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art

wednesday/17

“The Mendelssohns, the Piano and the Making of the Domestic Sphere.” Lecture by Stanford associate professor Adrian Daub. In conjunction with “Mendelssohn to Mendelssohn” exhibit. At the Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 5 p.m. Free. http://www.magnes.org

“Pop-Up Exhibition: Sex, Furniture and Jewish Tradition.” Lunchtime lecture by Rachel Biale, educator-author and former J. columnist, about symbolism of furniture in talmudic texts, accompanied by items from the collection. At the Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 12 p.m. Free. http://www.magnes.org

friday/19

“Secrecy and the CIA.” Gallery chat features Salon.com founder David Talbot discussing his book “The Devil’s Chessboard,” about the CIA’s rise to power. In conjunction with the exhibit “Chasing Justice.” At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 12:30 p.m. Included with museum admission. http://www.thecjm.org

wednesday/24

“Pop-Up Exhibition: Piercing the Veil of Silence.” Tomasz Tadeusz Koncewicz, Berkeley Law School visiting professor from Poland, discusses cultural restitution of Jewish assets in Eastern Europe. At the Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 12 p.m. Free. http://www.magnes.org


music & dance

friday/12

Itamar Borochov. Israeli-born trumpeter-composer performs jazz influenced by world music in an evening concert, and leads a hands-on workshop on Middle Eastern and North African music the next day. Concert, 8 p.m. $15. Workshop, 3:15 p.m. Feb. 13. $30-$45. At California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St., Berkeley. http://www.cjc.edu

sunday/14

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Pinchas Zukerman at Davies. The Israeli-born violin virtuoso joins the San Francisco Symphony for an afternoon concert featuring Elgar’s “Serenade for Strings” as well as Mozart’s 39th Symphony.

2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14 at Davies Symphony Hall, Grove St. between Van Ness and Franklin, S.F. $45-$165. http://www.sfsymphony.org


kids & family

sunday/14

“Preschool Super Fun Sunday.” Arts and crafts, story time and a dance party with Isaac Zones and his band. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 10 a.m. Included with regular admission. (415) 655-7800 or

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monday/15

“Kids in the Kitchen: Bourekas & Napkin Folding.” Children’s workshop teaches Israeli pastry-making and fancy napkin-folding techniques. At Chabad Jewish Center of Petaluma, 1970 Rainier Circle. 3:30 p.m. $10, $15 for two children. http://www.jewishpetaluma.com/kitchen

sunday/21

Drop-In Art Making: Micro Art. Young children and their parents create art inspired by science as they look through high-powered microscopes. Inspired by “Roman Vishniac Rediscovered” exhibit. Presented in collaboration with California Academy of Sciences. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also Feb. 28. Included with museum admission. http://www.thecjm.org


theater

tuesday/16

“Belfast Kind.” Play about a Jewish girl growing up during “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland, performed by students at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay. At JCHS Performing Arts Center, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Also Feb. 17 and Feb. 18. $5-$10. http://www.belfastkind.brownpapertickets.com

thursday/18

Stuart Canin was 19 when he played at Potsdam Conference for (inset, from left) Churchill, Truman and Stalin.  photo/courtesy hoover institution library and archive
Stuart Canin was 19 when he played at Potsdam Conference for (inset, from left) Churchill, Truman and Stalin. photo/courtesy hoover institution library and archive
Concerto for the Big Three. Violinist-conductor and former S.F. Symphony concertmaster Stuart Canin has performed before myriad celebrities, but perhaps his most exclusive gig was in 1945, when he performed privately for Truman, Churchill and Stalin as they worked out Germany’s surrender.

“Potsdam Revisited: Overture to the Cold War” tells his story, with the screening followed by a re-creation of the concert by Canin himself and a discussion with the filmmakers. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 at JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. $14. http://www.jcceastbay.org


film & video

tuesday/23

“East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem.” Film about the efforts of singer-songwriter David Broza to promote peace through his music. Part of S.F. Jewish Film Festival’s “Best of the Fest” film series sponsored by Osher Marin JCC and the Jewish Film Institute. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7 p.m. $10-$36. http://www.marinjcc.org

saturday/27

JFI Winterfest 2016. One-day mini film festival showcasing five new Jewish films, including “Oriented,” about three young people exploring their sexual identity and nationality in Tel Aviv. At Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission St., S.F. $14 single; $45 all-film pass. http://www.jewishfilminstitute.org/winterfest-2016



