“Pop-Up Exhibition: Orientalism in Israeli Culture.” Lunchtime lecture by UCLA doctoral candidate Noa Bar Gabai focusing on art and ritual objects from the museum. At Magnes Collection, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 12 p.m. Free. http://www.magnes.org
WZO Vintage Israel Posters. Opening of exhibit of Zionist promotional posters from pre-state Israel. At APJCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. Through Nov. 6. Free. http://www.apjcc.org
“By the Rivers of Babylon.” U.C. Berkeley Assyriology specialist Laurie Pearce delivers a lunchtime lecture about cuneiform texts that offer clues on the earliest Judean exiles. In conjunction with “Pop-Up exhibition” series. At the Magnes Collection, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 12 p.m. Free. http://www.magnes.org
music & dance
Mozaik. Women’s a cappella group performs klezmer and Eastern European folk music. At Le Bateau Ivre Restaurant, 2629 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.lebateauivre.net
Harmony for Humanity Concert. Stanford’s St. Lawrence String Quartet performs in honor of slain journalist and Stanford alumnus Daniel Pearl. Part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days. At Memorial Church, Stanford University. 7:30 p.m. Free. http://www.music.stanford.edu/events
House concert and dinner. Cantor Sharon Bernstein performs Yiddish melodies and the Broadway tunes they inspired. In Elmwood neighborhood, Berkeley; address provided with reservation. 4 p.m. $45. (510) 684-5580
“If I Were You — Project Israel.” Performance exploring a dancer’s journey through the Holy Land. At Angelico Concert Hall, Dominican University of California, San Rafael. 7 p.m. Also Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. At ODC Commons, 351 Shotwell St., S.F. $18-$28. http://www.insideoutballet.org
“Wrestling Jerusalem.” On-site filming of Aaron Davidman’s solo show on grappling with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Followed by a post-show interfaith panel discussion. At Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F. 7 p.m. $50-$125. http://www.aarondavidman.com/wrestling-jerusalem.html
“Café Kassit in Tel Aviv.” Hebrew-language production examines a cross-section of characters in a bohemian café at the end of the 1950s. Presented by Israeli community theater group Bamah Ivrit. At Starbright Theater, 1770 West Campbell Ave., Campbell. 8 p.m. Also Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. $30-$40. http://www.jewishcircletheatre.com
“Ira Gershwin & Me.” Michael Feinstein’s new show pays tribute to the legendary lyricist. At Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F. 7 p.m. Also Oct. 8 and 9 at 8 p.m., Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. $80-$95. http://www.hotelnikkosf.com/feinsteins (See story, 28)
film & video
6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 at San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St. Free, but registration required. http://www.ushmm.org/events/sharp-sf
Opening of 24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. David Broza performs at the showing of “East Jerusalem West Jerusalem,” a documentary about the making of his album with Israeli, Palestinian and American musicians. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. $70. Full festival listings at http://www.svjff.org. (See story, 29)
Opening of Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival. The 2015 SCJFF kicks off with a screening of “Dough,” a comedy about the unlikely partnership between a Jewish bakery owner in London and his Muslim assistant. At Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol, 6868 McKinley St. 1 and 7:30 p.m. $10-$13. For full festival listings, go to tinyurl.com/scjff-2015.
“Stateless.” Documentary about Jews emigrating from the former Soviet Union during the politically charged climate of the late 1980s and their difficulty finding sanctuary in the United States. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 7 p.m. http://www.emanuelsf.org
“Little White Lie.” Film about Lacey Schwartz’s discovery of her hidden African American identity after being raised Jewish. Presented by the University of San Francisco Jewish Studies and Social Justice Program. At USF, 2130 Fulton St. 6:30 p.m. Free. http://www.tinyurl.com/usf-jewish-studies
lectures & workshops
“Jewish Ethics for Our Lives: The Art of Mussar.” Discussion about personal transformation, led by Rabbi Susan Leider of Congregation Kol Shofar. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 11:30 a.m. Free, but registration requested. http://www.marinjcc.org
“Taste of Judaism: Are You Curious?” First of a three-part introductory course led by Rabbi Laurence Elis Milder about the spirituality, ethics and community of Judaism. Part of Contra Costa Jewish Book & Arts Festival. At Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton. 7:30 p.m. Also Oct. 15 and 22. Free. http://www.jfed.org/underonetent
Introduction to the Zohar. Professor Daniel Matt reads and discusses sections from his translations of the first nine books. Sponsored by Jewish Community Library and Lehrhaus Judaica. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 2 p.m. Free (510) 845-6420
“The Queen of Sheba’s Lost Children.” Multimedia presentation by Ken Blady exploring the origins, culture and history of the Beta Israel of Ethiopia. At Cultural Integration Fellowship, 2650 Fulton St., S.F. 11 a.m. Free, but donations accepted. http://www.culturalintegrationfellowship.org
“Constitutional Politics in a Jewish and Democratic State: The Israeli Supreme Court, Minority Rights and National Identity.” Law professor Ori Aronson of U.C. Berkeley discusses the changing character and identity of Israel. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 10 a.m. Free. (510) 525-8717
