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art

friday/10

Zadok Ben-David. Israeli artist discusses themes of nature in his work. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 1 p.m. Free. http://www.thecjm.org.

“Zakheim: Art of Prophetic Justice.” Lecture by Fred Rosenbaum, founding director of Lehrhaus Judaica. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.

thursday/16

“Do Not Destroy Trees.” Opening day of Tu B’Shevat–themed exhibit that explores tree design, purpose and Jewish thought. Through May 28. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. http://www.thecjm.org.

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Royal flush. Orna Ben Shoshan’s “King Solomon Tarot Cards” combine powerful imagery, selections from Kabbalah and iconography from the King Solomon Seals, which have served as supernatural talismans for generations. Unlike traditional tarot, these oracle cards are meant to inspire self-reflection. Through April 1 at the Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. http://www.pjcc.org

“Bernard Zakheim: Art of Prophetic Justice.” Photo exhibit explores life and work of the Jewish muralist. Through March 29. 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.

“Book Sculptures.” Brian Dettmer’s sculptures complement the upcoming BookFest at JCC of San Francisco. Through March. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. http://www.jccsf.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.

“Dissolving Localities.” Multimedia exhibit by Israeli musician Emmanuel Witzthum connecting Berkeley to Jerusalem. Through July 3. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. http://www.magnes.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.

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

“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.


music

Hum that tune again?

Singing loudly off key, eating s’mores and enjoying the company of friends and family — sign us up! That’s what’s on tap at the “Kumzitz-A-Palooza,” a free sing-along event hosted by the JCC of San Francisco. Get back in touch with childhood camp memories in a lively (and warmer) indoor atmosphere. Sing along with local song leaders including Marsha Attie, Jonathon Ferris and Ben Kramarz, and enjoy a night of nostalgia and family fun.
7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 in Kanbar Hall, JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. Free. http://www.jccsf.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. Also Feb. 12 with Cantor Lauren Bandman and pianist Russell Norman. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.betham.org.

saturday/11

Isle of Klezbos. Six-piece women’s klezmer band performs Yiddish swing, Jewish drinking songs, tango and more. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 8 p.m. $15-$20. Also Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. $10-$15. http://www.jcceastbay.org.



on stage
photo/eric wells
photo/eric wells

Oh, brother

“The Black-Jew Dialogues” is a two-man play that takes a comedic, provocative and poignant look at shared Jewish and African-American experiences of identity. In the capable hands of performers Ron Jones and Larry Jay Tish, sensitive topics such as slavery, anti-Semitism and the Ku Klux Klan become fodder for jokes and offer insights on race, culture and the nature of prejudice. See if humor really is the best medicine for social ills.
7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. $10-$15. http://www.svjcc.org/arts

friday/3

“Cordelia, Mein Kind.” Performance combining dance, theater and visual art, inspired by Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” Includes imagined dialogue between modern-day Cordelia and her late father, a Yiddish-speaking Holocaust survivor. At Marsh Theater, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. 8 p.m. Also Feb 4 at 5 p.m. and Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. $15-$50. http://www.themarsh.org.

saturday/4

Kirtan rabbi. Performance by Rabbi Andrew Kahn includes Hebrew chants, meditation, music. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. 8 p.m. $18-$25. http://www.kolshofar.org.

thursday/9

“Rooms.” Reconstructed performance based on choreography of Anna Sokolow, Jewish feminist who explored anti-Semitism through dance. At Stanford University, Roble Studios Gym, 375 Santa Teresa St., Stanford. 5 p.m. Free. http://dance.stanford.edu.

“Gimpel the Fool.” Theatrical adaptation based on I.B. Singer story. Performed by Howard Rypp, founder and artistic director of the Nephesh Theatre in Israel. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. $15-$20. http://www.paloaltojcc.org. (see story, 24)

saturday/11

“Dance as a Weapon.” Martha Graham Dance Co. performs works by Jewish choreographers Jane Dudley, Eve Gentry, Isadora Duncan, Sophie Maslow and Martha Graham, who used dance to explore political and social issues. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 8 p.m. Also Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. $48-$60. http://www.jccsf.org.

tuesday/14

“The Adopted Princess.” Jewish Study Network presents a theatrical production by girls in grades 4-8. At Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $5-$36. http://www.jsn.info.

thursday/16

“Jewish Identity in Russian Ballet.” Multimedia presentation by Janice Ross, president of the Society of Dance History Scholars. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.bjesf.org.

