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art

“The Artist Backstage.” Visual art by Broadway legend Zero Mostel. Through Nov. 14. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. http://www.jccsf.org/katzsnyder.

“Celebrating Jewish Life in Marin.” Photography exhibit by Norm Levin featuring celebrations in Marin and beyond. Through Nov. 23. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. (415) 444-8000.

“A Dancer’s Scrapbook, 1928-1933.” Pictures from Rose Yasgour, a pioneer of modern dance in New York, of her early career. Through Feb. 23, 2012. “A Fine Romance.” Exhibit about Jewish American songwriters of the 20th century. Through Dec. 22. At the BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. (415) 567-3327.

“An Exploration of Language and Shapes in Sculpture.” Sculptures by Joyce Steinfeld sculptures use the Hebrew alphabet and Chinese characters. Through Jan. 27, 2012. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.

“How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less.” Watercolor prints from Sarah Glidden’s graphic novel. Through Dec. 28. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. http://www.pjcc.org.

“The Israelis.” Photographic portraits by Mark Tuschman. Through Feb. 2, 2012. “Amulets.” Traditional embroidered tapestries by Ethiopian-Israeli women in Israel. Through Dec. 15. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. (650) 223-8669.

“Rita Sargen Simon Retrospective, 1924-2005.” Works in steel, bronze, ceramic and Plexiglas. Through Jan. 8, 2012. At Jewish Heritage Museum at Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living, 4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville. http://www.rcjl.org.

“Scattered Among the Nations.” Photographic exhibit of seven Jewish communities. Through December. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. (510) 845-6420.

“Stanley Saitowitz: Judaica.” New perspectives from a S.F.-based architect. Through Oct. 16, 2012.“Black Sabbath.” Studio exhibit on black-Jewish ties in recorded music. Through Feb. 8, 2012. “Houdini: Art and Magic.” Multimedia exhibit examining Houdini’s life, legend and influence. Through Jan. 16, 2012. At the Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. http://www.thecjm.org.

saturday   |   5

Bank of America Free Museum Day. BofA card holders get free entry to the Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F., and seven other museums in the Bay Area. Also Nov. 6. http://museums.bankofamerica.com.

wednesday   |   9

Sarah Glidden. Graphic novel author hosts discussion of her Taglit-Birthright Israel experience. 2 p.m. Free. Followed by “Art Gallery Tour and Workshop: Drawing From Your Own Life,” a guided a tour of the exhibition about her book, and a workshop about creating your own comics. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City. 7 p.m. $8. RSVP to (650) 212-7522.

thursday   |   10

“Old City to Our City.” Display of winning photographs by Birthright alumni. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City. 6:30 p.m. Free. (415) 561-9931.


music & dance

saturday   |   5

“Stars 2000.” Diablo Teen Theatre Company will perform songs from “Fiddler on the Roof” and other Broadway shows. Saxophonist Dave Alt also will perform compositions from Motown to Jewish melodies. At Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond. 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation. (510) 223-2560.

sunday   |   6

Ethan Bortnick. Child pianist makes his Bay Area debut with a concert to honor the Saal Family, sponsored by Chabad of Greater South Bay. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $75. (650) 424-9800.

saturday   |   12

Miri Mesika. Performance by Israeli singer accompanied by five-piece band. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 8:30 p.m. $35- $65. (408) 530-8243.

sunday   |   13

Abraham, Inc. Collaborative performance featuring klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer, funk trombonist Fred Wesley and Yiddish hip-hop artist Socalled. At Zellerbach Hall, U.C. Berkeley. 7 p.m. $20-$50. (510) 642-9988.

“Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel.” A piano concert with commentary featuring the music of Gershwin, Bernstein and more. At the Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $30-$40. (650) 223-8609.



theater

“In the Maze of Our Own Lives.” The Jewish Theatre San Francisco presents a play about the legacy of the Group Theatre, founded during the Depression. Through Nov. 13. At TJT, 470 Florida St., S.F. $15-$30. http://www.tjt-sf.org.

friday   |   4

“Parade.” A musical based on the historical events that led to the creation of the Anti-Defamation League. Discussion with the ADL after Nov. 4 performance. Through Nov. 20. At Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. $23-$32. (650) 329-0891.


film & video

saturday   |   5

“Lady Kul el Arab.” Documentary about an Israeli Druze teenager’s experience in the 2007 Miss Israel contest, followed by discussion. At Congregation Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F. 7 p.m. Free. (415) 824-4440.