“The Pickle Man.” Demonstration and workshop on making pickles, Lower East Side style. Participants take home a jar. Part of the Contra Costa Jewish Book & Arts Festival. At Chabad of Contra Costa, 1671 Newell Ave., Walnut Creek. 5 p.m. $10. http://www.jfed.org/underonetent
“Love and Treasure.” Author Ayelet Waldman discusses her novel, a love story centered around the Hungarian Gold Train in World War II. Part of the Contra Costa Jewish Book & Arts Festival. At Congregation B’nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek. 7 p.m. $5. http://www.jfed.org/underonetent
benefits & social events
San Francisco ADL awards luncheon. Event honoring Nancy Fineman and Olga Talamante. At a private location in San Francisco; address given with registration. 11:30 a.m. $350. http://www.adl.org/sfluncheon
11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 at Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. Suggested donation $10 adults, $5 under 13. http://www.oaklandsinai.org
Friends of the IDF San Francisco Gala 2015. Fundraising dinner celebrating the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces. At the Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. $350. http://www.fidf.org/SF_Gala15
Art of Living 2015. Gala benefit for Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the East Bay, featuring a conversation between Daniel Mendelsohn, author of “The Lost,” and Bay Area writer Elizabeth Rosner. At the Oakland Rotunda Building, 300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. 5:30 p.m. $75-$150. http://jfcs-eastbay.org/event/art-living-2015sunday/4
spiritual & holiday
“Simple Splendor: Shabbat Under the Sukkah.” Celebration of the fifth night of Sukkot with prayer, food and music at the JCC East Bay sukkah. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 5:30 to 8 p.m. $8, children free. http://www.jcceastbay.org
“Eat, Pray, Lulav.” Family Sukkot festival with sukkah decorating, pizza, a tie-dye station and more. At Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St., Berkeley. 1 to 4 p.m. $5-$10. http://www.urbanadamah.org
save the date
JCF Day of Philanthropy
Oct. 29 in San Francisco
American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Gala
Nov. 8 in San Francisco
Oct. 2, 2015 / Tishrei 19, 5776
Light candles at 6:33 p.m.
Shabbat ends at 7:29 p.m.
Oct. 9, 2015 / Tishrei 26, 5776
Light candles at 6:23 p.m.
Shabbat ends at 7:18 p.m.
Sept. 27-Oct. 4, 2015
Tishrei 14-21, 5776
Oct. 4, 2015 / Tishrei 22, 5776
Light candles at 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 5, 2015 / Tishrei 23, 5776
Light candles after 7:26 p.m.
12 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7 at Oshman Family JCC, Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. $12-$55. http://www.tinyurl.com/ofjcc-reichl
“An Atmospheric Afternoon.” Five novelists, including local author Janis Cooke Newman, talk in a moderated discussion. Wine, snacks and raffle. At Books Inc. Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F. 2 p.m. Free. http://www.wnba-sfchapter.org (See story, 30)
“Stumbling Stone.” Local authors Julie Freestone and Rudi Raab discuss their recent novel, inspired by their own family histories. At Kol Hadash bagel brunch, Albany Community Center, Rooms 1&2, 1249 Marin Ave. 11 a.m. Brunch donation: $10. (510) 982-1455 or http://www.kolhadash.org
“ReOrient 2015.” Festival of short independent plays exploring the Middle East, including three that deal with Israel: “The House,” “Ceasefire” and “Bitterenders.” At Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F. Closes Oct. 4. Prices vary. http://www.goldenthread.org
14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos
“Related Paintings: An Exhibition by Scott Switzer.” Expressionist paintings focusing on iconic biblical imagery. Closes Oct. 7. http://www.apjcc.org
Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission St., S.F.
“Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait.” Featuring photographs and possessions of the late Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter. Through
Nov. 1. “In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art.” Fourth installation of the collaborating-artist project with Bay Area artist David Wilson and Magnes Collection curator Francesco Spagnolo. Through Jan. 3. “Hidden in Plain Sight! T-Shirts and the Curation of Identity.” Interactive exhibition exploring Jewish identity through ironic or humorous T-shirts. Through Nov. 1. http://www.thecjm.org
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis St., S.F.
“Speak Memory Project.” Exhibit by photographers Marina Eybelman and Yuliya Levit to preserve the images and stories of their grandparents’ generation. Through Dec. 13. http://www.SpeakMemoryProject.org
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
“The Future of Memory: Jewish Culture in the Digital Age.” Interactive installation featuring objects, images, film reels and oral histories from the archives. Through Dec. 18. “Larger Than Life: Jonah and the Fish: Maftir Yonah.” Exhibition centering on an illuminated Book of Jonah by Mordechai Beck and David Moss. Through Dec. 18. “Living by the Book: The Jewish Bible and the Everyday Power of Text.” Through June 24, 2016. http://www.magnes.org
251 Post St., Suite 400, S.F.
“Grisha Bruskin: Paintings and Sculpture.” Gallery opening of contemporary Russian artist’s work inspired by Bible mythology and Kabbalah. Through Dec. 31. http://www.meyerovich.com
Museum of Craft and Design
2569 Third St., S.F.
“Without Camouflage.” Sculptural art exhibition by Israeli artist Dafna Kaffeman and Italian artist Silvia Levenson, examining the impact of domestic violence and trauma on children. Sponsored by Consulate General of Israel. At Museum of Craft and Design. Through March 27. $6-$8. http://www.sfmcd.org