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“Crossing Delancey.” Tabard Theatre Company presents the romantic comedy about a Jewish woman looking for love in New York. Through Feb. 19. At Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St.,
San Jose. Times vary. $10-$35. http://www.tabardtheatre.org.

“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, 221 Fourth St., S.F. 8 p.m. $45-$65. http://www.act-sf.org.

“Ragtime.”
Youth Musical Theater Company presents Tony Award–winning musical set in 1904 about tension between in American Jewish immigrants, African-Americans from Harlem and upper-class whites. Opens Feb. 10. Through Feb. 18. Special performance at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 benefits company’s tuition assistance program. At Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $12-$24. http://www.ymtcberkeley.org.


film & video
photo/les films aleph
photo/les films aleph

All-day ‘Shoah’ screening

A free, four-part screening of “The Shoah,” the legendary nine-hour documentary by filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, will be shown at the JCC of San Francisco. Born in Paris in 1925, Lanzmann survived the German occupation of France during World War II and fought with the French Resistance. His film features testimonies from Holocaust survivors, perpetrators and witnesses collected over 11 years. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 at JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. Free. http://www.jccsf.org/arts

tuesday/7

“Ominous Skies.” Documentary about the global rise of anti-Semitism from 1930 to 1939. At Camera 7 Cinemas, 1875 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell. 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. http://www.jsn.info.

thursday/9

“Binah.” Writer Diana Henriques discusses her book “The Madoff Scandal.” On Feb. 16, Shalom Auslander, author of “Hope: A Tragedy,” is in conversation with McSweeney’s Eli Horowitz. KALW 91.7 FM. 12 p.m. http://www.jccsf.org.

“Waltz with Bashir.” Oscar-nominated Israeli animated feature about the experiences of soldiers in Lebanon. BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.bjesf.org.

saturday/18

“Deaf Jam.” Documentary about deaf Israeli poet and her collaboration with a Palestinian-American poet. Part of S.F. Indiefest. At Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F. 12.30 p.m. Also Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. $10. http://www.roxie.com.

sunday/19

Mosaic. Interview program hosted by Rabbi Eric Weiss. 5 a.m. KPIX Channel 5.



lectures & workshops

friday/3

“Day of Learning.” Educational and arts workshops about tikkun olam for students and educators, presented by Bureau of Jewish Education. At Holy Names High School, 4660 Harbord Drive, Oakland. 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

sunday/5

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.

“World Wide Wrap.” Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs presents a mini-course on tefillin. Includes breakfast. At Congregation Sinai, 1532 Willowbrae Ave., San Jose. 10 a.m. Free. http://www.sinai-sj.org.

Genealogy clinic. Researchers from the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society demonstrate how to use library resources. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 12 p.m. Free. http://www.bjesf.org.

“Cooking Jewish: Purim.” Kitchen workshop. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 12 p.m. $25. http://www.buildingjewishbridges.org.

“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.

monday/6

“Holocaust Survivor Cookbook.” Talk for women by author Joanne Caras. At Congregation Adath Israel, 1851 Noriega St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10. http://www.adathisraelsf.org.

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

tuesday/7

Jewish Coalition for Literacy tutor trainings. At Juma offices, 131 Steuart St., S.F. 5:45 p.m. Free. http://www.jclread.org.

wednesday/8

“The Rabbinic Invention of the ‘Goy.’ ” Lecture with Ishay Rosen-Zvi of Tel Aviv University. At Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Building 360. Stanford. 12 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishstudies.stanford.edu.

