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art

tuesday/30

“By Design: American Jewish Education in the ‘World Over’ Cover Art.” Opening of exhibit of 25 covers of Jewish children’s magazine “The World Over,” published by N.Y.  Board of Jewish Education from 1940 to 1979. Exhibit features Ezekiel Schloss covers from 1946 to 1957. At the Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. Through December. Free. http://www.magnes.berkeley.edu


music

sunday/28

Adama. Ensemble group performs Israeli and Jewish world music for dancing. Dance lessons with Bruce Bierman. At Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 7 p.m. lessons, 8 p.m. open dancing. $12. http://www.ashkenaz.com

sunday/11

Gcalendar-music-amado-rivka_small_sizeSweet sounds of Sephardic spiritualism. Ladino-language vocalist Rivka Amado, a lecturer and Judeo-Spanish music expert, will be backed by a small band at a concert titled “An Evening of Sephardic Music and Piyyutim.” Piyyutim are Jewish liturgical poems, usually sung or chanted. B’nai Shalom Cantor Risa Wallach will join Amado for a duet, and afterward there will be a reception with Sephardic food.

7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 at Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. $12, children free. RSVP to (925) 934-9446. http://www.bshalom.org

 

 

thursday/1

“L’Chayim! To Life!” Second annual Jewish music series at Sonoma State kicks off with concert of sacred and folkloric Near Eastern music by S.F.-based Qadim Ensemble, led by multi-instrumentalist Eliyahu Sills. At Sonoma State, Schroeder Hall, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 6:30 p.m. Free, parking is $5. http://www.tinyurl.com/ssu-jewishmusic


kids & family

sunday/28

Drop-in art studio. Final “Art of Sand” workshop for children (and their parents). Monthly theme switches to “Making Mixes” starting Sept. 5. Both inspired by Ned Kahn’s rotating sand sculpture “Negev Wheel.” At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 11 a.m. Included with museum admission, children under 18 free. http://www.thecjm.org


on stage

saturday/27

“You’re Funny, But You Don’t Look Jewish.” Four comedians from nontraditional Jewish backgrounds perform their stage show as part of three-hour “Happy Hour and Havdallah Comedy Night” event. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 7 p.m. $20. http://www.yourefunnybutyoudontlookjewish.com


film & video

friday/26

“The People vs. Fritz Bauer.” 2015 film about man who brought Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann to justice in 1957. Mostly in German (with English subtitles). At Opera Plaza Cinemas, S.F., and Camera 3, San Jose. Also opens Sept. 2 at Stonestown Twin, S.F., and Lark, Larkspur. http://www.tinyurl.com/people-bauer  (See story, 19)

“A Tale of Love and Darkness.” Cinematic opening of 2015 film about life of Israeli writer Amos Oz. Natalie Portman makes her directorial debut and stars as Oz’s mother. In Hebrew (with English subtitles). At Embarcadero Center Cinemas, S.F. http://www.landmarktheaters.com (See story, 17)



lectures & workshops

monday/29

Middle East discussion group. A member-led, informal roundtable discussion about current events. At Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. Free, but registration required. http://www.commonwealthclub.org

“Jewish Poland Today: It’s Complicated.” Presentation with videos, photos and stories about Osher Marin JCC’s summer trip to Warsaw and Krakow. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7:30 p.m. Free. http://www.marinjcc.org

tuesday/30

“An Evening with Roseanne Barr.” Comedian and actress discusses Judaism, kabbalistic meditation, Israel, BDS and more. Space is limited. Presented by Emanu-El’s Israel Action Committee. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free, but preregistration required. http://www.emanuelsf.org

thursday/1

“Starting with Ourselves.” Informal gathering on ending racism will explore experiences, assumptions and connections with Judaism. Led by Bend the Arc Racial Justice team. In S.F., address given with RSVP. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.bendthearc.us

tuesday/6

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Rivka Amado
Five centuries of Jews in Italy. Before the creation of the State of Israel, never did Jews from the world over live together, in such a stimulating environment, as they did in Italy. So says the Magnes museum in advance of “I-Tal-Yah: An Island of Divine Dew,”a new exhibit about Jewish life in Italy in the 500 years since the founding of the Venice Ghetto in 1516. The title refers to what Jews came to call Italy in Hebrew, and its meaning. Opens Tuesday, Aug. 30, with an opening reception a week later including historians and 17th-century Venetian music sung by a mezzo-soprano backed by a harpsichord.

