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music & dance


“Music at Meyer: The Farallon Quintet and Jon Nakamatsu.” Works by Mozart and Copland, as well as Prokofiev’s “Overture on Hebrew Themes.” At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. $25.


Cantor Jennie Chabon (left) and Lisa Zeiler
Cantor Jennie Chabon (left) and Lisa Zeiler
Upbeat music with benefits. Longtime collaborators Cantor Jennie Chabon and Lisa Zeiler, singer-songwriter and folk guitarist of Rebecca Riots, get together again to support Chabon’s congregation.  From folk and blues to traditional Jewish and Middle Eastern music, this upbeat program benefits the music program at Congregation B’nai Tikvah in Walnut Creek.

8 p.m. Sunday, June 7 at Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley. $18-$20.



9-Gjpick-reiser-paulS.F. goes mad about Paul Reiser. Stand-up comic, writer and co-creator and star of TV’s “Mad About You” shares his droll perspective on life, love and relationships. This show is for 18 and over.

7:30 p.m. Friday, May 29 at Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F. Also May 30. $27.50 plus two-drink minimum.


“A Warm Family.” Hebrew-language play about a Jewish matriarch’s efforts to get the whole family together for Passover. Performed by Bama Ivrit theater group. At Starbright Theater, 1770 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell. 8 p.m. Also May 31 and June 7 at 2 and 7 p.m., and June 6 at 8 p.m. $30.

 “You’re Funny, but You Don’t Look Jewish.” Four comedians from nontraditional Jewish backgrounds perform. At Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., S.F. 8 p.m. $18. Also June 9 at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda. 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. (510) 865-5060 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


“Reckoning with Dad.” Performance by Jewish Women’s Theatre explores how individuals make war and peace with the father figures in their lives. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $20-$25.

film & video


“Crime After Crime.” Documentary about the work of an Orthodox Jewish lawyer to free a wrongly imprisoned woman. Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Yoam Potash. At the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. Free.


“The Decent One.” Documentary on the life, mind and final days of Heinrich Himmler, based on previously undiscovered diaries, photos and letters. Part of S.F. Documentary Festival. At Vogue Theater, 3290 Sacramento St. at Presidio, S.F. 9:15 p.m. Also June 14 and 18 at 7 p.m. at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St. at Valencia, S.F. Ticket prices vary.

lectures & workshops


“Shabbat Shiur: What’s Changed in the Middle East?” Lecture by Ann Saab, University of North Carolina history professor emerita. At Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto. 1:15 p.m. Free.


3 Davids and a king. Local educators and leaders — all “Davids” — share perspectives about their not-always-kingly namesake. Part of One Bay One Book. At Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto. 6:30 p.m. Free.


“Ancestor Stories: A Jewish Support Group.” First session of a monthly life-transition and loss support group for Jewish seniors. At Carlton Plaza of San Leandro, 1000 E. 14th St., San Leandro. 2 p.m. Free. (866) 268-4827 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


“Nu, You Think That’s Funny? A Century of Jewish Humor in America.” First of a four-part lecture series by singer-teacher Mark Levy on Jewish comedians of the 20th century, featuring vintage recordings and clips from vaudeville, Borscht Belt, TV and film. Also June 11. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $40-$50 for series.

“Love and Religion Over Dinner.” Three-part workshop for interfaith couples to discuss challenging mealtime topics, led by Rabbi Mychal Copeland and William O. Selig. At San Mateo restaurant (to be determined). 7 p.m. Also June 11 and June 18. $42 for all three evenings. (415) 878-1998 or


“Help With Your Family Tree: Brainstorming With the Mavens.” Bring genealogy questions for one-on-one guidance with experienced genealogists. At Jewish Community Library, 1825 Ellis St., S.F. 12 p.m. Free, but registration encouraged.


Aftermath of Israeli Elections. Israel Democracy Institute president and former Knesset member Yohanan Plesner discusses recent events with lecturer and former KGO radio host John Rothmann. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. Free. Registration requested.

benefits & social events


Grass Valley Trail Hike. 6-7 mile hike in Anthony Chabot Regional Park with the Bay Area Jewish Singles Hiking Club. Meets at the Clyde Woolridge staging area, Skyline Boulevard at Grass Valley Road, Castro Valley. 2 p.m. $1. (408) 817-5686.

Marin Alfresco. Culinary festival with tastings, drinks and desserts, an auction, dancing and live music by Wonder Bread 5. Proceeds go toward scholarships at Osher Marin JCC. At JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 6:30 to 10 p.m. $125.


Arts Bravura. Cocktail buffet, dessert reception and benefit concert featuring vocal jazz quartet the Manhattan Transfer. Proceeds support Oshman Family JCC programs. At JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.6 p.m. $50- $250.

National Council of Jewish Women awards luncheon. NCJW San Francisco honors four individuals for their contributions to the community. At Presidio Golf Club, 8 Presidio Terrace, S.F. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. $45-$70.

Circle of Generosity. Hebrew Free Loan fundraiser and celebration honors three local individuals for their contributions to the community. VIP cocktail reception, dinner, live music, raffle. At InterContinental Mark Hopkins, 999 California St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. $250-$350.

Café Shalom. Fundraiser with Jewish food, baked goods, $5 cocktails, music and raffle. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 1455 Elm St., Napa. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $8-$15.

“Rock & Walk with Friendship Circle.” Community fundraising walk followed by a kosher barbecue lunch with children’s activities, games and a performance by the Sol Tevel band. Proceeds to benefit Friendship Circle programs for special-needs children. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

JYCA Spring Gala. Supporting social-justice projects of Jewish Youth for Community Action. Featuring slam poet Sonya Renee Taylor, youth performances, food and silent auction. At Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. 5 to 8 p.m. $5-$36.



