“An American Experience: Growing Up Jewish in America.” Exhibit displays heritage of residents and family members of the Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living. Through July 29. At the Jewish Heritage Museum, 4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville. http://www.rcjl.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.
“Book Sculptures.” Works by Brian Dettmer. Through March. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. http://www.jccsf.org.
“California Dreaming.” Multimedia exhibit exploring Jewish life in the Bay Area from Gold Rush to present. Through Oct. 16. “Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought.” 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.
“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.
“More Than Enough: Redefining Excess.” Jewish community artists answer “When do we need more than enough?” Through Aug. 5. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. http://www.bjesf.org/library.htm.
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.
Saul Kaye. Jewish blues guitarist performs. At Beit Midrash Ohr HaChaim, 1380 Hopkins St., Berkeley. 8 p.m. $10-$15. (510) 558-0536.
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.
Beatles cover band. White Album Ensemble plays benefit concert for Peninsula JCC. At College of San Mateo Theatre, 1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo. 6:30 p.m. $100. http://www.pjcc.org.
Veretski Pass. Klezmer band performs folk songs, psalms and lullabies with San Francisco choral artists. At Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto. 4 p.m. $12-$30. http://www.veretskipass.com.
“The Whole Megillah: Uncut 2.” 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.
“Merchants.” Contemporary drama about a Jewish family during a recession. At Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F. 8 p.m. $10-$20. Also March 3 and 8. http://www.theexit.org.
“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. http://www.nertamidsf.org.
“What If?” Jewish Circle Productions presents children’s play with a touch of Hebrew about a fantastic journey. At Live Oak Theater, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. $15-$17. http://www.jewishcircleproductions.com.
“When Nietzsche Wept.” FoolsFURY staged reading based on Irvin Yalom novel, followed by Yalom and Michael Krasny in conversation. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. 7:30 p.m. $12-$18. Advance tickets required. http://www.kolshofar.org.
“Becoming Grace.” Solo performance by Jewish Theatre founder Naomi Newman, portraying the life of writer Grace Paley. At the Jewish Theatre, San Francisco, 470 Florida St., S.F. 8 p.m. $10-$25. Also March 15-25, times vary. http://www.tjt-sf.org.
film & video
“Ahead of Time.” Documentary about foreign correspondent and photojournalist Ruth Gruber. At Congregation Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F. 7 p.m. Free. (415) 586-8833.
“Mabul” (The Flood). 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. http://www.svjff.org.
“Blazing Saddles.” Classic Mel Brooks comedy. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 1 p.m. Free. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.
“Binah.” U.S. poet laureate Philip Levine on his work. KALW 91.7 FM. 12 p.m. http://www.jccsf.org.
“Le Concert,” 7 p.m.; “Rabies,” 9:30 p.m. East Bay International Jewish Film Festival. At CinéArts, 2314 Monument Blvd., Pleasant Hill. http://www.eastbayjewishfilm.org.
“Elixir of Love for Families.” Film introduces children to opera. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 1 p.m. Free. http://www.svjcc.org.
“David,” 9:30 a.m.; “An Article of Hope,” 12 p.m.; “La Vérité Si Je Mens, I” (Would I Lie to You, I), 1:40 p.m.; “Gei Oni” (Valley of Fortitude), 3:45 p.m.; “Mary Lou,” 7:15 p.m. East Bay International Jewish Film Festival. At CinéArts, 2314 Monument Blvd., Pleasant Hill. http://www.eastbayjewishfilm.org.
“Surviving Hitler: A Love Story,” 11:30 a.m.; “Wrong Side of the Bus,” 1:10 p.m.; “The Truth and Lies Game,” 3:15 p.m.; “Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom,” 5:15 p.m.; “Who Do You Love?” 7:30 p.m. East Bay International Jewish Film Festival. At CinéArts, 2314 Monument Blvd., Pleasant Hill. http://www.eastbayjewishfilm.org.
“Torn,” 11:30 a.m.; “Ahoti Ha’Yafah” (My Beautiful Sister), 1:15 p.m.; “The Fifth Heaven,” 3:10 p.m.; “Eichmann’s End: Love, Betrayal, Death,” 5:20 p.m.;
“La Vérité Si Je Mens, II” (Would I Lie to You, II), 7:30 p.m. East Bay International Jewish Film Festival. At CinéArts, 2314 Monument Blvd., Pleasant Hill. http://www.eastbayjewishfilm.org.
