Amit Peled. Solo performance of five J.S. Bach suites by the Israeli American cellist. At Holy Cross Church, 126 High St., Santa Cruz. 7:30 p.m. Also Sept. 24 with pianist Noreen Polera. 7:30 p.m. $30-$35. http://www.distinguishedartists.org
“Singing to End Gun Violence.” Community sing led by Rabbi Ari Cartun as part of Concert Across America to remember victims of gun violence. Sponsored by Friends of Rabbis Against Gun Violence. At Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto. 7:15 p.m. Free. http://www.etzchayim.org
“Erased: Babi Yar, the SS and Me.” Dramatic reading with original songs by Corey Weinstein detailing his journey to Kiev to confront events of the Holocaust. At the Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. http://www.themarsh.org. Also Sept. 30 at Community Music Center, 544 Capp St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. Free. http://www.sfcmc.org
“Last Yiddish Heroes: Lost and Found Songs of Soviet Jews During World War II.” Presentation by singer-songwriter Psyo Korolenko and University of Toronto historian Anna Shternshis. Includes a performance of recently discovered Yiddish songs hidden by Soviets. At the Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. Free, but RSVP requested. http://www.magnes.berkeley.edu
“L’Chayim! To Life!” Jewish music series performance by woodwind musician Ben Goldberg, pianist Michael Coleman and drummer Hamir Atwal. At Sonoma State, Schroeder Hall, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 6:30 p.m. Free, parking $5. http://www.tinyurl.com/ssu-jewishmusic
“You’re Funny, But You Don’t Look Jewish!” Four comedians from nontraditional Jewish backgrounds perform stand-up comedy. At Spice Monkey, 1628 Webster St., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. http://www.yourefunnybutyoudontlookjewish.com
kids & family
“Sing Shalom!” Alison Faith Levy performs and sings Israeli and Jewish songs for youngsters and families as part of Middle Eastern Heritage Month programming at the San Francisco Public Library. At Marina branch, 1890 Chestnut St. 11 a.m. Also Sept. 27 at North Beach branch, 850 Columbus Ave. 10 a.m. Free. http://www.alisonfaithlevy.com
Kids Mega Challah Bake. Bread-making workshop for children. All young ones must be accompanied by an adult. At Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. 10 a.m. $15-$20, Chabad students $5, adults free. http://www.kidschallah.org
“Fiddler on the Roof.” Pittsburg Community Theater presentation of classic musical. At California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. 8 p.m. Also Sept. 24 at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sept 25 at 2 p.m. $10-$25. http://www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com
New twist on Old World classic: Love and tragedy come together in “The Dybbuk,” a multimedia opera based on S. Ansky’s Yiddish-language play. Oshman Family JCC arts director Ronit Widmann-Levy plays a woman possessed by the spirit of her dead lover on her wedding day. Composer Ofer Ben-Amots will participate in pre-performance events that will take a closer look at the subject matter. In English and Hebrew, with subtitles.
