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music & dance

thursday/2

“The Righteous Person and the Motherless Child.” Cantor Lisa Wallach, pianist Larry Wallach (her dad) and clarinetist Mike Perlmutter in concert, exploring music from Yiddish theater to Israeli music to a Negro spiritual. RSVP requested. At Mount Diablo Unitarian Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation. http://www.bshalom.org

sunday/5

“Madre.” Stories of women and mothers across Eastern diaspora told through Ladino songs. With members of the Qadim Ensemble and dancer Miriam Peretz. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. 7 p.m. $20-$25. http://www.kolshofar.org

Alexander String Quartet. Concert in honor of Cantor Emeritus Hans Cohn’s 90th birthday. At Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Redwood City. 3 p.m. $18. http://www.bethjacobrwc.org

“Mir Zaynen Do!” (We Are Here). Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco’s 90th annual concert. Songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino and Russian, and English from the heyday of Jewish radio. At Jewish Community High School of the Bay, 1835 Ellis St. S.F. 2:30 p.m.  $12-$16. http://www.jfc90.eventbrite.com (See story, 19)

wednesday/8

Yemen Blues founder Ravid Kahalani  photo/www.yemenblues.com
Yemen Blues founder Ravid Kahalani photo/www.yemenblues.com
Ancient tunes gone funky. Yemen Blues mixes ancient Jewish Yemeni melodies with West African rhythms, funk and mambo. With lead vocals by Israeli-born Ravid Kahalani, the band sold out its Bay Area debut last year and now returns to play in the San Francisco Jazz Festival.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 at the Miner Auditorium, SFJazz Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F. $25-$55. http://www.sfjazz.org


kids & family

sunday/29

Drop-in art making. Weekly workshops for children and their parents. May 29: make musical instruments using recycled and upcycled materials. June 5: make rock ’n’ roll posters in conjunction with Bill Graham exhibit. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included with museum admission, members and children under 18 free. http://www.thecjm.org


theater

monday/30

“Chutzpah and Salsa.” Theater featuring stories by Jewish American women from Latin American backgrounds. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $20-$25 in advance; $30 at door, space permitting. http://www.paloaltojcc.org

tuesday/31

Soprano Nanette McGuinness (left) and pianist Dale Tsang of Ensemble for These Times  photo/www.e4tt.org
Soprano Nanette McGuinness (left) and pianist Dale Tsang of Ensemble for These Times photo/www.e4tt.org
For these times. Ensemble for These Times, formerly called the Jewish Music and Poetry Project, has three upcoming Bay Area performances (and one in Poland) to celebrate its debut album, “Surviving: Women’s Words.” The culmination of a five-year project, the CD gives a musical voice to women’s poetry about the Holocaust, exile and displacement.

12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31 at Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.  and 12 p.m. Thursday, June 2 at Café Europa, 2133 University Ave., Berkeley. Both are free. http://www.e4tt.org


film & video

friday/27

“Groucho: A Life in Revue.” 82-minute film of a two-act play written by Groucho’s son highlights comedian Groucho Marx’s life and career. Opens with community Shabbat and lunch. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 12 p.m. $8-$10, RSVP to http://www.marinjcc.org

thursday/2

“Get Thee Out.” Film adapted from stories by Sholem Aleichem and Isaac Babel and set in final days of the Soviet Union. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishlearningworks.org

friday/3

“The Promised Band.” Best documentary winner at Cinequest follows a group of Israeli and Palestinian women who form a fake band to cross borders. Part of SF DocFest. Screens again June 11. At Roxie Theater, S.F. 9:15 p.m. $12-$13. http://www.sfindie.com

Dana Cohen (left) and Maya Greenberg in “Mikveh”  photo/courtesy jewish circle theatre
Dana Cohen (left) and Maya Greenberg in “Mikveh” photo/courtesy jewish circle theatre
Inside an insular community. Exploring the clash between traditional observance and an evolving feminist consciousness, the morality play “Mikveh” was a hit in Israel. Written by Hadar Galron, it tells the story of seven Orthodox women converging at a ritual bath. Performed in Hebrew with English supertitles.

