“Wary of Strangers,” two young Israeli boys in Gedera photo/rabbi bernie robinson


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Photographer and former Bay Area Rabbi Bernie Robinson spent years photographing Israeli Ethiopian Jews as he traveled to the small Israeli towns where they settled. He hopes his pictures show the commonalities and shared bonds among Jews from different backgrounds. The photos are on display through October.

10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. Through October. Free. www.kolshofar.org


Drop-in art making for families. Make block prints for the new year. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 1 p.m. Included with admission. www.thecjm.org.


Exhibit opening. Visual and textual expressions of religious beliefs. Includes Jewish scrolls, Orthodox coins, Catholic paintings and more. At Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. 1:30 p.m. Exhibit through Jan. 31. Free. www.gtu.edu.


“California Dreaming.” Multimedia exhibit exploring Jewish life in the Bay Area from Gold Rush to present. Through Oct. 16. “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.

“La Habana.” Photos of Jewish life in Cuba by Victoria Montoro Zamorano. Through Nov. 17. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. www.jccsf.org.

“Memories from Syria.” Avraham Shemi-Shoham’s paintings on life of the Halab community, which fled to Israel. Through Nov. 7. “Vanishing Birds.” Art by Rita Sklar. Through Oct. 26. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Free. www.paloaltojcc.org.

“Reborn: Posters from the European Jewish Cultural Renaissance, 1963-1994,” “Typo/Graphics: Studying Jewish Types in Print and Photography,” “The Inventory Project” and “Modern Jewish History 101: The Art Files.” Through Dec. 16. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. www.magnes.org.

“Six Dots.” Exhibit by 30 Israeli artists who draw inspiration from the Star of David. Through Sept. 27. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. www.pjcc.org.

“You Did WHAT To My Comics?” Illustrations of Torah stories by Brynjegard-Bialik using collages of comic books. Through Nov. 30. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Free. www.marinjcc.org.