“My So-Called Enemy.” Film on Arab-Israeli relations followed by talk by director Lisa Gossels. At Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.sonoma.edu/as/asp.
“Winston Churchill: Walking with Destiny,” 11:30 a.m.; “Infiltration,” 1:45 p.m.; “Mahler on the Couch,” 4 p.m.; “Kaddisch Fur Einen Freund” (Kaddish for a Friend), 7:30 p.m. East Bay International Jewish Film Festival. At CinéArts, 2314 Monument Blvd., Pleasant Hill. http://www.eastbayjewishfilm.org.
“Binah.” Nicole Krauss, author of “The History of Love.” KALW 91.7 FM. 12 p.m. http://www.jccsf.org.
“Wagner and Me,” 11:30 a.m.; “Jaffa,” 1:10 p.m.; “Reuniting the Rubins,” 3 p.m.; “My Australia,” 5:10 p.m.; “The Rabbi’s Cat” (Le Chat du Rabbin), 7:30 p.m. East Bay International Jewish Film Festival. At CinéArts, 2314 Monument Blvd., Pleasant Hill. http://www.eastbayjewishfilm.org.
lectures & workshops
A long cliffhanger
How did Moses live to 120? What happened to the 10 lost tribes? Where is the afikomen? Who doesn’t like a mystery? That last one, at least, will be answered throughout the month at the Peninsula JCC’s “It’s a Mystery Festival.” On Sunday, March 4, get ready for readings and conversations with Jewish mystery writers, including Lisa Lutz, Cara Black and Rita Lakin and the Kellerman mishpocha — Jonathan, Faye and son Jesse.
Other events on the festival docket include “The Mysteries of Kabbalah Revealed” with Berkeley scholar Daniel Matt on March 13, an adult “mystery trip” on March 14 and “Is There Life After Death?” with author and Rabbi Elie Spitz on March 20.
“Celebration of Jewish Mystery Authors,” 1 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. $10-$15. http://www.pjcc.org/mystery or (650) 212-7522
The future of Israel
At age 88, he is Israel’s oldest official head of state, and once upon a time (60 years ago) he was the country’s youngest director-general of the Defense Ministry. So, yes, you could say Israeli President Shimon Peres has been an important part of Jewish history. The Nobel Peace Prize winner and two-time former prime minister will be in the Bay Area next week, speaking in San Francisco on “Israel and the Jewish People: The Vision for Tomorrow.” The event is free and open to the public.
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.
Book talks with Marty Brounstein. Author discusses “Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust.” At Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Free. (650) 330-2525. Also March 9 at Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City. 7:30 p.m. Free. (650) 260-2504.
“Masculinities, Bodies and Identities: Male Circumcision Among Jews and Muslims.” Opening session of two-day conference presented by U.C. Davis Jewish Studies program. At Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center, U.C. Davis. 4 p.m. Also March 5 from 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Shields Library, U.C. Davis. Free. http://jewishstudies.ucdavis.edu.
Yoga and Otiyot Chayyot. Meditation and yoga based on the Hebrew alphabet. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. Also April 29. 10 a.m. Free. http://www.kolshofar.org.
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. http://www.afikomen.com .
Genealogy clinic. S.F. Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society volunteers run roundtable. Bring materials. At Bureau of Jewish Education community library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 12 p.m. Free. http://www.bjesf.org.
“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. http://www.oaklandsinai.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.
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.
“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. http://www.gtu.edu.
Book talk with Eyal Press. The Nation journalist discusses, his book “Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times.” At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $7-$9. http://www.jcceastbay.org.
“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. http://www.stanford.edu/dept/jewishstudies.
“Changing Lives Through Design.” Talk by Fred Dust, partner at global design firm Ideo. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$20. http://www.jccsf.org.
Lecture and bagels. With Rabbi Moshe Levin. At Congregation Ner Tamid, 1250 Quintara St., S.F. Free. 10 a.m. http://www.nertamidsf.org.