lectures & workshops

sunday/14

“Building a Bridge to Eternity.” Lecture on Jewish funeral arrangement options by Rabbi Doron Kornbluth. Sponsored by Chevra Kadisha of the South Bay. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 11 a.m. Also 3:30 p.m. at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, and 7 p.m. at American Legion, 1504 Minnesota Ave, San Jose. Free. (408) 239-4704

wednesday/17

“How We Are Defeating the False Human Rights Campaigns That Demonize Israel.” Club Z talk for teens with Gerald Steinberg, professor at Bar-Ilan University and founder of Israel’s NGO Monitor. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7 p.m. $10-$15. http://www.tinyurl.com/ofjcc-ngo-2016

“New Connections Between Jesus and Jewish Mysticism.” Lecture by Jewish theologian and talmudic scholar Daniel Boyarin. At Or Shalom Jewish Community, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F. 7:30 p.m. Free. http://www.orshalom.org

saturday/20

Feast of Jewish Learning. Workshops on Jewish culture, spirituality, music and more, on the theme “Holy Discord: The Art of Jewish Dispute.” Presented by Jewish LearningWorks and South Peninsula Area Rabbis & Executives. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishlearningworks.org/events/2016feast (See story, 8)

sunday/21

“The Jewish Chicken Ranchers of Petaluma: Why Remember?” Author Kenneth Kann’s presentation on the legacy of the socialist immigrants who founded Petaluma’s Jewish community in the early 1900s. Co-sponsored by Workmen’s Circle/Arbeiter Ring of Northern California. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 1:30 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishcommunitylibrary.org

“The Challenge of Baruch Spinoza.” David Ruderman of the University of Pennsylvania describes how an iconoclastic 17th-century Dutch philosopher shaped the evolution of modern Jewish thought. Half-hour video lecture, followed by discussion and Q&A. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave. 3 p.m. Free. (510) 982-1455 or http://www.kolhadash.org

“Enchanted Journey With Piyut.” Workshop on the musical tradition of piyyutim (Hebrew liturgical poetry), led by Rabbi Tsipora Gabai and Vavi Toran of Jewish LearningWorks. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. $20. http://www.jewishlearningworks.org/events/2016/2/21/piyut2016

“Highway 61 Revisited.” Professor Marilyn Chiat explores the early years of Bob Dylan. Sponsored by Jewish Historical Society of Napa Valley. At Congregation Beth Shalom of Napa Valley, 1455 Elm St., Napa. 3 p.m. $5 nonmembers. (707) 251-9092 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

“Jews and Power.” Lecture series on Jewish identity and the Arab-Israel conflict by Micah Goodman of Jerusalem’s Shalom Hartman Institute. Pre-registration required for events at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 5 p.m and 8:30 p.m. Also Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. $7-$18. Free events at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 21 at Congregation Kol Emeth, Palo Alto, and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos Hills. www. paloaltojcc.org/micahgoodman

tuesday/23

“Torah Cares, and So Should We — An Orthodox Call for Social Justice.” Talk by Modern Orthodox Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz on gay rights and the minimum wage. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.emanuelsf.org/learning-lectures

“The Failures of Ethics: Confronting the Holocaust, Genocide and Other Mass Atrocities.” Public lecture by John Roth of Claremont McKenna College. At Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall, U.C. Berkeley. 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. lecture. Free, but RSVP required. http://www.tinyurl.com/law-and-israel

thursday/25

“Israel at a Major Crossroads: Challenges and Opportunities.” Lecture by Avishay Braverman, former Knesset member and former president of Ben-Gurion University. In Berkeley; address given with RSVP. 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. lecture. Free. http://www.tinyurl.com/law-and-israel


benefits & social events

saturday/13

Café Shalom. Monthly Israeli folk dancing event. At St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 1399 43rd Ave., S.F. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. $5-$8. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

sunday/14

“Disrupting Kosher: Pop-Up Kosher Restaurant.” Gourmet kosher dinner prepared by chef Itta Werdinger Roth, sponsored by L’chaim Foods. Reservations recommended. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 6 p.m. $35- $50. Babysitting available. http://www.paloaltojcc.org/disruptingkosher

