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art

friday/24

“Artist on Craft: Terry Berlier.” Artist talks about process and ideas behind her work in the 2015 Dorothy Saxe Invitational. At Contemporary Jewish Museum,  736 Mission St., S.F. 12:30 p.m. Included with museum admission. http://www.thecjm.org

wednesday/29

“Pop-Up Exhibition: Filling the Gaps: Reading the Bible with Commentaries.” Rabbi David Kasher, Kevah’s senior rabbinic educator, discusses the Mikraot Gedolot., the Bible and rabbinic commentaries. At Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 12 p.m. Free. http://www.magnes.org

thursday/30

“In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art.” Opening of the third installation of the collaborating-artists project, with Bay Area visual artist Anthony Discenza and horror author Peter Straub. Includes reception and artist talk. Exhibit through July 14. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 6 to 8 p.m. Included with museum admission. http://www.thecjm.org


music & dance

saturday/2

“Seasoned Singers, Timeless Songs.” House concert featuring performances by Linda Hirschhorn, Gary Lapow and Betsy Rose. Part of 30th Jewish Music Festival house concert series. In Elmwood neighborhood in South Berkeley; address disclosed after online registration. 7:30 p.m. $25 suggested donation. http://www.jewishmusicfestival.org


kids & family

sunday/26

Hebrew storytelling for preschoolers. Children’s program with Koren Zuckerman includes puppets, stories, crafts and dancing. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St, S.F. 11 a.m. Free. RSVP requested. http://www.jewishcommunitylibrary.org

JCHS writing workshop. Middle-school students are invited to improve their creative writing skills through a variety of exercises. At Jewish Community High School of the Bay, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free. (415) 694-5772 ext. 103 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

URJ Camp Newman open house. Family-fun festival with PJ Library includes arts and crafts, stories, hay rides, nature walks and more. At Camp Newman, 4088 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free, but $5 for BBQ lunch. http://www.campnewman.org/event/openhouse


theater

friday/1

Sandra Bernhard
Sandra Bernhard
Sandra Bernhard’s one-night stand. The provocative stage and screen star returns to San Francisco with her new one-woman show, “Sandra Bernhard Is #Blessed,” blending stand-up, rock, theater and burlesque. She’s accompanied by her band, the Flawed Zircons.

8 p.m. Friday, May 1 at Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter St., S.F. $49.50-$62.50. http://www.theregencyballroom.com

saturday/2

“My Name is Asher Lev.” Stage adaptation of Chaim Potok’s tale of a young Jewish painter facing a crisis of faith, written by Aaron Posner and performed by Theatre Chevruta. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 7 p.m. Also May 3 at 2 p.m. $10-$15. http://www.svjcc.org


film & video

friday/24

“Iris.” Documentary about the life of quirky fashion icon Iris Apfel. Part of S.F. International Film Festival. At Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 881 Post St., S.F. 2 p.m. Also April 26 at 2 p.m. $10-$15. http://www.sffs.org

saturday/25

“Havana Curveball.” Documentary about a San Francisco teen’s efforts to bring baseball equipment to kids in Cuba as his bar mitzvah project. At Congregation B’nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek. 6:30 p.m. $10-$15. Donations of gently used baseball equipment for Monument Crisis Center welcome. http://www.tikvah.org

“City of Gold.” Film explores the life and mind of Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold. Part of S.F. International Film Festival. At Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 881 Post St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. Also April 28 at 9:15 p.m. $10-$15. http://www.sffs.org

Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival. Opening-night reception followed by screening of “Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholem Aleichem.” At Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos. 6:20 p.m. reception (free), 7 p.m. movie ($8). http://www.santacruzjewishfilmfestival.com

sunday/26

“A Borrowed Identity.” Film about the first Arab student trying to fit in at a prestigious Jerusalem boarding school. Part of S.F. International Film Festival. At Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 881 Post St., S.F. 1 p.m. Also April 30 at 8:30 p.m. $10-$15. http://www.sffs.org

friday/1

“The Kindergarten Teacher.” Israeli film about the relationship between a kindergarten teacher and a 5-year-old poetry prodigy she takes under her wing. Part of San Francisco International Film Festival. At Sundance Kabuki Cinema, 881 Post St., S.F. 3 p.m. Also May 2 at 6:15 p.m. and May 5 at 8:45 p.m. $10-$15. http://www.sffs.org

sunday/3

“Food Stamped.” Documentary follows filmmaker Yoav Potash and wife Shira, a nutritionist, as they try to maintain a healthy diet on a food-stamp budget. Followed by Q&A. Proceeds support Hazon. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. $10-$20. http://www.netivotshalom.org

