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Friday, January 13, 2012

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art

“Bernard Zakheim: Art of Prophetic Justice.” Photo exhibit explores life and work of the Jewish muralist. Through March 29. “The Israelis.” Photographic portraits by Mark Tuschman. Through Feb. 2. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.

“Black Sabbath.” Studio exhibit on black-Jewish ties in recorded music. Through Feb. 28. “California Dreaming.” Multimedia exhibit exploring Jewish life in the Bay Area from Gold Rush to present. Through Oct. 16. “Stanley Saitowitz: Judaica.” New perspectives from the S.F.-based architect. Through Oct. 16. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. http://www.thecjm.org.

“Courage to Remember.” Traveling photo exhibit from the Museum of Tolerance. Through Feb 16. At Cal State East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward. http://www.couragetoremember.com.

“A Dancer’s Scrapbook, 1928-1933.” Pictures of Rose Yasgour, a pioneer of modern dance. Through Feb. 23. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. (415) 567-3327.

“Harissa, Honey and Hyssop: The Food of North Africa.” Photography exhibit by Israeli Nelli Sheffer. Through Jan. 30. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. http://www.jccsf.org.

“Memories.” Digital photo-collage portraits by Israeli Gideon Spiegel. Through Feb. 29. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. http://www.marinjcc.org.

“Rita Sargen Simon Retrospective, 1924-2005.” Works in steel, bronze, ceramic and Plexiglas. Through Feb. 5. At Jewish Heritage Museum at Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living, 4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville. http://www.rcjl.org.

“Spectacles of Devotion.” Barry Shapiro’s photo-collage images of religious devotion. Through Feb. 29. Art for sale, with a percentage to benefit JCC. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. http://www.svjcc.org.

sunday   |   22

Magnes grand opening. Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life presents an open house with music and food. At museum, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 12 to 4 p.m. Free. http://www.magnes.org.


music

saturday   |   14

“Halleluyah Havdalah: A Sonic Journey.” Performance of mystical Jewish medicine music by Taya Shere and Aharon Wheels Bolsta. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 8 p.m. $10. http://www.afikomen.com.

sunday   |   15

“Rabbi Creditor Unplugged.” CD release party for “Within.” At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 11 a.m. Free. (510) 655-1977.

saturday   |   21

Chai Five. Klezmer, Ladino and Eastern European Jewish folk songs. At Angelica’s Bistro, 863 Main St., Redwood City. 8:30 p.m. $20-$25. http://www.angelicasbistro.com.

tuesday   |   24

Israeli Chamber Project. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 1 p.m. Free. http://www.jcceastbay.org.

sunday   |   29

“Cantor’s Cabaret.” Includes performances by Cantor Leigh Corn of Temple Isaiah in Lafayette and Cantor Sharon Bernstein of Congregation Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco. At Temple Isaiah, 3800 Mount Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. 7:30 p.m. $36. http://www.temple-isaiah.org.



on stage

saturday   |   21

“Night of Jewish Comedy.” Gan Noe Preschool’s third annual silent auction, featuring Jewish comedians Carrie Gilber, Ben Feldman and Mike Capozzola. At 518 Valencia St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. $50. (415) 648-8000.

saturday   |   28

“The Date Whisperer.” One-woman musical comedy by Caylia Chaiken about the dating mishaps of a single Jewish woman. At Showcase Theatre-Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 8 p.m. $25. (415) 499-6800.

“Rabbi Sam.” One-man play by Charlie Varon about a man reinventing American Judaism. At San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 8 p.m. $10-$18. http://www.sgvcc.org.


film & video

saturday   |   14

“The Forgotten Refugees.” Documentary about the indigenous Jews of the Middle East. At Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto. 7:15 p.m. Free. http://www.kolemeth.org.

tuesday   |  17

“To See If I’m Smiling.” Documentary featuring six Israeli women exploring their military service. At Congregation Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.bij.org.

thursday   |   19

“Binah.” Eric Weiner discusses his new book “Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine.” KALW 91.7 FM. 12 p.m. http://www.jccsf.org.

saturday   |   21

“Treasures from the Archive.” Screening of “Mark Cantor’s Giants of Jazz on Film” series. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 8 p.m. $12-$25. http://www.jccsf.org/arts.

thursday   |   26

“Saving Philanthropy.” Documentary screening followed by panel discussion with Jewish professionals including filmmaker Kate Robinson and Jennifer Gorovitz, CEO of the Jewish Community Federation. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishfed.org/saving-philanthropy.

