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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.

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. (See story, 18a.)

“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.

ongoing

“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.

“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.

“King Solomon Tarot Cards.” Paintings by Israeli artist Orna Ben-Shoshan. Through April 1. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. http://www.pjcc.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. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“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.

saturday/11

Jewish Singles 40 Plus. Event hosted by Marin Jewish Singles. At Bar Bocce, 1250 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 11:30 a.m. Free. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

sunday/12

Brunch and schmooze. Hosted by Haverim Connection. At Café La Tartine, 830 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. 11:30 a.m. Also Feb. 19 and 26 at Michaels Restaurant, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


music & dance

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.jewishmusicfestival.org.

sunday/12

Heather Klein’s Inextinguishable Trio. Performance of songs from “Shifreles Portret: A Yiddish Art Song Project” 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.

friday/17

Emmanuel Witzthum. Acoustic, experimental musical works connecting Berkeley to Jerusalem. At Center for New Music and Audio Technologies, 1750 Arch St., Berkeley. 3 p.m. Free. http://cnmat.berkeley.edu.

saturday/18

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

The Klez-X. Concert and dance party with klezmer music, Yiddish folk songs and modern jazz. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 8 p.m. $25-$45. http://www.jccsf.org.



theater

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.” Theatrical production by girls in grades 4-8 presented by Jewish Study Network. At Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $5-$36. http://www.jsn.info.

thursday/23

Batsheva Dance Company. Israeli modern dance company perform Ohad Naharin’s new work, “Max.” At Yerba Buena Arts Center, 701 Mission St., S.F. 8 p.m. $35-$60. Also Feb. 24 and 25. http://www.ybca.org.

ongoing

Faith, family, desire. The new American Conservatory Theater play “Higher” takes audience members from New York to the Sea of Galilee as two American architects compete to design a memorial in Israel — and end up confronting their own pasts. Here, architect Elena Constantine (René Augesen) explores the memorial site with the help of judging committee member Jacob Stein (Alexander Crowther). 8 p.m. through Feb. 19 at Children’s Creativity Museum theater, 221 Fourth St., S.F. $45-$65. http://www.act-sf.org

“Crossing Delancey.” Tabard Theatre Co. presents 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.

“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. 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


Signs of hope

How did a deaf Israeli-born teenager in New York compete in a spoken-word poetry slam and come to collaborate with a Palestinian-American poet? Discover the poetry of silence and witness a young woman’s journey as she navigates multiple cultures in the documentary “Deaf Jam,” being screened at SF IndieFest.
“Deaf Jam,” 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Roxie Theater, 3117-16th St., S.F. $11. http://www.roxie.com.


‘Hidden Cultures’

See what’s cooking at the Ginsbergs when Oprah Winfrey visits for Shabbat dinner on “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” The two-part special focuses on two Hassidic communities in Brooklyn and promises to reveal “the secrets to their usually private and mysterious way of life.”
9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 and 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 on the Oprah Winfrey Network. http://www.oprah.com or http://bit.ly/zXe8Eu

thursday/16

“Binah.” Shalom Auslander, author of “Hope: A Tragedy,” is in conversation with McSweeney’s Eli Horowitz. On Feb. 23 filmmaker and author Rudolph Herzog discusses his book “Dead Funny,” about humor in Hitler’s Germany. KALW 91.7 FM. 12 p.m. http://www.jccsf.org.

sunday/19

“Mosaic.” Host Rabbi Eric Weiss interviews Elliot Levin, Rabbi Marvin Goodman and Irene Ogus about JCF’s Legacy Project. 5 a.m. Repeats Feb. 26. KPIX Channel 5.

wednesday/22

“Shoah.” Part 1 screening of Holocaust documentary by Claude Lanzmann. Also Feb. 23. At Hillel of Stanford, 565 Mayfield Ave., Stanford. 4 to 9 p.m. Free. http://jewishstudies.stanford.edu.

thursday/23

“Joanna.” Screening of story set in Poland during World War II, directed by Feliks Falk and presented by San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $6-$8. http://www.jcceastbay.org.