“Zero Motivation.” Israeli satirical film about female Israeli army recruits, followed by a discussion on gender equality and the status of women in Israel. At Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 1 p.m. $10-$15. http://www.bshalom.org



lectures & workshops

friday/24

“All Is Love: Strengthening our Solidarity with People with Disabilities.” Disability advocate Ruti Regan speaks at Shabbat services as Congregation Sha’ar Zahav’s scholar-in-residence. At Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. Free, but RSVP requested. (415) 861-6932 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

sunday/26

Avivah Zornberg. Torah scholar focuses on misunderstood women in the Bible. “Letter from an Unknown Woman: Joseph’s Dream” examines the role of Rachel. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.jcceastbay.org. Also April 27, “Sing — Now — to God!” on the prophetess Miriam. At Easton Hall, Graduate Theological Union, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley. 9 a.m. Free. http://www.gtu.edu

“Economic Justice — the Jewish Angle.” Bend the Arc regional director Susan Lubeck discusses the crisis of inequality. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 9:30 a.m. Free. (510) 451-3263 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

“Wellness Fusion 2015.” Afternoon of lectures, demonstrations and workshops on Jewish and multicultural approaches to mental and physical wellness. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 1 to 4:30 p.m. Free. http://www.pjcc.org

“Madrassa/Midrasha Day of Learning: Women and Gender in Judaism and Islam.” Featuring U.C. Berkeley professor Robert Alter. At Graduate Theological Union, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley. 1 p.m. Free. http://www.gtu.edu

“Survival in Paradise: Sketches from a Refugee Life in Curaçao.” Presentation by Manfred Wolf about his family’s life as Holocaust refugees in the Dutch colony in the Caribbean. At Jewish Community Library, 1836 Ellis St., S.F. 1 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishcommunitylibrary.org

“Visualizing Holocaust Identities.” Art historian Stacy Schwartz discusses how educators can use visual art as a framework for teaching the Holocaust. At Jewish LearningWorks, 601 14th Ave., S.F. 3 p.m. Free. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

“Jewish Life in American Cinema: What’s Not to Like?” Final event in a four-part series examining Jews and Jewishness as portrayed in American film, with a focus on Jewish humor. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 4 p.m. $20. http://www.jccsf.org

“A Brief Stop on the Road to Auschwitz.” Author Göran Rosenberg discusses his prize-winning memoir about his father’s Holocaust survival. At Book Passage Marin, 61 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 4 p.m. Free. http://www.bookpassage.com. Also April 27 at Stephens Hall, U.C. Berkeley. 4:30 p.m. Free. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (510) 642-4484. Also April 28 at JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.jccsf.org

“Kabbalah and Society in 16th-Century Safed.” Kol Hadash bagel brunch with video lecture on the work of Isaac Luria and the rise of Kabbalah. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 4 p.m. Free. http://www.kolhadash.org

monday/27

photo/wikimedia commons Nazi official Hans Frank at the Nuremberg Trials
photo/wikimedia commons Nazi official Hans Frank at the Nuremberg Trials
‘Reflections on the Legacy of Nuremberg.’ On the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials, this international two-day conference in Berkeley shines a light on the trials and their impact on the international criminal justice system. A screening of “Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today” opens the conference, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Sandra Schulberg and U.C. Berkeley law professor Richard Buxbaum. Panels and lectures culminate with the keynote talk “Justice After Nuremberg” by Canadian Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella.

