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art

ongoing

“Arthur Szyk: Illuminator for Freedom.” Exhibit on the caricature artist and haggadah writer. Through May 27. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. http://www.pjcc.org.

“Beware the Evil Eye.” Collection of hamsas (protective amulets) from the collection of Alice Prager. At Jewish Heritage Museum, Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living, 4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville. (925) 648-2800.

“Bible and Buddha.” Paintings by Helen Ann Licht. Through March 31. At Badé Museum, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley. (510) 849-8286.

“Exodus: Flight from Nazi Germany.” Through the fall. At Holocaust Center of Northern California, 121 Steuart St., S.F. http://www.hcnc.org.

“New Works/Old Story: 80 Artists at the Passover Table.” Through June 2. “Jews on Vinyl.” Through June 9. StoryCorps. Share life stories with family and friends in the story booth. Through Oct. 11. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. http://www.thecjm.org.

“Images of Devotion.” Photo montage studies addressing Chassidim by Barry Shapiro. Through April 23. At Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. (510) 547-2424 ext. 100.

“Making Time: Omer Calendars by Community Artists.” Through July 26. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. http://www.bjesf.org.

“Multiply By Six Million: Portraits and Stories of Holocaust Survivors.” Evvy Eisen photography exhibit. Through April 30. At Congregation Beth Sholom, 301 14th Ave., S.F. (415) 221-8736 ext. 111.

“Old Friends, New Work.” International exhibit featuring works by artists who exhibited at the museum from 1992 to 2005. Through June 1. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., San Francisco.  (415) 861-3667.

“Rivington Street: Yiddish Culture in Comic Strips.” Through July 26. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. http://www.bjesf.org.

“Scattered Syllables.” Jewish painter Joshua Meyer. Through March 28. At Dolby Chadwick Gallery, 210 Post St., S.F. http://www.dolbychadwickgallery.com.

“The X-Ray Project.” Photography exhibit using X-rays from hospitals in Jerusalem to explore terrorism. Through March 27. At ASUC Art Studio in the U.C. Berkeley student union. http://www.x-rayproject.com.

“Untamed Images.” Michael Pollack’s photographs of animals and landscapes. Through May 20. At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. http://www.ccjcc.org.

“Youth in Motion!” Young athletes in Israel. Through May 29. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. (415) 444-8000.


music & dance

saturday   |   21

“Kosher Gospel.” Jewish Music Festival opening night with Joshua Nelson and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. At First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St., Oakland. 8 p.m. $24-$28. http://www.jewishmusicfestival.org.

Vocolot. Global percussion all-female group singing in English, Hebrew, Ladino and Yiddish at a concert benefiting the Women’s Earth Alliance. At Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda. 8 p.m. $22.50-$25. (510) 865-5060.

sunday   |   22

“Young People’s Symphony Orchestra Highlighting the Music of Ernest Bloch.” With guest cellist Bonnie Hampton. Jewish Music Festival. At Castro Valley Arts Center, 19501 Redwood Road, Castro Valley. 2 p.m. $15-$20. http://www.jewishmusicfestival.org.

“Hasidic/Yiddish Dance.” With Bruce Bierman. Music, refreshments and dancing. At Valley Club House, Valley Club Circle, Napa. 4-6 p.m. $10-$25. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“Desert Roots.” Yuval Ron on the oud and others performing music and stories from the Middle East in Hebrew and Arabic. At Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos. 7 p.m. $15. (831) 423-2048.

The Freylekh: Dance Party. Yiddish dancing and live klezmer music. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7-8 p.m. $10. http://www.jcceastbay.org.

monday   |   23

Andy Stateman Trio. Bluegrass, jazz and klezmer music. Jewish Music Festival. At Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F. 8 and 10 p.m. (415) 655-5600.

tuesday   |   24

“Classical Concert at the JCC: Jon Nakamatsu.” Concert pianist performs. Proceeds benefit the JCC. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 7:30 p.m. $60-$100. nakamatsu09.eventbrite.com.

wednesday   |   25

“An Evening with Flory Jagoda: Conversations, Memories and Songs from Bosnia.” Jewish Music Festival. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $16-$20. http://www.jewishmusicfestival.org.

thursday   |   26

“Di Goldene Pave: Yiddish Muse and Mystery.” Yiddish singer and musician Lenka Lichtenberg with clarinetist Kinneret Sagee. Jewish Music Festival. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 1 p.m. $12-$15. http://www.jewishmusicfestival.org.

“Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird.” Klezmer-punk band. Jewish Music Festival. At Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F. 9 p.m. $12-$14. http://www.jewishmusicfestival.org.

saturday   |   28

Idan Raichel Project. Israeli keyboardist-composer. At Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon, S.F. 8 p.m. $20-$55. http://www.palaceoffinearts.org.

