Sacred images, sacred words

Artworks using letters or words about faith in English, Hebrew, Arabic, Greek, Farsi and Korean will be on display at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California through June 5. The exhibit of 130 pieces, “Finding Common Ground Through Sacred Words,” is presented in conjunction with
Kehilla Community Synagogue and Montclair Presbyterian Church. Leaders from the three congregations, or the “faith trio,” will be on hand at the
opening reception.

5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, 1433 Madison St., Oakland. On display Wednesdays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through June 5. www.kehillasynagogue.org


“Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights.” Lecture by Stephen Suzman, nephew of the South African politician, linked to an exhibit honoring her life and work. Exhibit through Aug. 31. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free, but RSVP at www.jccsf.org.


“A Century of the Kibbutz.” Collection of 21 quilts by the Israeli Quilters Association on history, aspects of kibbutz life. Through July 3. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Free. www.paloaltojcc.org.

“Growing a Collection.” Works donated by members of the Reutlinger community. Through June 17. At Jewish Heritage Museum, 4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville. Free. (925) 648-2800.

“Handle With Care: A Portable Culture.” Multimedia exhibit on portability in Jewish culture. Through Aug. 3. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. (415) 567-3327 ext. 703.

“Through the Eyes of Rachel Marker.” Multimedia exhibit by writer and historian Moira Roth on the life of a fictional Czech Jew. Through June 28. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. Free. www.magnes.org.

“The World Stage: Israel.” Large portraits of men in Israel by Kehinde Wiley. Through May 27. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. www.thecjm.org.