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art

“Bernard Zakheim: Art of Prophetic Justice.” Photo exhibit explores life and work of the Jewish muralist. Through March 29. “An Exploration of Language and Shapes in Sculpture.” Joyce Steinfeld sculptures inspired by Hebrew letters and Chinese characters. Through Jan. 27. “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.

“Yehudith and the Grandfathers.” 15-part video installation by mother-daughter artists Carolyn Radlo and Alanna Simone about Jewish women and the Holocaust. Through Jan. 29. At California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission St., S.F. http://www.ciis.edu.

sunday   |   22

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

thursday   |  26

“Pictures of Resistance: The Wartime Photographs of Jewish Partisan Faye Schulman.” Opening reception for photographic exhibit. Through Feb. 28. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. Free. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


music

saturday   |   21

Tribal Blues Band. Concert fundraiser featuring blues-funk group with Israeli American singer Doron Shapira. At Peninsula Sinai Congregation, 499 Boothbay Ave., Foster City. 7:30 p.m. $10-$25. http://www.peninsulasinai.org.

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.

monday   |   23

Israeli Chamber Project. Ensemble of world-class classical Israeli musicians. Music at Meyers series. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. $22-$25. Also Jan. 24 at Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley. 8 p.m. $25. Also Jan. 29 at Sunset Center, Carmel. 3 p.m. $30-$43. http://www.israelichamberproject.org.

saturday   |   28

“Cantor Unplugged.” Cantor Sharon Bernstein and musicians perform show tunes and classics from the American Yiddish songbook. At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. 8 p.m. $10-$15, children 12 and under free. http://www.shaarzahav.org.

Peter Yarrow. Performance by Jewish singer-songwriter and activist, formerly of Peter, Paul and Mary. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 8 p.m. $42-$55. http://www.jccsf.org/arts.

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.

saturday   |   4

Heather Klein’s Inextinguishable Trio. Concert and CD release party for “Shifreles Portret: A Yiddish Art Song Project.” At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 5 p.m. $10. http://www.jccsf.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 Ave. 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.

wednesday   |   1

“Higher.” World premiere of American Conservatory Theater play about American architects competing to design a memorial in Israel. Through Feb.19. At Children’s Creativity Museum theater (formerly Zeum Theater), 221 Fourth St., S.F. 8 p.m. $45-$65. http://www.act-sf.org.


film & video

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 followed by panel discussion with Jewish professionals including filmmaker Kate Robinson and Jennifer Gorovitz, CEO of S.F.-based 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.” S.F. Jewish Film Festival presents 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.

thursday   |   2

“Binah.” Carey Perloff, artistic director of American Conservatory Theater, discusses her new play, “Higher,” set in Israel. KALW 91.7 FM. 12 p.m. http://www.jccsf.org.



lectures & workshops

sunday   |   22

Yoga and Otiyot Chayyot. Meditation and yoga based on the Hebrew alphabet. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. Also Feb. 5. 10 a.m. Free. http://www.kolshofar.org.

Jewbilee. Day of Jewish learning includes hands-on workshops, performances and panel discussions covering a range of topics. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 1 p.m. $8-$10, free for 4 and under. http://www.siliconvalleyjcc.org/jewbilee.

Jewish women’s circle. Nosh, crafts, more. At Piedmont Community Center, 711 Highland Ave., Piedmont. 6 p.m. $36. .(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. Women-only event at Jewish Study Network, 3626 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $15. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Also Jan. 23, open to men and women, at Chabad of the East Bay, 2730 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $10-$12. http://www.chabadberkeley.org.

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).

“Jews in Sports.” First of three-part series with famous Jewish athletes, with Dmitriy Salita, Orthodox pro boxer from Brooklyn. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $15. http://www.chabadgsb.com/sports.

Tallit making. Make-your-own tallit workshop, materials included . At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 7:30 p.m. $25-$30. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

tuesday   |   24

Jewish Coalition for Literacy tutor training. At Jewish Community Federation, 121 Steuart St., S.F. 5:45 p.m. Also at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.  1 p.m. Also Feb. 1 at Congregation B’nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek. 2 p.m. Free. http://www.jclread.org.

“Money Matters: Jewish Business Ethics.” Six-week course at various local Chabad centers and other locations. $89-$100. See website for locations, dates. http://www.myjli.com.

wednesday   |   25

“Harvesting Life Wisdom: Empowering Seniors.” Workshop led by therapist Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores. Also Feb. 1. At Santa Rosa JFCS, 1360 N. Dutton Ave., 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).

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

thursday   |   26

Jewish music through the diaspora. Rabbi Laurie Matzkin leads a listening party and discussion. At Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto. 10: 30 a.m. $10. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“Multigenerational Workplace.” Business Leadership Council of the S.F.-based 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).

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.

Reuven Kalifon. Lectures by Israeli archaeologist-scholar about Jewish history. 7:30 p.m. Also on Jan. 28 at 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Jan. 29 at 10:30 a.m. At Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton. Also Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. at Lynnewood United Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave., Pleasanton. Also Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. All $10 suggested. See website for lecture topics. http://www.bethemek.org.

saturday   |   28

“Ireland or Oyreland.” Jews’ Next Dor hosts a post-service discussion of the New York Jews who wrote Broadway’s definitive Irish musical in the 1940s. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 9:30 a.m.  Free. http://wp.me/p3HcM-U6.

