Friday, August 31, 2012

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Arts in Nomadic Grove. Artist Jen Ewing teaches a class on colored pencil drawings. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 12:30 p.m. Free.


Free First Tuesday. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Memories from Syria. Gallery reception for Avraham Shemi-Shoham’s paintings on life of the Halab community, which fled to Israel. Exhibit through Nov. 7. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 6:30 p.m. Free. RSVP requested to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


“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. Part of Israel China Cultural Festival. Through Aug. 31. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. Free.

“La Habana.” Photos of Jewish life in Cuba today by Victoria Montoro Zamorano. Sept. 9 through Nov. 17. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F.

“Reborn: Posters from the European Jewish Cultural Renaissance, 1963-1994,” “Typo/Graphics: Studying Jewish Types in Print and Photography,” “The Inventory Project” and “Modern Jewish History 101: The Art Files.” Through Dec. 16. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley.

“Six Dots.” Exhibit by 30 Israeli artists who draw inspiration from the Star of David. Through Sept. 27. “Language as Image.” Art by Joyce Savre. Closes Sept. 7. “Vanishing Birds.” Art by Rita Sklar. Through Oct. 26. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Pinchas Zukerman   photo/paul labelle
Pinchas Zukerman photo/paul labelle

Some romantic evening

The San Francisco Symphony opens the season with Romantic expressiveness as two guests — the Israeli-born violinist Pinchas Zukerman and the Jewish émigré from St. Petersburg Semyon Bychkov — lead the symphony in performances of Wagner, Bruch and Tchaikovsky. Born in Tel Aviv, Zukerman is a world-renowned performer with two Grammys and 21 Grammy nominations. Bychkov has toured the world and holds several distinguished positions, including the recently awarded conducting chair of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. With masters such as these in the driver’s seat, the symphony’s season promises a vivace start.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5–Saturday, Sept. 8 at Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F. $37-$105.


Yoni Rechter. Israeli composer, pianist and singer performs. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 9 p.m. $47-$60.


“TLC Concert.” Benefit for Congregation B’nai Israel’s TLC fund. Featuring Saul Kaye, Doug Cort and Dan Zemelman. At Congregation B’nai Israel, 1256 Nebraska St., Vallejo. $25. or (707) 642-6256.

on stage


Chabon’s new adventure

Michael Chabon, author of the Pulitzer-winning “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” and “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union,” has a new book out Sept. 11 — “Telegraph Avenue.” Set in Berkeley and Oakland, the novel  tells the story of two record-shop owners and their spouses (both midwives) as their shop is threatened by the construction of a megastore. Exploring friendship, race and secrecy, the novel promises to be inducted quickly into the NorCal canon.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F. $22-$27. Also Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Diesel, 5433 College Ave., Oakland. Purchase of book ($27.99) necessary to attend.


“When You Grow Up You’ll Understand.” Show in Hebrew on femininity at different stages of life. Acted by Shirley Yuval and Sagit Emet. At Jerusalem Grill & Bar, 1740 S. Winchester Blvd., Campbell. 9 p.m. Also Sept. 9 at Congregation Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F. 8:30 p.m. $30-$35.

film & video



From “Happy Days” to “The Odd Couple” and “Pretty Woman” to “The Princess Diaries,” Garry Marshall has been a part of some of the most iconic — and funny — TV shows and movies of the last 50 years. The screenwriter, director and producer will tell behind-the-scenes stories from his accomplished career in San Francisco. Be prepared to laugh and reminisce.

7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 at JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. $15-$30.


Film shorts. Screening of the best of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival’s shorts. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 7 p.m. www.

lectures & workshops

Rocking the Jewish vote

In the 2008 election, Barack Obama won 78 percent of the Jewish vote. Now Republican candidate Mitt Romney is vying to capture a larger share of the Jewish demographic — he has traveled to Israel and has been an open critic of the president’s Middle East policies. How will Romney fare with Jews this election? And which candidate is a better choice from a Jewish perspective? Democratic political consultant Chris Lehane and Republican political consultant-turned-professor Dan Schnur will address these questions in a panel discussion moderated by Sam Lauter of AIPAC on Sept. 10.

6:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10 at Farella Braun and Martel, 235 Montgomery St., 17th floor, S.F. Networking at 6 p.m. $18-$72.


“Eating McDonald’s in Tel Aviv.” S.F. State professor Eran Kaplan discusses the changing nature of Israeli culture and its political ramifications. At Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto. 10:15 a.m. Free.

