WZO Vintage Israel Posters. Opening of exhibit of Zionist promotional posters from pre-state Israel. At APJCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. Through Nov. 6. Free. http://www.apjcc.org
“By the Rivers of Babylon.” U.C. Berkeley Assyriology specialist Laurie Pearce delivers a lunchtime lecture about cuneiform texts that offer clues on the earliest Judean exiles. In conjunction with “Pop-Up exhibition” series. At the Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 12 p.m. Free. http://www.magnes.org
“NEAT: New Experiments in Art and Technology.” Opening exhibit of nine Bay Area artists examining the growing relationship between art and technology. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. Through Jan. 17. Included with museum admission. http://www.thecjm.org
Artist reception. Marina Eybelman and Yuliya Levit will discuss their Speak Memory Project, a photojournalistic study of Soviet-era émigrés. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 1 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishcommunitylibrary.org
“NEAT” discussion. CJM curator Renny Pritkin talks about new exhibit about the intersection of art and technology, along with artists Paolo Salvagione, Ken Goldberg and Camille Utterback. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. Included with museum admission, $5 after 5 p.m. http://www.thecjm.org
music & dance
House concert and dinner. Cantor Sharon Bernstein performs Yiddish melodies and the Broadway tunes they inspired. In Elmwood neighborhood, Berkeley; address provided with reservation. 4 p.m. $45. (510) 684-5580
Ehud Banai. One-night performance by Israeli rock musician during his U.S. tour. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. $60-$150. Sold out, but waiting list link at http://www.ofjcc.org.
“Poetry = Klezmer = Jazz.” Collaborative performance of Jewish-infused words and music by poet Jake Marmer and musicians Ben Goldberg and John Schott. Co-sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica and KlezCalifornia. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishcommunitylibrary.org
“Ira Gershwin & Me.” Michael Feinstein’s new show pays tribute to the legendary lyricist. At Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F. 8 p.m. Also Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. $80-$95. http://www.hotelnikkosf.com/feinsteins
“If I Were You — Project Israel.” Performance exploring a dancer’s journey through the Holy Land. At Angelico Concert Hall, Dominican University of California, San Rafael. 8 p.m. Also Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. at ODC Commons, 351 Shotwell St., S.F. $18-$28. http://www.insideoutballet.org
“Broken Glass.” Theatre Chevruta performs a staged reading of the Arthur Miller play about an American Jewish couple’s reaction to the unfolding events of the Holocaust. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 7 p.m. Also Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. $10-$20, JCC members free. http://www.apjcc.org
film & video
“I Smile Back.” Drama about a downward-spiraling New Jersey housewife starring Sarah Silverman. At Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 7 p.m. Part of the Mill Valley Film Festival, which also features the Israeli films “Princess” and “Tikkun,” and Jewish-interest films “Surviving Skokie,” “Remember,” “Son of Saul” and “The Sorrow and the Pity.” For full listings, visit http://www.mvff.com.
Opening of 24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. David Broza performs at the showing of “East Jerusalem West Jerusalem,” a documentary about the making of his album with Israeli, Palestinian and American musicians. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $70. Full festival listings at http://www.svjff.org
Israeli short film festival. Critic and writer Amy Kornish discusses the portrayal of Israel on film, followed by dinner catered by Max’s Restaurant, Havdallah service and screening of films. At Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. presentation, 7:30 dinner, 8:30 screening. Free, dinner $10 for non-members. http://www.sherithisrael.org
1 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 at Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol, 6868 McKinley St. $10-$13. For full festival listings, go to http://www.tinyurl.com/scjff-2015.
“Stateless.” Documentary about Jews emigrating from the former Soviet Union during the politically charged climate of the late 1980s and their difficulty finding sanctuary in the United States. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.emanuelsf.org
“Little White Lie.” Film about Lacey Schwartz’s discovery of her hidden African American identity after being raised Jewish. Presented by the University of San Francisco Jewish Studies and Social Justice Program. At USF, 2130 Fulton St. 6:30 p.m. Free. http://www.tinyurl.com/usf-jewish-studies
“Yellow Stars of Tolerance.” Documentary about the project to preserve the stars painted on a synagogue in Normandy, France, during World War II. Part of the United Nations Association Film Festival. At Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. 4 p.m. $10. http://www.unaff.org
“David & Me.” Documentary about the unlikely friendship formed between a man wrongly convicted of murder and a Jewish Italian filmmaker who fought for his exoneration. Part of the United Nations Association Film Festival. At the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, 616 Sierra St., Stanford University. 7 p.m. $10. http://www.unaff.org
“Havana Curveball.” Documentary about a San Francisco teen’s bar mitzvah project to bring baseball equipment to kids in Cuba. Part of the United Nations Association Film Festival. At the Eastside College Preparatory School Theater, 1041 Myrtle St., East Palo Alto. 5:45 p.m. $10. http://www.unaff.org
“Rock in the Red Zone.” Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival screening of a tale of music and love from the Israel-Gaza border. Preceded by Israeli dinner with the filmmaker and followed by Q&A and a performance by singer-songwriter Avi Vaknin. 5 p.m. dinner at Sonoma Wine Shop, 412 E. First St., Sebastopol (reservations required), 7:30 p.m. film at Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol. $20 movie, $75 movie and dinner. http://www.jccsoco.org
