Dates drying in the village of Midas, Tunisia (2003) photo/nelli sheffer
North African beauties
Israeli photographer Nelli Sheffer traveled through Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia to capture something that reflects the diversity and richness of the region — its beautiful and local food. This week, following the Osher Marin JCC’s annual meeting, Sheffer will be on hand at an artists’ reception for his exhibit “Harissa, Honey and Hyssop,” which is on display at the JCC until Sept. 3.
8:30 p.m. Monday, June 11 at Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Free. http://www.marinjcc.org
Reception. Photojournalists Rachael Strecher and Josh Berer discuss their exhibit “The Last Jews of Yemen.” Includes display and lecture by Yemeni jeweler Yehuda Tassa on “Tradition and History of Yemenite Jewelry.” At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 5:30 p.m. Free. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.
“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.
Book exhibition. Bestselling Israeli books translated into Chinese and English. On display and to borrow. Through July 1. At S.F. Public Library Chinatown branch, 1135 Powell St., S.F. Also at Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F. http://www.israelchinasf.com.
“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. http://www.thecjm.org.
“The Last Jews of Yemen.” Photos and journal entries by Rachael Strecher and Josh Berer documenting Yemen’s Jewish population. Through June 28. “Maqama.” Photographs of U.S. by Israeli Bay Area resident Chami Lerner. Through June 29. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.
“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. http://www.bjesf.org/adults_events.htm.
“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. http://www.jenkinsjohnsongallery.com.
“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. http://www.jccsf.org.
“Wings of the Phoenix.” Exhibit on Chinese diplomat Feng Shan Ho and his rescue of Austrian Jews during World War II. Through July 1. At Chinese Historical Society of America, 965 Clay St., S.F. 6 p.m. Free. http://www.israelchina.com.
Voca People. Musical comedy ensemble from Israel performs. At Marines’ Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter St., S.F. Through June 17. Times vary. $35-$75. http://www.marinesmemorialtheatre.com . Also June 10 at Israel in the Gardens, Yerba Buena Gardens, Howard and Mission streets. 1:45 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishfed.org/event/iig2012.
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. http://www.ashkenaz.com. Also June 10 at Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. 8 p.m. $10-$15. http://www.moesalley.com.
Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco. Group’s 86th annual concert features Yiddish, Ladino, Hebrew and Russian songs. At Jewish Community High School, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 3:30 p.m. $6-$12. http://www.jewishfolkchorussf.org.
Jewish Circle Productions’ “Same Am, Different Language” photo/shai ziv
Members of the same tribe?
What do American Jews and Israeli Jews have in common, and how are they different? In keeping with Jewish tradition, the two groups might start by agreeing to have a lengthy discussion on the question, followed by a nosh. But Jewish Circle Productions is taking a different approach through a style of interactive performance called playback theater. In “Same Am, Different Language,” audience members will tell stories that the actors and musicians will then perform through improvisation, aiming to weave the two Jewish narratives together.
8 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at Live Oak Theater, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. $17-$20. http://www.jewishcircleproductions.com
Storytelling. Porchlight presents a night of storytelling inspired by “California Dreaming” exhibit at Contemporary Jewish Museum. At the museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 7 p.m. $15 (includes museum admission). http://www.thecjm.org.
film & video
“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. http://www.bij.org.
“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. http://www.bjesf.org/events.htm.
lectures & workshops
The 1919 conference of Kaifeng Jews shows members of the Zhao, Ai, Li and Shi clans, with the women in bound feet.
The connection to Kaifeng
When the Vatican sent missionaries in the early 17th century to investigate a small group of Jews in Kaifeng, China, they discovered that the community used the exact same Torah as one being used throughout Europe. Today, the Kaifeng Jewish community is mostly assimilated and few members remain — anywhere from an estimated few dozen to a few hundred — but the group has a rich history spanning from the seventh century Tang Dynasty. As part of the Israel China Cultural Festival, the JCC of San Francisco will host an exhibit about the Kaifeng Jews that kicks off with an opening lecture by Cynthia Zelden, executive producer of the documentary “Safe Haven in China: The Untold History of the Jews.”
6 p.m. Monday, June 18 at JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. Free. http://www.israelchinasf.com
Book talk with Marty Brounstein. Author discusses “Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust.” At Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda. 2 p.m. Free. (925) 254-7606.
Film and discussion. Screening of documentary “Watershed” about the Colorado River followed by a discussion with three of the film’s producers, including Congregation Beth Shalom Rabbi Lee Bycel and Jamie Redford. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 1455 Elm St., Napa. 4 p.m. $20 for nonmembers. http://www.cbsnapa.org.
“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. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.
“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. Also June 13 at Chabad of the East Bay, 2730 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley. 8:30 p.m. Free. (510) 812-7000.
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. http://www.siliconvalleyjcc.org/events.
