Friday, August 3, 2012

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On the cutting edge

What do pastrami and paintings have in common? The Contemporary Jewish Museum will give experts a chance to answer that question at “The Big Eat, ” with Bay Area artists, chefs and distillers talking about innovations in food and art. Speakers include Evan Bloom (left) and Leo Beckerman from Wise Sons Delicatessen, “Do Not Destroy” artist Deborah Lozier and Blue Bottle Rooftop Café pastry chef Leah Rosenberg.

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 at Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. $10 (includes museum admission). Advance tickets recommended.


Invitational artwork sale. 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.


“Prophecy in Motion.” Animation students display art based on classic sources. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. Included with admission.


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.

“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.

“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.

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Screenings of 63 films from 12 countries. Remaining showings in Berkeley, Piedmont and San Rafael. Through Aug. 6. For complete listings, visit



Julie Egger of the Red Hot Chachkas. Klezmer, jazz and rock musician performs original compositions and improvisations.  At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Lunch at 12 p.m., program at 12:45 p.m. $4-$10.


Argentine tango. S.F.-based band Tangonero performs as part of Oshman Family JCC’s summer concert series. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. Free.


Meshugga beach party. Upbeat band plays favorite Jewish melodies. At Oakland City Center, 250 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. 12 p.m. Free.

film & video


Short films. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival projects short films onto the Great Wall of Oakland, part of monthly Art Murmur. At West Grand Avenue between Broadway and Valley streets, Oakland. 8 p.m. Free.


“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.


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

“The Greenhorns.” Documentary on young Americans committed to sustainable agriculture.  At Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St. Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. $10-$12.

lectures & workshops


Road warriors

When Yonah Biers-Ariel said “no” to a bar mitzvah, his father came up with an unorthodox alternative: All four family members would bike across the country together. With two of them riding the “beast,” a tandem bicycle prone to flat tires, they peddled their way through the Rockies, heated discussions of religious identity and fascinating chats with locals. Matt Biers-Ariel, a teacher from Davis and Yonah’s father, is touring with his book “The Bar Mitzvah and the Beast,” discussing the family’s life-altering journey in 2007 and sharing stories of the road.

Tuesday, Aug. 7 at REI, 2715 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, Wednesday, Aug. 8 at REI, 840 Brannan St., S.F., and Thursday, Aug. 9 at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. All events begin at 7 p.m. Free.


“Ultra-Orthodox Society.” Talk by Shlomi Doron, Israeli professor of anthropology at Ashkelon Academic College, on religious society in Israel and the United States. At Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave, Palo Alto. 1:15 p.m. Free.


Jewish LGBT Network mixer. Rosanna Flamer-Caldera, executive director of Equal Ground, an American Jewish World Service grantee, discusses LGBT rights in Sri Lanka. At Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics, 518 Valencia St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. RSVP at (See story, 4)

 “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. 


Book talk by Mani Feniger. Author discusses “The Woman in the Photograph: The Search for My Mother’s Past” on her 20-year project reconstructing the life of her German-Jewish mother. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 3 p.m. Free.

Conversation on Proposition 34. Jewish War Veterans, Post 60, sponsors talk on initiative to replace the death penalty with life with no chance of parole. At Moldaw Family Residences, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 11 a.m. Free. (650) 223-7187.

benefits & social events


“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.


Mensch mixer. Featuring men from the “Mensch of the Month” calendar. Young adults’ benefit for a local education nonprofit. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 9 p.m. $10-$15.


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. 


Neighborhood night out. JCC East Bay joins other organizations to promote a safer Bushrod Neighborhood. At Bushrod Recreation Center 560 59th St., Oakland. 7 p.m. Free.


“Second Saturday.” Night for Jewish young adults with dancing, drink specials and appetizers. At the Cellar, 685 Sutter St., S.F. 8 p.m. $15 includes four drinks.


Giants’ Jewish Heritage Night. Giveaway item, pregame party, entertainment. San Francisco Giants vs. Washington Nationals. At AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F. Pregame party at 5 p.m., game at 7:15 p.m. $18.25-$108.25. Also Chabad S.F. “pregame warm-up” with kosher hot dogs and beer. At the Hub SoMa, 925 Mission St., S.F. 1 p.m. Free.


“Let Women’s Voices Be Heard.” Singing to support women’s rights in Israel in front of Israeli Consulate. At Israeli Consulate, 456 Montgomery St., S.F. 12 p.m. (925) 998-0563.

spiritual & holiday


“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.

“Service of the Heart.” Urban Adamah Shabbat morning service with chanting, movement and poetry. At Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St., Berkeley. 10 a.m. Free, but register in advance at www.



Angel Island hike. Bay Area Jewish Singles Hiking Club organizes a nine-mile hike. For meet-up locations, contact Jack .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). 10:45 a.m. $13.50 for ferry.