“The Sisters of Sheynville and Gaucho.” Canada’s all-female swing-klez sextet. Jewish Music Festival. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 8 p.m. $18-$28. http://www.jccsf.org.

sunday   |   29

“Community Music and Dance Party.” With Brass Menazeri, Yuri Lane, members of Painted Bird and Sisters of Sheynville. Includes a children’s concert at 11 a.m. 

Jewish Music Festival. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 2 p.m. $7-$10. http://www.jewishmusicfestival.org.

Trout Fishing in America. Grammy-nominated folk pop act. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 2 p.m. http://www.jccsf.org.

Alisa Fineman in concert with Kimball Hurd. Ticket price includes wine and appetizers. Benefit for the Emeth Sisterhood. At Congregation Emeth, 17835 Monterey St., Morgan Hill. 3-5 p.m. $30. (408) 842-6876.



theater

ongoing


“Basha Rubenchek from Minsk, Comrade of Petaluma.” Brookside Repertory Theatre Production.  Through May 3. At Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley. http://www.brooksiderep.org.

“The Model Apartment.” Holocaust survivors move to a Florida condo. Through April 5. At Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida St., S.F. $35. http://www.atjt.com.

friday   |   20

“The Last Night of Ballyhoo.” Comedy about an elite Southern Jewish community in 1939. At Ross Valley Players Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Frances Drake Blvd., Ross. $15-$25. (415) 456-9555.

thursday   |   26

“Josh Kornbluth — I Brake for Buber.” Monologist Kornbluth’s new improvisational piece. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 7-8:30 p.m. http://www.thecjm.org.

“Charles Darwin: Live and in Concert.” Richard Milner’s one-man musical about the life of Darwin. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 8 p.m. $15-$25. http://www.jccsf.org.

saturday   |   28

“Four Cups of Whine.” Writers/performers Nato Green, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Peter Orner and others present Passover stories. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 8:30-10 p.m. http://www.thecjm.org.


film & video

thursday   |   26

“Against the Tide.” Documentary about the U.S. during the Holocaust, from the Simon Wiesenthal Centers Film Division. At Camera 7 Theater, 1875 Bascom Ave., Campbell. 7 p.m. $9-$11. (800) 838-3006.


tv & radio

sunday   |   22

“Mosaic.” 5 a.m. KPIX channel 5.

monday   |   23

“Binah: Creative Voices from the JCCSF.” Featuring Edward Albee. 8 p.m. KALW 91.7 FM.


lectures & workshops

friday   |   20

“Scholar-in-Residence Weekend.” Janis Plotkin presents lectures, discussions and film clips. Through Sunday, March 22. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 8 p.m. http://www.shirhadash.org.

sunday   |   22

Michael Harris of San Francisco Voice for Israel. Lecture and bagel brunch. At Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond. 10:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (510) 223-2560.

“Passover Seder Plate Ceramics Playshop.” For families. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 3-5 p.m. $50-$55. http://www.jccsf.org.

“In Every Generation They Wish to Destroy Us.” Deborah Lipstadt discusses Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism, and anti-Israel as factors in Jewish identity. At Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto. 8 p.m. http://www.kolemeth.org.

monday   |   23

“Over 50? Get Job Search Savvy: Next Generation Networking.” At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. Also March 25 at Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael.  7-9 p.m. http://www.jvs.org/calendar.php.

Sherith Israel Book Club. Discussion on “The Slave” by Isaac Bashevis Singer, with refreshments provided. At Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“Composer Conversation.” John Adams and Kevin Starr. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 8 p.m. http://www.jccsf.org.

tuesday   |   24

Pearl Sofaer. Author of “Baghdad to Bombay: In the Kitchens of My Cousins.” At Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. 3 p.m. Free. (650) 329-2620.

Barbara Epstein, author of “The Minsk Ghetto 1941-1943.” As part of the Holocaust and Genocide lecture series. At Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 4-5:40 p.m. http://www.sonoma.edu/holocaust.

“Got Sholom Bayis? How to Get the Marriage You’ve Always Wanted.” With Jewish instructor Marcia Naomi Berger. At Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 7 p.m. $25-$26. (415) 491-4801.

“Sholom Aleichem: Dangerous Novels and Fiddler on the Roof.” Lecture by author Gabriella Safran. At BJE Library, S.F. 7:30 p.m. Free. (415) 567-3327 ext. 703.

“Charles Darwin: Evolution of a Naturalist.” Richard Milner presents Darwin stories from his book “Darwin’s Universe.” At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 8 p.m. $10-$12. http://www.jccsf.org.

“When Do We Do It? Themes and Practices of the Jewish Holidays.” Jewish Literacy Seminar. At Beth Jacob Congregation, 3778 Park Blvd., Oakland. 8 p.m. Free. (510) 482-1147.

wednesday   |   25

“From the Furnace Fire to the Emperor’s Court: Ancient Glass in the Holy Land.” History of glass production in the Holy Land focusing on the use of ancient furnaces and oil lamps. At deYoung Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.ancientglass.eventbrite.com.

thursday   |   26

“The Cultural Geography of the Middle East.” With Noel Kaplowitz. East Bay Jewish Forum. At Temple Beth Sholom, 642 Dolores St., San Leandro. 10 a.m. $10. (510) 839-2900 ext. 256.