Free film screening at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 27 at the Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. Free keynote at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 at the Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. Other costs vary. http://www.law.berkeley.edu/18284.htm­

tuesday/28

“From Joshua to Jesus: Jews of Galilee.” Finale of Taubman lecture series with Tel Aviv University professor Elchanan Reiner. At Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 7 p.m. Free. www. magnes.org

“The Fight Against Global Anti-Semitism: What the U.S. Government Can Do to Make a Difference.” Lecture by Ira Forman, U.S. special envoy to combat anti-Semitism abroad. At Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. 7 p.m. Free, but RSVP requested. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

wednesday/29

“Understanding BDS on College Campuses.” Educational session about boycott, divestment and sanctions efforts with Rabbi Doug Kahn of S.F.-based Jewish Community Relations Council, S.F. State professor Marc Dollinger and the student president of Bears for Israel. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7 p.m. Free, but RSVP requested. http://www.marinjcc.org (See story, 8)

thursday/30

“Women in Interfaith Relationships.” A discussion for girlfriends, wives, partners, mothers, grandmothers and other women with questions about roles and expectations. Sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica and Building Jewish Bridges. At Peninsula Temple Sholom, 1655 Sebastian Drive, Burlingame. 7:30 p.m. $8 non-members. (510) 845-6420

“Answering Tough Questions About Israel.” Israel Education Committee program with Jonathan Carey of the Israeli advocacy group BlueStar. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. Free. http://www.oaklandsinai.org

“Return to the Sea of Reeds.” Writer-performer Josh Kornbluth discusses the evolution of his current show. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishcommunitylibrary.org

“The War in Syria and the Realigning Middle East.” Lecture on Middle Eastern conflict and its ramifications by former Israeli Intelligence official and strategist Avi Melamed. At Jewish Community Federation, 121 Steuart St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. Also May 1 lunch lecture on the Middle East. 12 p.m. Free, but RSVP required. (415) 777-3820 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

sunday/3

Marin Mega Challah Bake. Jewish women and girls ages 12 and up invited to pre-Shabbat baking and learning session. Organized by Chabad centers in the Peninsula and South Bay. At Mitchell Park Community Center, 3800 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. 2 p.m. $20-$25. http://www.chabadmidpen.com

“Everyone in God’s Image: A Conference on Inclusion and Disabilities in our Jewish Community.” Jewish LearningWorks event features workshops for adults and programs for kids. At Wornick Jewish Day School, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. http://www.tinyurl.com/jewishlearningworks-godsimage

tuesday/5

“Jewish Perspectives on Life After Death.” Second of two discussions with Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia, exploring contemporary Jewish thought on the afterlife. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 1 p.m. $15. http://www.paloaltojcc.org

Interfaith family workshop. Discussion led by Rabbi Mychal Copeland on resolving issues that arise in an interfaith family. Sponsored by Sequoia chapter of Hadassah. On Stanford campus; address given with RSVP. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. $15. (310) 721-1562 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Robert Alter and the Hebrew Bible. Public lecture by U.C. Berkeley professor on his recent translation of the Hebrew Bible, followed by conversation. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave, Berkeley. 6 p.m. Free. http://www.netivotshalom.org

wednesday/6

Ari Shavit at S.F. State. Journalist and author of “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel” discusses Israel’s past, present and future as part of a Hillel North American speaking tour. At S.F. State University, Seven Hills Conference Center, 1600 Holloway Ave. 7 p.m. $18 nonstudents. http://www.sfhillelevents.org


benefits & social events

friday/24

“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, dinner $25 suggested donation. http://www.chabadsf.org

saturday/25

Bay Area Jewish Singles Hiking Club. Easy five-mile walk along the shores of Alameda. Optional dinner after. Meet at intersection of Shoreline Drive and Broadway, Alameda. 2:30 p.m. $1. (408) 817-5696

sunday/26

“Pride in Our People.” Israel Independence Day celebration features a screening of “Body and Soul: The State of the Jewish Nation,” a discussion led by Israeli Consul General Andy David and Israeli snacks. At Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Redwood City. 6 to 8 p.m. Free, but donations and RSVP appreciated. http://www.prideinourpeople.com

