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Friday, March 9, 2012

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art

sunday/18

Opening reception. Meet the curator and 25 Bay Area artists behind “More Than Enough: Redefining Excess.” At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 1 p.m. Free. Exhibit through Aug. 5. http://www.bjesf.org.

ongoing

“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.


music & dance
photo/courtesy of the fillmore
photo/courtesy of the fillmore

Outside the box

What happens when an Israeli klezmer clarinetist and a punk rock drummer form a band? They go on to form a bigger one. Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat started playing together as Balkan Beat Box in 2004, soon adding in Jamaican dub step, funk, Gypsy folk, electronica and other genres to their eclectic fusion band, along with a half-dozen musicians. Balkan Beat Box attracted an international following and next week will perform on one of San Francisco’s famous stages: the Fillmore.
8 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at the Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F. $22.50. http://www.balkanbeatbox.com.

saturday/10

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.

Singer-songwriter Ruth Gerson. Performs in a benefit for domestic violence advocacy group Shalom Bayit. 7 p.m. Free. For location, RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). http://www.shalom-bayit.org.

sunday/11

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. Also March 17 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F. 8 p.m. Also March 18 at Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 4 p.m. $12-$25. http://www.veretskipass.com. 

wednesday/14

Kids’ music. Electric folk and rock band Trout Fishing in America performs. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. $15-$25. http://www.netivotshalom.org.

friday/16

Saul Kaye. Jewish blues musician performs “Rock ’n’ Roll Shabbat” concert. 7:30 p.m. Free. Also March 17 at 8 p.m. $15. At Beth Chaim Congregation, 1800 Holbrook Drive, Danville. http://www.bethchaim.com.

sunday/18

Cantorial and Jewish folk concert. Featuring Cantor Gregory Yakerson of Grand Choral Synagogue in St. Petersburg, Russia. Sponsored by Congregation Emek Beracha. At the Cubberley Community Center Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. Free. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

thursday/22

Bustan Quartet. Jewish Music Festival presents Israeli Jewish and Arab ensemble, playing mix of classical Middle Eastern music and improvisational jazz. At the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 7 p.m. $25-$30. http://www.jewishmusicfestival.org.

Noa. Performance by Israeli recording artist. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. $60-$75. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.



theater
photo/namophoto
photo/namophoto

Philosopher, reanimated

In “When Nietzsche Wept,” Irvin Yalom uncovered the crippling inadequacies of Friedrich Nietzsche, the philosopher par excellence of grandeur and power. Yalom invented a fictional relationship, set in the streets, coffeehouses and cemeteries of 19th century Vienna, between Nietzsche and Josef Breuer, Freud’s mentor. When these two great thinkers meet in Yalom’s 1992 novel, they produce dialogue both profound and touching. The theater group FoolsFURY will bring this dialogue to life onstage, followed by a conversation with KQED’s Michael Krasny, Yalom and the directors.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. $12-$18. Advance tickets required. http://www.kolshofar.org.

friday/9

“The Whole Megillah: Uncut 2.” Purim comedy sketch with Killing My Lobster, directed by Dan Wolf. At the Jewish Theatre, San Francisco, 470 Florida St., S.F. 8p.m. Also March 10 at 7 and 10 p.m. $10-$20. http://www.jccsf.org.

sunday/11

“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.

thursday/15

“Becoming Grace.” Solo performance by 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. Through March 25, times vary. http://www.tjt-sf.org. (See story, 15)


film & video


Out of this world

In its 17th year, the East Bay International Jewish Film Festival is all grown up. The decidedly worldly event kicks off Saturday, March 10 with its usual diverse array of offerings. The out-of-practice Bolshoi Orchestra of Moscow manages to land a concert in Paris (“Le Concert”). A South African who fled apartheid returns for a high school reunion (“Wrong Side of the Bus”). More films from England, Germany, the Czech Republic and, of course, Israel and the United States round things out. Don’t miss the love story and historical drama set in 19th-century Palestine that won top awards in China (“Gei Oni”), pictured above. Dates and showtimes are in the Film, TV & Radio listings.
East Bay International Jewish Film Festival, March 10-18 at CinéArts, 2314 Monument Blvd., Pleasant Hill; Orinda Theater, 4 Orinda Square, Orinda; Vine Cinema, 1722 First St., Livermore. $7-$11. http://www.eastbayjewishfilm.org

saturday/10

“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.

sunday/11

“The Last Rabbi.” About the late Leo Trepp, the oldest European-born rabbi to survive the Holocaust, followed by Q&A with his wife. 6 p.m. At Congregation Beth Shalom of Napa Valley, 1455 Elm St., Napa. http://www.cbsnapa.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.

