Friday, August 10, 2012

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Summer Family Access Day. Programs for families, teens and young adults with any kind of disability. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 12 p.m. Free; RSVP required. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or


“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. Also “Six Dots,” exhibit by 30 Israeli artists who draw inspiration from the Star of David. Through Sept. 27. Also “Language as Image” by Joyce Savre. Through Sept. 7. And “Vanishing Birds” by Rita Sklar. Through Oct. 26. 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 the role of trees in design, art 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.

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



Surfin’ nagila

With summer beginning to wind down, why not take advantage of one last opportunity for a beach party? Meshugga Beach Party, a high-energy band that mixes Jewish melodies with the harmonies of beach music, will perform in an unexpected place: downtown Oakland’s City Center. The band — clad in black hats, full beards and tallits — will put on its surfer shtick as part of a series of free summer concerts. So come on down and groove to some souped-up Jewish melodies.

12 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 at Oakland City Center, Broadway at 13th Street, Oakland. Free.


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.


“The Great American Songbook and more.” Vocalist Connie Ducey, pianist Judy Hall and bassist Ryan Lukas perform classical and pop standards. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Lunch at 12 p.m., program at 12:45 p.m. $4-$10.

film & video


“Khrustalyov, My Car!”

In 1953, dying Soviet dictator Josef Stalin orchestrated one final offense against his people, the infamous “Doctor’s Plot” — the imprisonment and murder of a group of Moscow doctors, many of whom were Jewish.  Alexei Guerman’s 1998 film “Khrustalyov, My Car!” follows a military doctor during this time through the frenzy and fear of the purge. U.C. Berkeley’s Pacific Film Archive will screen the film on Aug. 18.

6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. $5.50-$9.50.


“Srugim.” Screening of the last four episodes of the TV show that has been called the Israeli version of “Friends.” At Congregation B’nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek. 6:15 p.m. $10.

lectures & workshops


“Living in the differences”

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi grew up in the Chabad/Lubavitcher movement and in 1949 began outreach efforts to Jewish college students. This led Reb Zalman to follow the wave of alternative thinkers who journeyed to India to seek enlightenment with yogis and gurus. Ultimately, Reb Zalman became a Sufi shaykh, or spiritual guide, and founded the Jewish Renewal movement. Reb Zalman will speak at a three-day symposium honoring him, held by the Starr King School for the Ministry. The symposium will explore how multi-religious life can be a viable option for religious leaders.
Aug. 21 through Aug. 23 at Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, 1433 Madison St., Oakland. Also

6 p.m. Aug. 23 at Kehilla Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Oakland.


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

“The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai.” Chana Kronfeld, professor of Comparative Literature at U.C. Berkeley, discusses her forthcoming book. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave.,  Albany. 11 a.m.  $10 admission includes brunch. (510) 428-1492.

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


Book talk with Marty Brounstein. Author discusses “Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust.” At Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma Street, Palo Alto. 7:30 service, 8:30 talk.  (650) 813-9094. Also Aug. 22 at Pleasant Hill Adventist Church, 800 Grayson Road, Pleasant Hill.  7 p.m.  (925) 934-5803.


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 Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley. 3 p.m. Free.

“The Process and Ethics of Kosher Meat.” Lecture and workshop with certified kosher slaughterer Yadidya Greenberg.  At Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St., Berkeley. 4:30 p.m. $10. Register in advance at 

Knitzvah. Knitters, crocheters and sewers meet to make items for charities. At Chai House, 814 Saint Elizabeth Drive, San Jose. 10:30 a.m. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or

Genealogy workshops. “How Spreadsheets Can Help Your Research.” At Oakland Family History Center, 4766 Lincoln Ave., Oakland. 12:30 p.m. Also Aug. 20. “Google and Genealogy.” At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 7:30 p.m. Both free events of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society.


“No Grocery Store in Sight.” Panel on food access in East Bay neighborhoods. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $5 suggested.

benefits & social events


Heritage night

With this year’s Aug. 14 San Francisco Giants’ Jewish Heritage night around the corner, you’ll need to dig up your old baseball glove and Giants cap — and this year you’ll also need to find a hairclip. That’s because this year’s giveaway item is a Giants’ kippah (pictured) and you wouldn’t want to let the wind — or one of the park’s infamous seagulls — take it away. Before the 7:15 p.m. first pitch against the Washington Nationals the Giants will host a pregame party with Chabad of San Francisco at Seals Plaza near the center-field gate. Chabad  will also put on a “pregame warm-up” with kosher hot dogs and beer at 1 p.m. With the division race heating up, this should be a great night to kvell over the tribe and the Giants.

Game at 7:15 p.m., Giants’ pregame party at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 at AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F. $18.25-$108.25. Also Chabad S.F. “pregame warm-up” at 1 p.m. at the Hub SoMa, 925 Mission St., S.F. 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.


Day at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. With young-adults group Jews’ Next Dor. Meet at Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga at 11 a.m. or the Exploratorium,3601 Lyon St., S.F. at 12:30 p.m. $10.


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


Volunteer work afternoon. Help out on Urban Adamah’s farm. At Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St., Berkeley. 2 p.m. Register in advance at

Jewish Food Festival. Jewish cooking, live music, kids’ play area. At Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free.