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music

saturday/10

“A Concert with Gordon.” Musical evening honoring CBS musical director Gordon Lustig, featuring Rabbi Jason Gwasdoff, Cantor Lindy Passer, Jeremy Cohen and Richard Duke. Havdalah reception follows. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 1455 Elm St., Napa. 7:15 p.m. $36-$180. http://www.cbsnapa.org

“Wintersongs.” Concert by women’s ensemble Kitka, singing Eastern European, Balkan, Yiddish and Hebrew music. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 8 p.m. $25-$35, $10 under-17. http://www.marinjcc.org

“Brews, Beat and Bonfire.” Social evening with beer, light food and a musical performance by Darshan. 21+ only. Co-sponsored by Camp Tawonga and URJ Camp Newman. At Urban Adamah, 1151 Sixth St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $10 online, $20 at the door. http://www.urbanadamah.org

sunday/11

The Y-Studs. Yeshiva University’s premier a cappella group performs a holiday program with beatbox duo Ilan and Josh from “America’s Got Talent.” At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 4:30 p.m. $25-$35, $18 for ages 3-18. http://www.paloaltojcc.org/ystuds

wednesday/21

The Klezmatics (from left) Frank London, Matt Darriau, Lisa Gutkin, Lorin Sklamberg and Paul Morrissett  photo/joshua kessler-klezmatics
The Klezmatics (from left) Frank London, Matt Darriau, Lisa Gutkin, Lorin Sklamberg and Paul Morrissett photo/joshua kessler-klezmatics
The Klez is back. For three decades, the New York-based Klezmatics have transported an Old World sound into a new age. Now on a 30th-anniversary tour, the band will make a Bay Area stop, bringing original compositions and traditional melodies to Berkeley. All ages are welcome to groove to the beat.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley. $16-$28. http://www.tinyurl.com/klezmatics-2016

saturday/3

Mana Quartet. Saxophone-based chamber music program featuring Jewish composers, followed by a wine and cheese reception with musicians. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 8 p.m. $30. http://www.pjcc.org

sunday/4

Yehoram Gaon. Concert by 76-year-old Israeli star of film, TV and music, followed by a reception for special ticket holders. At Peninsula Sinai Congregation, 499 Boothbay Ave., Foster City. 8 p.m. $40-$200. http://www.peninsulasinai.org

tuesday/6

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Performing excerpts from Handel’s “Joshua,” part of a multiyear program based on biblical heroes. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 8 p.m. $25. http://www.jccsf.org/arts-ideas/pbo-sessions

saturday/10

“Wintersongs.” Concert by women’s ensemble Kitka, singing Eastern European, Balkan, Yiddish and Hebrew music. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 8 p.m. $25-$35, $10 under-17. http://www.marinjcc.org

sunday/11

Yeshiva University’s Y-Studs at the recent ZOA national dinner  photo/courtesy y-studs a capella
Yeshiva University’s Y-Studs at the recent ZOA national dinner photo/courtesy y-studs a capella
Hanukkah harmonies: Get a jumpstart on the holiday season with the Y-Studs, an energetic, uplifting and generally unforgettable a capella group from Yeshiva University in New York City. Known for classic Jewish melodies and modern-pop adaptations, the Yeshiva Students (aka Y-Studs) will be be joined for this 60-minute gig by Ilan and Josh, the beatboxing duo from “America’s Got Talent.”

4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. $18-$35. http://www.paloaltojcc.org/ystuds


kids & family

sunday/4

Drop-in Art Studio. Kids and their parents create kinetic sculptures, inspired by Ned Kahn’s “Negev Wheel” installation. Also Dec. 11 at Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 11 a.m. Children 18 and under free. http://www.thecjm.org

“Israeli Idol” tryouts. Auditions for teens competing in the annual competition. Contestants should prepare one three-minute song in English or Hebrew. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; advance confirmation of time slot requested. Free. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


on stage

saturday/10

“You’re Funny, But You Don’t Look Jewish.” Four Jewish comedians from nontraditional backgrounds perform stand-up. Part of Under One Tent book/arts fest. At Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Road, Lafayette. 7:30 p.m. $36. http://www.underonetent. org/2016

sunday/11

“The Brain, the Mind, Magic and Music.” Combination lecture, magic show and jazz concert about understanding and coping with Parkinson’s. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 10 a.m. $18-$23. http://www.pjcc.org. Also Dec. 12 at Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 1 p.m. $15-$25. http://www.marinjcc.org. Also Dec. 13 at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 1 p.m. $15. http://www.paloaltojcc.org