“The Concert.” Comedy about a band of Jewish musician misfits. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. At the Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. $9.50-$13. (650) 223-8609.

sunday   |   6

“A Film Unfinished,” 1 p.m. “Berlin ’36,” 3 p.m. “The Concert,” 5:30 p.m. “Precious Life,” 7:30 p.m. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. At Camera 12 Theater, 201 S. Second St., San Jose. $9.50-$10.98. http://www.svjff.org.

“An Article of Hope.” Israel’s first astronaut and the journey of a tiny Torah into space. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival teen event. At BlueLight Cinemas, 21275 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino. 4 p.m. Free. RSVP to (650) 223-8649.

“Amos Oz: the Nature of Dreams.” J Street presents film screening followed by discussion. At B’nai Israel Jewish Center, 740 Western Ave., Petaluma. 4 p.m. Free. (707) 769-9114.

“Happy.” Documentary about the quest for happiness, presented by Jewish Federation of the East Bay. At Beth Chaim Congregation, 1800 Holbrook Drive, Danville. 8 p.m. $8. (650) 223-8609.

tuesday   |   8

“Safeguarding Memory: Commemorating Jewish Mass Graves in Poland.” Documentary screening on KQED Plus. 11 p.m.

wednesday   |   9

“The Forgotten Refugees.” Screening of documentary about Jews indigenous to the Mideast and North Africa. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. 7:30 p.m. Free. (415) 388-1818 ext. 111.

“Escape from Auschwitz: A Portrait of Friendship.” Documentary follows two young men through the Holocaust to their new lives in San Francisco. Subjects will be present for questions and discussions. At Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“Berlin ’36.” Docudrama about a Jewish high jumper and the 1936 Olympics. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. 7:30 p.m. At Camera 7 Theater, 1875 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell. $9.50-$10.98. http://www.svjff.org.

thursday   |   10

“The Human Resources Manager.” A film based on “A Woman in Jerusalem” by A.B. Yehoshua. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $9.50-$10.98. http://www.svjff.org.

sunday   |   13

“Faces of Israel.” Screening and discussion with filmmaker Amy Beth Oppenheimer. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 6 p.m. Free. http://www.facesthemovie.com.

“Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story,” 1 p.m. “Restoration,” 3 p.m. “Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray,” 5:30 p.m. “Intimate Grammar,” 7:30 p.m. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. At Camera 12 Theater, 201 S. Second St., San Jose. $9.50-$10.98. http://www.svjff.org.



lectures & workshops

saturday   |   5

“Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic Quest.” Book signing and talk by author Michael Krasny. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. 7:30 p.m. Free. (415) 388-1818 ext. 111.

sunday   |   6

“Universal Values of Jewish Parenting.” Actress Mayim Bialik will discuss the values of Jewish parenting for families of all backgrounds. Part of the Exploring the World of Judaism lecture series. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 9:30 a.m. Free. http://www.shirhadash.org.

“Black and Jewish.” Panel discussion on identity and experience. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 9:30 a.m. Free. (510) 845-6420 ext. 11.

“The Perfect Alibi” with author Sheldon Siegel. At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 10 a.m. $8. http://www.jfed.org/bookfestival.

“Nazi Nexus: America’s Corporate Connections to Hitler’s Holocaust.” Author Edwin Black will discuss his book, followed by a discussion about corporate collusion and Nazi eugenics. Includes bagel lunch. At Chai House, 814 St. Elizabeth Drive, San Jose. 10 a.m. $7 suggested donation. http://www.hillelsv.org.

“The Kosher Nation: It’s Not Just a Jewish Thing” with author and j. editor Sue Fishkoff. Includes lunch. At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek.12:30 a.m. $15. http://www.jfed.org/bookfestival.

“Yiddishkeit and its Artists” with editor Paul Buhle. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 1:30 p.m. Free. http://www.bjesf.org.

“Grapes and Giving.” Wine, cheese and chocolate tasting, along with a talk by Rabbi David White about wine and celebration in different cultures. At Temple Sinai , 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 2 p.m. $20-$30. (510) 547-8080.

