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art

monday/23

“Rescue, Relief and Renewal: A Century of Jewish Life in Poland.” Opening reception for traveling photo exhibit on efforts of Joint Distribution Committee. Comments by director of Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow. Through Feb. 27. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 6:30-8 p.m. Free, but RSVP requested. http://www.apjcc.org

tuesday/24

“The Power of Attention.” Opening of exhibit exploring the mystical words and images of shiviti manuscripts, which are marked by graphic representations of the name of God. At the Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. Through June 23. Free. http://www.magnes.berkeley.edu

“From the Photographer’s Archive: Roman Vishniac.” Opening of exhibit of portraits and scenes shot in Berlin and New York City by the Russian-born photographer. At the Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. Through June 23. Free. http://www.magnesberkeley.edu

thursday/26

Cary Leibowitz. Opening of exhibit of multimedia works that address issues from a gay and Jewish perspective. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. Through June 25. $12-$14, $5 after 5 p.m. on Thursdays. http://www.thecjm.org

thursday/2

“Censored!” Workshop on queer history and identity depicted in the art of Cary Leibowitz. Includes gallery tour and light dinner. At Contemporary Jewish Museum , 736 Mission St., S.F. 4:30 p.m. Free, but RSVP required. http://www.thecjm.org/programs/43


music

sunday/22

Leonard Cohen in Denmark, Aug. 17, 2013 (Photo/Flickr-Takahiro Kyono)
Leonard Cohen in Denmark, Aug. 17, 2013 (Photo/Flickr-Takahiro Kyono)
Tribute to Leonard Cohen. Though Leonard Cohen died two months ago, his music and spirit live on in others, including singer-songwriter Ofer Bashan. In a touching tribute, Bashan, who has had radio hits in Israel and is also a well-known pop composer there, will perform a medley of Cohen’s songs, as well as a few of his own. This event is run, in part, by the JCC’s Israeli outreach program, but it will be in English.

8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22 at the Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. $20-$25. http://www.paloaltojcc.org

 

 

saturday/21

Cantor Jennie Chabon and Lisa Zeiler. Traditional and contemporary Jewish music, plus folk and blues. Part of Daniel Siegel Cozy Concerts series. At Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley. 8 p.m. $30. http://www.danielsiegelproductions.com

thursday/26

Ninet. Performance by Ninet, the Israeli rock musician and “Israeli Idol” winner, celebrating the release of her first U.S. record. 21+ only venue. At Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore St., S.F. 9 p.m. $5. http://www.boomboomroom.com

friday/27

Ensemble for These Times. In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, performance of selections from “Surviving: Women’s Words,” “Farewell Auschwitz” and “The Song of Terezin” and works by Holocaust-era composers. At Presidio Officers Club, 50 Moraga Ave., S.F. 6 p.m. Free. http://www.e4tt.org

sunday/29

Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell. Yiddish concert by the opera-niggunim singer; follows a Yiddish storytelling event. Part of Under One Tent Book & Arts Festival. At Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 3:30 p.m. $10, $18 for storytelling and concert, 18 and under free. http://www.underonetent.org/2016



on stage

friday/20

“A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine.” Palo Alto Players present a musical doubleheader, with one in the style of a Marx Brothers film. Through Feb. 5 At Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. $22. Schedule and prices at http://www.paplayers.org

saturday/28

Cantors Sharon Bernstein (left) and Leigh Korn
Cantors Sharon Bernstein (left) and Leigh Korn
Right down Broadway. Add some sparkle to a Saturday night at synagogue with Broadway show tunes. Cantors Sharon Bernstein and Leigh Korn will be leading a concert and sing-along featuring classic numbers plus a few new favorites. The first show will be at Bernstein’s Congregation Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco, followed a week later by one at Korn’s Temple Isaiah in Lafayette.

8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. Also 8 p.m. Feb. 4 at Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Road, Lafayette. $10-$20. http://www.shaarzahav.org/event/music-night-broadway-concert-sing-along


film & video

monday/23

‘They Played For Their Lives.” Documentary about eight Holocaust survivors and the role music played in their survival and later lives. Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Nurit Jugend. At Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. 7:30 p.m. Free. http://www.tinyurl.com/played-lives-stanford (See story, 29)

saturday/28

“The Women’s Balcony.” Israeli comedy-drama about a rift between the sexes in a devout Orthodox community when the women’s balcony in the synagogue collapses during a bar mitzvah. In Hebrew with English subtitles. At OFJCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7 p.m. $14-$16, $11 members and seniors. http://www.paloaltojcc.org

