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art

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. “Do Not Destroy Trees.” Tu B’Shevat–themed exhibit that explores tree design, purpose and Jewish thought. Through May 28. “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.”
Works by Brian Dettmer. Through March. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. http://www.jccsf.org.

“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. 7:30 p.m. .(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.


music & dance
Buddy Miller   photo/ron baker
Buddy Miller photo/ron baker

Music for a mensch

A memorial celebration in San Francisco for financier and music lover Warren Hellman, who died in December, will call up the Bay Area philanthropist’s generous spirit, with performances on two stages by Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Poor Man’s Whiskey, John Doe, Buddy Miller, Old Crow Medicine Show, Robert Earl Keen, Dry Branch Fire Squad, the Wronglers with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Boz Scaggs and more. Like the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival that Hellman founded, the memorial concert is free.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 on the Great Highway between JFK Drive and Lincoln Way, San Francisco. Free. Live streaming at http://www.strictlybluegrass.com.

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.

thursday/23

“Jewish Chronicles.” Daniel Cainer sings stories about feuding tailors, a cocaine-addicted rabbi, his parents and more. At the Marsh, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. 8 p.m. $15-$35. http://www.themarsh.org.

friday/24

Eastern European Jewish music. With Michael Alpert and Julian Kytasty. At Temple Beth Sholom, 642 Dolores Ave., San Leandro. 8 p.m. Free. http://www.tbssanleandro.org. Also Feb. 25 on a yacht in Emeryville, a benefit for the Jewish Music Festival. 7:30 p.m. $60-$120. http://www.jewishmusicfestival.org.

thursday/1

Hadag Nahash. Jewish Music Festival presents Jerusalem superstars performing mix of hip-hop, funk, reggae, rock. At the Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland. 9 p.m. $21-$26. http://www.jewishmusicfestival.org.

saturday/3

George Komsky. Bay Area native sings. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. $30-$40. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.

Michael Winograd Ensemble. Jewish Music Festival presents West Coast debut program of klezmer, folk and chamber music, with vocalist Judith Berkson. At Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley. 8 p.m. $21-$26. http://www.jewishmusicfestival.org.

sunday/4

Ben Goldberg’s Orphic Machine. Jewish Music Festival presents chamber-jazz suite featuring Goldberg, Marla Melford, Carla Kihlstedt, others. At Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkley. 8 p.m. $21-$26. http://www.jewishmusicfestival.org.



theater
photo/gadi dagon
photo/gadi dagon

Dance to the ‘Max’

Batsheva, the critically acclaimed Israeli modern dance company known for its explosive, dense movement, will appear on stage in San Francisco Feb. 23-25 performing “Max,” artistic director Ohad Naharin’s invention for 10 dancers. Original music by Maxim Waratt.
8 p.m. Feb. 23-25 at Novellus Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. $35-$60. http://tickets.ybca.org


thursday/23

“Up from the Stacks.” Multimedia pop opera set in the 1970s blending animation and projection with live vocalists and musicians. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 8 p.m. $35-$48. http://www.jccsf.org. (See story, 28)

monday/27

“Esther Stories.” Word for Word presents stylized staged reading of Peter Orner’s story collection. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$15 suggested. http://www.jccsf.org. (See story, 28)

friday/2

“The Whole Megillah.” Purim sketch comedy with Killing My Lobster, directed by Dan Wolf. Through March 10. At the Jewish Theatre, San Francisco, 470 Florida St., S.F. Times vary. $10-$20. http://www.jccsf.org.

ongoing

“Crossing Delancey.” Tabard Theatre Company 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. $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. 25. 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 among American Jewish immigrants, African-Americans from Harlem and upper-class whites. Through Feb. 18. At Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $12-$24. http://www.ymtcberkeley.org.



tv & radio

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.

“The Komediant.” Documentary about Jewish family of traveling actors. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 1455 Elm St., Napa. 7 p.m. Free with can for food bank. http://www.cbsnapa.org.rf

sunday/19

Mosaic. Host Rabbi Eric Weiss interviews Eliot 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

“Binah.” 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.

