Friday, June 15, 2012

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Reception. Photojournalists Rachael Strecher and Josh Berer discuss their exhibit “The Last Jews of Yemen,” on display through June 29. Includes 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.


“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.

Israel China Cultural Festival 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.

“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. “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.

“Sephardic Women of Turkey.” Photographs by Audrey Ray Daniel. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. Through Aug. 24. or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“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.

“Wings of the Phoenix.” Israel China Cultural Festival exhibit on Chinese diplomat and former S.F. resident 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.



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


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.


Concert. East Bay Rabbi Stu Kelman’s band Class Act performs to honor two Kol Shofar  congregants with ALS. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. 7 p.m. $36 suggested donation. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

George Komsky. The 26-year-old opera tenor who began singing with a cantor in Walnut Creek performs Donizetti, Rossini, Bellini and Leoncavallo. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $15-$25.

on stage
Dave Barry (left) and Alan Zweibel   photo/daniel portnoy
Dave Barry (left) and Alan Zweibel photo/daniel portnoy

Insanely funny

Alan Zweibel and Dave Barry have such accomplished résumés it’s not even funny. Well, actually, it is — their work is hilarious. Zweibel is one of the original “Saturday Night Live” writers and author of “The Other Shulman,” about a Jewish man’s midlife transformation. Barry is a Pulitzer Prize–winning humorist whose books include “I’ll Mature When I’m Dead.” The two have collaborated on a new novel, “Lunatics,” and later this month will bring their comic wit and satiric flare to the Oshman Family JCC.

8 p.m. Sunday, June 24 at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. $18-$30.


“Same ‘Am,’ Different Language.” Interactive play explores the connections between Israeli and American Jews. At Live Oak Theater, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. 8 p.m. $17-$20.


Storytelling. Porchlight presents a night of storytelling inspired by “California Dreaming” exhibit at Contemporary Jewish Museum. At the museum, Mission St., S.F. 7 p.m. $15 (includes museum admission).

“The Color of Funny.” Performing comics include Lisa Geduldig, a Jewish New York transplant, and Nathan Habib, raised in a Jewish Israeli Latvian home (Santa Cruz show only). At Berkeley Playhouse, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley. $20. 8 p.m. Also June 22 at Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. 8 p.m. $20.

film & video


“The Invisible Men.” Young Palestinian gay man in Tel Aviv seeks to express his sexuality. Part of San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. At Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$11.


“Ushpizin.” Israeli movie about an Orthodox couple whose faith is tested after they pray for a child. In Hebrew and Yiddish. At S.F. Public Library Chinatown branch, 1135 Powell St., S.F. 4:30 p.m. Free.


Opening night of Israel China Film Festival. Screening of “Noodle,” about an Israeli flight attendant who discovers an abandoned young Chinese migrant worker. 8 p.m. Standup comedian Jeff Applebaum performs after the film. 10 p.m. At Great Star Theater Chinatown, 630 Jackson St., S.F. $8-$10.


“Port of Last Resort.” Documentary about the 20,000 Jews who fled to Shanghai during World War II. At Great Star Theater Chinatown, 630 Jackson St., S.F 7 p.m. $8-$10.

Double documentary feature. “Wo Ai Ni Mommy” (“I Love You Mommy”), about Chinese girls adopted by Americans, with “Starring David,” about a 12-year-old Dutch Jewish boy with a Chinese mother and his quest to embrace Judaism. At Great Star Theater Chinatown, 630 Jackson St., S.F. 9 p.m. $8-$10.

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

lectures & workshops
photo/creative commons-comprock
photo/creative commons-comprock

Keeping it green

How are Jewish businesses leading the sustainable food industry? In a panel discussion, “Bay Café” TV host Joey Altman, restaurant group owner Adrian Hoffman and Three Twins Ice Cream founder Neal Gottlieb will look into how businesses can thrive while maintaining respect for the environment. They’ll discuss how to keep the food system aligned with Jewish values, from farm to table, while maintaining profitability.

6 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 at Sedgwick, 333 Bush St., 30th Floor, S.F. $25-$60.


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.


“Shema-nic Journeys.” Class explores mystical meanings and practices of the Shema prayer. With Rabbi Elliot K. Ginsburg, author and professor of Jewish thought and mysticism at the University of Michigan. At Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $10-$18.

“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.


“Jews of Kaifeng.” Part of Israel China Cultural Festival. Exhibit of maps, photos and documents opens with lecture by Cynthia Zelden, executive producer of the documentary “Safe Haven in China: The Untold History of the Jews.” At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 6 p.m. Free. Exhibit through August 31.

“From Fancy Gloves to Boxing Gloves.” Talk by president of the S.F. Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society Jeremy Frankel on his ancestry. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 7:30 p.m. Free.


“From Israel: A Car That Fuels Itself.” Talk by Israeli researcher Tareq Abu Hamed about hydrogen-powered cars. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 12 p.m. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“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.


Book talk by Sonia Korn-Grimani. Author of “Sonia’s Song” discusses her memoir about her childhood in wartime Germany and Belgium and her experiences as a refugee after the war. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 3 p.m. Free.


“A Journeying Rabbi.” Rabbi Ilana Baird discusses her time serving communities in Russia, Germany, Israel and the United States. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 7 p.m. Free.

benefits & social events
Iron Springs will donate 10 percent of sales to the Marin JCC.

Iron Springs will donate 10 percent of sales to the Marin JCC.

L’chaim! Hit me again!

It’s a winning proposition: Eat and drink to your heart’s desire at Iron Springs on Tuesday, June 19, and the Fairfax pub and brewery will donate 10 percent of its sales to the Osher Marin JCC. That’s right, knock back a beer and support a great Jewish cause. Come and sample what’s on tap, including the Kent Lake Kolsch — it won a bronze medal in 2011 at the Great American Beer Festival — or Sless’s Stimulating Oatmeal Stout, another award-winner.

4 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 at Iron Springs Pub and Brewery, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax.


Taking one (knish) for the team

What could be better than sitting in the bleachers at a ballgame and eating garlic fries? Here’s what: sitting in an infield Jewish rooting section and noshing on a pastrami sandwich and knishes. The Oakland A’s host the second annual Jewish Heritage Night next week when they take on the L.A. Dodgers. If it’s breezy, or even if it’s not, fans can proudly display their heritage with the giveaway scarf (pictured). The A’s have sold nearly twice as many tickets this year, so the game is looking to be a hit.

7:05 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 at the Oakland Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. $26. Free parking, giveaway item and specialty food.


June pool party. Jews’ Next Dor young adults group hosts a pool party and potluck. At a private home in Belmont. RSVP for location to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). 2 p.m. www.


“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.


Baseball night at Sherith Israel. Benefit event with radio sports talk host Marty Lurie for the religious school scholarship fund. Auction, hot dogs, soda, popcorn, beer. At Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $18.


“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.


Singing for women’s equality. An hour of singing at the Israeli Consulate to promote pluralism in Israel. At the consulate, 465 Montgomery St., S.F. 12 p.m. (510) 914-1921 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Israeli folk dance party. Café Shalom presents dancing and munchies. At St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 1399-43rd Ave., S.F. 7:30 p.m. $5-$8.


Songs and stories. Jonathan Bayer, a storyteller with conservatory training in early childhood music, leads singing and interactive storytelling for all ages. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 10:30 a.m. Free.


Guardian of Democracy Dinner. Annual New Israel Fund dinner features keynote speaker and outgoing NIF president Naomi Chazan. At Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market St., S.F. 6 p.m. $300.