“Chicks with Shticks.” Benefit show for Congregation Ner Shalom with Kinsey Sicks drag “beautyshop quartet.” Not advised for under 16. At Congregation Ner Shalom, 85 La Plaza, Cotati. 7:30 p.m. $30-$45. http://www.shalomevents.org

thursday/8

“Curren$y.” A work-in-progress reading of a new hip-hop show, based on Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice.” All-female cast, rapping and live beats. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $8. http://www.jcceastbay.org

saturday/10

“You’re Funny, But You Don’t Look Jewish.” Four Jewish comedians from nontraditional backgrounds perform stand-up. Part of Under One Tent book/arts fest. At Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Road, Lafayette. 7:30 p.m. $36. http://www.underonetent.org/2016

sunday/11

“The Brain, the Mind, Magic and Music.” Combination lecture, magic show and jazz concert about understanding and coping with Parkinson’s. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 10 a.m. $18-$23. http://www.pjcc.org. Also Dec. 12 at Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 1 p.m. $15-$25. http://www.marinjcc.org. Also Dec. 13 at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 1 p.m. $15. http://www.paloaltojcc.org (See story, 14)

“Chicks with Shticks.” Benefit show for Congregation Ner Shalom with Kinsey Sicks drag “beautyshop quartet.” Not advised for under 16. At Congregation Ner Shalom, 85 La Plaza, Cotati. 7:30 p.m. $30-$45. http://www.shalomevents.org




lectures & workshops

friday/2

“The Gefilte Manifesto.” Owners of New York City’s Gefilteria and cookbook co-authors Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz present a talk, frying demonstration and tasting. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 3 p.m. Also Dec. 3 at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, S.F. 10:30 a.m. Also Dec. 4 pop-up dinner in Palo Alto. 5 p.m. http://www.gefilteria.com/calendar-of-events

sunday/4

“Inequality and the Politics of Inequality in Israel.” Lecture by Hebrew University professor emeritus Michael Shalev. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 10 a.m. Free. http://www.netivotshalom.org

“Walking the Path of the Jewish Mystic.” Seminar on improving quality of life through kabbalistic teachings led by Jewish meditation teacher Rabbi Yoel Glick. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 4 p.m. $13. http://www.pjcc.org

“Italian Illustrated Ketubot.” Lecture by Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan, sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Napa Valley. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 1455 Elm St., Napa. 4 p.m. $5 public. http://www.jhsnv.org/illuminated-italian-ketubot

“Current Anti-Semitism in Europe.” Panel discussion focusing on the rise of anti-Semitism in Germany, France and Sweden, three countries most heavily impacted by the refugee crisis. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 10:30 a.m. Free. http://www.emanuelsf.org

“Humanistic Judaism and the Enlightenment, Part II.” Kol Hadash lecture series with guest speaker Michael Prival of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism. Part III on Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 4 p.m. Free.www.kolhadash.org

“How Time Matters to Jews.” Study session led by Rabbi Daniel Landes, former director of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 4 p.m. http://www.netivotshalom.org

monday/5

“Jewish Superstition/Symbolism Through Arts.” Joshua Horowitz, co-founder of the Old Country musical group Veretski Pass, traces the history, meaning and embodiment of Jewish superstitions. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd. Foster City. 2 p.m. $4. http://www.pjcc.org

“A Dangerous Neighborhood: Regional Threats, the Palestinians and Israel’s Security.” Post-election talk by retired Israeli Shin Bet director Carmi Gillon. Co-sponsored by J Street. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 7 p.m. http://www.shirhadash.org

Italian actor Ermete Novelli as Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice” around 1900
Italian actor Ermete Novelli as Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice” around 1900
Shylock and the Wandering Jew’: The age-old legend of the “Wandering Jew” will be the next topic in a visiting scholars’ lecture series sponsored by the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford. Galit Hasan-Rokem, a Jewish studies folklore professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, will trace the character’s evolution across time and borders, examine variances between different versions and dissect what led Shakespeare to create Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice.”

7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 in Building 200, Room 307, Stanford University. Free. http://www.tinyurl.com/shylock-stanford

 

 

 

 

tuesday/6

“Sephardi Piyyutim, Spirituality, and Movement.” Seminar by Rivka Amado on the structure and themes of classic Sephardic liturgical poetry, followed by group singing and movement exercises. Co-sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $20-$30. (510) 845-6420

wednesday/7

“Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” Discussion on the conflict across generational lines with Shalom Hartman Institute’s Elana Stein Hain. Facilitated by New Israel Fund. At Jewish Community High School of the Bay, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. $18, free to members of sponsoring organizations. http://www.shalomhartman.org/SFcollaborative