“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
photo/house of representatives
photo/house of representatives

He will be Frank

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has never been shy about expressing his views on … well, just about anything. The retiring member of Congress visits U.C. Berkeley to talk about the U.S.-Israel relationship and share his thoughts on American support for the Jewish state.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at 155 Dwinelle Hall, U.C. Berkeley. Free. Presented by Tikvah Students for Israel. http://tikvahsfi.berkeley.edu.

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 Frontline IDF Solider.” 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.

Marty Brounstein. Book talk by author of “Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust.” At private home in Atherton. 4 p.m. For directions, call (650) 321-0556.

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.

“Escape from Egypt.” Lecture by Remy Pessah and Joe Pessah of Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa. At Congregation B’nai Emunah, 3595 Taraval St., S.F. 3 p.m. Free. http://www.bnaiemunahsf.org.

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. (See story, 8)

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.

Kabbalat Shabbat series. East Bay Minyan and Kevah present one of two eight-session classes on liturgy, davening, prayer and Shabbat in Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $90. For location, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“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

“Building Résumés and Cover Letters.” Hosted by Jewish Vocational Service. Bring laptop . At Oshman Family, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.10 a.m. Free. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.

Learn about trees. PJ Library and Our City Forest present a Tu B’Shevat educational presentation and hands-on tree planting for ages 3-7. At Our City Forest Nursery, 1000 Spring St., San Jose. 4 p.m. Free. http://www.jvalley.org.

Legacy Study Tour 2012. Info night for Jewish history immersion trip through Europe and Israel, June 25-July 11. At Jewish Family and Children’s Services library, 2150 Post St., S.F. 6 p.m. Free. http://www.jfcs.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

“Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Quest.” Michael Krasny discusses his book. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 9:30 a.m. Free. http://www.shirhadash.org.

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.

BookFest Sunday. Readings and discussions, including keynote speech by author Nicole Krauss. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 11 a.m. $17-$30. http://www.jccsf.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. Also Feb. 27 at Martin Luther King Library, San Jose State University. 12 p.m. Free. http://www.standwithus.com.

“Where Are We Heading?” The second of two all-day conferences on the history of Bay Area Jews, sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica. 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.

“Arab State-Sponsored Anti-Semitism.” Presentation by Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa’s Sarah Levin, director, and Rachel Wahba, speakers’ bureau. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 2 p.m. Free. http://www.bethamisr.org.

tuesday/28

“Healthy Brain Aging.” Business Leadership Council of S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation presents a panel discussion with local medical professionals. At Morrison & Foerster, 425 Market St., S.F. 6 p.m. $25-$60. http://www.sfjcf.org.

“Israel in the ‘New’ Middle East.” Israeli Consul General Akiva Tor speaks about regional politics and the Jewish state. At Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 7 p.m. Free. RSVP required by Feb. 27 to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Claude Lanzmann. Lecture by filmmaker and director of “Shoah.” At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.jccsf.org. Also Feb. 29 at Jordan Hall, Building 420, 565 Mayfield Ave., Stanford. 7 p.m. Free. http://jewishstudies.stanford.edu.

thursday/1

Russell Feingold. Former Democratic senator discusses his book “While America Sleeps: A Wake-Up Call for the Post-9/11 Era.” At S.F. Club office, 595 Market St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. $7-$20. http://www.commonwealthclub.org.

“Beyond Emma Goldman: Radical Yiddish History.” Presentation by muralist and scholar Anna Torres. At Green Arcade Bookstore, 1680 Market St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Elder-law consultation. S.F.-based Jewish Family and Children’s Services in Santa Rosa offers consultations with attorney Janice Steinfeld about estate planning, wills, trusts and Medi-Cal planning for seniors older than 60 and their families. 9:30 a.m. By appointment at JFCS. Free RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

friday/2

Book talk with author Diane Ackerman. Discusses “One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing.” At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7 p.m. $10-$18. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.

sunday/4

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

“It’s a Mystery Festival.” Half-day celebration with readings by Jewish mystery writers Lisa Lutz, Keith Raffel, Cara Black, Ron Arons, Rita Lakin, others. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 1 p.m. $15. http://www.pjcc.org.