“Simcha Sunday: Sonoma County’s Jewish Culture Festival.” Featuring food, artists, vendors and musicians, including headliner Mama Loshn. At Santa Rosa Veterans Building, 1351 Maple Ave. 12 to 4 p.m. Free. http://www.jccsoco.org

Santa Rosa Walk to End Genocide. Participants walk a two-mile loop to raise funds for Jewish World Watch, which provides assistance to refugees and survivors of genocide. At Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Preregistration required. 9 a.m. $10-$20. http://www.santarosa.walktoendgenocide.org

monday/27

YAD Blue and White Monday. Young Jewish professionals socialize over drinks and  Mediterranean food at Israel Independence Day event. Preregistration recommended. At the Brick Yard, 1787 Union St., S.F. 6 to 9 p.m. $18 suggested donation. (415) 512-6248 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

sunday/3

Israel in the Gardens, 2013
Israel in the Gardens, 2013
Israel pride at the zoo. A family-style celebration of Israel’s birthday will take place at the San Francisco Zoo, with a puppet show, arts and crafts, a Mediterranean-style lunch and performances by Melita Silberstein, Jonathan Bayer and Brass Magic. The S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation will present “Israel in Our Hearts” awards to Arthur Slepian and Norman and Carol Traeger.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3 at the Playfield Lawn at San Francisco Zoo. $5-$10 includes lunch and admission; free for ages 3 and under. http://www.jewishfed.org/news/events/israel-our-hearts

Berkeley Hadassah Walk. Fundraising walk along the San Francisco Bay Trail. Proceeds benefit Hadassah’s hospitals in Jerusalem and its U.S. programs. Meet at Point Isabel at the corner of Rydin Road and Central Avenue, Richmond. 10 a.m. $25, $36 per family. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

“13 Candles, Kehillah’s Bar Mitzvah Year.” Fundraiser celebrating Kehillah Jewish High School’s 13th year, honoring former and current educators, staff and students from the Palo Alto school. At Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City. 3 to 5:30 p.m. $100. http://www.kehillah.org/13Candles


spiritual & holiday

friday/24

Kabbalat Shabbat on the Farm. Service and potluck dinner, followed by poetry, music and dancing. At Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St., Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. Free, but advance registration requested. http://www.urbanadamah.org

Counting of the Omer: Day 21. Organized by the Omer Project in San Francisco. At the corner of 21st Avenue and Quintara, 8:30 p.m. Also April 25 at 8:30 p.m. at 22nd Avenue and Fulton, April 29 at 8:30 p.m. at 26th Avenue and Noriega; May 2 at 9 p.m. at 29th Avenue and Fulton. Free. For full listings, see http://www.omerproject.com

saturday/25

“Saturday Nights for the Soul.” Havdallah service and interactive Jewish learning session with Rabbi Bridget Wynne of Jewish Gateways. At private residence in Berkeley. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishgateways.org



books

friday/24

“The Wherewithal.” Reception for Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Schultz, reading from his new novel about a man translating his mother’s Holocaust diaries. Book signing follows. At Wheeler Hall, 2222 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. 4 to 6 p.m. Free, but RSVP requested. http://www.jewishstudies.berkeley.edu

wednesday/29

“Granada: A Pomegranate in the Hand of God.” Steven Nightingale reads from his new book about coexisting Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities in medieval Spain. Followed by a conversation with Rabbi Allen Bennett, the Rev. Canon Sally Bingham and Ameena Jandali of the Islamic Networks Group. At Presidio Chapel, 130 Fisher Loop, S.F. 7 p.m. Free. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


ongoing

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. http://www.auroratheatre.org

Novato Theater Co.

5420 Nave Drive, Suite C

“Fiddler on the Roof.” Last show is April 26. $12-$25. http://www.novatotheatercompany.org

save the date

Jewish Heritage Day

San Francisco City Hall, May 20

Jewish Heritage Night at the San Jose Earthquakes

San Jose, June 7


jewish calendar

April 24, 2015/Iyar 5, 5775

Light candles at 7:35 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 8:36 p.m.

May 1, 2015/Iyar 12, 5775

Light candles at 7:42 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 8:43 p.m.

Lag B’Omer

May 7, 2015/Iyar 18, 5775