8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 with pre-show talk and 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 with pre-show panel. At OFJCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. $40-$55. http://www.paloaltojcc.org/dybbuk
film & video
“Three Days in Auschwitz.” Film follows the director’s journey through Auschwitz and his own family’s history, scored by Eric Clapton. At Sundance Kabuki, 1881 Post St., S.F. http://www.sundancecinemas.com
“The Band’s Visit.” Film about an Egyptian band that travels to Israel by mistake. Part of new film series “Transformation of Mizrachi Identities in Israeli Cinema.” At U.C. Berkeley, Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall, 215 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. 6 p.m. Free, but RSVP required. http://www.tinyurl.com/elkabetz-bandvisit-2016
“Labyrinth of Lies.” Film follows a West German public prosecutor’s postwar mission to bring former Nazis to justice despite government interference. In German with English subtitles. Presented by East Bay Jewish Film Festival. At Vine Cinema & Alehouse, 1722 First St., Livermore. 7 p.m. $5-$10. http://www.eastbayjewishfilm.org/2016
lectures & workshops
“The Benefits and Complexities of the U.S.-Israel Relationship.” With Yoram Ettinger, Knesset consultant and former consul general in Houston. Sponsored by ZOA West Coast and Chabad of Sonoma. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 5:30 p.m. Also Sept. 27 at Flamingo Resort and Spa, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 7 p.m. Free, but RSVP requested. http://www.westcoast.zoa.org
“Sacred Spaces.” San Francisco architects Susie Coliver and Robert Herman discuss their firm’s work in designing sacred spaces for synagogues and other nonprofit institutions. At Congregation Beth Sholom, 301-14th Ave., S.F. 9 a.m. $15. http://www.bethsholomsf.org
11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 at JCCSF, 3200 California St. $150. http://www.awiderbridge.org/brunch2016
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
JCRC North Bay Town Hall. Panel on race and educational inequalities with Ryan Smith of Education Trust and Kevin Kumashiro, dean of USF School of Education. At Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.jcrc.org/what-we-do/racial-justice
“First Responders to Worldwide Disasters.” Dr. Nik Wolfson of San Francisco discusses his experiences working with Israel Defense Forces medical team in aftermath of Nepal earthquake. Co-sponsored by Friends of the IDF. Part of Under One Tent. At Congregation B’nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek. 7:30 p.m. Free. http://www.underonetent.org
“And Then I Killed Him.” University of Toronto professor Anna Shternshis discusses the experiences of Soviet Jewish veterans of World War II who later encountered perpetrators of the Holocaust. At GTU Center for Jewish Studies, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. 12:45 p.m. Free. http://www.gtu.edu
“Is Remembrance the Secret to Redemption?” Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan discusses the story of the assassination of Gedalia, the Jewish governor of ancient Judah, and the lessons behind it. Co-sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $8-$12. http://www.jcceastbay.org
spiritual & holiday
“A Spoonful of Honey.” Gourmet honey-tasting event includes explanations of Jewish New Year traditions and a raffle. Sponsored by Big Tent Judaism. At Oliver’s Market, 9230 Old Redwood Hwy., Windsor. 3 p.m. Also Sept. 25 at Sonoma Market, 500 E. Napa St., Sonoma. 12 p.m. Also Sept. 28 at Oliver’s Market, 560 Montecito Center, Santa Rosa. 3 p.m. Free. http://www.bigtentjudaism.org
“Hardly Strictly Selichot Unplugged.” Communal Selichot event with a screening and discussion of Rabbi Aubrey Glazer’s short film “Fire on the Water,” a musical Havdalah with Yehuda Solomon and Duvid Swirsky of the Israeli-American folk rock band Moshav, plus coffee and dessert. At Congregation Beth Sholom, 301-14th Ave., S.F. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Free, but pre-registration required. http://www.bethsholomsf.org
OFJCC pre-holiday bazaar and festival. Organic apples, local honey and a variety of gifts from local vendors and artisans. Also children’s activities, a petting zoo, Israeli folk music and more. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 11 a.m. Free. http://www.paloaltojcc.org/holidaybazaar
“Writing Our Book of Life.” First of three writing workshops to help prepare for the High Holy Days, led by Rabbi Dorothy Richman. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. Also Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. $8; $20 for all three sessions. http://www.jcceastbay.org