Anat Hoffman. Executive director of Israel Religious Action Center and founding member of Women of the Wall, speaks about Israeli society from a feminist perspective. At KoPa Café on Stanford University campus, 565 Mayfield Ave. Noon. Free. Also at JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$12. And at Bay Area synagogues Feb. 9-12. For complete schedule see www. rebpam.com/Anat/anattour.htm.

“Attached.” Authors Rachel Heller and Dr. Amir Levine explore the science of relationships. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7 p.m. $10-$18. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.

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

“From the Ottoman Empire to the Holocaust.” Lecture by Stanford professor Aron Rodrigue about modern Sephardic history. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 5 p.m. Free. http://www.magnes.org.

thursday/9

What’s Jewish about the Occupy Movement? Interactive panel discussion with local activists from Jewish Youth for Community Action, Occupy Oakland and U.C. Davis faculty. Co-sponsored by JCC East Bay, Progressive Jewish Alliance and Jewish Funds for Justice. At JCC, 5811 Racine St., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. $11 suggested. http://www.jcceastbay.org.

friday/10

“Help the Earth.” In honor of Tu B’Shevat, PJ Library and Congregation Emeth present a children’s educational recycling program. At Congregation Emeth, 17835 Monterey St., Morgan Hill. 1 p.m. Free. http://www.jvalley.org/pjlibrary.

saturday/11

Israeli technology. Interactive session about Israeli innovation for teens in grades 6-12. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.

sunday/12

“Parenting Your Teen.” Jewish Teen Alliance and Jewish Community High School of the Bay present workshop on communication, parenting and Jewish values. Includes kosher lunch. At JCHS, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $18. http://www.parentingyourteen.eventbrite.com.

“Jews from Afghanistan to Yemen.” Ken Blady, lecturer at the American Jewish University Whizin Center, discusses remote Jewish cultures and communities. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 9:30 a.m. Free. http://www.shirhadash.org.

Bay Area Jewish history conference. One of two all-day conferences on the history of the local Jewish community, with panels, lectures and performance. Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $25-$35. http://www.lehrhaus.org.

“The Life and Music of Arik Einstein.” Lecture about popular Israeli singer/songwriter by Stanford professor Arie Dubnov. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave, Berkeley. 10:30 a.m. $5 suggested. http://www.netivotshalom.org.

Hebrew storytelling. Children’s stories with Sharon Nitzan, an actor and director who works with children, in Hebrew. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 11 a.m. Free. http://www.bjesf.org.

Barbara Rose Brooker. Discussing her book “The Viagra Diaries,” soon to become an HBO series starring Goldie Hawn. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 1455 Elm Street, Napa. 2 p.m. Free. http://www.cbsnapa.org.

“Searching the 1940 Census and Ketubah.” San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society hosts a talk about Jewish marriage contracts and resources for family historians. At Oakland Family History Center, 4766 Lincoln Ave., Oakland. 12:30 p.m. Free. Also Feb. 13 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road , Los Altos Hills. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.sfbajgs.org.

“Responding to U.S. Anti-Semitism.” Lecture by Nancy Appel, associate director of the Anti-Defamation League. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 2 p.m. Free. http://www.bethamisr.org.

tuesday/14

“David’s Poems and Prayers.” Rabbi Ronnie Weiss teaches a class on the Psalms. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 10:30 a.m. Free. http://www.shirhadash.org.

Nathan Englander. Lecture by author of “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank.” At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$20. http://www.jccsf.org. Also Feb. 15 at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $10-$18. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.

wednesday/15

Club Fed. Young Adult Division of S.F. Jewish Community Federation presents the first of five weekly sessions on Jewish identity, leadership, social justice and community. Includes dinner. At JCF, 121 Steuart St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. $75. http://www.jewishfed.org.

thursday/16

Women’s philanthropy. A celebration of Jewish women in the nonprofit world, featuring speaker Geri D. Palast of the Israel Action Network. At Hilton Hotel, 333 O’Farrell St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. $54-$125. http://www.jewishfed.org.