Israel Consulate update. Consul General Akiva Tor gives quarterly update on current events in Israel and moderates open discussion for young adults. At Jewish Community Federation, 121 Steuart St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishfed.org.
Mystical aromatherapy. Workshop with Israeli author Avraham Sand. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. Free. http://www.afikomen.com.
“Driving Toward the Future: Israel, China, and Electric Vehicles.” Panel discussion. At Fenwick & West law firm, 801 California St., Mountain View.
Young Jewish Professionals Network. Networking and talk by S.F. Supervisor Scott Wiener. At Infusion Lounge, 124 Ellis St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. $10. http://www.emanuelsf.org.
Book talk by Michael Cooper. Author discusses “Foxes in the Vineyard,” his novel about a son searching for his archaeologist father on the eve of the Israeli War of Independence. At Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda. 1 p.m. Free. http://www.orindabooks.com
“The Real Story of ‘Exodus’ 1947.” Riva Gambert of the Jewish Federation of the East Bay separates fact from fiction in Leon Uris’ novel “Exodus.” At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont, Ave., Berkeley. With lox and bagel brunch. 10:45 a.m. $5, free for students. (510) 655-1977.
“The Thriving Sustainable Food Industry.” Discussion with Joey Altman, TV food host; Neal Gottlieb, founder of Three Twins Ice Cream; and Adrian Hoffman, culinary director of Lark Creek Restaurant Group, about Jewish organizations leading the way in the food industry. At Sedgwick, 333 Bush St., S.F. 6 p.m. $25-$60. http://www.jewishfed.org.
“Jews, Gender, Dress-up and Drag.” Film clips and discussion about Jewish gender through pop culture examples. At JCC East Bay, Oakland branch, 5811 Racine St. 7:30 p.m. $6-$8. http://www.jcceastbay.org.
benefits & social events
Israel in the Gardens 2010 photo/dan pine
Get thee to the Gardens
In case you missed the pull-out supplement and cover story last week, and you didn’t catch the page 2 story this week (we understand some people like to read j. like a holy book, from back to front), this is your final notice: Israel in the Gardens, the community festival that this year celebrates Israel’s 64th birthday, takes place Sunday, June 10 at Yerba Buena Gardens. You won’t want to miss the day of world-class performances, music, dance and kids’ activities — and that old festival favorite, bumping into old friends.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, June 10 at Yerba Buena Gardens, Howard and Mission streets, S.F. Free. http://www.jewishfed.org/event/iig2012
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. http://www.jewishfed.org/event/iig2012.
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. http://www.jyca-justice.org.
Israeli folk dancing. With instructor Karina Niederman. Part of Israel China Cultural Festival. With Tai Chi groups at Portsmouth Square, 733 Kearny St., S.F. 10 a.m. Also at S.F. Public Library Chinatown branch, 1135 Powell St., S.F. 3:30 p.m. Free. http://www.israelchinasf.com.
Meet and greet. With Jews’ Next Dor young adult group. At Coconuts Caribbean, 642 Ramona St., Palo Alto. 7 p.m. $10. http://www.cbdyag.wordpress.com.
Jewish LGBTQ monthly mixer. Drinks and shmoozing. At the LookOut, 3600 16th St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. Free admission. www. jewishlgbtnetwork.com.
Children’s story time. “Like You, Like Me,” bilingual book in Hebrew and Chinese about a young boy in Israel wondering if there is a boy in China like him. Story time in English. Part of Israel China Cultural Festival. At S.F. Public Library Chinatown branch, 1135 Powell St., S.F. 2 p.m. Free. http://www.israelchinasf.com.
“Blue Monday.” Cocktails and shmoozing to benefit the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation. At Roe, 651 Howard St., S.F. 6 p.m. $10, JCF donors of $18 or more free. http://www.jewishfed.org.
A’s Jewish Heritage Night. Group seating section, giveaway scarf, Jewish food. Oakland A’s vs. L.A. Dodgers. At Oakland Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. 7:05 p.m. $26. http://www.oaklandathletics.com/jewish.
“Float Night.” Pool party for all ages. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 5 p.m. $5-$8, free for children 4 and younger. http://www.siliconvalleyjcc.org.
spiritual & holiday
“Shabbat Hop.” Study sessions, service, dinner and socializing for young adults. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 5 p.m. Free. http://www.betham.org.
Panim El Panim (Face to Face). Group and solitary prayer and reflection in nature. At Redwood Regional Park, Pine Hills Drive and Skyline Boulevard, Oakland. 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. $36. http://www.wildernesstorah.org.
Kabbalat Shabbat summer barbecue. Lunch followed by entertainment for adults ages 55 and older. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 12 p.m. $5-$7.50. http://www.siliconvalleyjcc.org.
Havdallah bonfire. Wilderness Torah and Urban Adamah host Havdallah celebration and music jam. At Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St., Berkeley. 8 p.m. $10-$25. www. urbanadamah.org.