Friday, July 27, 2012

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photo/issabella shields grantham
photo/issabella shields grantham

Great films on the great wall

The first Friday of every month, a diverse slice of the Bay Area’s population — art lovers, all — flocks to downtown Oakland for Art Murmur, featuring gallery openings and cultural offerings. The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival will get in on the act next weekend by projecting short films onto the Great Wall of Oakland (really — it has its own website and everything), located on West Grand Avenue between Broadway and Valley streets. Come admire the art, nosh on food truck specialties and get a dose of Jewish culture, all in one evening.

8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 at West Grand Avenue between Broadway and Valley streets, Oakland. Free.


Lunchtime Haiku. Learn to write haiku poetry with Daily Haiku’s Andrew O. Dugas. Part 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.


Invitational artwork sale. Also personalized tours of “Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought” with museum staff. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 5 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 Aug. 27. At 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 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.

“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.

20th anniversary art show. Art by 14 Bay Area Russian Jewish artists celebrating 20 years of programming by Oshman Family JCC’s Russian department. Through Aug. 30. At JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

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



French-Roma-flamenco music. Dglin performs as part of the Oshman JCC’s summer concert series. At JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. Free.

on stage


Lines and Lyrics. Words and music from local Jewish poets, songwriters and musicians, including Matthew Siegel, Melissa Stein, Chana Bloch and Jacqueline Berger. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 12:30 p.m. Free.

film & video
Anthony Ervin    photo/ap-marcio jose sanchez
Anthony Ervin photo/ap-marcio jose sanchez

Mazel tov! We hope!

Viewers of the London Olympics — they open Friday, July 27 — will be able to root for a few dozen Jewish athletes from around the world. Israel has sent 37 competitors, and the U.S. has at least six Jewish athletes in the Games, including the Bay Area–based swimmer Anthony Ervin (See story, 22a). But a few Jewish athletes hail from unconventional (or at least, really far away) places: Steven Solomon, an Australian sprinter, and Jo Aleh, a Kiwi sailor, also are members of the tribe. When you’re in front of the big-screen TV enjoying the Olympics, there should be plenty of reasons to say mazel tov, and pass the chips.

Friday, July 27 through Sunday, Aug. 12 on NBC and affiliated networks.


“Nazi Hunters.” PBS series on the search for Joseph Mengele, Adolf Eichmann and Hermann Goering following World War II. Various times through Aug. 10 on KQED-TV Channel 9 and KQED Life.


“Gypsy Davy.” Film by American-Israeli Rachel Leah Jones about her efforts to understand her father, a Gypsy flamenco guitarist. Followed by music and nosh. At Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley.7 p.m. $25.


“Seymour.” A tribute to Seymour Fromer, founder of the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. Brunch and screening celebrates relationship between the Magnes and S.F. Jewish Film Festival. At U.C. Berkeley Bancroft Library, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 10:30 a.m. Free. www. (For complete film festival listings, visit


“The Big Lebowksi.” Screening of Joel and Ethan Coen comedy classic. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 2 p.m. Included with admission.

lectures & workshops


“Beit Ha’am.” Morning of programs on Zionism presented by the World Zionist Organization. At WZO office, 1333 Balboa St., Suite 2, S.F. 8:45 a.m. Free.


“The Big Eat.” Artists, chefs and distillers discuss innovations in art and food in the Bay Area. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. $10 general (includes museum admission).

benefits & social events


Mensch mixer

On Tu B’Av, the modern Jewish holiday of love, many people wish for a mensch. That longing could become a reality at the Oshman Family JCC’s monthly mixer for young adults in their 20s and 30s. The evening’s special guests are some of the single men featured in the 2013 “Mensch of the Month” calendar, including Mr. February (above) who are “chosen but not taken.”  Proceeds from the calendars benefit SMART, a local education nonprofit, and donations to SMART will be welcome at the door. So come on by — good times, good looks and a good cause guaranteed.

9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. $10-$15.


Maccabi Games send-off. Community dinner in support of Team East Bay. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 6 p.m. $7-$13.


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


“Ziegfeld: His Follies and His Stars.” Nancy Fox plays songs and discusses Flo Ziegfeld, the Broadway impresario. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Lunch at 12 p.m., program at 12:45 p.m. $8-$10.


Day of volunteering. Jewish Community Federation’s Young Adult Division volunteers at locations around San Francisco.

“Dog Day of Summer.” Dog-friendly open house with costume contest and raffle giveaway. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free.

spiritual & holiday


Happy hour and Shabbat service. Open bar, live music and hors d’oeuvres followed by service. At S.F. School of Digital Filmmaking, 925 Mission St., Suite 108, S.F. Happy hour at 5 p.m., service at 7 p.m.

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


Erev Tisha B’Av commemoration. Eight Bay Area Jewish communities come together for a dairy potluck, Havdallah service and chanting. At Congregation B’nai Emunah, 3595 Taraval St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free.


“Siyum HaShas.” Oakland and Berkeley congregations celebrate the conclusion of the 71⁄2-year cycle of daily Talmud readings. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. (510) 451-3263. (See story, 3a)

“Siyum HaShas.” Celebration of Rabbi David Booth’s completion of the 71⁄2-year Talmud study cycle. At Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto. Free. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (650) 948-7498.


“Havdallah and Healing.” Service with Jewish and Buddhist songs. At Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. 6:30 p.m. $20-$30.

Bonfire. Yeashore community presents Havdallah service followed by songs and stories. At Ocean Beach between Fulton Street and Lincoln Way, S.F. 6:30 p.m. Free.



Butano State Park hike. Bay Area Jewish Singles Hiking Club presents a seven-mile round-trip hike followed by optional dinner. Meet at Butano State Park entrance, near Pescadero. 9 a.m. carpool from Rockridge BART, 11:15 a.m. at trailhead. $1.