Overgrown by weeds, this old synagogue in Rymanów, Poland, recently has been restored.

‘Traces of Memory’

There have been periods of vibrant Jewish life and culture in Poland, and yet Poland is also the land of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Belzec and Sobibor. “Traces of Memory,” on display at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael starting next week, is an exhibit that pieces together a new way of looking at Poland’s rich Jewish heritage. At the opening reception, the speaker will be Jakub Nowakowski, director of the soon-to-open Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which owns the exhibit. The Old World Food Truck will be there, and Jef Labes will perform klezmer and folk music.

7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Free. www.marinjcc.org. Please RSVP by Dec. 3 to (415) 444-8080 or ayoakum@marinjcc.org.


“The Art of Prophetic Justice.” Works of San Francisco artist Bernard Zakheim. “Wide-Angle Lens.” Jewish photographers in the 1940s and 1950s. Through Feb. 3. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. www.bjesf.org/adults_events.htm.

“California Dreaming.” Multimedia exhibit exploring Jewish life in the Bay Area from Gold Rush to present. Ongoing. “The Radical Camera.” Photography exhibit on New York’s historic Photo League. Through Jan. 31. “Stanley Saitowitz: Judaica.” New perspectives from the S.F.-based architect. Ongoing. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. www.thecjm.org.

“Imaging Religions.” Visual and textual expressions of religious beliefs. Includes Jewish scrolls, Orthodox coins, Catholic paintings and more. Through Jan. 31. At Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. Free. www.gtu.edu.

“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.

“A Retrospective: Then and Now.” Ceramic Judaica by Susan Duhan Felix. Through Jan. 27. At Jewish Heritage Museum at Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living, 4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville. (925) 648-2800.

“A War on Modern Art: The 75th Anniversary of the Degenerate Art Exhibition.” Selections from exhibit by the Nazis in 1937 that aimed to turn public opinion against modern art. Through Feb. 24. At Cantor Arts Center, Palm Drive at Museum Way, Stanford University. www.museum.stanford.edu.