Friday, February 24, 2012

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“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.

“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.

“Book Sculptures.” Works by Brian Dettmer. Through March. At JCCSF, 3200 California St.

“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.

“King Solomon Tarot Cards.” Paintings by Israeli artist Orna Ben-Shoshan. Through April 1. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City.

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

“More Than Enough: Redefining Excess.” Jewish artists answer “When do we need more than enough?” Through Aug. 5. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F.

“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.



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


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. (See story, 19)


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

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. (See story, 19)


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., Berkeley. 8 p.m. $21-$26. (See story, 19)

on stage

Kosher comedy

A Haman hat will be part of the costume de rigueur when the comedy troupe Killing My Lobster and the Hub at the JCCSF present their unorthodox Purim sketch comedy show “The Whole Megillah 2: Uncut.” This is the Book of Esther you never got to read as a kid.
March 1-10, Jewish Theatre San Francisco, 470 Florida St. $10-$20.


Batsheva Dance Co. Israeli modern dance company performs “Max,” Ohad Naharin’s invention for 10 dancers. At Novellus Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. $35-$60. 8 p.m.


“Out of Sight.” Juggler Sara Felder presents one-woman play followed by discussion of Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. 4 p.m. $5-$25 suggested.


“Esther Stories.” Word for Word presents stylized staged reading of Peter Orner’s story collection. At JCCSF, 3200 California St. 7 p.m. $10-$15 suggested.


“Merchants.” Contemporary drama about two Jewish sisters during the current recession. At Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F. 8 p.m. $10-$20. Also March 2, 3 and 8.


“Dice.” One-man comedic show by Charlie Varon about an elderly San Franciscan who refuses to buy a cellphone. At Congregation Ner Tamid, 1250 Quintara St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. $25. Advance tickets required. RSVP to (415) 242-9992.


“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.

tv & radio


“Binah.” Author and chef Gabrielle Hamilton discusses her book “Blood, Butter and Bones.” KALW 91.7 FM. 12 p.m.


“Ahead of Time.” Documentary about journalist Ruth Gruber. At Congregation Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F. 7 p.m. Free. (415) 586-8833.


“The Flood” (“Mabul”). Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival presents Israeli coming-of-age drama. At Camera Pruneyard Cinema,1875 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell. 4:30 p.m. $9.50-$20.


“Blazing Saddles.” Classic Mel Brooks comedy. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 1 p.m. Free.

lectures & workshops

Remembering ‘Shoah’

French director Claude Lanzmann, 87, will reflect on his life’s work, 27 years after the release of his revolutionary nine-hour documentary, “Shoah,” made cinematic history in 1985, featuring in-depth interviews and testimony from Holocaust survivors and concentration camp workers.
7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, JCCSF, 3200 California St. Free. Also 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29 at CEMEX Auditorium at the Knight Management Center, Stanford. Free.

Looking ahead

What is the future of Bay Area Jewry? Participants (including Abi Karlin-Resnick, shown with husband Andy Cheng and children Jordan and baby Noah) will share personal stories that reflect their diverse experiences of identity as part of Lehrhaus Judaica’s in-depth study of the Jewish community. “Where We Are Heading” is the follow-up to the seminar “How We Got Here,” which looked at the Bay Area’s Jewish past.
1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. $15-$25.


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.

“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. 6:30 p.m. $35-$40.

Potluck and text study. Tri-Valley Cultural Jews hosts dinner and evening of learning. 7 p.m. At private residence in Livermore. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


“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.

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.

MindFlow class. Standardized-test reading preparation for students in grades 6 to 9. At JCCSF, 3200 California St. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $300.

“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.


“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.

“Israeli Soldiers Speak Out." Israeli reserve soldiers talk about their experiences. At Stephens Lounge, MLK Student Union, U.C. Berkeley, 7 p.m.

“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).


Russ 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.

“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).


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.


Dennis Ross. Former Middle East envoy speaks at American Technion Society’s “Perspectives on a Changing Middle East.” At Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market St., S.F. 7:30. $65 RSVP by Feb. 25 to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“It’s a Mystery Festival.” 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 to 5:30 p.m. $15.

“J Street: A New Voice for Israel.” Temple Sinai’s Israeli education committee sponsors panel discussion. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 2 p.m. Free.