Opens 8 p.m. Friday, June 3 at Starbright Theatre, 1770 West Campbell Ave., Campbell. Four additional performances through June 12. $30. http://www.jewishcircletheatre.org



lectures & workshops

tuesday/31

“Sex, Jews, and Videotape: What the Movies Reveal About Jewish Sexuality.” Film expert Peter Stein talks about depictions of Jewish love, sexuality and taboo in film and TV. With lots of clips. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $27-$37. http://www.jccsf.org

thursday/2

Race and Education. JCRC-sponsored town hall-style talk on educational inequities and race. With presenters Eva Paterson of Equal Justice Society and Ryan Smith of the Education Trust. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 6:30 p.m. Free, but RSVP requested. http://www.jewishfed.org/community-events (See story, 8)

friday/3

Bill Graham Menorah Project. Gallery chat with Chabad of S.F. Rabbi Yosef Langer on his work with Graham in founding Union Square public menorah lightings. In conjunction with Bill Graham exhibit. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 12:30 p.m. Included with museum admission. http://www.thecjm.org

sunday/5

Genealogy clinic. Bring questions for roundtable of Jewish genealogy experts. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 12 to 2 p.m. Free, but registration encouraged. http://www.jewishlearningworks.org

One Bay One Book closing program. Multimedia presentation with historian Frances Spagnola and Cantor Sharon Bernstein on history, culture and music of Jews from Piedmont region of Italy, where Primo Levi (“The Periodic Table”) was from. At Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto. 7 p.m. Also June 9 at Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishcommunitylibrary.org

monday/6

Kids in the Kitchen. Workshop for children on how to make kosher cheesecake and other Shavuot delicacies. At Chabad Jewish Center of Petaluma, 1970 Rainier Circle, Petaluma. 11 a.m. $10 per child, $15 for two children. http://www.jewishpetaluma.com/kitchen

tuesday/7

“Celebration of Synagogue Life.” Synagogue-Federation Partnership event celebrates accomplishments and looks forward to next phase. Jewish Theological Seminary chancellor Arnold Eisen to speak. Includes dinner. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 5:45 p.m. Free with registration. http://my.jewishfed.org/syn-fed-2016

wednesday/8

Floral design workshop for women. Flower-arranging professional seminar with buffet meal. Organized by Chabad of Petaluma’s Jewish Women’s Circle. At Second Street Flowers, 140 Second St, Petaluma. 6 p.m. $18, $30 for two people. RSVP requested. http://www.jewishpetaluma.com/flowers

thursday/9

“Interrogating the Academic BDS of Israel on Campus.” Amcha Initiative co-founder Tammi Rossman-Benjamin and Stanford professor Russell Berman discuss BDS movement on college campuses. At Congregation Beth Sholom, 301-14th Avenue, S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.tinyurl.com/thinking-bds


benefits & social events

friday/27

“HUBad SoMa Shul.” Fourth Friday Chabad of S.F. happy hour for young Jewish professionals. Singing, prayer plus open bar, appetizers and optional $25 dinner. At NEMA apartments, 8-10th St., S.F. 6 p.m. Free. http://www.chabadsf.org

saturday/28

San Francisco Bay Trail. Six-mile hike along San Leandro shoreline with Bay Area Jewish Singles Hiking Club. Meet in parking lot of MLK Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland. 2 p.m. $1. (408) 816-5686

tuesday/31

JCHS Spring Celebration. Jewish Community High School of the Bay’s fundraising gala honors philanthropists Yitz and Hilda Applbaum. Cocktails, dinner and live music. At Hyatt Regency, 5 Embarcadero Center, S.F. 6:30 p.m. $180. http://www.tinyurl.com/jchs-sc2016

sunday/5

“Shalom Deli.” Jewish culture celebration with kosher pastrami sandwiches, a bake sale, a bounce house and live music. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission, kosher lunch $15. http://www.cbsmodesto.org

Jerusalem Day on the Rooftop. Party with food, drinks, DJs and views of the bay. Sponsored by Russian-Speaking Jews of Jewish Community Federation. At JCF, 121 Steuart St., S.F. 12 to 9 p.m. $20. http://www.tinyurl.com/sf-jer-day

thursday/9

“Night at the Jewseum: Flower Power.” Shavuot celebration for 21-and-over pays homage to Summer of Love. Snacks, specialty cocktails, craft-making, pop-up boutiques and music by DJ Neil Martinson. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 6 p.m. Included with museum admission, $5 after 5 p.m., members free. http://www.thecjm.org