Rosh Hashanah lunch. Community meal with traditional holiday foods and musical accompaniment by Veretski Pass. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 11:30 a.m. $20. RSVP requested. http://www.paloaltojcc.org
“A Taste of Kevah: High Holy Days Edition.” Group spiritual preparation for the High Holy Days with Rabbi David Kasher. At Kevah, 2095 Rose St., No. 202, Berkeley. 7 p.m. Free, but RSVP requested. http://www.kevah.org/a-taste-of-kevah
“Dare to Prepare: The New Year Is ‘Hear.’ ” Creative workshop combines text, music and mixed-media art to prepare for Rosh Hashanah. At Guava, 4210 Holden Ave., Emeryville. 7 p.m. $10; advance tickets recommended. http://www.jewishstudioproject.org
“Piyut for the Days of Awe.” Charming Hostess bandleader Jewlia Eisenberg leads a discussion and group sing of High Holy Day piyyutim based on medieval Spanish poetry. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St, Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $8. http://www.jcceastbay.org
Secular Humanistic Rosh Hashanah. One-hour program of holiday readings, music and reception, sponsored by Tri-Valley Cultural Jews. At Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 Eighth St., Livermore. 5:30 p.m. Suggested donation $20. Canned food drive. http://www.trivalleyculturaljews.wordpress.com
Community Rosh Hashanah dinner. Four-course holiday meal. At Chabad Jewish Center of Oakland, 3008 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. $15-$25. RSVP by Sept. 28. http://www.jewishoakland.org
Rosh Hashanah party and tashlich service. Family-friendly outdoor event with apples and honey, a shofar display and educational children’s program. At Japanese Garden, Central Park, San Mateo. 3:30 p.m. Free. http://www.chabadnp.com
“Ctrl + Alt + Del: Tashlique at Ocean Beach.” Reboot’s annual seaside tashlich ritual, accompanied by shofars, bag pipes and music by the Jazz Mafia and the Ministers of Sound, followed by a bonfire and s’mores. At Ocean Beach across from Beach Chalet, S.F. 5 p.m. Free. http://www.rebooters.net
Sept. 23, 2016 / Elul 20, 5776
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Shabbat ends at 7:41 p.m.
Sept. 30, 2016 / Elul 27, 5776
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Shabbat ends at 7:31 p.m.
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Oct. 2, 2016 / Elul 29, 5776
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Oct. 3, 2016 / Tishrei 1, 5777
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Jonathan Safran Foer. Author discusses his latest novel, “Here I Am,” about family and Jewish identity. At City Arts & Lectures, Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. $29. http://www.cityarts.net. Also Sept. 28 with author Molly Antopol at JCCSF, 3200 California St. 12 p.m. $28-$38. http://www.jccsf.org. Also Sept. 28 at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7 p.m. $30, includes signed book. http://www.bookpassage.com (See story, 27)
Michael Krasny. KQED Radio host discusses “Let There Be Laughter,” his new book about Jewish humor. At Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7 p.m. $22; includes signed book. http://www.bookpassage.com. Also Oct. 5 in conversation with actor Peter Coyote. Book signing follows. At Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. $7-$25, $35-$35 premium tickets. http://www.commonwealthclub.org. Also Oct. 9 at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 5:30 p.m. $15-$25. http://www.paloaltojcc.org/events/let-there-be-laughter (See story, 26)
Susan Faludi. Author discusses her new book, “In the Darkroom,” about coming to terms with her father’s change in gender identity. In conversation with Peggy Orenstein. At Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.booksinc.com (See story, 27)
“An Evening with Dennis Ross.” Former ambassador will discuss his recent book “Doomed to Succeed,” about the history of the Israel-U.S. relationship. Sponsored by Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 7 p.m. $54; $136 for reserved seat and book. http://www.jvalley.org
“Chasing Portraits.” Elizabeth Rynecki discusses her book about her efforts to track down the lost paintings made by her great-grandfather Moshe Rynecki, who perished in the Holocaust. At Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.chasingportraits.org
“Do We Humans Really Have Free Will?” Philosophical panel discussion led by Rabbi Moshe Levin as an alternative to second-day Rosh Hashanah services. At Congregation Ner Tamid, 1250 Quintara St., S.F. 10 a.m. Free. wwww.nertamidsf.org
“The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions.” Book talk by modern Mussar practitioner Greg Marcus. At Books Inc., 2712 Augustine Drive, Santa Clara. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.booksinc.net