Talks & workshops


“National Preach-In on Climate Change.” A Saturday morning drash joins nearly 1,000 congregations from many faiths in observing a nationwide day of prayer and study. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 9:30 a.m. Free. (707) 526-9864.


“The Man Who Gave ‘Fiddler’ Its Heart.” Educator and writer Bonnie Weiss presents a multimedia tribute to “Fiddler on the Roof” lyricist Sheldon Harnick. At East Bay JCC, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 2 p.m. $10-$15.

Anti-Semitism on college campuses. U.C. Santa Cruz lecturer Tammi Ross-Benjamin discusses the AMCHA Initiative, a nonprofit combating anti-Semitism at American universities. At Rossmoor Hillside Clubhouse, 3400 Golden Rain Road, Walnut Creek. 4 p.m. Free. (925) 938-4738.


“Origins of Anti-Semitism in Europe.” Professor Barry Preisler discusses the roots of global anti-Semitism as part of Sonoma State’s “Never Again?” Holocaust  lecture series. At Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 4 p.m. Free.

“Presidents and Prime Ministers.” Radio host and political analyst John Rothmann discuses the relationship between American presidents and Israeli prime ministers. Wine and cheese served. At the American Jewish Committee, 121 Steuart St., S.F. 6 p.m. Free. RSVP required.


Anita Diamant. “The Red Tent” author speaks with Joanne Greene of the Marin JCC. Q&A follows. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7 p.m. $12-$15. Also Feb. 20 at Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 7 p.m. $5-$7. (See story, 20)


Aluf Benn

The inside story on Israel. Haaretz editor-in-chief Aluf Benn, who’s written for the New York Times, the Guardian and Newsweek, speaks with Middle East expert and Atlantic foreign affairs writer Jeffrey Goldberg about the political issues Israel faces with its regional neighbors and the wider global community. The two also will discuss how the media covers the Middle East. 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. $25-$35.


“A Brief History of Jerusalem.” U.C. Berkeley professor Ron E. Hassner, whose research focuses on political science and religious studies, discusses the city’s past and its politics. Presented by Temple Israel’s Men Club. At 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda.10 a.m. $5 suggested donation.

“Urban Gardening 101.” David Gardella demonstrates how to grow food even in very small spaces, and how this aligns with Jewish values. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 1 p.m. $18-$20.


“Lessons Learned from a Holocaust Childhood.” Holocaust survivor Hans Angress lectures in Sonoma State’s “Never Again?” series on the Holocaust and genocide. At Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 4 p.m. Free.


Mordechai Halawa

From Kuwait to Jerusalem. Mordechai Halawa, who grew up in a secular Muslim household in Kuwait, found out later in life that he had extensive matrilineal Jewish roots. Halawa, who now studies Torah and acts as a liaison for Israeli companies, discusses his journey to Poland and Israel after discovering his family’s past. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. $12.

“Zionism, Israel, and American Power in the 20th Century.” Mark Raider, professor of modern Jewish history at the University of Cincinnati, discusses the lasting impact on Jewish history of American Zionist leader Stephen S. Wise and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Light refreshments. At Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose. 5 p.m. Free. RSVP to




Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission St., S.F.

“Frog and Toad and the World of Arnold Lobel.” Exhibit featuring art from the iconic children’s book series. Through March 23.

“Jason Lazarus: Live Archive.” The Jewish artist’s first West Coast museum exhibition featuring the role of photography in contemporary art and identity. Through March 23.

“To Build & Be Built: Kibbutz History.” Exhibit on the history and cultural aspects of the kibbutz in Jewish life. Through July 1.

Jewish Heritage Museum at the Reutlinger
4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville

“Eight Nights of Hanukkah.” Showcase of menorahs from around the world and different eras. Through March 30.

Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

“Saved by the Bay.” Collection of letters, photographs, film, travel documents and other artifacts from  scholars and intellectuals who fled fascist Europe in the 1930s. Through June 27.

Museum on Main
603 Main St., Pleasanton

“Multiply by Six Million: Portraits and Stories of Holocaust Survivors.” Black-and-white portraits and narratives from Holocaust survivors in California. Through Feb. 28.

Osher Marin JCC
200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael

“Sacred Words: Finding Common Ground.” Interfaith exhibit showcasing pieces that feature sacred words in English, Hebrew, Arabic, Farsi, Greek and Chinese. Through April 7.

Peninsula JCC
800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City

“My Judaism Unlocked.” Paintings incorporating paper inspired by Ronni Jolles’ Jewish upbringing. Through March 26.


on stage

The Marsh
1062 Valencia St., S.F.

“Feisty Old Jew.” Actor and writer Charlie Varon’s one-man play about an 83-year-old curmudgeon living a 20th-century life in the 21st-century Bay Area. Through March 16.


jewish calendar

Feb. 14, 2014
Adar I 14, 5774
Light candles at 5:29 p.m.
Shabbat ends at 6:28 p.m.

Feb. 21, 2014
Adar I 21, 5774
Light candles at 5:37 p.m.
Shabbat ends at 6:35 p.m.