Holidays & spiritual


“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.


“Early Celebration of Israel’s 66th Birthday.” Guest speakers, live music and a potluck lunch. 9:30 a.m. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. Free.


“Israel in Marin.” Celebrate Israel Independence Day with live music, art, Miller’s East Coast Deli food and a birthday cake. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 9:30-2:30 p.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.

Yom HaAtzmaut celebration. Celebration of Israel Independence Day with live music, dancing and Israeli food. At Temple Israel of Alameda, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda. 11 a.m. Free.

“Israel Memorial Day.” Ceremony honoring Israelis who have died in war or from acts of terrorism. Songs from the IDF Entertainment Troupe. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the East Bay. At Lafayette Veterans Hall, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. 7:30 p.m. Free.


“A Crazy, Crazy Fun Yom Ha’atzma’ut Celebration.” PJ Library’s celebration for parents and children includes music, games and a hot dog barbecue. At Addison Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 5:30-7 p.m. Free.


“Made in Israel.” Israeli independence celebration with wine tasting, live music, art exhibits and more. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 4-9 p.m. Free.

“Yom Ha’Atzmaut Community Celebration.” Celebrate Israel’s birthday with live music and dancing, games for children, Israeli food and wine tasting. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Free.

Yom HaAtzmaut celebration. Two Israeli bands perform; falafel for sale. Sponsored by the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation. At Justin Herman Plaza, Market St. at the Embarcadero, S.F. 12 p.m. Free.

Israel Independence Day picnic. Berkeley Hillel celebrates with falafel and live music. At Memorial Glade, U.C. Berkeley. 12 p.m. Free.




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 and paintings about Judaism from a variety of artists. 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.

Jewish Heritage Museum at the Reutlinger

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

May 2, 2014

Iyar 2, 5774

Light candles at 7:42 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 8:44 p.m.

May 9, 2014

Iyar 9, 5774

Light candles at 7:49 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 8:51 p.m.