“Planting Seeds for the Future.” Touro University scholarship fundraiser featuring a silent auction and tastings by Mare Island Brewing Co. At Farragut Inn, 1750 Club Drive, Mare Island. 5:30 p.m. $60. http://advancement.tu.edu/plantingseeds


spiritual & holiday

saturday/28

The Omer Project. On numbered San Francisco avenues corresponding to days of the Omer. At corner of 36th and Judah. 9:30 p.m. Free. Also June 4 at corner of 43rd and Fulton. Also June 7 at Congregation B’nai Emunah, 3595 Taraval at 46th. Free. http://www.omerproject.com

“Shabbaton: Rest, Reflection & Connection.” Yom HaAtzmaut event with Israeli-style lunch, walk on beach, meditation, Israeli music sing-alongs and presentation on Israeli cinema. Southside Jewish Collaborative event. At Congregation B’nai Emunah, 3595 Taraval St., S.F. 10:30 a.m.to 8:30 p.m. Free. http://www.be-sf.org/sf-shabbaton

sunday/29

Lag B’Omer picnic. Tri-Valley Cultural Jews potluck picnic, games and watermelon toss. Bring a dish to share and a donation (game or hygiene supplies) for Avalon youth program. At Athan Downs Park, 2975 Montevideo Drive, San Ramon. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishfed.org/community-events

thursday/9

“Preparing for Revelation.” Rabbi Shefa Gold, one of the Forward’s 33 most inspiring rabbis of 2015, leads an evening of Hebrew chant. At Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $20-$30. http://www.chochmat.org



books

wednesday/1

Myra Strober. Pioneering feminist economist and Congregation Beth Am member reads from and discusses her new memoir “Sharing the Work.” Wine and cheese reception follows. At Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 7 p.m. Free. Also June 5 at Hotel Shattuck Plaza, 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley. 10 a.m. $5. http://www.myrastrober.com (See story, 20)

sunday/5

Drop-in book club. Discussion of journalist Ariel Sabar’s memoir “My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq.” At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 2 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishcommunitylibrary.org

Steve Sem-Sandberg. Journalist-author is interviewed by writer Dan Schifrin about his 2011 award-winning Holocaust fiction book “The Emperor of Lies” in Bay Area Book Festival. At the Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 11:30 a.m. $5 in advance, free at door if space. http://www.bayareabookfest.org

“Changing the Conversation About Israel and Palestine.” Journalist Ben Ehrenreich, author of new book based on his reporting from West Bank, is interviewed at Bay Area Book Festival. At Marsh Arts Center, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. 3:15 p.m.  $5 in advance, free at door if space. http://www.bayareabookfest.org


ongoing

on stage

“Lightning in the Brain.” Traveling Jewish Theatre co-founder Corey Fischer’s musical theater piece about identity and memory. At Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia St., S.F. Through July 19. $20-$100. http://www.themarsh.org (See story, 19)

“The Gathering.” Arje Shaw’s play chronicling a family’s turmoil caused by President Reagan’s controversial visit to SS graves in a Bitburg cemetery in 1985. At Royce Gallery, 2901 Mariposa St., S.F. Through June 19. $29. http://www.thegatheringsf.brownpapertickets.com

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. Closes 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. Closes May 31. http://www.marinjcc.org

Oshman Family JCC

3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

“Labscapes.” Exhibition of microscopic photographs taken by researchers of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, courtesy of the American Technion Society. Through Aug. 1. http://www.paloaltojcc.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

Temple Sinai

2808 Summit St., Oakland

“This is Bay Area Jewry.” Photography exhibit documenting unconventional local Jewish couples and families. Co-sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica and Building Jewish Bridges. Through June 30. http://www.lehrhaus.org

 

save the date

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Opening night, July 21

Oakland A’s Jewish Heritage Night

Aug. 19 vs. Baltimore Orioles

 

jewish calendar

Shabbat

May 27, 2016 / Iyar 19, 5776

Light candles at 8:05 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 9:10 p.m.

June 3, 2016, / Iyar 26, 5776

Light candles at 8:13 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 9:15 p.m.