“77 Steps.” San Francisco Jewish Film Festival presents a documentary about cross-cultural relationships by Arab-Israeli filmmaker Ibtisam Mara’ana. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. $6-$8. http://www.jcceastbay.org.



lectures & workshops

sunday   |   15

“World Economic Mega-Trends in the Year 2020.” Lecture by David Passig, futurist and academic lecturer. At Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos. 11 a.m. Free. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Women’s seminar. Daylong event featuring guest speaker Debbie Greenblatt, Jewish educator and founder of the women’s division of Gateways, and workshops ranging from parenting to literature. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 9:45 a.m. $30-$40. http://www.jsn.info.

“Modern Jewish Family.” Panel discussion on the future of Jewish families with Rabbi Kenneth Brander, dean of Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future.  At Adath Israel, 1851 Noriega St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. $15. http://www.adathisraelsf.org.

“Modern Anti-Semitism.” Rabbi Jerry Danzig gives first lecture in five-part series. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 2 p.m. Free. http://www.bethamisr.org.

wednesday   |   18

“Harvesting Life Wisdom: Empowering Seniors.” Three-session workshop led by therapist Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores. Also Jan. 25 and Feb. 1. At Santa Rosa JFCS, 1360 N. Dutton Ave. #C, Santa Rosa. Also Feb. 8, 15 and 22. At B’nai Israel Center, 740 Western Ave., Petaluma. 10:30 a.m. $60. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“Israel and the Arab Spring.” Lecture by Michael Nacht, professor at U.C. Berkeley’s Goldman School. At Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.bethelberkeley.org.

Feminist Midrash in America. Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford presents lecture by poet Alicia Ostriker, 2009 Jewish Book Award recipient. 8 p.m. Free. Tresidder Memorial Union, 459 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. http://www.stanford.edu.

thursday   |   19

Israel Green Movement. Co-chair Alon Tal speaks about a new “green” agenda for the Jewish state. Free, organic kosher lunch included. Sponsored by Hazon, the Israel Center and UpStart. At 332 Pine St., suite 600, San Francisco. 12:30–1:45 p.m. Must pre-register at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“Lunatics.” Jewish humor writer Alan Zweibel and author-columnist Dave Barry discuss their book. At Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F. 6 p.m. $12-$45. http://www.commonwealthclub.org.

Carey Perloff. Artistic director of the American Conservatory Theatre discusses her play set in Israel, “Higher,” which opens Feb. 1. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$25. http://www.jccsf.org.

sunday   |   22

Yoga and Otiyot Chayyot. Meditation and yoga based on the Hebrew alphabet. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. 10 a.m. Free. http://www.kolshofar.org.

“Jewbilee Day of Learning.” Hands-on workshops, performances and panel discussions about a range of Jewish topics. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 1 p.m. $8-$10, free for children 4 and younger. http://www.siliconvalleyjcc.org/jewbilee.

monday   |   23

“The Eichmann Trial.” Author and historian Deborah Lipstadt discusses her book. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 7:30 p.m. $5-$7. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“Who by Fire.” Author Chaya Malka Abrahamson tells the story of a woman who rescued her family from a fire. At Chabad of the East Bay, 2730 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $10-$18. http://www.chabadberkeley.org.

tuesday   |   24

Jewish Coalition for Literacy tutor training. At Jewish Community Federation, 121 Steuart St., S.F. 5:45 p.m. Free. http://www.jclread.org.