“Freilach.” Jewish-themed music program with DJ Gershom. KGGV FM 95.1 Guerneville. 8 p.m. http://www.kggvfm.org.



lectures & workshops

Justice for all

Don’t miss the final local appearances by Anat Hoffman, founder of Women of the Wall and director of the Israel Religious Action Center, organizations that promote and fight for women’s rights, religious pluralism and equality in the Jewish state. She concludes her whirlwind tour through the Bay Area this weekend.
Friday Feb. 10 to Sunday, Feb. 12 at Congregations Rodef Sholom in San Rafael, Kol Shofar in Tiburon, Netivot Shalom in Berkeley and Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa. For topics, times and dates: http://www.rebpam.com/Anat/anattour.htm

friday/10

Rabbi Yosef Levin. Speaks as part of “Best of the Rabbis” series. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 12 p.m. Free. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.

“Help the Earth.” Children’s educational recycling program in honor of Tu B’Shevat, presented by PJ Library and Congregation Emeth. 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

“Brunch and Learn.” Discussion with Cantor Leigh Korn. At Temple Isaiah, 3800 Mount Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. 9 a.m. Free. http://www.temple-isaiah.org.

“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 actor and director Sharon Nitzan, 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.

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

Anat Livne. Presentation by director of Ghetto Fighters Museum. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 2 p.m. Free. http://www.gfh.org.il.

Marty Brounstein. Book signing by author of “Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust.” At Foster City Library, 1000 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City. 3 p.m. Free. (888) 361-9473. Also Feb. 16 at South San Francisco Library, 840 W. Orange Ave., SSF. 6:30 p.m. Free. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“L’Mazeltov.” Six-week childbirth education class from a Jewish perspective led by birth doula Jessica Weiss. Book and course materials included. At Temple Isaiah, 3800 Mount Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. 4 p.m. $130-$180. http://www.temple-isaiah.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.

Jewish leadership. Jewish Outlook Series group discussion timed for Presidents Day. At Jewish Study Network, 3626 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. $10 suggested. http://jsn.info.

tuesday/14

Job seekers’ guide. Hosted by Jewish Vocational Service. Bring laptop. Also Feb. 23, on résumés and cover letters. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 10 a.m. Free. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.

“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. (See story, 17a)

Kabbalah. First class in Hebrew-language series using curriculum from Kabbalah Laam College in Israel. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8:30 p.m. $50-$80, first meeting free. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.

wednesday/15

Club Fed. Young Adult Division of S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation presents first of five weekly sessions on Jewish identity, leadership, social justice and community. Includes dinner. Also Feb. 22. At JCF, 121 Steuart St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. $75. http://www.jewishfed.org.

thursday/16

“Jewish Identity in Russian Ballet.” Presentation by Janice Ross, dance professor at Stanford University and author of forthcoming book about the topic. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.bjesf.org. (See story, 17a)

“Mousenet.” Author Prudence Breitrose, 77, presents her first novel. Hosted by Silicon Valley Jewish Singles. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 1 p.m. Free. (408) 252-2323.

Summer trip info nights. Jewish history immersion trip through Europe and Israel, June 25-July 11. At JFCS Holocaust Center, 2245 Post St., S.F. 6 p.m. Free. Also Feb. 23 at JFCS Library, 2150 Post St., S.F. http://www.jfcs.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. Also Feb. 24. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 10:30 a.m. Free. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.

saturday/18

“Reflections of a Front-Line IDF Soldier.” Sgt. Benjamin Anthony talks about his experiences as an Israel Defense Forces soldier and public opinion about the IDF on college campuses. At Hilton Garden Inn, 840 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View. 8 p.m. Free. http://www.oursoldiersspeak.org.

sunday/19

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

tuesday/21

“Spartans and Jews: From Forgery to History?” Lecture by Haifa University professor Ory Amitai. At Dwinelle Hall, U.C. Berkeley. 5:10 p.m. Free. http://events.berkeley.edu.

“Israel’s Summer of Discontent.” Lecture by SFSU chair of Israel Studies Eran Kaplan, about protests and the future of Zionism. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.lehrhaus.com.

“Israel and the Atom Bomb.” Presentation by author Avner Cohen. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishfed.org.

Creative Kabbalah. Rabbi Tsvi Bar-David explores connections among Kabbalah, science and human creativity. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 7:30 p.m. Donation suggested. http://www.beth-david.org.

