The Jewish Academy of San Diego Celebrates the Opening of a New Performing Arts Auditorium


The San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) in Carmel Valley recently celebrated the campus’ new state-of-the-art Ana “Janche” Galicot (PAA) Performing Arts Auditorium, funded by Galicot’s two sons in her honor, according to a statement. Press. The 5,000 square foot facility includes three multi-purpose rooms, a theater space and an auditorium, as well as state-of-the-art audio, visual, lighting and acoustic design.

“The opening of our new Performing Arts Auditorium is such an exciting time for our school and our community,” school principal Zvi Wess said in the press release. “The AAP can serve so many different functions, events and purposes. It really allows us to bring more experiences to life and think even more creatively about how we imbue our students with a deep love of learning, social responsibility and active Jewish living.” ,

SDJA’s new state-of-the-art performing arts auditorium.

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The Jewish Academy of San Diego offers a diverse range of extracurricular programs and inclusive courses in sports, arts, music, and science, each of which is an integral part of LDJA’s goal of developing well-rounded students through various types of extracurricular learning and experiences.

(LR) Teshy Wellman (LDS staff), Janche Galicot and Ariela Berkstein (LDS staff)

(LR) Teshy Wellman (LDS staff), Janche Galicot and Ariela Berkstein (LDS staff)

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“The new Performing Arts Auditorium provides a huge missing piece to our world-class school – a dedicated theater – that will give our students more confidence, pride and skills,” Weiss said. “They will be able to fully develop all aspects of a production with sets, staging and planning in a space focused solely on the performing arts.”

Elliot Scott, SDJA Board Chair, Richard and Ann Jaffe, and Zvi (School Principal) and Deborah Weiss

Elliot Scott, SDJA Board Chair, Richard and Ann Jaffe, and Zvi (School Principal) and Deborah Weiss

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The SDJA college and high school offer drama courses, including work-study programs in theatrical production. “Having this new theater will allow for truly in-depth and hands-on learning for these students, bringing them together in a phenomenal space to work collaboratively,” PK Brannon, Artistic Director of SDJA Theater, concluded in the press release. “We are so grateful to SDJA, the Galicot family and our community for this phenomenal new facility.” Visit sdja.com

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