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music & dance

saturday/30

Jewish folk and jazz concert. Performance by Cantor Jennie Chabon and musician Lisa Zeiler. At Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley. 8 p.m. $21-$23. http://www.thefreight.org

sunday/1

Misha Galant concert. Award-winning pianist, a high school senior in San Ramon, performs classic works by Russian composers, accompanied by soprano Marina Tolstova. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 1 p.m. $8-$15. http://www.apjcc.org

Klezmer Jam. Music lesson and practice, followed by klezmer jam session. For all levels of musicianship. Listeners welcome. At Art House Gallery and Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley 12 to 4 p.m. $10-$20. (415) 789-7679

monday/2

Daniel Salomon concert. Israeli pop-rock singer and musician. Songs in Hebrew. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8:30 p.m. $40-$50. (650) 223-8692




film & video

friday/29

“Dough.” Theatrical release of comedy about struggling Jewish baker in London who takes on a Muslim apprentice. Opens at Landmark in S.F. and Berkeley, Aquarius in Palo Alto and Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael. Times and prices vary. http://www.menemshafilms.com/dough

sunday/1

“Mountain.” An Orthodox woman befriends prostitutes and drug dealers who congregate at a cemetery. Part of San Francisco International Film Festival. At Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F. 6:15 p.m. Also May 2 at Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission St., S.F. 3:45 p.m. Also May 3 at BAMPFA, 2155 Center St., Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. $14-$15. http://www.sffs.org

tuesday/3

“Sweet Blues.” Film about Jewish guitarist Mike Bloomfield, who helped Bill Graham bring blues to the Fillmore. With exhibit “Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution.” At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 1 p.m. Free First Tuesday. http://www.thecjm.org

wednesday/4

“Escape from Auschwitz: Portrait of a Friendship.” Documentary about lifelong friendship of two Holocaust survivors who came to America. 9 p.m. KCSM TV. Also May 5 at 2 a.m. http://www.kcsm.org/tv

“Presenting Princess Shaw.” Documentary about U.S. singer’s rise to stardom after an Israeli producer discovered her on YouTube. Part of San Francisco International Film Festival. At Victoria Theater, 2961 16th St., S.F. 6 p.m. Also May 5 at Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. $14-$15. http://www.sffs.org



lectures & workshops

sunday/1

“Cooking Whether You Are Jewish or Not: Shabbat.” Learn how to make kugel, challah and other traditional foods. Co-sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica and Building Jewish Bridges. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 12 to 4 p.m. $35. http://catalog.lehrhaus.org

“Genealogy Clinic: Brainstorming with the Mavens.” Bring questions for 1-on-1 guidance from experts. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 12 to 2 p.m. Free, but registration encouraged. http://www.jewishlearningworks.org

“A Gastronomic Tour of Judaism.” Talk on traditional Jewish foods by Jewish Study Network’s Rabbi Joey Felsen. In memory of Neil Gandler, a Bay Area resident. At OFJCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 4 p.m. Free. http://www.jsn.info

monday/2

David S. Lobel Visiting Scholar Lecture. Marc Epstein, author of “Skies of Parchment, Seas of Ink,” talks about handmade Jewish books and manuscripts over the centuries. At Koret Pavilion, Kehillah Hall, 564 O’Connor Lane, Stanford. 7:30 p.m. Free. http://jewishstudies.stanford.edu

tuesday/3

Soviet soldiers on Eastern Front  photo/wikipedia
Soviet soldiers on Eastern Front photo/wikipedia
For fallen Jewish soldiers. “Lost Kaddish” will commemorate all Jews who died fighting during World War II, but particularly the Jewish soldiers who fought for the Soviet Union and died unrecognized and unmourned. Includes a panel discussion and a Speak Memory Project of photos and personal stories. Sponsored by the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation.

