Friday, June 22, 2012

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Family gallery tour. Interactive tour of the exhibit “Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought.” At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 12:30 p.m. Included with admission.


A different perspective. In the multimedia exhibit “My Objectivity,” Israeli artist Michal Gabish explores identity and her family’s Holocaust stories. Gabish researched her personal history for four months while living in Eastern Europe. Through a ritual of drawing larger-than-life portraits from old photographs and taking them into the streets of Budapest where her ancestors once lived, she created a wishful history of what could have been. Through June 28 at Sandra Lee Gallery, 251 Post St., Suite 310, S.F. 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.

“Jews of Kaifeng.” Exhibit of maps, photos and documents on the Jews of Kaifeng, China. Part of Israel China Cultural Festival. Through Aug. 31. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. Free.

“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.

“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. Free.




Klezmer in the park

Pack a picnic, grab a lawn chair, and find a spot on the grass. The Klezmakers will perform at the 10th annual Vasona Vibrations, a free summer concert series in Los Gatos. The South Bay group will play from its repertoire of Eastern European dance music, Yiddish theater tunes and traditional Israeli folk songs. Be ready to get on your feet, and don’t forget the sunscreen!

5 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at Vasona Lake Park, 333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos. Free.


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).

on stage


“The Color of Funny.” Performing comics include Lisa Geduldig, a Jewish New York transplant, and Nathan Habib, raised in a Jewish Israeli Latvian home. At Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. 8 p.m. $20.
film & video


Gay and hidden

Louie is a gay Palestinian who has lived in Tel Aviv for 10 years as an “invisible man.” He has no bank account, no passport, and he’s constantly on the run. He came to Tel Aviv after he was outed and threatened with violence while living in his community in the Palestinian territories. In the documentary “The Invisible Men,” being shown at the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, Louie and others in his situation must decide whether to flee to Europe and be free, or stay in the only land they know.

7 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at Roxie Theater, 3117-16th St., S.F. $10-$11. www.


“Ushpizin.” Israeli movie about an Orthodox couple whose faith is tested after they pray for a child. In Hebrew and Yiddish with Chinese subtitles. 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 child of a 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. (See story, 17)


“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


“The Jazz Singer.” Classic coming-to-America musical film that explores tensions between first- and second-generation Jews. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 2 p.m. Included with admission.

lectures & workshops
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The sting of loss

Sadly, the planet is losing some of its energetic hum: Honeybee populations are decreasing at rapid rates worldwide, and nobody knows exactly why. Urban Adamah will screen the award-winning “Vanishing of the Bees,” followed by a brief discussion of the film with local beekeepers and gardeners. That will keep the East Bay, at least, buzzing.

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27 at Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St., Berkeley. $10. www.


Alan Zweibel and Dave Barry. Award-winning comic writers discuss their novel “Lunatics.” At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. $30.

Book talk by Sonia Korn-Grimani. Author of “Sonia’s Song” discusses 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.

“Nurturing Sisterhood Connections.” Meeting of the Women of Reform Judaism Pacific District. At Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 9 a.m.  to 3:30 p.m. $36.


“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.


“The Jewish-Armenian Connection.” Talk and video presentation on Holocaust and Armenian genocide films by historian Lawrence Baron, author of “Projecting the Holocaust into the Present.” At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 11 a.m. $10.

benefits & social events


This you call a ghetto?

Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto includes Chez Panisse, an organic farmers market and a weekly food truck event, offering customers a range of tastes and ways to interact with food. But how did the Gourmet Ghetto gain its reputation, and in what ways are new
businesses continuing to shape the neighborhood vibe? A panel at the JCC of the East Bay, moderated by j. managing editor and food columnist Andy Altman-Ohr, will discuss the ins and outs of this famous food hub. Panelists include Monica Rocchino, co-owner of the Local Butcher Shop, Matt Cohen, founder of Off the Grid, and Karen Adelman, co-owner of Saul’s Deli.

7 p.m. Thursday, June 28 at JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. $6-$8.


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 leads singing and interactive storytelling for all ages. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 10:30 a.m. Free.

Help feed the hungry. The Young Adult Community at Temple Emanu-El volunteers at the Martin de Porres House. At Martin’s, 225 Potrero Ave., S.F. 8:45 a.m. RSVP required to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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.


Wise Sons deli picnic. The Young Adult Community of Congregation Emanu-El enjoys a summer picnic and day of play. At Dolores Park, S.F. 12 p.m. $15.


Kosher BBQ and pool party. With young adults’ group Jews’ Next Dor. At a private residence in San Jose. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10.

spiritual & holiday


Monthly potluck Shabbat. With young adults’ group Jews’ Next Dor. At a private home in Santa Clara. 7 p.m. Bring a dish to share. RSVP for address.

Pride Shabbat. Dinner and performance of poetry set to music followed by a service with a klemzer band and a chorus. At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. Dinner at 6 p.m., service at 7:30 p.m. Free.


“Songs and Stories by the Sea.” Yeashore community presents Havdallah, singing and s’mores on Ocean Beach. Meet at Fulton Street and Lincoln Way. 6:30 p.m. Free.

GLBT Pride Shabbat. Service followed by vegetarian potluck lunch. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 10:30 a.m. Bring a dish to share.


Pride Shabbat. 10th annual LGBT pride service and potluck. At Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. Free.



Italian potluck dinner and game night. For singles ages 45 to 65. At a private residence in Foster City. 7 p.m. $10. RSVP for location to Joyce at (650) 349-4744.


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).