“Planetary Dance” 2012   photo/earthalive films
“Planetary Dance” 2012 photo/earthalive films
Dancing for peace and planet. Legendary choreographer and dancer Anna Halprin celebrates her 95th birthday with the 35th annual “Planetary Dance,” an all-day ritual of healing and renewal calling for world peace. Drummers, singers and storytellers round out the program, and visitors are invited to join the dance.


5:45 a.m. Sunday, June 7 sunrise ceremony,  peak of Mount Tamalpais. Main event 11 a.m.  at Santos Meadow, 2799 Muir Woods Road, Mill Valley. Free, but donations accepted.

Jewish Heritage Night at San Jose Earthquakes. Quakes take on FC Dallas. Tickets include commemorative T-shirt, and part of proceeds support Jewish camp scholarships. At Avaya Stadium, 1123 Coleman Ave., San Jose. 4 to 8 p.m. $35-$45.

Gjpick-ccjds_small_sizeEast Bay hearts Israel. With Israeli dancing, performances by Lior Ben-Hur and the Kosher Kittens, an art fair, and Israeli food and wine, Israel@CCJDS includes a full menu of kids’ activities: bouncy houses, storytelling, face painting, films and a basketball workshop with the JCC Maccabi Games East Bay team. Sponsors include Jewish Federation of the East Bay and area congregations.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Sunday, June 7 at Contra Costa Jewish Day School, 955 Risa Road, Lafayette. Free. (925) 285-8288 or

spiritual & holiday


“Pink Shabbat.” Service with educational program by Sharsheret, a Jewish nonprofit that supports women facing breast and ovarian cancer and their families. At Congregation Beth Chaim, 1800 Holbrook Drive, Danville. 7 p.m. Free.

“Rockin’ Shabbat with Rabbi Zvi Bar-David.” Vegan dinner followed by Hassidic-style niggunim performed by Bar-David and the Sacred Ecstatic Ensemble. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. program. Dinner $4-$8; program free. (707) 360-3000

save the date

Bernard-Henri Lévy at JCCSF – June 16

Limmud Bay Area 2015 – June 26-28

Opening of S.F. Jewish Film Festival – July 23



“Hope into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears.” Author-activist Penny Rosenwasser discusses and reads from her book, followed by Q&A. At a private home in Oakland. 10:30 a.m. Free. Contact the author for locations.


Judy Blume and Molly Ringwald. The Jewish young-adult author will discuss her latest book, her career and her favorite stories with the former “brat pack” actress. At Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. $20-$80.


“Leonardo’s Brain” and Six-Word Memoirs. Bay Area filmmaker Tiffany Shlain talks to JCC East Bay CEO Amy Tobin about her late father’s book about Leonardo da Vinci. Followed by a Six-Word Memoir exercise. Co-sponsored by Reboot. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $8-$10.


on stage

Aurora Theater Co.

2081 Addison St., Berkeley

“Talley’s Folly.” Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize–winning play about a liberal Jewish immigrant pursuing the hand of a well-to-do non-Jewish woman in 1944 Missouri. Through June 7. $35-$42.

Lohman Theatre

12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

“Angels in America.” Tony Kushner’s Tony Award–winning play about the early AIDS crisis, performed by Foothill College Theatre Arts. Through June 14.

The Marsh

1062 Valencia St., S.F.

“Melancholy, a Comedy.” Sara Felder tackles fictionalized relationship with partner with mental illness and Abraham Lincoln’s battle with depression. Through June 28.


Congregation Emanu-El

2 Lake St., S.F.

“Jews and Cartooning.” Exhibit of art by classic Jewish cartoonists, including Bob Singer of Hanna-Barbera, R. Crumb, Yaakov Kirschen and others. Through Sept. 1.

Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission St., S.F.

“Bound to be Held: A Book Show.” Solo exhibition by conceptual artist Josh Greene celebrating the relationship between reader and book. Through June 28. “In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art.” Third installation of the collaborating-artists project, with Bay Area visual artist Anthony Discenza and horror author Peter Straub. Through July 14.

Dryansky Gallery

2120 Union St., S.F.

“Hands On: Works from 2007-2014.” Exhibition of paintings, drawings and collages by Moroccan-born Israeli Miriam Cabessa. Closes June 4.

Hillel at Stanford

565 Mayfield Ave.

“Jews of Color: A Renaissance Project.” Exhibit of photographs and paintings spotlighting eclectic Jewish communities. Closes June 1.

Jewish Community Library

1835 Ellis St., S.F.

“Up/Down.” Art exhibition exploring the image of Jacob’s Ladder and the significance of ladders in Jewish spirituality. Featuring works by painter- photographer Andréa D. Guerra and artist-spiritual director Elyssa Wortzman. Through Aug. 26.

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. “The Secret Language of Flowers: Botanical Drawings from Israel, 1949-1950.” Exhibition of drawings and maps by Ukraine-born artist Shmuel Lerner. Through June 26.

Osher Marin JCC

200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael

“Social Network Art Competition: Israel 2014-15.” Traveling show featuring undiscovered Israeli artists. Closes June 1.

Peninsula JCC

800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City

“Mi Polin/From Poland.” Exhibition of Judaica by Polish artists Helena Czernek and Aleksander Prugar. Through June 25.


jewish calendar

May 29, 2015 / Sivan 11, 5775

Light candles at 8:06 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 9:11 p.m.

June 5, 2015 / Sivan 18, 5775

Light candles at 8:10 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 9:16 p.m.