Mensch society lecture. Marc Freedman, CEO and founder of Civic Ventures, a think tank on boomers, work and social purpose, talks about life after midlife. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. http://www.jcceastbay.org.

friday/17

Spanish Jewish history. Talk about Jews of Spain and Portugal by Marti Krow-Lucal, a lecturer on 19th-century history and Yiddish literature. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 10:30 a.m. Free. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.

saturday/18

KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival. Three-day event with workshops, music, sing-along, dance, literature and more. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 2 p.m. Prices vary. Also Feb. 19 and 20. http://www.jccsf.org.

sunday/19

Stanley Ginsberg. Discusses his book “Inside the Jewish Bakery.” At Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 2 p.m. Free. http://www.insidethejewishbakery.com.


benefits & social events
photo/cathleen maclearie
photo/cathleen maclearie

Ring in the new year — for trees

See the forest for the trees this week. Tu B’Shevat, the environmental holiday also known as Jewish Arbor Day or the New Year of the Trees, is being observed across the Bay Area. Activities include fruit tastings, a beach cleanup, a nature walk, discussions, exhibits about ecological sustainability, and seders for children, adults and families. The holiday starts the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 7, but the celebrations are happening all week long.







sunday/5

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

monday/6

B’hootz intro night. Informational session about Wilderness Torah’s new program for children. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.jcceastbay.org.

tuesday/7

Preschool open house. At Temple Emanu-El, 1010 University Ave., San Jose. 5 p.m. Free. http://www.templesanjose.org.

thursday/9

South Bay Teen Idol Semifinals. Vocalists compete for the top three scholarships. Proceeds benefit the Addison-Penzak JCC. At JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 6:30 p.m. Free. http://www.svjcc.org.

saturday/11

Second Saturday. S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation presents a social night for Jewish young adults. At the Cellar, 685 Sutter St., S.F. 8 p.m. $15. http://www.cellarsf.com.

sunday/12

Golden Gate Warriors Jewish Heritage Night. Game against Houston Rockets. At Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. 6 p.m. Prices vary. http://bit.ly/yf7bdq.

Super Sunday. Volunteers with the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley make calls to raise money to support local and international Jewish agencies. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. http://www.jvalley.org.


spiritual & holiday

sunday/5

Tu B’Shevat. Chabad Cole Valley Tu B’Shevat planting in Buena Vista Park, San Francisco, with picnic and children’s activities. 10 a.m. Free. For location and details, call (415) 598-8718.

Tu B’Shevat in Hebrew for children. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 10 a.m. $10-$30. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.

Tu B’Shevat at the River. EcoJews of the Bay and the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network host Tu B’Shevat volunteer project and seder. Bring lunch and sunscreen. At San Geronimo Creek, Marin County. 10:30 a.m. $5-$20. For directions, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tu B’Shevat. Tri-Valley Cultural Jews hosts a seven species fruit-tasting and shoreline cleanup. At Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward. 10:30 a.m. $5 suggested. (510) 888-1404.

Tu B’Shevat family seder. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 3 p.m. $10-$15. http://www.jvalley.org.

tuesday/7

Tu B’Shevat in Hebrew for adults. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. $20-$25; advance tickets required. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.

Tu B’Shevat seder. San Jose State University Jewish Studies program and Chai House present a seder led by Rabbi James Greene of the Addison-Penzak JCC. At Chai House, 814 St. Elizabeth St., San Jose. 3 p.m. http://www.sjsu.edu/depts/jwss.

Tu B’Shevat seder. Urban Adamah hosts a local, organic, vegetarian seder. At Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $25 plus can of food. http://www.urbanadamah.org.

sunday/12

Tu B’Shevat in the Redwoods. Wilderness Torah hosts daylong celebration including nature walk, music, text study and more. Bring sack lunch. At Redwood Regional Park, Oakland. 10 a.m. $20-$55. http://www.wildernesstorah.org.


singles

sunday/5

Brunch and shmooze. Hosted by Haverim Connection. At Café La Tartine, 830 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. 11:30 a.m. Also Feb. 12. Also Feb. 19 at Michaels Restaurant, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).