“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. 4 p.m. $18-$20.

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


“Latke vs. Hamantaschen.” Debate presented by Graduate Theological Union Center for Jewish Studies. At the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 5 p.m. Free.


Shimon Peres speaks. Israeli President and Nobel Laureate Shimon Peres, as part of his visit to the Bay Area, will give a public address on “Israel and the Jewish People: The Vision for Tomorrow.” At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. Free, but RSVP with full name and phone number is required by March 4 to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


“Lunch and Learn.” Talk about John Muir by park ranger Daniel Prial. At Temple Isaiah, 3800 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. 11:45 a.m. $10-$12. RSVP to (925) 283-8575.

“The Extremes of Esther.” Talk by Bible professor Isaac Gottlieb of Bar-Ilan University. At 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. 12 p.m. Free.

benefits & social events

Love letters

Books — the old-school kind, made out of pulp and paper — will be on hand at BookFest Sunday, the anchor event of the JCCSF’s annual literary event, where authors of note and lovers of books will meet for conversation and learning. The day’s schedule includes writers Nicole Krauss, Harold Bloom, Joyce Carol Oates, Adam Levin and U.S. poet laureate Philip Levine.
11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, JCCSF, 3200 California St. $17-$30.


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


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.

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.


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.

Mah jongg tournament. Includes prizes and lunch. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 10 a.m. $36.

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.

“Feast Your Mind.” Fundraising dinners to benefit Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School, with guest speakers including 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.


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.

spiritual & holiday


“Shabbat Across America.” Congregation Beth Ami and National Jewish Outreach Program present a night of food, dancing and music by Zim Zum. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 6 p.m. $16, children free.


Torah viewing and discussion. Showing of the Women’s Torah Project video following Havdallah. At Keddem Congregation, 3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 5:30 p.m.


Mikvah tour. Followed by discussion and nosh. At Mikvah Taharas Israel, 2520 Warring St., Berkeley. 5 p.m. Free. RSVP to (510) 540-5842.

“The Whole Megila-la-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.


Women’s Torah Project. Poetry readings by Marcia Falk. At Easton Hall, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Graduate Theological Union, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley. 7 p.m.


Women’s Torah Project. Talks by Julie Seltzer, Wendy Graff and Aimee Golant. With an artists’ bazaar. At Kehillah Hall, Hillel of Stanford, 565 Mayfield Ave., Stanford. 6:30 p.m.


RitLab Purim. Art mask workshop. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 7 p.m. Free.


Purim carnival. Costume show with silent auction,

raffle and hamantaschen. At Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond. Free. 12:30 p.m.

Purim carnival. Face painting, hamantaschen and Jewish Music Festival “Instrument Petting Zoo.” At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. $1 for games. 2 p.m.


Jewish Mardi Gras. Purim festival with crafts, comedy, cocktails. 21 and older. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley.7 p.m.$5 suggested.

Purim family fun day. Mesibah (party) for families with children 2-10. Bounce house, arts and crafts, storytime. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14885 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 3 p.m. Free.


“Occupy Purim.” Megillah reading, political satire and dancing. At Ashkenaz, 1317 Sam Pablo Ave., Berkeley. $12-$15. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Lecture and bagels. With Rabbi Moshe Levin. At Congregation Ner Tamid, 1250 Quintara St., S.F. Free. 10 a.m.

Purim Megillah reading. At Afikomen Judaica. 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 11:30 a.m. Free.

Western Purim. Megillah reading with barbecue and mechanical bull rides. At Chabad of Contra Costa, 1671 Newell Ave., Walnut Creek. 4:30 p.m. $12-$18.

Peatot Israeli Purim party. Israeli rock and pop, costumes, prizes. 21 and older. At Club Fox, 2209 Broadway St., Redwood City. $20-$25. 8:30 p.m.



Canine-friendly Presidio hike. Jewish hikers club. Meet at Laguna Street and Marina Boulevard, S.F. 10:30 a.m. $1. (408) 738-1319.


Brunch and schmooze. Hosted by Haverim Connection. 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).


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).


Beginners’ b’nai mitzvah. Ritual tutor Arik Labowitz leads information session on having an independent bar/bat mitzvah. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave. 11 a.m. Free.