Friday, June 1, 2012

news & features





opinions & letters







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.


Conversations with Artists. Merav Tzur and Tucker Nichols discuss the manipulation of science in their artwork. At 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.

Book exhibition. Bestselling Israeli books translated into Chinese and English. On display and to borrow.  Through July 1. At S.F. Public Library Chinatown Campus, 135 Powell St., S.F. Also at S.F. Public Library Main Campus, 100 Larkin St., S.F.

“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 28. 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.

“Sephardic Women of Turkey.” Photographs by Audrey Ray Daniel. Through Aug. 24. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos.

“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.



Stylin’ pianist

Russian-born Israeli pianist Yoni Levyatov is known for his prowess as a musician — he burst onto the music scene in 2005 when he won the Dora Zaslavsky Koch Piano Competition — as well as for his personal flair. He will perform works by Bach, Schumann, Prokofiev and Chopin in San Jose in a benefit for the American Red Cross Silicon Valley chapter.

7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 3 at Le Petit Trianon Theater, 72 N. Fifth St., San Jose. $25-$50.


“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. 

East Bay Jewish choral festival. Choirs of Temple Isaiah, Congregation B’nai Shalom and Congregation B’nai Tikvah perform. At Temple Isaiah, 3800 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. 2 p.m. Free.

on stage


Only in San Francisco?

Voca People, the Israeli singing ensemble that has garnered millions of YouTube views, comes to the Bay Area as part of its world tour. These a cappella aliens perform pop hits in their signature all-white outfits and cherry-red lipstick — but when they’re walking down the street in San Francisco, will anyone notice?

June 5-17 at Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F. $35-$75. Also 1:45 p.m. June 10 at Israel in the Gardens, Yerba Buena Gardens, Howard and Mission streets. Free.


“The World’s Funniest Bubble Show.” Soap bubble performance by Louis Pearl. At the Marsh, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. Also June 10, 16, 24 and 30. 11 a.m. $8-$11.  (See story, 21a)


Ethan Bortnick. The 11-year-old piano prodigy performs benefit for 15th anniversary celebration of Shalom School. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. $36-$50.


Kabbalah. Band from France performs danceable music in Yiddish, French, English and Russian. With klezmer band the Red Hot Chachkas. At Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 8 p.m. $12-$15. Also June 10 at Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. 8 p.m. $10-$15.

film & video


Oy, Romeo

Eve Annenberg’s “Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish” explores powerful themes. Set in present-day Brooklyn, N.Y., the film touches on divisions within the Hassidic community, tells a classic love story and, most significantly, explores Yiddish in the contemporary world — about half of the film’s dialogue is in Yiddish, and some of the actors are native Yiddish speakers.

Saturday, June 2 through Thursday, June 7 at the Vogue Theater, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F. 2:30, 5 and 7:30 p.m. $8-$10.50.


“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.


“Holyland Hardball.” Screening of a light documentary on a baseball league in Israel. At Congregation Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F. 7 p.m. Free.


“Freilach.” Jewish music and cultural radio show for the Russian River area. KGGV 95.1 FM. 8 p.m.

“Broken Wings.” Israeli film about a widowed mother and her children struggling to function after their loss. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free.

lectures & workshops

‘Watershed’ moment

The once-mighty Colorado River passes through seven U.S. and two Mexican states, but the river runs dry before it reaches the Gulf of Mexico, with 70 percent of the water diverted for agriculture. “Watershed” tells the story of threats to the river and the people it serves through the eyes of a rancher, rafters, a mayor and a Navajo councilmember. After a screening of the film in Napa, three of the film’s producers, including Congregation Beth Shalom Rabbi Lee Bycel, will discuss the film.

4 p.m. Sunday, June 10 at Congregation Beth Shalom, 1455 Elm St., Napa. Free for members; $20 for nonmembers (tax-deductible donation to the CBS Camp Scholarship Fund and Friends of the Napa River).


Book talk with Marty Brounstein. Author discusses “Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust.” At Piedmont Community Church, 400 Highland Ave., Piedmont. 5 p.m. Free. (510) 547-5700. Also June 9 at Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda. 2 p.m. Free. (925) 254-7606.

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.

“Being a Jewish Dad.” Rabbi Joel Fleekop and Jason Laker lead open discussion on what it means to be a Jewish father and how to share Jewish values with children. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 10 a.m. Free. 


Israel China Cultural Festival. “Wings of the Phoenix: Dr. Feng Shan Ho and the Rescue of Austrian Jews, 1938-1940,” with lecture by his daughter, Manli Ho. At Chinese Historical Society of America, 965 Clay St., S.F. 6 p.m. Free. Exhibit runs through July 1.

“Crafting Your Independent Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebration.” Workshop with ritual tutor Arik Labowitz. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 6:45 p.m. Free. (510) 655-1977.


“Creating a Modern Ketubah.” Rabbi Tsvi Bar-David and Dr. Haya Rubin discuss how to create a contemporary marriage contract. At Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto. 1 p.m. $85-$100. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


“The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty.” Israeli American behavioral economics professor Dan Ariely of Duke University discusses dishonesty and cheating. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $10-$15.

“The King Fisher.” Talk about fish and kosher laws by Orthodox Union Rabbi Chaim Goldberg. At Bar Yochai Sephardic Minyan, 1030 Astoria Drive, Sunnyvale. 7:15 p.m. Free. (408) 375-7770.

Shmooze with Nadia Kalman. Appearance by author of “The Cosmopolitans,” a novel about culture clashes, weddings and family life among Russian Jewish immigrants in New Jersey. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 7 p.m. Free. 


Workshop on mystical aromatherapy. With Israeli author Avraham Sand. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. Free.

benefits & social events


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.

“Centennial Cabaret.” Brunch, klezmer band and talk on a century of Jewish celebrities in honor of Hadassah’s 100th anniversary. At Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. 10 a.m. $45.

Hebrew storytelling and arts and crafts. Stories and hat making for children 5 and younger. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 11 a.m. Free. (415) 751-6983.


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


Israel in the Gardens. Annual community festival of Israeli music, dance, film and food. At Yerba Buena Gardens, Howard and Mission streets., S.F. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.  (See pull-out supplement, 1b-32b.)

Jewish Youth for Community Action gala. Monologist Josh Kornbluth appears on behalf of the social justice nonprofit for youth. At Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. 5 p.m. $10-$50.

Israel in the Gardens after-party. Drinks and mingling for young adults. At the Cellar, 685 Sutter St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. Free first drink.


Israel China Cultural Festival. Israeli folk dancing with instructor Karina Niederman. 3 p.m. At S.F. Public Library Chinatown branch, 1135 Powell St., S.F. Free.


Meet and greet at Coconuts Caribbean. Jews’ Next Dor young adult group. At Coconuts Caribbean, 642 Ramona St., Palo Alto. 7 p.m. $10.

spiritual & holiday


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