“If It Wasn’t for the Irish and the Jews.” Presentation by NYU music professor Mike Moloney exploring Tin Pan Alley and vaudeville. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 4 p.m. $18-$20. http://www.jccsf.org.


benefits & social events
photo/kspoddar
photo/kspoddar

In good company

Come for the food, stay for the conversation. Traditional Jewish and Indian foods will keep taste buds busy when the Hindu-Jewish Dialogue Series resumes at the Peninsula JCC. Presented by the American Jewish Committee, the Hindu American Foundation and the
JCC, the event is part of an ongoing effort to support ties between the two communities.
7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. $5-$10. (650) 378-2702

friday/17

Vegetarian Shabbat dinner. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 6 p.m. Free. RSVP requested. http://www.jcceastbay.org.

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.

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.

Jewish Family Service dine-out. Proceeds benefit JFS of Silicon Valley. At Rock Bottom Restaurant, 1875 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell. 12 p.m. until closing. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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.

wednesday/22

Volunteer meeting. Informational session by Jews’ Next Dor. At private residence in Cupertino. 9:30 p.m. Free. RSVP for more info to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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 project director Wendy Graff and metal artist Aimee Golant. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. Free. http://www.womenstorah.com.

friday/24

Shabbat Hop. Part of young-adult synagogue crawl in Silicon Valley. At Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto. 6 p.m. Free. http://www.jvalley.org.

saturday/25

Brotherhood dance party. Includes performance by Temple Emanu-El’s Brotherhood band. At Emanu-El, 1010 University Ave., San Jose. 7:30 p.m. $10-$18. http://www.templesanjose.org.

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

sunday/26

Social action day. Volunteer on the farm, hosted by San Jose’s Congregation Sinai. At Full Circle Farm, 1055 Dunford Way, Sunnyvale. 10 a.m. Free. http://www.sinai-sj.org.

Mah jongg tournament. Includes prizes and lunch. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 10 a.m. $36. http://www.beth-david.org.

“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.

Hamantaschen baking. Young adults visit the kitchen with Jews’ Next Dor. At private residence in Cupertino. 1:30 p.m. $10. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Back-to-camp movie night. Summer camp info session, camp activities, dinner and screening of “Kung Fu Panda 2.” At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 4 p.m. Free. http://www.siliconvalleyjcc.org/camp.

“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 the school, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City, followed by dinners at 7 p.m. $250, $36 alumni dinner. http://www.feastyourmind.com.


spiritual & holiday

thursday/1

RitLab Purim. Art mask workshop. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.siliconvalleyjcc.org.

saturday/3

Moroccan Purim feast. Nehirim, Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa, and the Free Run Chavurah host wine tasting and dinner with Paula Wolfert, author of “The Food of Morocco.” $54. 4 p.m. RSVP for Napa location to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

sunday/4

Purim carnival. Costume carnival with silent auction, raffle, hamantaschen and more. At Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond. Free. 12:30 p.m. http://www.tbhrichmond.org.

Purim carnival. Face painting, petting zoo, hamantaschen and Jewish Music Festival “Instrument Petting Zoo.” At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. $1 for games. 2 p.m. http://www.jcceastbay.org.


singles

sunday/19

Brunch and schmooze. Hosted by Haverim Connection. Also Feb. 26. At Michaels Restaurant, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. 11:30 a.m. Also March 4 at Café La Tartine, 830 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

monday/27

Jewish singles game night. A new group for Jewish widow/widowers 55-75. Bring dessert, nosh or drinks to share. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. Free. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).