tuesday/31

“Mr. Gaga.” Screening of documentary about Ohad Naharin, revolutionizing choreographer and artistic director of Israel’s Batsheva Dance Co., who created Gaga, a movement language. At OFJCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $15. http://www.paloaltojcc.org

wednesday/1

“In Search of Israeli Cuisine.” Documentary follows chef Michael Solomonov’s Holy Land exploration of how global traditions have impacted food in Israel. Part of “Best of the Fest” series from S.F. Jewish Film Festival. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7 p.m. $12, 17 and under $10. http://www.jfi.org/events



lectures & workshops

friday/20

North Peninsula Scholar-in-Residence. Professor Reuven Firestone of Hebrew Union College will give a series of lectures around the Peninsula on Islam, its history and its relation to other faiths. At Peninsula Temple Beth El, 1700 Alameda de Las Pulgas, San Mateo. 7:45 p.m. Free. Full list of lectures and registration information at http://www.pjcc.org/scholar (See story, 6)

saturday/21

Feast of Jewish Learning. Evening of educational seminars on Jewish topics, preceded by Havdalah service, followed by afterparty at 10 p.m. Co-presented by Jewish LearningWorks, SPARE, J. and S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 7 to 11 p.m. Free, donations welcome. http://www.jewishlearningworks.org

sunday/22

“Kindertransport Survivor Tells His Story.” Ralph Samuel talks about his experiences to the S.F. Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. At Oakland FamilySearch Library, 4766 Lincoln Ave., Oakland. 12:30 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishgen.org/sfbajgs

“Using the Legal System to Counter Israel’s Adversaries.” Screening of documentary followed by a moderated conversation between Brooke Goldstein of Lawfare Project and former CNN correspondent Linda Scherzer. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. 2 p.m. Free. http://www.tinyurl.com/lawfare-program-2017

“Knesset 101.” Eran Kaplan of Jewish Studies department at SFSU presents an overview of the Israeli political system over the last 60 years. Includes Israeli appetizer buffet. At Congregation Beth Sholom, 301 14th Ave., S.F. 4:30 p.m. $10. http://www.bethsholomsf.org/knesset-101

tuesday/24

“Most Everything I Learned About Life I Learned From Star Trek.” Presentation on the moral lessons taught by “Star Trek” and “The Next Generation,” using clips from both shows. Part of Under One Tent Book & Arts Festival. At Congregation B’nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek. 7:30 p.m. $7, students $3. http://www.underonetent.org/2016

wednesday/25

“Defending Human Rights, Protecting Human Rights Defenders.” AJC discussion panel featuring German Consul General Stefan Schlüter, local activist Erin Schrode and Sudanese activist Mohamed Abubakr. In San Francisco; location given with RSVP. 6:30 p.m. $10. http://www.ajcsanfrancisco.org

thursday/26

“Hipster’s Guide to Jewish Homemaking.” Five workshops on how to do Jewish holidays and events with flair and ease. Focus of first meeting is Shabbat. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 7:30 p.m. $100-$125 for series. http://www.beth-david.org

Sonoma County Mega Challah Bake. Instruction and community gathering for women and girls. Pre-registration required. At Flamingo Resort Hotel, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 6:30 p.m. $18, $25 after Jan. 19. http://www.sonomachallahbake.com

sunday/29

“JLI Brain Twisting.” Workshop on the application of talmudic mental logic to solve real-life modern dilemmas. At Congregation Chevra Thilim, 751 25th Ave., S.F. 9:30 a.m. $99 (includes textbook). .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

“The Wisdom of Zohar.” Discussion between Daniel Matt and Rabbi Arthur Green, both authorities on the ancient Jewish text. Moderated by Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 4 p.m. Sold out, but live viewing at http://www.jccsf.org/arts-ideas/ondemand

“Yiddish in a Day.” Take a trip to Chelm as storytellers Sally Holzman and Terry Stokes read selections by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Followed by concert. Part of Under One Tent Book & Arts Festival. At Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 3:30 p.m. $10, $18 for storytelling and concert, 18 and under free. http://www.underonetent.org/2016

Seminar at Jewbilee 2013
Seminar at Jewbilee 2013
A day of Jewish learning. Jewbilee is described as “A Day of Jewish Learning,” a tagline that sums things up perfectly. The event in Los Gatos features classes, workshops and performances for all ages, with kosher food for sale if you need a nosh between sessions. Among the many things on tap: a discussion of Michael Chabon’s “Moonglow,” a documentary about a special school in Tel Aviv, and a class on biblical foods. The event concludes with a dinner and a talk by Rabbi Darren Kleinberg on his new book “Hybrid Judaism.”