5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. Free, but RSVP requested. http://www.tinyurl.com/magnes-italy

thursday/8

“Storytelling: What Could be More Jewish?” Workshop for adults with storyteller Ellen Kaufman. Sponsored by Ruach Hadassah. At Temple Beth Abraham, 341 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. Free, but RSVP requested. http://www.tinyurl.com/ellen-stories


benefits & social events

friday/26

“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/28

 

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Having a ball for a good cause. The Jewish Sports Hall of Fame of Northern California, set to induct its 10th class in October, will be holding its third annual Bocce Challenge at Campo di Bocce in Los Gatos. Entry fees cover soft drinks and appetizers, and will help raise money for student scholarships and youth athletic activities.

 

1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 at Campo di Bocce, 565 University Ave., Los Gatos. $75 for individuals, $250 for teams of four. http://www.tinyurl.com/JSHFbocce-2016

 

 

 

Jewish Food Festival. Carmel’s 29th annual celebration of traditional Jewish food, with corned beef, blintzes, chopped liver, matzah ball soup, dessert and more. Plus artisans, raffle, live music and Jewish wedding re-enactment. At Congregation Beth Israel, 5716 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. Park and take free shuttle from Carmel Middle School, 4380 Carmel Valley Road. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. http://www.carmelbethisrael.org

tuesday/30

S.F. Giants Jewish Heritage Night. Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks. Entertainment and Jewish food at pregame party 5-7 p.m. on Terry Francois Blvd (no longer in Seals Plaza due to capacity restraints). Special ticket includes souvenir Jewish-themed Giants hat. At AT&T Park, S.F. 7:15 p.m. Prices vary. http://www.tinyurl.com/GiantsJHN-2016

save the date

Jewish Community Federation Day of Philanthropy

Sept. 22, Four Seasons Hotel, S.F.

“The Dybbuk” opera, West Coast premiere

Sept. 24, Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto

 

jewish calendar

Aug. 26, 2016 / Av 22, 5776

Light candles at 7:29 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 8:26 p.m.

Sept. 2, 2016 / Av 29, 5776

Light candles at 7:18 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 8:36 p.m.




books

sunday/28

“Stumbling Stone.” Authors Rudi Raab and Julie Freestone talk about the stories behind their novel, based on a family’s Holocaust experiences and a German who refused to go along with the Nazis. Event includes two musicians performing a composition by composer Hans Gál, who fled the Nazis. At Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 4 p.m. Free. http://www.stumbling-stone.com


ongoing

art

Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission St., S.F.

“Ned Kahn: Negev Wheel.” Huge kinetic sculpture containing sand from the Negev desert by sculptor Ned Kahn. Small, hands-on version nearby for public engagement. Through Jan. 8, 2017. “Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition.” Extensive exploration of works by the “2001” filmmaker, including his unfinished project “Aryan Papers,” a Holocaust survival story. Through Oct. 30. “In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art.” Latest installation in long-running CJM exhibit featuring collaboration between local artist Kota Ezawa and contemporary dancer James Kirby Rogers. Through Jan. 17, 2017. http://www.thecjm.org

Jewish Community Library

1835 Ellis St., S.F.

“Haiku and Prayers: Where Jewish and Japanese Converge.” Exhibit by local photographer Sonia Melnikova-Raich on the spiritual and literary connections between the cultures. Through Dec. 11. http://www.jewishlearningworks.org

Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

“From Mendelssohn to Mendelssohn.” Exhibit exploring the illustrious German-Jewish family of composers. Through Dec. 16. “The Jewish World: A Book Installation.” Exhibition of selected pages from the Magnes’ illustrated catalog of artifacts. Through June 30, 2017. http://www.magnes.berkeley.edu

Osher Marin JCC

200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael

“Not Forgotten.” Israel-based Sephardic artist Erella Teitler’s collage and multimedia exhibit on cultural history of Jews from Arab countries. Co-presented by JIMENA. Closes Aug. 31. http://www.tinyurl.com/marin-teitler