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art

tuesday/26

“Up/Down.” Opening of art exhibition exploring the image of Jacob’s Ladder and the significance of ladders in Jewish spirituality. Featuring works by painter and photographer Andréa D. Guerra and Jewish scholar and artist Elyssa Wortzman. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. Through Aug. 26; reception on June 14. Free. http://www.jewishcommunitylibrary.org


music & dance

monday/1

“Music at Meyer: The Farallon Quintet and Jon Nakamatsu.” Works by Mozart and Copland, as well as Prokofiev’s “Overture on Hebrew Themes.” At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. $25. http://www.musicatmeyer.com


kids & family

sunday/31

Kids celebrate at a Friendship Circle walkathon.
Kids celebrate at a Friendship Circle walkathon.
Run, walk, rock for special kids. Supporting kids with special needs and their families, the fourth annual Friendship Circle walkathon features a 3K  walk, a 2K family walk and a 5K run. After, enjoy a rock concert with the Sol Tevel band, children’s activities and a kosher barbecue lunch.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 31 at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. To register, sponsor or donate, go to http://www.WalkWithFC.com


theater

tuesday/26

“You’re Funny, but You Don’t Look Jewish.” Four comedians from nontraditional Jewish backgrounds perform. At San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St., San Jose. 8 p.m. $15. http://sanjose.improv.com. Also May 30 at Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., S.F. 8 p.m. $18. http://www.tinyurl.com/sherithcomedyshow15

thursday/28

“Angels in America.” Opening performance of Tony Kushner’s Tony Award–winning play about the early AIDS crisis, performed by Foothill College Theatre Arts. Through June 14. At Lohman Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. http://www.foothill.edu/theatre/current

friday/29

Paul Reiser in San Francisco. Stand-up comedy by the “Mad About You” actor and comic. At Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F. 7:30 p.m. Also May 30. $27.50. http://www.cobbscomedyclub.com

saturday/30

“A Warm Family.” Hebrew-language play about a Jewish matriarch’s efforts to get the whole family together for Passover. Performed by Bama Ivrit theater group. At Starbright Theater, 1770 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell. 8 p.m. Also May 31 and June 7 at 2 and 7 p.m., and June 6 at 8 p.m. $30. http://www.JewishCircleTheatre.org

monday/1

“Reckoning with Dad.” Performance by Jewish Women’s Theatre explores how individuals make war and peace with the father figures in their lives. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $20-$25. http://www.paloaltojcc.org




lectures & workshops

sunday/24

“Kabbalah and Society in 16th-Century Safed.” Half-hour video lecture on the work of Isaac Luria and the rise of Kabbalah. Light refreshments served. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 4 p.m. Free. http://www.kolhadash.org

tuesday/26

“Jewish Mad Men: Advertising and the Design of the American Jewish Experience.” Presentation by art history professor Kerri Steinberg on the contributions of Jews to American advertising. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishcommunitylibrary.org (See story, 18)

StandWithUs presents Kay Wilson. Israeli survivor of a 2010 terror attack talks about her experience and coexistence. At Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. Free; RSVP requested. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

thursday/28

“Anti-Semitism and Extremism in Europe.” Panel discussion with consul generals of France and Germany. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 6 to 8 p.m. Free, but registration required. (415) 981-3500 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

saturday/30

“Shabbat Shiur: What’s Changed in the Middle East?” Lecture by Ann Saab, University of North Carolina history professor emerita. At Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto. 1:15 p.m. Free. http://www.tinyurl.com/km-middle-east

monday/1

“Ancestor Stories: A Jewish Support Group.” First session of a monthly life-transition and loss support group for Jewish seniors. At Carlton Plaza of San Leandro, 1000 East 14th St., San Leandro. 2 p.m. Free. (866) 268-4827 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

thursday/4

“Nu, You Think That’s Funny? A Century of Jewish Humor in America.” First of a four-part lecture series by singer-teacher Mark Levy on Jewish comedians of the 20th century, featuring vintage recordings and clips from vaudeville, Borscht Belt, TV and film. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $40-$50 for series. http://www.jcceastbay.org/events


benefits & social events

sunday/24

Old San Pablo Trail Hike. Six-mile trek with Bay Area Jewish Singles Hiking Club along San Pablo reservoir shoreline. Optional dinner to follow. Meet at Orinda Connector Staging Area, Camino Pablo at Bear Creek Road, Orinda. 11 a.m. $1. (925) 228-4213

saturday/30

Marin Alfresco. Culinary festival with food tastings, drinks and desserts, an auction, dancing and live music by Wonder Bread 5. Proceeds go toward scholarships at Osher Marin JCC. At JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 6:30 to 10 p.m. $125. http://www.marinjcc.org/aboutus/marin-alfresco

sunday/31

JYCA youth support hotel workers.
JYCA youth support hotel workers.
Spring for youth. Support the progressive social-justice projects of Jewish Youth for Community Action. The spring gala features award-winning slam poet Sonya Renee Taylor, performances by JYCA youth, live music, a silent auction and of course good eats.