1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. $10-$15. http://www.apjcc.org/jewbilee

 

 

monday/30

Middle East discussion group. Member-led, informal roundtable discussion about current events. At Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. Free, but registration required. http://www.commonwealthclub.org

“Jewish Identity in Question.” Susan Suleiman, professor at Harvard, discusses the life of Irene Nemirovsky, the 1930s novelist with a conflicted relationship to her Jewish heritage. At CCSRE conference room, Building 360, Stanford University. 5 p.m. Free. http://jewishstudies.stanford.edu

tuesday/31

“Coming to America.” Cantors and other singers in a musical revue that explores Jewish immigration to America. Kickoff event for the “Koleinu* Hear Our Voices” concert series. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 7 p.m. $22-$72. http://www.emanuelsf.org/koleinu-hear-voices

thursday/2

“Tu B’Shevat: Eating from the Trees.” Cooking Round the World class exploring the use of tree-based ingredients (such as juniper berries, pine nuts and maple syrup) in cooking. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $55-$60. http://www.jccsf.org


benefits & social events

friday/20

“Shabbat Unplugged: Iraqi Night.” Young Jewish Professionals of Oakland event includes a talk about Jewish life in Baghdad and Iraqi Jewish cuisine for dinner. Location near Lake Merritt provided with RSVP. Optional Shabbat service at 7 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m. $12-$18. http://www.yjpoakland.com

sunday/29

“Works of Heart.” Art show and brunch catered by Sonoma Wine Shop/La Bodega Kitchen. Proceeds to benefit Jewish Community Free Clinic. At Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. 12 p.m. $75. http://www.jewishfreeclinic.org/upcoming-events


spiritual & holiday

friday/27

“enLIGHTen Shabbat.” Young adult Shabbat with dinner, a talk by columnist Courtney Martin and music by DJ Sep of Dub Mission. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. $5. http://www.jcceastbay.org

Americana Jam Band Shabbat. Combination casual prayer service and rock-folk jam session. Bring personal instruments. At Congregation Beth Sholom, 301 14th Ave., S.F. 6:30 p.m. Free. http://www.bethsholomsf.org/calendar

Shabbaton with Rabbi Shais Taub. Weekend of seminars and services. At Chabad Center of Novato, 7430 Redwood Blvd., Suite D, Novato. 6:30. Also Jan. 28 at 10 a.m., 4 and 7:30 p.m. Free, $25 for dinner Friday or Saturday night. http://www.jewishnovato.com/shabbaton

save the date

JCRC Behind the Scenes

Feb. 16 in San Francisco

Carmel Jewish Film Festival

Opens March 4

 

jewish calendar

Jan. 20, 2017 / Tevet 22, 5777

Light candles at 5:02 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 6:03 p.m.

Jan. 27, 2017 / Tevet 29, 5777

Light candles at 5:10 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 6:10 p.m.



books

sunday/22

“Doomed to Succeed.” Ambassador Dennis Ross discusses his new book on the history of the relationship between the U.S. and Israel. Signing follows. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 5 p.m. $15-$20. http://www.marinjcc.org

sunday/29

“A Recipe for Success: Lizzie Kander and Her Cookbook.” Author Bob Kann will discuss his book about the woman who spread American-style cooking to Jewish immigrants in early 1900s with “The Settlement Cookbook.” At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 1:30 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishcommunitylibrary.org


ongoing

on stage

“Love Sick.” Musical following a woman’s journey into love and madness, set in ancient and current-day Israel. Performed by Jewish Circle Theatre. At Osher Studio, 2055 Center St., Berkeley. Through Jan. 28. $40-$44, $25 with student ID. http://www.lovesickmusical.com

art

Addison-Penzak JCC

14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos

“Neta Levi: A Collection of Works.” Exhibit of mixed-media collages by the Israeli artist inspired by Jewish iconography, stories and songs. Through Feb. 24. http://www.apjcc.org

Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission St., S.F.

“From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art.” Works by 24 artists focusing on memories that are not their own. Through April 2. “Yud Video Project.” Short, artistic videos on memory. Through July 9. http://www.thecjm.org

Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

“The Jewish World: A Book Installation.” Exhibition of selected pages from the Magnes’ illustrated catalog of artifacts. Through June 30. http://www.magnes.berkeley.edu

Osher Marin JCC

200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael

“Traces of Sepharad.” New York-based artist Marc Shanker’s exhibit of etchings based on medieval Judeo-Spanish proverbs. Through March 10. Reception with artist on Jan. 26. Free. http://www.marinjcc.org