Book reading. Rabbi Menachem Creditor reads from his children’s book “Avodah: A Yom Kippur Story.” At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 10:30 a.m. Free. or (510) 655-1977.


“The Tree of Dark and the Tree of Light.” Workshop led by Rabbi Tsvi Bar-David on good and evil in the Zohar. At Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $18-$25.

William Gibson. Science fiction writer and author of “Distrust That Particular Flavor” in conversation with U.C. Berkeley professor Ken Goldberg. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $15-$30.


John Rothmann. Author and radio talk-show host discusses the current situation in the Middle East and the upcoming presidential election. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $13-$25.

Rabbis’ roundtable. Discussion of the binding of Isaac with Rabbis Dennis Eisner of Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, Nat Ezray of Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City, Daniel Feder of Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame and Corey Helfand of Peninsula Sinai Congregation in Foster City. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 7 p.m. $7-$10.


Book presentation and signing. For “Napa Valley’s Jewish Heritage.” At St. Helena Public Library, 1492 Library Lane, St. Helena. 6:30 p.m. Also Sept. 9 at Quent Cordair Fine Art Gallery, 1301 First St., Napa. 2 p.m. RSVP to (707) 251-9092 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Discussion of human trafficking ballot initiative. Jewish War Veterans Post 60 sponsors discussion on California Proposition 35. At Moldaw Family Residences, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 11 a.m. Free. (650) 223-7187.

“The Israel/America Political Relationship.” Talk by Michael Citron, assistant area director of AIPAC. At Rossmoor, 3400 Golden Rain Road,Walnut Creek. 4 p.m. Free. (925) 938-4738.


“Jewish Identity in the Space Between.” Writer-in-residence at Contemporary Jewish Museum and j. columnist Dan Schifrin uses audio/visual presentation to discuss how Jewish artists are defined by both Jewish tradition and mainstream culture. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $6-$8.

benefits & social events


Keeping a family legacy alive

The late Warren Hellman is known as the Bay Area philanthropist who launched the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival and the nonprofit Bay Citizen newspaper. But before him came Warren’s great-grandfather Isaias Hellman, a leading financier on the West Coast and a prominent philanthropist who helped to found the University of Southern California. Frances Dinkelspiel, Isaias’ great-great-granddaughter and the author of “Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California,” will discuss her family’s legacy and their interest in protecting independent journalism.

1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 at Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. Included with admission.


Labor Day BBQ. Israeli dancing, children’s activities and raffle. At Congregation Shir Ami, 4529 Malabar Ave., Castro Valley. 2 p.m. Sliding scale up to $15. .


Making Rosh Hashanah food packages. Volunteer with young adults’ group Jews’ Next Dor at Jewish Family Services. At Silicon Valley JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 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.


Storytelling in Hebrew. For ages 3-6. Led by actress and author Sagit Emet. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 11:15 a.m. $10-$15. or (408) 530-8243.

“Aces Chai” poker tournament. Fundraiser for Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day Schools’ athletic department to purchase vans. At Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School, 800 Foster City Blvd. Foster City. 7 p.m. $36-$136.


Back-to-school bash. Mixer with young adults’ group EastBayJews. At the Night Light, 311 Broadway, Oakland. 7:30 p.m. $5.

spiritual & holiday


Rosh Hashanah field day. Celebration of the coming new year for kids and families, with apple bobbing, a shofar contest and fun with a beekeeper. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 3 p.m. Free.


Selichot service. Prayers for penitence to prepare for the High Holy Days. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 8:30 p.m. Free. or (707) 360-3000.


Bees, Apples and Honey.” Pre-Rosh Hashanah event for families. At Chabad of Cole Valley, 165 Grattan St., S.F. 3 p.m. Free.

“High Holy Days Highlights.” Class for parents who are new to Judaism to help prepare for the High Holy Days. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 12 p.m. Free.

Pop-up Café. Seasonal organic, local and kosher food on sale. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 11 a.m. (510) 655-1977.



Greek festival and hike. Bay Area Jewish Singles Hiking Club will hike a five-mile trail off Interstate 280 near Millbrae, then go by car to a Greek festival in Belmont. Meet at Sawyer Camp trailhead at 10 a.m. $5 festival admission. For complete information, contact Sharon at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Dating workshop. How to use Kabbalah to enhance relationships or find a match. At Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael. 1 p.m. Classes all five Sundays in September. $10-$18 per class.