“Embracing Israel/Palestine.” Rabbi Michael Lerner of Beyt Tikkun synagogue presents his book. At Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. http://www.booksmith.com.

wednesday/22

“Modern Hebrew Literature in the World of Translation.” Lecture by Gisèle Sapiro, research director at the French National Center for Scientific Research. At Building 360, Stanford. 12 p.m. Free. http://jewishstudies.stanford.edu.

thursday/23

BookFest. Jewish literature festival opens. Lectures, readings, performances, art. Through Feb. 28. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. http://www.jccsf.org.

Alan Kaufman. Reading by author of “Drunken Angel.” At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave. Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. Free. http://www.afikomen.com.

friday/24

“Literary Feasts: Savoring Jewish Cookbooks.” Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder leads a discussion on the history of Jewish cookbooks over a Shabbat meal. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. $35-$40. http://www.jccsf.org.

sunday/26

Talk and bagel brunch. Bella Barany talks about her childhood experiences during World War II in Holland. Presented by B’nai B’rith. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave. Berkeley. 10:30 a.m. $5. http://www.afikomen.com.

“Where Are We Heading?” The second of two all-day conferences on the history of Bay Area Jews, sponsored by Lehrhaus. Panels and speakers focus on the community’s future. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 1 p.m. $15-$25. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.

Israeli Soldiers Speak Out. Israeli college students and reserve soldiers talk about their experiences. At Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.standwithus.com.


benefits & social events

saturday/11

Second Saturday Stoplight Party. S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation presents a party for Jewish young adults. Wear red for taken and green for single. At the Cellar, 685 Sutter St., S.F. 8 p.m. $15 includes drinks. http://www.cellarsf.com.

sunday/12

Zydeco dance party and potluck. Jewish Hikers hosts. Bring dish to share. At Tayerle Wines, 2311 Magnolia St., Oakland. 9 p.m. Donations suggested. (510) 421-2457.

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.

thursday/16

Women’s philanthropy. The “Power of One” annual dinner raises money for Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, featuring speaker Geri D. Palast of the Israel Action Network. At Hilton Hotel, 333 O’Farrell St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. Minimum donation $125. http://www.jewishfed.org.  (See story, 6a.)

Mollie Katzen. Reception with best-selling Jewish cookbook author. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 6 p.m. Prices vary. http://www.jvalley.org.

sunday/19

Knitzvah. Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley hosts volunteer knitting and crocheting garments to donate to the needy. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 10:30 a.m. http://www.jfssv.org.

wednesday/22

Women’s Torah Project. Start of weeklong study and celebration across the Bay Area. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd. Foster City. 2 p.m. Free. Also lectures by Wendy Graff, director of the project, and Jewish metal artist Aimee Golant, who will speak about creating the Torah’s crowns. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. Free. For more events, visit http://www.womenstorah.com.

Philosophers’ Café. Discussion of ethical consumerism hosted by Tri-Valley Cultural Jews. At Café Rumi, 799 Heyer Ave., Castro Valley. 10:45 a.m. $5 suggested. (925) 240-5612.

Brunch and theater. Brunch and carpool to see theatrical production of “Crossing Delancey.” At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 12 p.m. $30-$35. http://www.svjcc.org.

Yiddish sing-along. Led by local musicians and singers including Sharon Bernstein, Stu Brotman, Jim Rebhan and Gerry Tenney. Lyrics and translations provided. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 5 p.m. Free. http://klezcalifornia.org/events/2012-sf.

sunday/26

“The Whole Megila-la-la with Isaac Zones.” Purim program of music, stories and silliness. At BJE Jewish Community Library,1835 Ellis St., S.F. 10:30 a.m. Free. http://www.bjesf.org.

“Feast Your Mind.”
Fundraising dinners to benefit Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School feature guest speakers such as architect Olle Lundberg and Giants president and CEO Larry Baer. 4:30 p.m. reception at school, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City, followed by dinners at 7 p.m. $250, $36 alumni dinner. http://www.feastyourmind.com.


spiritual & holiday

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

saturday/11

Jewish Singles 40 Plus. Event hosted by Marin Jewish Singles. At Bar Bocce, 1250 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 11:30 a.m. Free. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

sunday/12

Brunch and schmooze. Hosted by Haverim Connection. At Café La Tartine, 830 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. 11:30 a.m. Also Feb. 19 and 26 at Michaels Restaurant, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).