“An Article of Hope” and “The Witch from Melchet Street,” 3:30 p.m.; “Kaddisch Fur Einen Freund” (Kaddish for a Friend), 7:15 p.m. East Bay International Jewish Film Festival. At Vine Cinema, 1722 First St., Livermore. http://www.eastbayjewishfilm.org.

monday/12

“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.

tuesday/13

“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.

wednesday/14

“My So-Called Enemy.” Film on Arab-Israeli relations followed by talk by director Lisa Gossels. At Cal State Sonoma, 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.

thursday/15

“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.

“Mabul” (The Flood), 7:30 p.m. East Bay International Jewish Film Festival. At Vine Cinema, 1722 First St., Livermore. http://www.eastbayjewishfilm.org.

friday/16

“77 Steps,” 11 a.m.; “Salsa Tel Aviv,” 12:30 p.m.; “Les Hommes Libres” (Free Men), 2:40 p.m. East Bay International Jewish Film Festival. At Orinda Theater, 4 Orinda Square, Orinda. http://www.eastbayjewishfilm.org.

saturday/17

“Wunderkinder,” 7 p.m.; “Restoration,” 9:30 p.m. East Bay International Jewish Film Festival. At Orinda Theater, 4 Orinda Square, Orinda. http://www.eastbayjewishfilm.org.

sunday/18

“David,” 9:30 a.m.; “Ahead of Time,” 11:10 a.m.; “Music Man Murray,” 11:45 a.m.; “Vlast,” 12:50 p.m.; “Intimate Grammar,” 1:30 p.m.; “Nicky’s Family,” 3:30 p.m.; “Mabul” (The Flood), 4:30 p.m.; “A Matter of Size,” 5:50 p.m.; “Little Rose,” 7 p.m.; “Kirot,” 8 p.m. East Bay International Jewish Film Festival. At Orinda Theater, 4 Orinda Square, Orinda. http://www.eastbayjewishfilm.org.

thursday/22

“Binah.” The Nation journalist and “Beautiful Souls” author Eyal Press on the psychology of defying authority. KALW 91.7 FM. 12 p.m. http://www.jccsf.org.

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



lectures & workshops
photo/courtesy of  bje jewish community library
photo/courtesy of bje jewish community library

Remembering Leyke

Leyke Post was prominent in Yiddish culture
for five decades. She starred in Yiddish radio shows in the United States from the 1920s to the 1950s and continued to perform into the next decade, capping her career in two Woody Allen movies. Her son, Henry Carrey, will pay homage to his mother by sharing anecdotes about her life and singing some of the most memorable songs from her repertoire.
7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. Free. http://www.bjesf.org.




sunday/11

“The Oy Way.” Local author Harvey Gotliffe discusses his new book, a humorous take on Yiddish-inflected meditation and guided movement. Silicon Valley Holocaust Survivors Association at the Chai House, 814 St. Elizabeth Drive, San Jose. Noon. Free. Also March 15 with a reception. At the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, San Jose State University. 3 p.m. Free. http://www.sjlibrary.org.

“American Jewish Life in Transition.” Talk by Stanford Jewish studies professor Ari Kelman. At Temple Beth Torah, 42000 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont. 9:30 a.m. $8-$12. http://www.bethtorah-fremont.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. With reception and music. At Easton Hall, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley. 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free. http://www.gtu.edu.

monday/12

“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.

tuesday/13

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.

