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art

friday/20

“Photojournalism’s Postmodern Quandary.” Talk by Chronicle photo editor Judy Walgren about photography’s crossover with journalism, documentary and art. In conjunction with “Roman Vishniac Rediscovered.” At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 12:30 p.m. Included with admission. http://www.thecjm.org


music & dance

friday/20

Feinstein at Feinstein’s. Pianist-singer Michael Feinstein will perform Alan and Marilyn Bergman classics with a guest singer: Alan Bergman. At Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F. 8 p.m. Also May 21 at 7 p.m. and May 22 at 3 p.m. $80-$95. http://www.feinsteinsatthenikko.ticketfly.com

saturday/21

“Lord, Get Me High.” Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach (“The Singing Rabbi”) melodies reinterpreted by musicians Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell, Jewlia Eisenberg, Jeremiah Lockwood, John Erlich and Joshua Horowitz . At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $10. http://www.jcceastbay.org/shlomocarlebach

sunday/22

“Fiddler’s Choice.” Improvised program of traditional Eastern European Jewish music performed by Veretski Pass. At Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East, Davis. 7 p.m. $15-$18. http://www.timnatalmusic.com

“The Man That Got Away.” Concert and presentation on the life and songs of composer Harold Arlen (“Over the Rainbow”).  Arlen biographer Walter Rimler to speak. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 1:30 p.m. Free, but RSVP required. http://www.jewishcommunitylibrary.org

tuesday/31

“Surviving: Women’s Words.” Chamber group Ensemble For These Times performs works from debut album, including poetry from four female Holocaust survivors. At Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F. 12:30 p.m. Free. Also June 2 at Café Europa in the Berkeley Arts Auditorium, 2133 University Ave., Berkeley. 12 p.m. Free. http://www.e4tt.org

thursday/2

“The Righteous Person and the Motherless Child.” Cantor Lisa Wallach, pianist Larry Wallach (her dad) and clarinetist Mike Perlmutter in concert, exploring range of music from Yiddish theater to Israeli music to a Negro spiritual. RSVP requested. At Mount Diablo Unitarian Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation. http://www.bshalom.org


kids & family

sunday/22

Count and sing. Using four instruments, musician-storyteller Jonathan Bayer performs songs about journeys for the 29th day of counting the Omer. For preschoolers, kindergartners and their families. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 10:30 a.m. Free. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


theater

wednesday/25

“Out of Darkness.” World premiere of opera about the fates of a Jewish poet and a pair of gay lovers in the Holocaust. Performed by Music of Remembrance, a group dedicated to remembering the Holocaust through music and other programs. At San Francisco Conservatory of Music, S.F. 7:30 p.m. Also May 26. $60-$100. http://www.musicofremembrance.org (See story, 26)

monday/30

photo/jewish women’s theatre
photo/jewish women’s theatre
Latina heart, Jewish soul. The Jewish Women’s Theatre is bringing “Chutzpah and Salsa” to Palo Alto following 10 performances in the L.A. area. The show is a series of scenes and stories (poignant, life-changing and often funny) written by Jewish women who ended up in the United States by way of Latin America.

7:30 p.m. Monday, May 30 at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. $20-$25. http://www.paloaltojcc.org


film & video

friday/27

“Groucho: A Life in Revue.” 82-minute film of a two-act play written by Groucho’s son highlights comedian Groucho Marx’s life and career. Opens with community Shabbat and lunch. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 12 p.m. $8-$10, RSVP to http://www.marinjcc.org

 thursday/2

“Get Thee Out.” Film adapted from stories by Sholem Aleichem and Isaac Babel and set in final days of the Soviet Union. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishlearningworks.org



lectures & workshops

sunday/22

“Growing Up Interfaith.” Conference on topics related to interfaith marriage and families. Workshops, panels and keynote address. Accompanied by photo exhibit “This Is Bay Area Jewry.” Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica and Building Jewish Bridges. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 1 to 5 p.m. Free. http://www.lehrhaus.org

“The Future of the Zohar.” Celebration of Daniel Matt’s Zohar translation, with presentations by Matt, Rabbi Aubrey Glazer and Avishai Bar-Asher of Princeton. Musical Zohar performance by Jeremiah Lockwood. At Easton Hall, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley. 3:30 to 6 p.m. Free, but RSVP required. http://jewishstudies.berkeley.edu

“Living in the Shadow of Mount Moriah.” Theater director and storyteller Arthur Strimling brings his production from Brooklyn to Alameda. At Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda. 1 p.m. Free. (510) 522-9355

monday/23

Middle East discussion group. Member-led, informal roundtable discussion about current events in the Middle East. At Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. Free, but registration required. http://www.commonwealthclub.org

