Holidays & spiritual


“Berkeley Shuls Yom HaShoah Commemoration.” Remembrance with Rabbi Menachem Creditor and others. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 7 p.m. Free. (510) 549-9447.

“Black Days and Nights: The story of my childhood as a Holocaust survivor.” Survivor and author Leon Rajninger speaks about his Holocaust experiences. Organized by Congregation Beth Shalom of Napa Valley. At Napa Valley Lutheran Church, 1796 Elm St., Napa. 4 p.m. Free. (707) 253-7305.

“Confronting the Holocaust: American Responses.” The city of Berkeley’s annual Yom HaShoah remembrance honors survivors living in the East Bay. At the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 12 p.m. Free.

“Kristallnacht — Through a Child’s Eyes.” Anne Marie Yellin, who experienced Kristallnacht at age 8, will speak. At Peninsula Temple Beth El, 1700 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Free. 6:30 p.m.

(650) 847-1715.

“Regeneration: Lessons from the Holocaust.” Includes a candlelighting in which survivors are escorted by a teen, and the reading of essays from a contest for students. At Congregation Beth Ami’s Friedman Center, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 2 p.m. Free. (415) 492-2127.

“Remember and Retell: Our Sacred Responsibility.” Personal stories from survivors. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 1:30 p.m. Free; RSVP requested. (415) 449-3717.

“Unto Every Person There Is a Name.” The Golden Pacific Region of B’nai B’rith’s annual Yom HaShoah commemoration features a lighting of candles by Holocaust survivors and reading of names. At the Holocaust Memorial Monument, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave., S.F. 10 a.m. Free. (415) 752-9304.

“Yes, We Sang!” Musical Yom HaShoah commemoration with the Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco, Kol Truah Jewish Choir of the East Bay and Nigunim Community Folk Chorus. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 4 p.m. $10, free for children and seniors. (510) 528-8872.

Yom HaShoah observance. Remembrance of Kristallnacht, with talks by survivors. At Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton. 6 p.m. Free. (925) 931-1055.

Yom HaShoah observance. Excerpts performed from the opera “Another Sunrise,” based on the life of a Polish resistance fighter. At Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Road, Lafayette. 4:30 p.m. Free. (510) 318-6453.

Yom HaShoah observance. Dedication of a new Holocaust memorial in Marin. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. 4 p.m. Free. (415) 388-1818 ext. 103.

“Yom HaShoah V’Hagevurah.” Annual South Peninsula Holocaust remembrance features a number of survivors. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. 5 p.m. Free. (650) 847-1715.


“Confronting the Holocaust: American Responses.” Speakers include Eva Maiden, author of “Decisions in the Dark: A Refugee Girl’s Journey,” and Tom Jacobson, one of the youngest survivors on the ill-fated SS St. Louis, County Government Building, 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose. Free. (408) 357-7504.

“Voice of the Nations.” A dinner for survivors and their families followed by a community service. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. Free.


“Avodat Lev on the Farm.” Morning Shabbat service with chanting, poetry and a vegetarian potluck lunch. At Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St., Berkeley. 10 a.m. Free.


“A Tale of Survival in Nazi Occupied France.” Survivor Leon Vermont speaks about surviving the Holocaust in France after witnessing his family being taken away by Nazis. At Temple Beth Torah, 42000 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont. 7:30 p.m. Free. (510) 656-7142.


Rabbi Shefa Gold

Jewish Renewal. Rabbi Shefa Gold, nationally known for her Center for Devotional, Energy and Ecstatic Practice, or C-DEEP, in New Mexico, comes to the Bay Area to explore the elements of earth, water, fire and air found in the Torah. The spiritual leader has been a major force in the Jewish Renewal movement. 7 p.m. Monday, May 5 at Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley. $25-$30.




Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission St., S.F.

“Arthur Szyk and the Art of the Haggadah.” Exhibit of 48 paintings from the famous Szyk Haggadah. Through June 29.

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

“Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism.” Exhibit featuring photographs of architecture designed by Jews in the 20th century. Through Oct. 6.

Jewish Community Library

1835 Ellis St., S.F.

“Facing East: A Jewish Orientation.” Wide array of sculptures, textiles, paintings and more from a variety of artists about Judaism. Through Aug. 3.

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 of Craft and Design

2569 Third St., S.F.

“Wheat Is Wheat Is Wheat: Peddy Mergui.” Exhibit exploring ethics and design in retail packaging. Through June 15.

Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living

4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville

“Next Year in Jerusalem.” Celebration of Passover and the Offenbacher Haggadah. Through June 30.

on stage


2840 Mariposa St., S.F.

“E-i-E-i-OY!” Vivien Straus’ one-woman autobiographical show about a Jewish farm girl and a Czech refugee. Through May 10.

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 May 4.


jewish calendar

April 25, 2014

Nissan 25, 5774

Light candles at 7:36 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 8:36 p.m.


May 2, 2014

Iyar 2, 5774

Light candles at 7:42 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 8:44 p.m.