7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 3 at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Free, but RSVP. http://www.tinyurl.com/lost-kaddish

“The New Middle East.” Panel discussion with two members of Henry Jackson Society, a British-based political think tank. At Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F. Noon. $20, members and students free. http://www.commonwealthclub.org

thursday/5

“Jews by Choice, Jews by Chance.” Rabbi Susan Leider (Congregation Kol Shofar), Sue Fishkoff (J. editor) and Peg Sandel (Brandeis Marin head of school) discuss personal impact of choosing to be Jewish. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St. S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishcommunitylibrary.org

“An Evening with Sholem Aleichem.” Film clips, theatrical readings and discussion on the 100th anniversary of the writer’s death. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $10. http://www.jcceastbay.org

monday/9

“Settlements and Occupation.” Discussion led by professor Eran Kaplan of SFSU, with Karen Schiller of JCRC. Part of the Challenging Conversations About Israel series. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.marinjcc.org

“Bridging Word and World.” Launch party and signing for Rabbi Sheldon Lewis’ new book on applying Jewish wisdom to modern issues. At Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto. 7:15 p.m. Free. (650) 948-7498

thursday/12

“Illuminated Italian Ketubot.” Presentation on ornate Jewish marriage documents by Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishcommunitylibrary.org


benefits & social events

sunday/1

photo/wikimedia commons
photo/wikimedia commons
End of Pesach party time. Celebrate the end of Passover with Sephardic-style fun at “Mimouna!” Enjoy an array of Moroccan sweets, listen to Middle Eastern music, chant, enter the traditional Mizrahi women’s tent and get a henna tattoo (pictured). Co-sponsored by JIMENA and Be’chol Lashon.

3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 1 at Magain David Sephardim Congregation, 351 Fourth Ave., S.F. $10, children free. http://www.jimena.org/mimouna-3

monday/2

JVS Strictly Business Luncheon. Annual fundraiser showcases Jewish Vocational Service successes. Includes awards ceremony. At San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel, 780 Mission St., S.F. 11:30 a.m. $150. http://www.jvs.org

tuesday/3

YAD Professional Networking Event. Expert panel to discuss financial planning for young adults. Followed by Q&A and socializing (with wine, appetizers). At Farella Braun & Martel LLP, 235 Montgomery St., 17th floor, S.F. 6:30 p.m. $15. http://www.tinyurl.com/yad-finances

thursday/12

JCCSF Showcase. Annual fundraising blowout featuring a special themed performance of Beach Blanket Babylon. With food, cocktails, jazz and more. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. $250. http://www.jccsf.org


spiritual & holiday

saturday/30

The Omer Project. On numbered San Francisco avenues corresponding to days of the Omer. Corner of 8th Avenue and Fulton Street. Also May 6 at 645 14th Ave., May 7 at 300 15th Ave., and May 12 at corner of 20th Avenue  and Wawona Street. All at 8:45 p.m. Free. http://www.omerproject.com

monday/9

“Rosh Khodesh: New Moon Gather.” Featuring text study and music by artists-in-residence Jewlia Eisenberg and Jeremiah Lockwood. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. $10. http://www.jcceastbay.org

yom hashoah

sunday/1

“Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Artists, Musicians and Poets.” Holocaust remembrance event with workshops, reading of the names and screening of Hannah Senesh documentary. Co-sponsored by JFCS Holocaust Center and Lehrhaus Judaica. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 1:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Free, but pre-registration encouraged. http://www.jfcsholocaustcenter.org

Yom Hashoah V’Hagevurah. Commemoration of Holocaust and Resistance with keynote speech by survivor Ben Stern. At Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Road, Lafayette. 2 p.m. Also May 3 at Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. Free. http://www.jfed.org/shoah

“Expressing the Experience of the Holocaust.” Presentations of music, art, sculpture, literature and poetry based around the Holocaust. Hosted by JCC Sonoma County. At Friedman Events Center, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 2 p.m. Free. http://www.tinyurl.com/jccsoco-hashoah

“Yes, We Sang: Songs of Communities that Disappeared.” Kol Truah Jewish Choir, Nigunim Community Chorus and Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco perform music of communities lost to the Holocaust, sung in Yiddish, Ladino and Hebrew, with guest soloist Diane Wirtschafter. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 4 p.m. $10, seniors and children free. (510) 528-8872

Holocaust tribute concert. Musical program honoring Holocaust victims Anne Frank and Leo Smit, a Dutch composer. Part of Avedis Chamber Music Series. At Legion of Honor’s Florence Gould Theatre, Lincoln Park, S.F. 2 p.m. $17-$26. http://www.avedisconcerts.org

tuesday/3

“Child Holocaust Survivors: Refugee Experiences.” Child Holocaust refugees share their stories. Singing by Cantor Stephen Guggenheim. Sponsored by Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and S.V. Holocaust Survivors Association. At County Government Building, 70 West Hedding St., San Jose. 4 p.m. Free. http://www.tinyurl.com/sv-hashoah

wednesday/4

Yom HaShoah V’Hagevurah. Focusing on heroes and unforgettable events of the Holocaust. Songs, prayer, readings and guest speaker Andy David, consul general of Israel. Co-sponsored by OFJCC, JCRC, JFCS and local congregations/Jewish day schools. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.paloaltojcc.org/yomhashoah