“Challenging Conversations About Israel.” An update on the BDS movement, led by Karen Stiller of JCRC. Final talk in three-part series. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.marinjcc.org

tuesday/24

“Did Israelis Lose Faith in the Chance for Peace?” Israeli journalist Ilana Dayan leads discussion about average citizens’ opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In Hebrew. Sponsored by OFJCC’s Israel Cultural Connection. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8:30 p.m. $40-$45. http://www.paloaltojcc.org

thursday/26

“Makes Me Wanna Challah!” Bread-baking workshop with recipes for challah-based shakshouka and French toast. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $50-$55. http://www.jccsf.org

thursday/2

Race and Education. JCRC-sponsored town hall-style talk on educational inequities and race. With presenters Eva Paterson of Equal Justice Society and Ryan Smith of the Education Trust. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 6:30 p.m. Free, but RSVP requested. http://www.jewishfed.org/community-events

tuesday/31

From “Those People”
From “Those People”
‘Sex, Jews and Videotape.’ The latest in the JCCSF’s “Uninhibited: About Sex” series will look at how film and TV have portrayed Jewish sexuality, from neurotic stereotypes to Orthodox mores to envelope-pushing Sandra Bernhard characters. Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Peter L. Stein’s talk will be loaded with clips of Woody Allen movies, TV shows such as “Transparent” and more. Pre-event “Sexpert” booth and sex info table at 6 p.m.

7 p.m. Tuesday, May 31 at JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. $27-$37. http://www.jccsf.org


benefits & social events

friday/20

“Rabbi Larry Raphael: Celebrating His Story.” Weekend of events to honor Congregation Sherith Israel rabbi. Storytelling and services followed by oneg. Continues May 21 with morning services, storytelling workshops and lunch, with an evening gala and concert by Danny Maseng. At Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., S.F. 12:30 p.m. $18. 7 p.m. $54-$250. http://www.sherithisrael.org (See story, 3)

sunday/22

Pop-up Jewish Marin with Reboot. Unplug and learn about how to unwind and reconnect with Reboot. Co-presented by Osher Marin JCC and Kesher Marin. At Civic Center Farmers Market, 3501 Civic Drive, San Rafael. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. http://www.marinjcc.org

WalkWithFC 2016. Walkathon to benefit Friendship Circle programs for special-needs children and teens. Followed by kosher barbecue lunch, family activities, monkey show and photos with the monkeys. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. http://www.walkwithfc.com

monday/23

AJC Judge Learned Hand Award Dinner. Honoring legal work of Elizabeth Cabraser. At Julia Morgan Ballroom, 465 California St., S.F. 6 p.m. $300. http://www.ajcsanfrancisco.org

Helen Diller Family Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education. Honoring 2016 award recipients. Sponsored by S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishfed.org

wednesday/25

photo/urban adamah
photo/urban adamah
S’mores (and more) on the farm. Celebrate the 33rd day of the journey from Passover to Shavuot with a community Lag B’Omer bonfire at Urban Adamah. Co-sponsored by seven Jewish organizations, the event will include s’mores, chai tea and dancing (inside a tent!) to the music of an 11-piece Balkan party band. Bring a dessert to share and a canned good to donate.

8 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 at Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St., Berkeley. $5-$10. http://www.urbanadamah.org


San Francisco Jewish Heritage Month. Celebration includes premiere of photo exhibit “A Tapestry of Resilience: Wrestling With Our Jewish Experience.” Catering by Wise Sons Deli and L’Chaim Foods. At San Francisco City Hall. 6 p.m. Free, but registration required. http://www.jcrc.org/news-events/events/jewish-heritage-month

friday/27

“HUBad SoMa Shul.” Chabad of S.F. happy hour followed by Shabbat services and dinner. At S.F. School of Digital Filmmaking, 925 Mission St., Suite 108, S.F. 5 p.m. Free, $25 suggested donation for dinner. http://www.chabadsf.org

sunday/29

Lag B’Omer picnic. Tri-Valley Cultural Jews potluck picnic, games and watermelon toss. Bring a donation for Avalon youth program. At Athan Downs Park, 2975 Montevideo Drive, San Ramon. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishfed.org/community-events

tuesday/31

JCHS Spring Celebration. Jewish Community High School of the Bay’s fundraising gala honors philanthropists Yitz and Hilda Applbaum. Cocktails, dinner and live music. At Hyatt Regency, 5 Embarcadero Center, S.F. 6:30 p.m. $180. http://www.tinyurl.com/jchs-sc2016


spiritual & holiday

saturday/21

The Omer Project. On numbered San Francisco avenues corresponding to days of the Omer. At corner of 29th Avenue and Fulton. 9 p.m. Also May 28 at corner of 36th and Judah. 9:15 p.m. Free. http://www.omerproject.com

thursday/26

North Peninsula Jewish Community Lag B’Omer celebration. Includes kosher barbecue dinner (with vegetarian option), games, raffle, live music and more. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. $10-$14, children under 5 free. http://www.pjcc.org/lagbomer