“Billy Hayes and the True Story Behind Gray’s Anatomy.” Author discusses his book “The Anatomist” and the classic medical text “Gray’s Anatomy.” At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. $10-$12. http://www.jccsf.org.

“Torah Slam.” Panel of local rabbis discuss Judaism and “The World to Come” as part of the One Community One Book program. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 7:30 p.m. Free. (408) 357-7413.

friday   |   27

“Jewish Women and Intermarriage: Tom, Dick or Chaim.” Kol Hadash Provocative Lectures series. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 8-9:30 p.m. Free. http://www.kolhadash.org.

sunday   |   29

“Creating an Interfaith Wedding Ceremony.” Lecture and buffet brunch. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 10 a.m. http://www.jccsf.org/interfaith.

“Chef Talk with Jan Birnbaum.” Discussing Passover seder foods with GraceAnn Walden. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 2 p.m. http://www.marinjcc.org.

 


benefits & social events

saturday   |   21

“Escape to the Mediterranean.” Silent auction fundraiser for Gan Israel Preschool and Irving and Edna Newman Religious School, with live music and food. At B’nai Israel Jewish Center, 740 Western Ave., Petaluma. (707) 762-0340.

sunday   |   22

“Small Plates, High Spirits, and All That Jazz.” Gala benefiting Jewish Family Services Silicon Valley’s project NOAH (No One Abandoned Here) with gourmet food, wine and the Simply Jazz Trio. At the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. 5 p.m. $95. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

thursday   |   26

“Fourth Thursdays at Sugar.” New monthly networking event for Bay Area Jews ages 30 to 45. Includes wine sampling, appetizers, desserts and music. At Sugar Café, 679 Sutter St., S.F. 7-9 p.m. $15. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

sunday   |   29

“Chai Baby Visits the Library.” Music, puppets and discussion with early childhood educator Mimi Greisman. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 10:30 a.m. Free. (415) 777-4545.

“Lost and Found: Young Adult Feast of Jewish Learning.” Workshops on film, spirituality, history, Torah and love. At Jewish Community High School of the Bay, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 2-7 p.m. http://www.bjesf.org.

“Dedication of the Erna and Arthur Salm Memorial Grove.” Holocaust and Genocide Center unveils the Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Grove. At Sonoma State University, Sonoma. 3 p.m. http://www.sonoma.edu/holocaust.


spiritual & holiday

friday   |   20

“Purim With the Yiddish Folk Chorus.” An older adult birthday celebration. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 12:30-2 p.m. Free. http://www.jccsf.org.

saturday   |   21

“Purim Dance Party.” For Jewish singles ages 39 and older. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 8-11 p.m. $15-$25. http://www.jccsf.org.

friday   |   27

“Getting Ready for Passover Through Art.” Presentation of various Jewish ritual objects. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. http://www.jccsf.org.

sunday   |   29

“Pesach University.” Pre-Passover workshops, recipes and demonstrations. At Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., S.F. 9:30 a.m. (415) 346-1720 ext. 24.

“Seder Made Simple: How to Host a Fun and Festive Passover Celebration.” At Jewish Gateways, 409 Liberty St., El Cerrito. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. RSVP to rabbibridget@ jewishgateways.org.

“Chocolate Seder.” Family event teaching the story of Passover using chocolate. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 1-3 p.m. $20-$30 per family (up to five people). RSVP to (408) 357-7499.

“Making Passover Meaningful: A Workshop to Create a Liberating Seder experience.” At Wischemann Hall, 460 Eddie Lane, Sebastopol. 1-4 p.m. (707) 528-4222.

“Kabbalistic Feng Shui of the Seder Plate.” At Afikomen Judaica store, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 3 p.m. (510) 655-1977.


singles

sunday   |   22

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. In Kenwood. Bay Area Jewish Singles Hiking Club. Meet at trailhead. 12 p.m. $3. (707) 823-9555.

saturday   |   28

Mt. Tam West Side hike. In Marin. Bay Area Jewish Singles Hiking Club and Sierra Singles. Meet at Rock Springs trailhead. 10 a.m. Free. (510) 451-5252.

sunday   |   29

Briones-Reservoir-Bear Creek trail. In the East Bay. Bay Area Jewish Singles Hiking Club. Meet at Orinda BART station. 10:30 a.m. $3. (925) 228-4213.

thursday   |   26

“Then There Were Two.” Herb Kwart interviews two Jewish servicemen who received the Congressional Medal of Honor. Senior Widows/Widowers/Singles of Silicon Valley. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 1 p.m. (408) 253-7200.