“Money Matters: Jewish Business Ethics.” Six-week course. At Chabad of Contra Costa, 1671 Newell Ave., Walnut Creek. 10 a.m. $100. Also at Contra Costa Jewish Day School, 3836 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. 7:30 p.m. $100. Also at Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas , Redwood City. 7:30 p.m. $89. Also on Jan. 26 at Law Offices of Mark Solomon, 702 Marshall St., Suite 500, Redwood City. 12:15 p.m. $89. http://www.myjli.com.

wednesday   |   25

Shalom Auslander. Author discusses his new novel “Hope: A Tragedy,” about a Jewish compost salesman. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$20. http://www.jccsf.org.

thursday   |   26

Trina Robbins. Historian discusses her graphic novel “Lily Renée, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer.” At Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.cartoonart.org.

“Multigenerational Workplace.” Business Leadership Council of the Jewish Community Federation hosts lecture by Daryle Abrahams, managing director at Teetch Ltd., about professional cooperation. At Duane Morris, One Market Plaza, Spear Tower, S.F. 6 p.m. $25-$60. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

saturday   |   28

“Feast of Jewish Learning.” A smorgasbord of classes on Jewish topics from history to dance offered in English, Russian and Hebrew. Preceded by young adult happy hour at 6:15 p.m. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.bjesf.org.

sunday   |   29

“Prayer and Dissonance.” Rabbi Gail Diamond discusses Jewish prayer and songs for those with undecided beliefs. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. 10 a.m. Free. http://www.kolshofar.org.

“Art and Eat.” Congregation Ner Tamid hosts lunch, lecture and tour of the “Masters of Venice” exhibit. At M.H. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F. 10 a.m. Price varies. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Kabbalah book talk. Kennard Lipman discusses “Kingdoms of Experience.” At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 3 p.m. Free. http://www.afikomen.com.


benefits & social events

sunday   |   15

Volunteer day at the farm. Congregation Sinai in San Jose hosts a family volunteer day. At Full Circle Farm, 1055 Dunford Way, Sunnyvale. 10 a.m. Free. http://www.sinai-sj.org.

monday   |   16

Mitzvah Day. Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto hosts 25 different service projects in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. 7:30 a.m. Free. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Meet and greet. Jews’ Next Dor hosts dinner. At Buca di Beppo, 643 Emerson St., Palo Alto. 7 p.m. $10. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

wednesday   |   18

Yavneh Day School open house. At 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 9 a.m. Free. http://www.yavnehdayschool.org.

“A Taste of Melton.” Women’s event with wine, music and fellowship. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

thursday   |   19

Mah jongg beginners’ class. Ongoing. Includes National Mah Jongg League card. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 6 p.m. $150. http://www.mahjonggforeveryone.com.

friday   |   20

Shabbat dinner. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 5:30 p.m. $7-$13. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

sunday   |   22

T’enna Preschool open house. Also summer camp sign-up day. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 9 a.m. Free. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.

saturday   |   28

JFCS Émigré Community Gala. Silent auction, dinner, dancing and live entertainment, including performances by Matisyahu and tenor George Komsky. At Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery St., S.F. 8 p.m. Prices vary. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

sunday   |   29

South Bay Teen Idol auditions. For teen vocalists grades 8-12 in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.  At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 9 a.m. http://www.siliconvalleyjcc.org/idol.

Mitzvah fair. Local vendors for everything related to b’nai mitzvah celebrations. At Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel, 625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. 11 a.m. Free. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“Jewish Composers Through the Decades.” Broadway music trivia and sing-along with lyrics provided. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 2 p.m. $20-$30. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.

APJCC preschool open house. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 2 p.m. Free. http://www.siliconvalleyjcc.org/preschool.


spiritual & holiday

friday   |   13

Meditation Shabbaton. Shabbat retreat with meditation, silence, Torah and Jewish spiritual songs. At Congregation Beth Sholom, 301-14th Ave., S.F. 5 to 9 p.m. $90-$105. Also Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. http://www.bethsholomsf.org.


singles

sunday   |   22

Brunch and shmooze. Hosted by Haverim Connection. At Michaels Restaurant, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. 11:30 a.m. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).