“The Mysteries of Kabbalah Revealed.” Talk by Berkeley scholar Daniel Matt. Part of It’s a Mystery Festival. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 4 p.m. $10-$15. http://www.pjcc.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.

wednesday/14

“Is There Life After Death?” Talk by rabbi and author Elie Spitz. Part of It’s a Mystery Festival. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 4 p.m. $10-$15. http://www.pjcc.org.

thursday/15

“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. (See story, 17)

“Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance.” Talk by author Judith Brin Ingber on Israeli, Ethiopian,  Hassidic, Yemenite and European dance. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.bjesf.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.

sunday/18

Women’s wellness symposium. Keynote by Miri Amit of Ben-Gurion University on “Reversing the Ophelia Syndrome,” plus workshops on weight loss, care giving, fertility, Jewish yoga. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $55-$65. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.

“Liberate your Passover Experience.” Workshops for all on the holiday. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 10 a.m.  Free. http://www.jcceastbay.org.

“Advocating for Israel in a Changing World.” Talk by AIPAC’s regional director, Zack Bodner. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 1 p.m. Free. http://www.oaklandsinai.org.

Egyptian cooking. Learn to make Egyptian salad, seneyat koromb (cauliflower with ground beef) and almond macaroons. At the Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 6:30 p.m. $40-$50. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.

thursday/22

Wilderness first aid. Hazon-sponsored class on first aid in remote areas, based on Jewish texts and teachings. Also March 23. At Bureau of Jewish Education, 639-14th Ave., S.F. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. $125. http://www.hazon.org.

“The Four Children of the Passover Seder.” Talk by Rabbi Menachem Creditor of Congregation Netivot Shalom. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. Free. http://www.afikomen.com.

Book talk with Cokie and Steve Roberts. Authors discuss “Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families.” Includes food and wine tasting. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7 p.m. $15-$20. http://www.marinjcc.org.


benefits & social events

sunday/11

Super Sunday. Jewish Community Federation’s fundraiser for local, Israeli and international causes. At Jewish Community High School of the Bay, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. and Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 10 a.m. http://www.jewishfed.org.

Summer in Israel information session. Learn about trip with Young Adults Division of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation. At the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 3 p.m. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). http://www.jewishfed.org.

wednesday/14

Jewish LGBTQ mixer. Sponsored by the diversity advocacy organization Be’chol Lashon. At Blush wine bar, 476 Castro St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. Free. http://www.bechollashon.org.

thursday/15

Summer camps carnival and dinner. Bounce house, relay races and on-site registrations for camps. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. Carnival at 4 p.m. Free. Dinner at 6 p.m. $7-$13. http://www.jcceastbay.org.

friday/16

“A Walk Amongst Trees.” Hike in San Francisco’s Presidio with Bay Area Hazon director Deborah Newbrun, author of “Spirit in Nature.” Presented by Contemporary Jewish Museum. Starting location available at registration. 9:30 a.m. $15. http://www.thecjm.org.


spiritual & holiday

What’s old is new

The Passover haggadah has anchored the seder ritual for more than a millennium. With the publication of “New American Haggadah,” editor Jonathan Safran Foer (“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”) orchestrates a new way of experiencing and understanding the ancient text. The new haggadah features commentary from contemporary thinkers, including Jeffrey Goldberg, Daniel Handler, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein and Nathaniel Deutsch. Nathan Englander (“What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank”) provides a new translation from the original Hebrew; he joins Foer to discuss their book.
7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. $10-$25. http://www.jccsf.org. Also 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at Cemex Auditorium, 641 Knight Way, Stanford University. Free. For seat reservations, call (650) 725-2787. http://jewishstudies.stanford.edu

saturday/10

“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.

sunday/11

Purim celebration for Russian speakers. Belly dancing, dinner and Purimspiel. At Congregation Ner Tamid, 1250 Quintara St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. $10-$18. http://www.nertamidsf.org.

friday/16

Social action Shabbat. Service and discussion on Bay Area child trafficking. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. Services at 7:30 p.m., discussion at 8:45 p.m. Free. http://www.oaklandsinai.org. (See story, 4)

Storyteller Peninnah Schram. Dinner, services and storytelling. 6:30 p.m. $10-$18. RSVP by March 12. Also March 17. 8 p.m. Also March 18. 10 a.m. Free. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. http://www.beth-david.org.


singles

saturday/10

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.