Africa.

Ann Lapedus emigrated to South Africa as a small child in the 1960’s from Ireland. This is her personal recollection of the time and events and people she remembers.


Learn Yiddish

Yiddish Culture

Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America


@YiddishCulture Nonprofit Organization
Gib a shnuf tsu dayn guf
– Our Sunday Yiddish yoga class with English translation comes back!
RSVP to info@yaaana.com 🙂


SAJAC Genetic Symposium 2020

SAJAC Genetics Symposium Recording – Oct 15th, 2020.


SAJAC Genetics Symposium

Are you at risk of getting Ashkenazi Genetic Diseases?
Watch Video:

Dr Karim Kader MD
Dr Franklin Gaylis MD


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Yiddish Classes


Dear Friend of YAAANA, 


Please join our 2020 YAAANA events! By popular demand, Yiddish curses and compliments class and Yiddish erotic and love vocabulary class come back this year! All of our classes and events are for all ages and family-friendly. YOU DON’T NEED TO KNOW ANY YIDDISH TO ATTEND THESE EVENTS 😊


January events: 


The new edition of Yiddish for Beginners will take place in the University City area, please e-mail us to be on our student list!

The class will be focused on conversational Yiddish and will include everyday greetings, common idioms, and the very basics of grammar.

We will also learn a few Yiddish songs.

There will be 6 sessions on Sunday afternoons, starting on January 26th.

When: 01/26, 02/02, 02/09, 02/16, 02/23, 03/01 at 2:00 p.m.

Where: 5225 Fiore Terrace, San Diego, CA 92122

How much: $70 for the whole series or $15 for individual sessions



January 19th: Yiddish Curses and Compliments Class

Would you like to learn to curse a nudnik in Yiddish?

Or perhaps you want to give a Yiddish compliment to a gute neshume? If yes, then this class is for you! 

When: Sunday, January 19th, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

Where: The House of Israel, Balboa Park, 2156 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101

How much: $15



February events:


February 13th: Libe un erotik – Love and Erotic Yiddish Vocabulary Class

Celebrate Valentine’s Day’s Eve with YAAANA – learn Yiddish love vocabulary!

Hear Eros entice Yidn in Yiddish… See Sappho seduce shikses… Watch Cupid coax meydlekh in the mame loyshn

When: Friday, February 13th, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.

Where: TBD

How much: $15

Chocolates and champagne included! 😊


February 21st: Yiddish themed Shabbat dinner at UCSD Hillel

This event is hosted by the Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America. This event is free and open to general public.

When: Friday, February 21st, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.

Where: UC San Diego Hillel, 8976 Cliffridge Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037


Questions? Please email info@yaaana.com or nikki@hillelsd.org

We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with KlezCalifornia – KlezCalifornia became our new fiscal sponsor.

Learn more about KlezCalifornia and our partnership here: 



If you are interested in donating to YAAANA, please use this new link: 



If you prefer to donate to us directly, there are 6 days left to donate through Jewcer to help us cover our 2020 expenses: 




We are looking forward to welcoming 2020 with you!



SAJAC Menorah

La Jolla Hanukkah Party Dec 22 @ 7.00 pm






7:00-10:30 PM




Tickets have been selling fast to Hanukkah X: Fire & Stars! Get yours before we sell out!

Soul X + Audrey’s Tent present to you this special experience at Trilogy in La Jolla on the 1st night of Hanukkah. Join us for a transformative guided experience as we celebrate Hanukkah, journeying through fire, lights, stars, and sound as we integrate its powerful message of light over darkness into our lives.

We will begin on the Rooftop with a fire show & Menorah lighting. 

Because this night occurs on the Winter Solstice – the darkest day of the year, we will observe the stars through a telescope and learn about the galaxy with Cosmologist & Professor of Physics at UCSD, Brian Keating. 

We will then head down to the 2nd floor for a private guided Sound Meditation on 8 messages of wisdom we can take into our lives from the 8 lights of the Menorah, guided by Rabbi Bortz and John Beck. 

We will cap off our event with an LED Movement Show, Dreidel Tournament, and special parting gifts. Happy Hanukkah!

Special Gift: The first 35 attendees will be gifted a free copy of the book: Losing The Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science’s Highest Honor.

*Adults of all ages, as well as students in High School & College are all welcome to attend*



View Braai Bonanza’s Photo Gallery

Fun! Fun! Fun! at our Braai Bonanza, that we held at the JCC Community Park on Sunday, Oct 27th.
Simply click on the first photo and then use the to the right of the image to see the rest …. Enjoy!

Silent Auction Art Donations

Braai Bonanza – Art donated for Silent Auction

Silent Auction Art Donations


Susie Lotzof – California Dreamin’ Acrylic on canvas – framed and wired 13 x 25
– great to hang in any kid’s room – Value $400 – Minimum bid $100 – & now you bid!


Narisa Broderick  – Original Oil on Canvas – 22 x 28 – Value $400 – Minimum bid $100 – Your bid?



Ilana Silverman – African Lady with Fruit Basket –  Original Acrylic on Canvas – 16 x 20
Value $750 – minimum bid – $150 …. make a bid!!



Pamela Nathan – ‘Oh So Pink!’ Watercolor on Paper – 11 x 14 – Value $85 – minimum bid $20 -Make your bid!



Atara Baker –  Series VI  Oil on canvas – mixed media – 48 x 40 – Value $4200 – You can have it for $1000 – Atara has exhibited in NYC Galleries – click here to see Atara Baker’s Bio



Jenifer Broomberg – Pears – 18 x 14 – Oil on Canvas – Value  $500 – You can have it for $141.00



Tova Galgut – A Vase in your Life – mixed media – 16 x 20 – $150 value – Minimum bid $35 – What’s your bid?



Partners In Aging

My wife Tammy and I have founded Partner In Aging. By providing resources, information and advocacy our goal is to be your partner in aging.

We strive to help you create an aging plan. Whether you want us to assist you in finding the right retirement community or advise on aging-in-place, we can consult and connect you to all available resources. In addition, we can help you sort out any questions you may have with Medicare and long-term insurance. Please trust that many of our services are at no cost to our clients!

A little about me, Jonathan Schwartz. I have dedicated the past decade working in and studying the field of gerontology. I have a master’s degree in gerontology from USC and a genuine passion for helping individuals age well. I serve as Partner in Aging’s Geriatric Care Manager. Please email me with any questions you may have jon@partnerinaging.com