Book talk. S.F. State University history professor Mary Felstiner discusses her book “To Paint Her Life: Charlotte Salomon in the Nazi Era.” Presented by Kol Hadash. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 11 a.m. $7.50-$10. http://www.kolhadash.org.
“Hagar in the Jewish and Islamic Traditions.” Day of learning sponsored by Graduate Theological Union’s Center for Jewish Studies and Center for Islamic Studies. At Easton Hall, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley. 2 to 7 p.m. Free. http://www.gtu.edu.
“Yes, There Were Jews in the California Gold Rush!” Lecture by history professor and preservationist Stephen Kinsey. At Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose. 5 p.m. Free. http://www.sjsu.edu/depts/jwss.
Caring for aging parents. Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay sponsors workshop by elder care professionals. At AgeSong Lakeside Park, 468 Perkins St., Oakland. 5:30 p.m. Free. http://www.jfcs-eastbay.org.
“Building New LGBTQ Pride and Inclusion in Israel.” Panel discussion with members of Alliance of Israeli LGBTQ Organizations. At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.awiderbridge.org.
“New American Haggadah.” Book talk by editor Jonathan Safran Foer and translator Nathan Englander. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$25. http://www.jccsf.org.
“Dissolving Localities.” Talk by Israeli composer and scholar Emmanuel Witzthum, presented by Jewish Music Festival. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 6 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishmusicfestival.org.
Book talk with Nathan Englander. Author discusses “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank.” At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $10-$18. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.
“Religion for Atheists.” Talk by philosopher and author Alain de Botton. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 8 p.m. $10-$25. http://www.jccsf.org.
benefits & social events
Dial ‘S’ for Super
For more than 30 years, the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation has held its Super Sunday phonathon to raise money for Jews locally, in Israel and around the world. On March 11, volunteers will come together and devote the entire day to making phone calls, embodying the values of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world). Want to help out? Bring positive energy and a cellphone. Don’t forget the charger!
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 11, Jewish Community High School of the Bay, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. and Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. http://www.jewishfed.org
spiritual & holiday
Rising Chassidic hip-hop star Nosson Zand has toured with Matisyahu, and now he is set to headline at North Beach Chabad’s Purim party in San Francisco. Other entertainment at Purim-Con will be provided by Jordan Feinstein of Jordan and the Ritual and DJ whiteface. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes (hero vs. villain).
7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, JLI-Chabad Center, 720 Lombard St., S.F. 21 and older. $20. http://www.jlisf.org
Purim carnival. Costume show with silent auction, raffle and hamantaschen. At Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond. Free. 12:30 p.m. http://www.tbhrichmond.org.
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. http://www.jcceastbay.org.
Purim family fun day. Mesibah (party) for families with children ages 2 to 10. Bounce house, arts and crafts, storytime. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. Free. 3 p.m. http://www.svjcc.org.
Jewish Mardi Gras. Purim festival with crafts, comedy, cocktails. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $5 suggested. http://www.jcceastbay.org.
Purim party. Masquerade, moon bounce, Megillah reading, sushi, music. At Richmond Torah Center Chabad, 423-10th Ave., S.F. 5 p.m. Free. http://www.rtchabad.org.
Cole Valley Purim party. Drum circle, crafts for kids, Megillah reading, deli, live music. At Grattan School, 165 Grattan St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. $7-$30. http://www.chabadcv.org.
Purim Megillah public reading. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 11:30 a.m. Free. http://www.afikomen.com.
Moroccan Purim. Chabad of the East Bay celebration in a backyard tent. 5:15 p.m. Megillah reading, 6 p.m. party. At Chabad, 2730-A Telegraph Ave., Berkeley. (510) 540-5824.
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. http://www.jewishcontracosta.org.
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. http://www.thepeatot.com.
“The Megillah According to the Beatles.” Purimspiel set in Liverpool, followed by dancing, wine and cheese. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 8 p.m. $24. Also March 11 at 2 p.m. $12; free for children under 12. http://www.bethamisr.org.
Hamantaschen Ball. Costumes, swing dance, food and drinks. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 7 p.m. $25-$30. http://www.beth-david.org.
Young adults Purim ball. Costumes, dancing, food and drinks. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 9 p.m. 21 and older. $10-$15. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.