“The Changing Face of Jewish-American Fiction.” Lecture by writer and journalist Rebecca Spence. At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 2:30 p.m. $8. http://www.jfed.org/bookfestival.

“We Are Optimistic about the Jewish Future.” Panel discussion with Adam Berman of Urban Adamah, Rabbi James M. Brandt of the Jewish Federation of the East Bay, Rabbi Alissa Forrest of Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, Rabbi Dan Goldblatt of Beth Chaim Congregation in Danville, and a representativefrom Wilderness Torah. At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 2:30 p.m. $8. http://www.jfed.org/bookfestival.

“Competing Zionisms.” Video lecture by David Ruderman of the University of Pennsylvania. Commentary and Q&A led by Kol Hadash members. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 4 p.m. Free. (510) 428-1492.

monday   |   7

“Anya’s War” with author Andrea Alban. At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 3:40 p.m. $8. http://www.jfed.org/bookfestival.

“Myths and Mysteries of Judaism.” Beginning of six-session course. Also available at Chabad centers in San Rafael, Contra Costa, Redwood City and Santa Cruz. At Jewish Learning Institute of San Francisco, 720 Lombard St., S.F. 7 p.m. $99. (415) 968-9907.

“Thinking, Fast and Slow” with scientist and author Daniel Kaneman. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$25. (415) 292-1200.

“My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner” with author Meir Shalev. 7 p.m. $10-$15. Shalev also hosts Hebrew storytelling at 5 p.m. $5-$12. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. (650) 223-8699. Also Oct. 8 at JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$25. (415) 292-1200.

“Transforming Fire: The Rise of the Israel-Islamist Conflict” with author Jonathan Spyer. At Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada St., Pleasanton. 7:30 p.m. $12. (510) 318-6453.

tuesday   |   8

“Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention” with author and journalist Katherine Ellison. At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 10 a.m. $8. http://www.jfed.org/bookfestival.

JIMENA student training. Advocacy training with Ralph Avi Goldwasser, co-founder of the David Project and director of the film “Forgotten Refugees.” At MLK Student Union, U.C. Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. Free. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust.” Author Marty Brounstein will discuss his book about a couple who saved others in the Holocaust. At Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame. 7 p.m. Free. (650) 558-7444 ext. 2.

“What If Israel Crushed Foreign Oil Dependency?” Presentation on energy innovations in Israel by scholar Daryl Temkin. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $5-$8. (650) 223-8692. Also on Nov. 9 at Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. $10 suggested donation. (310) 855-9606.

wednesday   |    9

“Two Books That Will Change Your Child’s Life … and Yours!” with author Lori Geismar Ryan. At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 9:30 a.m. Free. http://www.jfed.org/bookfestival.

“Poetry Out Loud at the Chocolate Café.” With Arthur Weil, Stewart Florsheim, Shoshana Eliahu, Mark Hofstadter, Cantor Linda Hirschhorn and others. At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 4:30 p.m. $8. http://www.jfed.org/bookfestival.

“North Africa’s Exiled Jews and the Arab Spring.” Lecture by Tripoli native Gina Waldman and director of “Forgotten Refugees” Avi Goldwasser. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. 7 p.m. Free. (415) 626-5062.

“A Comedic Deep Roast of the World of Food” with author Michael Capozzola. At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 7:30 p.m. $15. http://www.jfed.org/bookfestival.

“How a Nice Jewish Boy Became the District Attorney of Santa Clara County.” Presentation by D.A. Jeff Rosen. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 7:30 p.m. http://www.shirhadash.org.

“Black Sabbath.” A presentation on black-Jewish relations in music by author and music critic Josh Kun. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. (415) 567-3327. Also on Nov. 10 at JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. http://www.jewishmusicfestival.org.

thursday   |   10

“Constitutional Decisions and the Supreme Court” with Professor Jesse Chopper. Part of the East Bay Jewish Forum. At Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland . 9:45 a.m. $10. (510) 839-2900.

“He Said What? Women Write About the Moments When Everything Changed” with Victoria Zackheim and Kathi Kamen Goldmark. At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 10 a.m. $8. http://www.jfed.org/bookfestival.

Beginners’ mah jongg. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 6 p.m. $150 includes National Mah Jongg League card. Also Nov. 17, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8. RSVP to (510) 334-4516.