5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 31 at Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. $5-$36. http://www.jycagala2015.brownpapertickets.com

Arts Bravura. Cocktail buffet, dessert reception and benefit concert featuring vocal jazz quartet the Manhattan Transfer. Proceeds support Oshman Family JCC programs. At JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 6 p.m. $50-$250. http://www.paloaltojcc.org

National Council of Jewish Women awards luncheon. NCJW San Francisco honors four local individuals for their contributions to the community. At Presidio Golf Club, 8 Presidio Terrace, S.F. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. $45-$70. http://www.ncjwsf.org/luncheon

Circle of Generosity. Hebrew Free Loan fundraiser and celebration honors three local individuals for their contributions to the community. VIP cocktail reception, dinner, live music, raffle. At InterContinental Mark Hopkins, 999 California St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. $250-$350. http://www.hflasf.org/circleofgenerosity

Café Shalom. Fundraiser with Jewish food, baked goods, $5 cocktails, music and raffle. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 1455 Elm St., Napa. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $8-$15. http://www.cbsnapa.org/events/cafe-shalom


spiritual & holiday

saturday/23

Shavuot dinner and late-night learning. Dairy buffet followed by study sessions on Torah and Hassidic mysticism. At Chabad of Cole Valley, 1336 Willard St., S.F. 9:15 p.m. to 12 a.m. Free. http://www.tinyurl.com/chabadcv-shavuot15

Shavuot California Street Corridor Crawl. Celebrate the giving of the Torah by traveling from one synagogue to another for a series of study sessions. 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Free. http://www.jccsf.org

Tikkun Leil Shavuot: “Harvest for the Hungry Hearted.” All-night study with rabbis and teachers from Sonoma County, with music and dairy treats. Free child care until 10 p.m. At B’nai Israel Jewish Center, 740 Western Ave., Petaluma. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free. http://www.shalomevents.org

Tikkun Leil Shavuot at Kol Emeth. All-night community learning event, including special events for kids, tots and their parents. At Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto. 8 p.m. to sunrise. http://www.kolemeth.org/worship/holidays

Tikkun Leil Shavuot at Sha’ar Zahav. Shavuot service and Havdallah, followed by dairy potluck dinner and night of study and discussion, including a screening of “Choosing to Be Chosen,” a film about converting to Judaism. At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. 7 to 11:30 p.m. Free. http://www.shaarzahav.org

East Bay Community Tikkun Leil Shavuot. 27th annual all-night Torah study session and Shavuot celebration. Child care with sleeping room available. Preregister at http://www.tinyurl.com/tikkunchildcare. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. From sundown to sunrise. Free. http://www.tinyurl.com/eastbayjccshavuot

Shavuot with the Southside Jewish Collaborative. Celebration with potluck dessert and coffee, Havdallah, two classes centering on the story of Ruth and a concluding service. At Or Shalom Jewish Community, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F. 7:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. http://www.tinyurl.com/orshalom-shavuot

Shavuot learning. All night yeshiva-style study with refreshments and guest teachers. At Jewish Study Network, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 12 to 5:15 a.m. Free. http://www.jsn.info/shavuoslearning.html

sunday/24

Napa Shavuot celebration. Reading of Ten Commandments followed by holiday dairy buffet. At Napa Valley Chabad Jewish Center, 18 Lodestar Lane, Napa. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Shavuot luncheon and ice cream party. Holiday celebration featuring a dairy feast and the chance for kids to decorate their own Mount Sinai cupcake. At Chabad of Oakland and Piedmont, 3008 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. 12 p.m. Free, but RSVP appreciated. http://www.tinyurl.com/oakland-shavuot15

Chabad of Cole Valley family Shavuot. Service and reading of Ten Commandments, followed by buffet lunch and ice cream party. At Chabad of Cole Valley, 1336 Willard St., Apt. D, S.F. 10 a.m., 11:15 children’s program. Free. http://www.tinyurl.com/shavuot15-chabadcv

friday/29

“Pink Shabbat.” Service with educational program by Sharsheret, a Jewish nonprofit that supports women facing breast and ovarian cancer and their families. At Congregation Beth Chaim, 1800 Holbrook Drive, Danville. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.bethchaim.com (See story, 4)

“Rockin’ Shabbat with Rabbi Zvi Bar David.” Vegan dinner followed by Hassidic-style niggunim performed by Rabbi Tzvi Bar-David and the Sacred Ecstatic Ensemble. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 6 p.m dinner, 7 p.m. program. Dinner $4-$8; program free. RSVP by May 27 to (707) 360-3000

save the date

Israel’s former U.S. Ambassador Michael Oren

At JCCSF, June 29

Oakland A’s Jewish Heritage Night

Aug. 4

 

jewish calendar

May 22, 2015 / Sivan 4, 5775

Light candles at 8:01 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 9:05 p.m.

Shavuot

May 23, 2015 / Sivan 5, 5775

Light candles after 9:05 p.m.

May 25, 2015 / Sivan 7, 5775

Shavuot ends at 9:06 p.m.

May 29, 2015 / Sivan 11, 5775

Light candles at 8:06 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 9:11 p.m.



books

sunday/31

“King David Playing the Harp” by Gerard van Honthorst
“King David Playing the Harp” by Gerard van Honthorst
4 Davids and a complicated king. King David played a harp, but he also played loose. Four local Davids — a rabbi, a Jewish community CEO, a professor and a retired aerospace engineer — weigh in on their name and their not-always-kingly namesake. Part of One Bay One Book programming.

6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 31 at Congregation Kol Shofar, 4175 Manuela Ave. Palo Alto. Free. http://www.jewishcommunitylibrary.org

“Hope into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears.” Author-activist Penny Rosenwasser discusses and reads from her book, followed by Q&A. At a private home in Oakland. 10:30 a.m. Free. Contact the author for locations. http://www.pennyrosenwasser.com/bookings