Friday, May 25, 2012

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Conversations with Artists. Artists Merav Tzur and Tucker Nichols discuss the manipulation of science in their work. At the Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 1 p.m. Included with admission.


“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.

“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.” Exhibit that explores tree design, purpose and Jewish thought. Through Sept. 9. “Stanley Saitowitz: Judaica.” New perspectives from the S.F.-based architect. Through Oct. 16. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.

“The Last Jews of Yemen.” Photos and journal entries by Rachael Strecher and Josh Berer documenting Yemen’s Jewish population. Through June 29. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

“Maqama.” Photographs of U.S. by Israeli Bay Area resident Chami Lerner. Through June 29. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

“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.

“The Sacred Word: A Sculptural and Print Exploration of Hebrew and Chinese Characters.” Art by Joyce Steinfeld. Through June 5. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael.

“Territory.” Israeli artist Yigal Ozeri’s large-scale, photo-realistic oil paintings pairing women with natural settings. Through June 30. At Jenkins Johnson Gallery, 464 Sutter St., S.F.

“Treasures from the Gershwin Archive.” Exhibit of memorabilia from the trust of Ira and Leonore Gershwin, including music covers, personal photographs and sketches. Through June 15. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F.



Farmers they’re not

The New York City–based jam band Soulfarm will perform its mix of Jewish and Middle Eastern, rock, bluegrass and Celtic music in a concert presented by the Masorti Center. Founded in Israel by Grammy Award–winning guitarist C Lanzbom and guitarist and lead singer Noah Solomon Chase, the band has recorded with Perry Farrell and Dispatch and opened for the Wailers and George Clinton. Event co-sponsors are Urban Adamah, Congregation Netivot Shalom, NCSY and the Contra Costa Jewish Day School.

7 p.m. Wednesday, May 30 at Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. $6-$10.


photo/courtesy of eliyahu and the qadim ensemble
photo/courtesy of eliyahu and the qadim ensemble

Songs of the world

The Qadim Ensemble, featuring Eliyahu Sills (second from right), can be better understood through its name: “Qadim” means “ancient” and “that which will come” in Hebrew and Arabic. The San Francisco–based musicians mix Arabic, Sufi, Hebrew, Yemini and Ladino influences in a sound that draws on the old and hints at the new.

7 p.m. Sunday, May 27 at Dhyana Center Loft, 186 N. Main St, Sebastopol. $18. Also 8 p.m. Thursday, May 31 at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley. $20.50-$22.50.


“Love and Romance.” The Cadenza orchestra performs selections including the U.S. premiere of “Canarian Vespers” by Haifa Symphony Orchestra conductor Noam Sheriff. At First Congregational Church, 900 High St., Santa Cruz. 7 p.m. $15-$25.


“Voices of Jewish Women in American Theater.” Actress and singer Alicia von Kugelgen performs. Benefit for Oakland Ruach chapter of Hadassah. At Clubhouse of the Park Bellevue Tower, 565 Bellevue Ave., Oakland. 2 p.m. $100.

Piano concert. Russian-born Israeli pianist Yoni Levyato performs in a benefit for the American Red Cross Silicon Valley chapter. At Le Petit Trianon Theater, 72 N. Fifth St., San Jose. 7:30 p.m. $25-$50.

on stage
photo/courtesy of shalom school
photo/courtesy of shalom school

Born to play

Ethan Bortnick has accomplished a lot in his first decade of life. The 11-year-old piano prodigy has appeared on “Oprah” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” headlined more than 100 concerts, and in 2010 became the youngest artist to have his own national PBS concert special. Ethan will help celebrate the 15th anniversary of Shalom School with an upcoming performance in San Francisco. Proceeds will benefit Shalom School Scholarship Fund, Chavura Family Outreach Program and Bais Menachem Yeshiva Day School, all projects of Chabad of San Francisco.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 5 at JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. $36-$50.


Voca People. Musical comedy ensemble from Israel performs. At Marines’ Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter St., S.F. Through June 17. Times vary. $35-$75.

film & video


“Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish.” Film set in present-day Brooklyn and featuring Orthodox actors. Through June 7. At the Vogue, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F. 2:30, 5 and 7:30 p.m. $8-$10.50. (See story, 21)


“In Darkness.” Film about a sewer worker in Nazi-occupied Poland who hides fleeing Jews. Based on a true story. At Camera 12 Theater, 201 S. Second St., San Jose. 4 p.m. $9.50-$20. www.

lectures & workshops


“Settling the Land of Israel — Contemporary Perspectives.” Talk by Eran Kaplan, professor of Israel and Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University. At Stanford University, Building 360, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. 12 p.m. Free.