Valentine’s Day tasting and hike. Lunch with chocolate and wine tastings followed by a 3-4 mile hike on Sonoma Overlook Trail with Bay Area Jewish Singles Hiking Club. Meet at park in Sonoma Plaza. 11:30 a.m. Various wine tasting fees. (707) 823-9555 or (707) 291-0028 (day of hike)

monday/15

Strawberry Canyon hike. Canine-friendly hike with Bay Area Jewish Singles Hiking Club. Optional dinner follows; rain cancels. Meet at Berkeley Express Coffee Shop, 1900 Shattuck Ave. 2 p.m. Free. (510) 964-1467 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Also Feb. 20: 6-mile San Francisco Bay Trail Hike in San Leandro. 2 p.m. $1. (408) 817-5686

friday/19

“Shabbat Unplugged.” Kiddush and happy hour for local young Jewish professionals, followed by a four-course Shabbat dinner. In Oakland; location given with RSVP. 6 p.m. happy hour, 7 p.m. dinner. Free, but RSVP required. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

sunday/21

“Celebrate the Jewish Woman: An Evening of Friendship and Inspiration.” Jewish Women’s Circle event with dinner, musical performance by Linda Michelle Schnitzer and talk by Devorie Kreiman. Advance registration required. At Piedmont Veterans Hall, 401 Highland Ave. 6 p.m. $36. http://www.jewishoakland.org/celebrate

San Francisco Hillel fundraiser. Luncheon honoring Jewish community leader Diane Marcus. At Lake Merced Golf Club, 2300 Junipero Serra Blvd., Daly City. 11:30 a.m. $30-$54. http://www.sfhillel.org

thursday/25

“Dinner With Diplomats.” American Jewish Committee event celebrating 50 years of diplomatic ties between Germany and Israel, with Israeli Consul General Andy David and German Consul General Stefan Schlueter. San Francisco address provided with registration. 6:30 p.m. $36. http://www.ajcsanfrancisco.org




books

thursday/25

New Yorker cartoonist and writer Bruce Kaplan. Dinner and a talk by writer for the HBO series “Girls.” Includes a copy of his memoir “I Was a Child.” At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 7 p.m. $18-$25. http://www.apjcc.org


ongoing

on stage

“Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin.” Musical play featuring pianist Felder telling the story of “America’s composer.” At the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. Closes Feb. 14. $25-$54. http://www.theatreworks.org

art

California Historical Society

678 Mission St., S.F.

“Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops 1966-1971.” Exhibition of photographs, drawings, films and archival documentation of the workshops staged by Lawrence and Anna Halprin throughout the Bay Area. Through May 1. Free. http://www.experiments. californiahistoricalsociety.org

Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission St., S.F.

“Chasing Justice.” Three artists explore the mandate in Deuteronomy to pursue justice. Closes Feb. 21. “In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art.” Collaborating-artists series features artist Jenny Odell and stylist and window designer Philip Buscemi. Through June 26. “Roman Vishniac Rediscovered.” Exhibit encompassing decades of work by the Russian-born Jewish photographer. Through May 29. http://www.thecjm.org http://www.thecjm.org

Jewish Community Library

1836 Ellis St., S.F.

“Book/Marks: What We Leave Behind.” Artist Mark Faigenbaum’s mixed-media collage installation inspired by photos, doodles, phone numbers and notes found in books returned or donated to the library. Through March 13. http://www.jewishcommunitylibrary.org

Kehilla Community Synagogue

1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont

“Art and Poetry for Peace.” Exhibition of art created by San Quentin inmates for “Day of Peace.” Through March 4. http://www.kehillasynagogue.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

Museum of Craft and Design

2569 Third St., S.F.

“Without Camouflage.” Sculptural 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. Through March 27. http://www.sfmcd.org

Osher Marin JCC

200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael

“Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory.” Fiber artist Laurie Wohl’s exhibition that interweaves poetry and spiritual texts. Closes Feb. 25. http://www.marinjcc.org/birdsoflonging

save the date

East Bay Jewish Film Festival

Opens March 3 in Livermore

Carmel Jewish Film Festival

Opens March 5

Litquake Palo Alto

March 13

 

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Feb. 12, 2016 / Adar (I) 3, 5776

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Feb. 19, 2016 / Adar (I) 10, 5776

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