Congregation Beth Emek Yom HaShoah.
Includes lecture by Stanford professor Charlotte Fonrobert about growing up in “the shadow of death” of post-war Germany. At Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton. 7:30 p.m. Free. (925) 931-1055

North Peninsula Yom HaShoah. With Holocaust survivor Lenci Farkas. At Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City. 7 p.m. Free. (650) 847-1715

Congregation Shomrei Torah Yom HaShoah. Annual observance with candle lighting, choir music, Yiddish revival band Mama Loshn and lecture by sociologist Art Shostak. At Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 6:30 p.m. Free. (707) 800-7470

thursday/5

photo/courtesy san francisco girls chorus
photo/courtesy san francisco girls chorus
Remembering the Shoah. To honor the late Bill Graham, concert promoter and a hidden child of the Holocaust, the San Francisco Girls Chorus will sing a Grateful Dead song and a few other Graham favorites to mark Yom HaShoah. They will also sing an excerpt from “The Song of Terezin” (based on poems written by children in the Terezin ghetto).

7 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. Included with museum admission, $5 after 5 p.m. http://www.thecjm.org

For a listing of Yom HaShoah events, see page 29.

“Honoring Survivors in Our Community.” Short service followed by performance of Corey Weinstein’s dramatic memoir with song “Erased: Babi Yar, the SS, and Me.” Sponsored by Southside Jewish Collaborative. At Or Shalom Jewish Community, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F. 7:30 p.m. Free. (415) 469-5564. (See story, 26)

yom haatzmaut

wednesday/11

Yom HaAtzmaut at Emanu-El. Community celebration with concert by Matisyahu. Sponsored by the Jewish National Fund and Consulate General of Israel. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. Registration 5:30 p.m., ceremony and concert 6:45 p.m. Free. http://www.tinyurl.com/jnf-yomhaatz2016

thursday/12

MEICOR Yom HaAtzmaut celebration. With food, entertainment and Israeli dancing. Sponsored by the Rossmoor Constorium of Jewish Organizations. At Rossmoor Event Center, 1001-1099 Stanley Dollar Drive, Walnut Creek. 6:30 p.m. $18. Advance reservation required. (925) 956-1751

Yom HaAtzmaut Street Party. Community celebration of Israel Independence Day. Food court featuring three hummus/falafel restaurants, wine tasting, kids’ activities, graffiti wall, music and more. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 3:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. http://www.paloaltojcc.org/YH68

PJCC Yom HaAtzmaut. Snacks, arts and crafts and photographer Paul Margolis presenting his exhibition of photos of Israeli daily life. At PJCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Free. http://www.pjcc.org



books

sunday/1

“Celebrating Brit Shalom.” East Bay author Lisa Braver Moss discusses her book for Jewish families choosing not to circumcise. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 1 p.m. Free. http://www.oaklandsinai.org

wednesday/4

“Stumbling Stone.” Local authors Julie Freestone and Rudi Raab discuss their novel about the daughter of Jewish immigrants falling in love with a Berkeley cop whose father was a high-ranking Nazi. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. Free. http://www.oaklandsinai.org

monday/9

“Spain in our Hearts.” Adam Hochschild of Berkeley on his book about the Spanish Civil War, told through characters such as Hemingway and Orwell. With book signing. At Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F. 6 p.m. $20, students $7, members free. http://www.commonwealthclub.org


ongoing

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. Through 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. Through 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

save the date

WalkWithFC, Friendship Circle walkathon

May 22 in Palo Alto

Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival

June 26 in Los Gatos

 

jewish calendar

Shabbat

April 29, 2016 / Nissan 21, 5776

Light candles at 7:41 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 8:42 p.m.

Passover

Ends April 30, 2016 / Nissan 22, 5776

Yom HaShoah

Holocaust Remembrance Day

May 5, 2016 / Nissan 27, 5776

Shabbat

May 6, 2016 / Nissan 28, 5776

Light candles at 7:47 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 8:49 p.m.

Yom HaZikaron

Israeli Memorial Day

May 11, 2016 / Iyar 3, 5776

Yom HaAtzmaut

Israel Independence Day

May 12, 2016 / Iyar 4, 5776