North African beauties
Israeli photographer Nelli Sheffer traveled through Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia to capture something that reflects the diversity and richness of the region — its beautiful and local food. This week, following the Osher Marin JCC’s annual meeting, Sheffer will be on hand at an artists’ reception for his exhibit “Harissa, Honey and Hyssop,” which is on display at the JCC until Sept. 3.
8:30 p.m. Monday, June 11 at Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Free. www.marinjcc.org
Reception. Photojournalists Rachael Strecher and Josh Berer discuss their exhibit “The Last Jews of Yemen.” Includes display and lecture by Yemeni jeweler Yehuda Tassa on “Tradition and History of Yemenite Jewelry.” At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 5:30 p.m. Free. www.paloaltojcc.org.
“An American Experience: Growing Up Jewish in America.” Exhibit displays heritage of residents and family members of the Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living. Through July 29. At the Jewish Heritage Museum, 4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville. www.rcjl.org.
Book exhibition. Bestselling Israeli books translated into Chinese and English. On display and to borrow. Through July 1. At S.F. Public Library Chinatown branch, 1135 Powell St., S.F. Also at Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F. www.israelchinasf.com.
“California Dreaming.” Multimedia exhibit exploring Jewish life in the Bay Area from Gold Rush to present. Through Oct. 16. “Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought.” Exhibit that explores tree design, purpose and Jewish thought. Through Sept. 9. “Stanley Saitowitz: Judaica.” New perspectives from the S.F.-based architect. Through Oct. 16. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. www.thecjm.org.
“The Last Jews of Yemen.” Photos and journal entries by Rachael Strecher and Josh Berer documenting Yemen’s Jewish population. Through June 28. “Maqama.” Photographs of U.S. by Israeli Bay Area resident Chami Lerner. Through June 29. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. www.paloaltojcc.org.
“More Than Enough: Redefining Excess.” Jewish artists answer “When do we need more than enough?” Through Aug. 5. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. www.bjesf.org/adults_events.htm.
“Sephardic Women of Turkey.” Photographs by Audrey Ray Daniel. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. Through Aug. 24. www.siliconvalleyjcc.org/arts or email@example.com.
“Territory.” Israeli artist Yigal Ozeri’s large-scale, photo-realistic oil paintings pairing women with natural settings. Through June 30. At Jenkins Johnson Gallery, 464 Sutter St., S.F. www.jenkinsjohnsongallery.com.
“Treasures from the Gershwin Archive.” Exhibit of memorabilia from the trust of Ira and Leonore Gershwin, including music covers, personal photographs and sketches. Through June 15. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. www.jccsf.org.
“Wings of the Phoenix.” Exhibit on Chinese diplomat Feng Shan Ho and his rescue of Austrian Jews during World War II. Through July 1. At Chinese Historical Society of America, 965 Clay St., S.F. 6 p.m. Free. www.israelchina.com.