Chabad of LaMorinda Lag B’Omer. Barbecue dinner and community celebration with family activities, bounce house and snow cones. At Lafayette Plaza Park, Moraga Road at Mount Diablo, Lafayette. 5:30 p.m. Free. chabadlamorinda.com

“Burning Mensch.” Alternative Lag B’Omer festival with fire towers and music by two bands, Oneg Shemesh and Shamati. Activities for adults and children. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 5 to 7 p.m. for families, 7 to 10:30 p.m. for 21 and older. Free. http://www.paloaltojcc.org/events/burning-mensch (See story, 25)

saturday/28

“Shabbaton: Rest, Reflection & Connection.” Full-day Yom HaAtzmaut event with Israeli-style lunch, walk on beach, meditation, Israeli music sing-alongs and presentation on Israeli cinema. Southside Jewish Collaborative event. At Congregation B’nai Emunah, 3595 Taraval St., S.F. 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free. http://www.be-sf.org/sf-shabbaton



books

sunday/22

“Scattered Among the Nations.” Presentation by Bryan Schwartz on his book documenting Jewish communities in more than 30 countries. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 3 p.m. Free. http://www.afikomen.com

tuesday/24

“So Much to Be Done.” A collection of writings by the late Barbara Brenner, former executive director of Breast Cancer Action, will be read and celebrated. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishlearningworks.org

wednesday/1

Myra Strober. Stanford professor reads from and discusses her book about her life as an economist, teacher and Reform Jew. Wine and cheese reception follows. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 7 p.m. (650) 493-4661


ongoing

on stage

“Lightning in the Brain.” Traveling Jewish Theatre co-founder Corey Fischer’s musical theater piece about  identity and memory. At Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia St., S.F. Through July 19. $20-$100. http://www.themarsh.org

“The Gathering.” Arje Shaw’s play chronicling a family’s turmoil caused by President Reagan’s controversial visit to SS graves in a Bitburg cemetery in 1985. At Royce Gallery, 2901 Mariposa St., S.F. Through June 19. $29. http://www.thegatheringsf.brownpapertickets.com

art

Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission St., S.F.

“Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution.” Retrospective exhibit about the life and career of the S.F. Jewish rock concert promoter. Through July 5. “In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art.” Collaborating artists series features artist Jenny Odell and stylist and window designer Philip Buscemi. Through July 5. “Roman Vishniac Rediscovered.” Exhibit encompassing decades of work by the Russian-born Jewish photographer. Closes May 29. http://www.thecjm.org

Jewish Community Library

1835 Ellis St., S.F.

“Il Ghetto: The Venice Ghetto at 500.” Exhibition exploring history of the Venice Ghetto, established in 1516. Co-presented by Museo Italo Americano. Through July. http://www.jewishcommunitylibrary.org

Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

“Living by the Book: The Jewish Bible and the Everyday Power of Text.” Through June 24. “Mendelssohn to Mendelssohn.” Exhibition about the illustrious German Jewish musical family. Through June 24. http://www.magnes.org

Osher Marin JCC

200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael

“Rescue, Relief and Renewal: 100 Years of ‘The Joint’ in Poland.” Exhibit of JDC archival photographs of Jewish life in Poland. Closes May 31. http://www.marinjcc.org

Peninsula JCC

800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City

“Who’s Huldah?” Art exhibit centered on stories of women from the Bible. Through June 29. http://www.pjcc.org

Temple Sinai

2808 Summit St., Oakland

“This is Bay Area Jewry.” Photography exhibit documenting unconventional local Jewish couples and families. Co-sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica and Building Jewish Bridges. Through June. http://www.lehrhaus.org

save the date

Limmud Bay Area 2016

June 24-26 at Sonoma State University

Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival

June 26 in Los Gatos

 

jewish calendar

Shabbat

May 20, 2016 / Iyar 12, 5776

Light candles at 7:59 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 9:03 p.m.

Lag B’Omer

May 26, 2016 / Iyar 18, 5776

Shabbat

May 27, 2016 / Iyar 19, 5776

Light candles at 8:05 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 9:10 p.m.