“Feast of Jewish Learning.” Smorgasbord of classes on 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

“Jewish Partisans of World War II.” Mitch Braff, director of Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation, talks about Jews who fought the Germans in WWII. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 9:30 a.m. Free. http://www.shirhadash.org.

“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)

“How to Rid California Colleges of Anti-Semitism.” Led by U.C. Santa Cruz professor Tammi Rossman-Benjamin. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 2 p.m. Free. (707) 360-3000.

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

monday   |   30

Italian authors commemorate Holocaust. Italian journalist Enrico Deaglio and Jewish studies scholar Francesco Spagnolo discuss the story of an Italian who tricked the Nazis and saved 5,000 Jews. At Italian Cultural Institute, 814 Montgomery St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. Free. http://www.iicsanfrancisco.esteri.it.

Mental illness and families. Lecture by U.C. Berkeley professor–psychologist Stephen Hinshaw. In cooperation with P’tach Libeynu Support Group. At Temple Isaiah, 3800 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. 7 p.m. Free. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“Women in Exodus.” Lecture by Rabbi Gail Diamond, associate director of the Conservative Yeshiva of United Synagogue in Israel. At Congregation Sinai, 1532 Willowbrae Ave., San Jose. 7:30 p.m. Free. http://www.sinai-sj.org.

wednesday   |   1

“Humor in Hitler’s Germany.” Rudolph Herzog, author of “Dead Funny,” discusses humor and the Holocaust. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$25. http://www.jccsf.org.

thursday   |   2

“Behind the Music.” Jewish Music Festival presents lecture by upcoming performer: composer and Berkeley-based clarinetist Ben Goldberg; also, Benjamin Brinner, author of “Playing Across a Divide: Israeli-Palestinian Musical Encounters,” speaks about Bustan Quartet, also to perform in March. At  JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishmusicfestival.org.

friday   |   3

“Day of Learning.” Educational and arts workshops about tikkun olam for students and educators presented by Bureau of Jewish Education. Includes lunch. At Holy Names High School, 4660 Harbord Drive, Oakland. 8 a.m. Free. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

sunday   |   5

“A Woman of Heart.” Reading by Santa Cruz writer Marcy Alancraig from her novel about Jewish chicken ranchers in Petaluma during the 1920s. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 2 p.m. http://www.magnes.org.


benefits & social events

friday   |   20

Shabbat dinner. Vegetarian. 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).

saturday   |   21

50th anniversary. Temple Beth Torah celebrates its anniversary with a musical performance by Danny Maseng, cantor and musical director of Temple Israel of Hollywood. At Temple Beth Torah, 42000 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont. 7:30 p.m. http://www.bethtorah-fremont.org.

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

Israeli folk dance party. Hosted by Cafe Shalom. St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 1399 43rd Ave., S.F. 7:30 p.m. $5-$8. http://www.groups.yahoo.com/group/CafeShalom.

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. $180 and up. http://www.jfcs.org.

sunday   |   29

South Bay Teen Idol auditions. Auditions for teen vocalists grades 8-12 in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. First prize is a $2,500 scholarship. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 9 a.m. http://www.siliconvalleyjcc.org/idol.

Sinai Nursery School open house. At Congregation Sinai, 1532 Willowbrae Ave., San Jose. 10 a.m. Free. http://www.sinai-sj.org.

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).

Blood drive. At Temple Emanu-El, 1010 University Ave., San Jose. 12:45 p.m. Free. http://www.templesanjose.org.

“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.

monday   |   30

Blue Monday. Young Adult Division of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund of S.F. presents a shmoozing event with nosh and happy hour specials. At Mars Bar, 798 Brannan St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. $10. http://www.jewishfed.org.

Camp Gan Israel info night. At private residence, 12 Abbott Way, Piedmont. 7 p.m. Free. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

tuesday   |   31

Holocaust remembrance ceremony. At San Jose City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St. 1:30 p.m. Free. http://www.jvalley.org/jcrc.

“Knitzvah a Mitzvah.” For children ages 4-7 to make yarn crafts for those in need. Also story time and more. Run by PJ Library and Jewish Family Services. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 3:45 p.m. Free. http://www.jvalley.org/pjlibrary.

sunday   |   5

Tu B’Shevat. Tri-Valley Cultural Jews hosts a fruit-tasting Shabbat and beach clean-up. At Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward.10:30 p.m. $5. (510) 888-1404.

Mah jongg. Includes potluck brunch. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 11 a.m. $15. mahjonggforeveryone.com.



singles

saturday   |   21

Alameda Shoreline walk. Jewish hiker’s club. Meet at Shoreline Drive and Broadway, Alameda. 2:30 p.m. $1. (408) 817-5686.

sunday   |   22

Brunch and shmooze. Hosted by Haverim Connection. At Michaels Restaurant, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. Also Jan. 29 at 11:30 a.m.  Also Feb. 5 at Cafe La Tartine, 830 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. 11:30 a.m. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).