“Protecting our Families, Communities and First-Responders from Terrorism.” Safety seminar led by Israeli security expert Marc Provisor. Sponsored by ZOA. At Chabad of Fresno, 1227 E. Shepherd Ave., Fresno. 6:45 p.m. Free. http://www.westcoast.zoa.org/events

thursday/8

“December Dialogue.” Parent group discussion on how to handle December holidays as an interfaith family, led by Rabbi Mychal Copeland. At Parents Place Marin County, 600 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 6:30 p.m. $15-$20. http://www.tinyurl.com/dialogue-dec

friday/9

“How the Next U.S. President Should Handle the Middle East.” With retired Sen. George Mitchell of Maine, a former special envoy for Middle East peace, and Alon Sachar, a former adviser to Mitchell and to the U.S. ambassador to Israel, Daniel Shapiro.  At Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F. 12 p.m. $5-$7, members free. http://www.commonwealthclub.org

“Listening After the Election.” Gathering to share impressions and feelings on the recent election, led by Rabbi Bridget Wynne. Shabbat and dinner follow. North Berkeley location given upon RSVP. 6:30 p.m. Free. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

sunday/11

“Sikhism and Judaism: Separated at Birth?” Ken Blady, historian, and Amrik Singh Pannu, an India native and Sikh teacher, compare and contrast two ancient faiths. Co-sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 9:30 a.m. Free. http://www.tinyurl.com/sikh-judaism

tuesday/13

“Demographic Shifts in the Jewish World: Forecasts and Implications.” Talk by Hebrew U. professor emeritus Sergio DellaPergola, one of world’s leading authorities on Jewish demographics. Part of Under One Tent book/arts fest. At Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 7:30 p.m. $10. http://www.underonetent.org/2016

wednesday/14

“Melting Pots Compared: Italian Jewry and Contemporary Israel.” Italian-born Hebrew U. professor emeritus Sergio DellaPergola examines similarities and differences. Reception follows. At the Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 5 p.m. Free. http://www.magnes.berkeley.edu

thursday/15

“Very Veggie Latkes.” Cooking Round the World class on non-potato-based latke recipes. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $55-$60. http://www.jccsf.org

Mega Challah Bake. Jewish women and girls 12-and-up come together to make challah. With chef Sara Briman of Mexico, winner of an international challah contest. Part of Under One Tent book/arts fest. At Chabad of Contra Costa, 1671 Newell Ave., Walnut Creek. 7 p.m. $18. http://www.underonetent.org/2106


benefits & social events

saturday/3

“An Evening of Elements.” CJM’s annual family gala featuring food, art, LED dance floor and virtual ocean. Activities for adults and children include making sand globes and Hanukkah candles. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. $100, $25 per child. http://www.thecjm.org

sunday/4

Age March. All-ages march to raise awareness of age discrimination. Guest speakers include state Sen. Mark Leno. After-party at Union Street Perry’s. Starts at corner of Gough and Union streets, S.F. 12 p.m. Free, but registration requested. http://www.boomerhottie.com/agemarchsf2016

KlezCalifornia’s Yiddish Culture Fest. Afternoon of classes on acting, klezmer dancing, Yiddish phrases, American Jewish radicals and more. Ends with “Cabaret by the Bay” and dance party with music by the Gonifs. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 1 to 7 p.m. Festival pass $20-$50, workshops $10-$20, cabaret $10-$20, ages 6-12 free. http://www.klezcalifornia.org (See story, 28)

wednesday/7

AJC Diplomats Hanukkah Celebration. Join AJC S.F., Israeli Consulate and local diplomats for appetizers, drinks, dreidels and menorah lighting. 21-and-over only. San Francisco location given with RSVP. 6 p.m. $36-$54. http://www.tinyurl.com/ajc-hanukkah

saturday/10

Café Shalom. Monthly Israeli folk dancing event. Dance requests and children welcome. 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)

photo/courtesy hebrew free loan
photo/courtesy hebrew free loan
Eat, drink and get funky: The first night of Hanukkah (Dec. 24) will still be two weeks away, but that won’t slow down the revelry on Dec. 10 at San Francisco’s fifth annual “Vodka & Latke” party, where the liquor flows, the latkes are abundant and music from two DJs rocks the house. The annual bash is sponsored by Hebrew Free Loan, and all proceeds benefit the S.F.-based agency’s programs. Each ticket includes food and two drinks.

8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at Venue 550, 550 15th St., S.F. $60 at door, $54 in advance. http://www.hflasf.org/vodkalatke5

 

 

 

 

sunday/11

“NOSH:pitality. Hummus Where the Heart Is.” Make pita and four kinds of hummus at young adult dinner at S.F. eatery. Co-sponsored by JIMENA, Moishe House, Hebrew Free Loan and OneTable. At Sababa Hot Pita Bar, 329 Kearny St., S.F. 4 p.m. $15. http://www.tinyurl.com/noshpitality-2016

monday/12

Gala Art Auction. Fundraising event with hors d’oeuvres and door prizes. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 6:30 p.m. $25. (707) 360-3000

tuesday/13

ADL Awards Luncheon. Benefit event honoring community members Linda Shostak and Sunny Schwartz for accomplishments in jurisprudence and civil rights. At Julia Morgan Ballroom, Merchants Exchange Building, 465 California St., S.F. 11:30 a.m. $350. http://www.adl.org/sfluncheon

thursday/15

Golden State Warriors Jewish Heritage Night. Special ticket holders receive souvenir cap and access to a tailgate party before game vs. New York Knicks. At Oracle Arena, Oakland. 7:30 p.m. $110-$125. http://www.tinyurl.com/ws-jhn


spiritual & holiday

sunday/4

“Menorahs and Miracles.” Family celebration with holiday foods, arts and crafts and Hanukkah storytelling. Co-sponsored by Addison-Penzak JCC. At Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, San Jose. 12 to 4 p.m. $12-$13. http://www.apjcc.org