“Race, Jews and Power.” David Mamet, Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright and Tony-nominated screenwriter writer, in conversation with Contemporary Jewish Museum program director Dan Schifrin. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $36. (510) 549-9447.

“The List.” Veteran TV newsman and NBC special Mideast correspondent Martin Fletcher talks about his thinly disguised autobiographical novel about his parents’ struggles in post-Holocaust London. At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 7:30 p.m. $15. (510) 318-6456.

Jewish legends discussion group. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 7:30 p.m. Free. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

friday   |   11

Historical fiction morning. “Pictures at an Exhibition” with author Sara Houghteling. 10 a.m. Followed by “The Oracle of Stamboul” with author Michael David Lukas. At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 11:30 a.m. $10. http://www.jfed.org/bookfestival.

sunday   |   12

Ribbon-cutting ceremony and presentation. A solar roof panel dedication followed by a luncheon and “Food and Energy” presentation by Full Circle Farm. At Congregation Sinai, 532 Willowbrae Ave., San Jose. 12 p.m. Free. (408) 264-8542.

sunday   |   13

Jewish family history open house. Workshop by Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. Author Ron Arons will present “Putting the Flesh on the Bones: Researching Why Our Ancestors Did What They Did.” At Oakland Regional Family History Center, 4766 Lincoln Ave, Oakland. 1 p.m. Free. (503) 381-2654.

“Thanks for the Memories.” A presentation about Jewish lyricists and composers of the 20th century by writer and historian Bonnie Weiss. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 1:30 p.m. Free. (415) 567-3327.

“The Abrahamic Family Feud.” Rabbi Reuven Firestone, co-director of the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement at Hebrew Union College, will explore the story of Ishmael in the first of a four-part series, “An Introduction of Islam for Jews.” At Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 4 p.m. $18. (925) 934-9446.

“Remembering Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.” In Hebrew. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. Free. (650) 223-8692.

Kesher support group. For parents of children with special needs. Wine, dessert, conversation. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 7 p.m. Free. (510) 318-6426.

“Jewball.” Author Neal Pollack discusses his book about American Jews and basketball. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$12. http://www.jccsf.org.


benefits & social events

friday   |   4

Persian Shabbat. Meal and service followed by talk on modern Iranian Jewry by U.C. Berkeley lecturer Jaleh Pirnazar. At Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. Free. RSVP to (510) 848-3988.

saturday   |   5

“Shopping for Change.” A trunk show featuring fashions by indigenous artisans from impoverished communities. Proceeds benefit artisans and Jewish schools. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 5 p.m. Free. (650) 488-7088.

“Ice Cream Social and Board Games.” Jews’ Next Dor host a social night. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 7 p.m. Free. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“Comedy Night with Carol Leifer.” Comedian and author of “When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win.” At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 8 p.m. $20. http://www.jfed.org/bookfestival.

sunday   |   6

Kindergarten open house. At South Peninsula Hebrew Day School, 1030 Astoria Drive, Sunnyvale. 10 a.m. Free. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“Healing Hands Honors Dottie Miller.” Sharone Hadassah will host an event to honor contributor Miller. Keynote speech by David Perlmutter, executive vice president at Intel. At Left Bank Restaurant, 377 Santana Row, San Jose. 10:30 a.m. $50 and $100. RSVP to (408) 234-9682.

Interfaith hunger banquet. Experiential meal highlighting inequities of food resources in the Bay Area, with Oakland City Council member Rebecca Kaplan. Sponsored by Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay, synagogues and other Jewish organizations. At First Unitarian Church, 685 14th St., Oakland. 12:30 p.m. Free. (408) 357-7504.

sunday   |   13

E-waste recycling event. Accepting old electronics to be recycled in an earth-conscious way. Portion of the proceeds will support JCC Maccabi Games. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 9 a.m. Free. (408) 357-7497.

Bagel brunch with Kol Hadash. Roberta Maisel will discuss her book “All Grown Up: Living Happily Ever with Your Adult Children,” followed by panel discussion. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 11 a.m. $7.50-$10. (510) 428-1492.



singles

saturday   |   12

Havdallah celebration and bonfire. Hosted by YeaShOre Community and Nishmat Shalom. Bring snacks and drinks to share. At Emeryville Marina Park , 3300 Powell St., Emeryville. 6:30 p.m. Free. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).