Book talk with Marty Brounstein. Author discusses “Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust.” At Hillsdale United Methodist Church, 303 W. 36th Ave., San Mateo. 8:30 a.m. breakfast, 9:30 a.m. presentation. Free. RSVP for breakfast to (650) 345-8514. Also May 30 at Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View. 7 p.m. (650) 428-1234.


“Sacred Treasure—The Cairo Genizah.” Author Rabbi Mark Glickman discusses his book about the 1896 discovery of medieval manuscripts in a Cairo attic. At BJE Jewish Community Library,1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free.

“Perspectives on Israel.” Talk by Orli Bein, New Israel Fund co-director, S.F. region. At Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. Free.

“Investing in Our Families and Public School Teachers.” Incoming San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Richard Carranza and other education officials speak. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free.


Genealogy clinic. San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society offers a brainstorming and problem-solving roundtable. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 12 p.m. Free.

benefits & social events
photo/creative commons-serve  photography
photo/creative commons-serve photography

Ice cream for Sunday brunch

Once you’re done with your all-night Tikkun Leil Shavuot study session (see Spiritual & Holidays), head over to one of the locations listed below for a free dairy buffet (cheesecake, anyone?) and ice cream party on Sunday, May 27. The celebrations commemorating the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai include a reading of the Ten Commandments and delicious dairy treats.

Chabad of Novato, 10 Westwood Drive, Novato. 10 a.m. Free.
Chabad of Marin, 1150 Idylberry Road, San Rafael. 11:30 a.m. Free.
North Peninsula Chabad, 1700 S. Amphlett Blvd., #100, San Mateo. 11:30 a.m. Free.
Chabad of Oakland, 4231 Park Blvd., Oakland. 12:30 p.m. Free.
Congregation Chevra Thilim, 751-25th Ave., S.F. 10 a.m. Free.


Young adults’ potluck Shabbat. Bring a vegetarian dish to share for dinner. At a private residence in Fremont. 7 p.m. RSVP to


Shalom Bayit 20th anniversary. “Creating Hope” dinner honors Jewish agency that works to prevent and end domestic violence. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 6:15 p.m. $118.

Goodbye party. For Israeli Consul General Akiva Tor and Naomi Tor. At a private home in the East Bay. RSVP for location. 7:30 p.m. Free.


Fundraiser for Jewish education program. Featuring family concert with Jonathan Bayer and kosher barbecue. Benefits scholarship fund for Edah, a K-5 experiential learning program for the East Bay community. At Berkeley Hillel, 2736 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. 4 p.m. $10-$25.


Schmooze. Monthly mingle hosted by young adults group East Bay Jews. At Thalassa Bar, 2367 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. 6 p.m. $10.

spiritual & holiday


Potluck Shabbat. Organized by Jews’ Next Dor, group of young adults in the South Bay. At a private residence in the South Bay. RSVP for location and time. Free.

Shavuot on the Mountain. Wilderness Torah’s three-day outdoor celebration. At Anthony Chabot Regional Park, Oakland. Through May 28. $140-$275.


Tikkun Leil Shavuot celebration. Dinner and study sessions. At Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., S.F. 5 to 10:15 p.m. $10.

All-night Tikkun Leil Shavuot celebration. Study session for East Bay community. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. Free.

All-night Tikkun Leil Shavuot celebration. Study sessions focused on “the power of words.” At Congregation Sinai, 1532 Willowbrae Ave., San Jose. 9:15 p.m. to 5 a.m. Free.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot celebration. Potluck and study sessions. At Congregation Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F. 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Free.

All-night Tikkun Leil Shavuot celebration. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tikkun Leil Shavuot celebration. Night of study with Torah scholar Nitzhia Shaked. At Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 8 to 10:30 p.m. Free.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot celebration. Community study sessions. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Free. or

Tikkun Leil Shavuot celebration. Community study sessions. At Congregation Ner Shalom, 85 La Plaza, Cotati. 7 to 11:30 p.m. Free.


Outdoor Shavuot at Diamond Creek. Services followed by swimming in a lake and pool. At Diamond Mountain Road, Calistoga. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free.


Taco Truck Shabbat. Shabbat service for people in their 30s to 40s with taco dinner to follow. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. Free.



Brunch and Schmooze. Hosted by Haverim Connection, for single adults in their 40s-60s. At Michaels Restaurant, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. 11:30 a.m. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).