Hanukkah Faire. Gift bazaar featuring food, art and clothing made by local artisans. With activities for children and music by Jon Frank Jazz Group. At Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. http://www.bij.org

friday/9

“Poetry from the Sources.” Reading by poet Jake Marmer following a post-Shabbat potluck dinner. At Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City. 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. reading. Free. http://www.tinyurl.com/cbj-poetry

saturday/10

“Chanukah Art & Light.” Holiday art-making followed by Hanukkah songs and stories in outdoor sculpture garden. Hosted by Makor Marin. At O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 10 a.m. Free, but RSVP requested. http://www.makormarin.org

sunday/11

“Latkepalooza.” Family-oriented celebration with singing, a gift bazaar, crafts for kids, wine tasting and live music by Shamati. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 1 p.m. Free. http://www.pjcc.org

Hanukkah Art and Service Fair. Latkes, live music and gifts for purchase. Learn about importance of community service. Co-sponsored by Camp Tawonga, Netivot Shalom, Be’chol Lashon, Kevah and Jewish Gateways. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 3 to 5:30 p.m. $12, $6 under-12. http://www.jcceastbay.org

Hanukkah Celebration and Arts & Crafts Fair. Local jewelry, art and gift items, homemade latkes, baked goods, children’s activities and Jewish Folk Chorus sings. At Congregation B’nai Emunah, 3595 Taraval St., S.F. 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free. http://www.be-sf.org

Festival of Lights. Family-oriented Hanukkah party with live music, food, arts and crafts, shopping and open access to pool. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. http://www.marinjcc.org/fol

wednesday/14

“FLAME: A Keshet LGBTQ Hanukkah Revue.” Pre-Hanukkah party featuring drag, comedy and musical performances by LGBTQ Jewish artists. At Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. 7 p.m. $10-$15. http://www.keshetonline.org

 

jewish calendar

Dec. 2, 2016 / Kislev 2, 5777

Light candles at 4:33 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 5:34 p.m.

Dec. 9, 2016 / Kislev 9, 5777

Light candles at 4:33 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 5:34 p.m.



books

monday/12

“Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn.” Daniel Gordis, Israel analyst and former Conservative rabbi, discusses his latest book. Signing follows. At Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F. 12 p.m. $20, members and students free. http://www.commonwealthclub

thursday/15

“Hybrid Judaism.” Rabbi Darren Kleinberg, head of Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto, discusses his new book on the changing face of American Jewish identity. In conversation with San Francisco State professor Marc Dollinger. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7 p.m. Free, but RSVP requested. http://www.marinjcc.org

saturday/17

“Dreidels on the Brain.” Author Joel ben Izzy discusses his memoir about growing up and surviving Hanukkah in the L.A. suburbs. At Book Passage Marin, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 1 p.m. Free. http://www.bookpassage.com (For complete listing, see story, 25)

“Moonglow.” Michael Chabon discusses his new semi-autobiographical novel. At Book Passage Marin, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 4 p.m. Free. http://www.bookpassage.com

sunday/4

“The New Mediterranean Jewish Table.” Chef Joyce Goldstein discusses her book of healthy recipes for the modern Jewish home, followed by sample tastings, Q&A and book signing. Part of Under One Tent book/arts fest. At Congregation B’nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek. 3 p.m. $25. http://www.underonetent.org

wednesday/7

“Beyond the Silk Mills.” Leslie Rupley discusses her book about her grandmother’s tumultuous life as a Jewish immigrant in New Jersey in 1900. Part of Under One Tent book/arts fest. Co-sponsored by Diablo Valley Hadassah. At Congregation B’nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek. 10:30 a.m. $5. http://www.underonetent.org/2016

monday/12

“Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn.” Daniel Gordis, Israel analyst and former Conservative rabbi, discusses his latest book. Signing follows. At Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F. 12 p.m. $20, members and students free.  http://www.commonwealthclub

thursday/15

“Hybrid Judaism.” Rabbi Darren Kleinberg, head of Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto, discusses his new book on the changing face of American Jewish identity. In conversation with SFSU professor Marc Dollinger. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7 p.m. Free, but RSVP requested. http://www.marinjcc.org