lectures & workshops
Introduction to the Zohar. Professor Daniel Matt reads and discusses sections from his translations of the first nine books. Sponsored by Jewish Community Library and Lehrhaus Judaica. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 2 p.m. Free. (510) 845-6420
“The Queen of Sheba’s Lost Children.” Multimedia presentation by Ken Blady exploring the origins, culture and history of the Beta Israel of Ethiopia. At Cultural Integration Fellowship, 2650 Fulton St., S.F. 11 a.m. Free, but donations accepted. http://www.culturalintegrationfellowship.org
“Genealogy Clinic: Brainstorming with the Mavens.” Bring genealogy questions for one-on-one guidance with experts. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 12 to 2 p.m. Free, but registration encouraged. http://www.jewishlearningworks.org
“Constitutional Politics in a Jewish and Democratic State: The Israeli Supreme Court, Minority Rights and National Identity.” Law professor Ori Aronson of U.C. Berkeley discusses the changing character and identity of Israel. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 10 a.m. Free. (510) 525-8717
“The Pickle Man.” Demonstration and workshop on making pickles, Lower East Side style. Participants take home a jar of pickles. Part of Contra Costa Jewish Book & Arts Festival. At Chabad of Contra Costa, 1671 Newell Ave., Walnut Creek. 5 p.m. $10. http://www.jfed.org/underonetent
6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 at the Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. $36. jfed.org/alightyourstory
“Taste of Judaism: Are You Curious?” Second of a three-part introductory course led by Rabbi Laurence Elis Milder about the spirituality, ethics and community of Judaism. Part of Contra Costa Jewish Book & Arts Festival. At Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton. Also Oct. 22. 7:30 p.m. Free. http://www.jfed.org/underonetent
“Spirituality and the Anxious Search for Meaning.” Lecture by Stern Memorial scholar-in-residence Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman on how Judaism is evolving in response to modern life. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 11:30 a.m. Free. http://www.oaklandsinai.org
“Babel in Zion: Jews, Nationalism and Language Diversity in Palestine.” Presentation by Liora Halperin of the University of Colorado on the shifting power relationships of language. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St, S.F. 4:30 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishcommunitylibrary.org
“Saved by Language.” Presentation by Susanna Zaraysky on her film about Sarajevo Sephardic Jew Moris Albahari, who saved his life during the Holocaust by speaking Ladino. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishlearningworks.org. Also Oct. 21 at the Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 12 p.m. Free. http://www.magnes.org
Discussion with anti-DOMA attorney. Kara Swisher interviews Roberta Kaplan, author-attorney who successfully argued against the Defense of Marriage Act before the Supreme Court. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $10-$35. http://www.paloaltojcc.org
“Do You Have One Jewish Parent?” Dawn Kepler and Rabbi Jacqueline Mates-Muchin lead a discussion about shared experiences and approaches for individuals with one Jewish parent. Sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. $10, free for members. (51) 845-6420 or oaklandsinai.org
benefits & social events
Singles Trail Hike. A 6- to 7-mile excursion across Anthony Chabot Regional Park with Bay Area Jewish Singles Hiking Club. Meet at trailhead near the Clyde Woolridge staging area parking lot. 2 p.m. $1. (408) 817-5686
Friends of the IDF San Francisco Gala 2015. Fundraising dinner celebrating the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces. At the Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. $350. http://www.fidf.org/SF_Gala15
Art of Living 2015. Benefit for Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the East Bay, featuring a conversation between Daniel Mendelsohn, author of “The Lost,” and Bay Area writer Elizabeth Rosner. At Oakland Rotunda Building, 300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. 5:30 p.m. $75-$150. http://www.jfcs-eastbay.org/event/art-living-2015 (See story, 9a)
“The Great Bagel Taste Test.” Local bagel-makers face off in a double-blind taste test with celebrity tasters, including J. editor and food columnist Andy Altman-Ohr and New York Times writer Elizabeth Weil. Proceeds to benefit the Alameda County Community Food Bank. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 11:30 a.m. Suggested donation $10 adults, $5 under 13. http://www.oaklandsinai.org
Pop-Up Jewish Marin. Family-friendly, creative pop-up event featuring a variety of children’s activities inspired by the latest CJM installation “NEAT: New Experiments in Art and Technology.” Presented by Osher Marin JCC, the CJM, Brandeis Marin and PJ Library. At Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 12 to 3 p.m. Free. http://www.marinjcc.org
Temple Israel gala. The Alameda synagogue celebrates its 95th anniversary with cocktails, dinner, dancing and live music. At Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda. 6:30 p.m. cocktails, 7:30 p.m. dinner. $125-$150. http://www.templeisraelalameda.org
San Francisco Bay Trail Hike. Paved six-mile hike from Point Isabel to the Richmond Marina with Bay Area Jewish Singles Hiking Club. Meet by the Sit and Stay Café at the Point Isabel Dog Park, 1 Isabel St., Richmond. 2 p.m. $1. (408) 817-5686
“A Wider Brunch.” Event celebrating five years of A Wider Bridge and honoring community leaders Anita Friedman and Rabbi Doug Kahn. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St. 12 p.m. $125. http://www.awiderbridge.org/awiderbrunch
Hazon Farm to Table Food Festival. Chefs, food experts and foodies from the Bay Area gather for a day of eating, learning about and celebrating the intersection of food, sustainability and Jewish life. At Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. http://www.hazon.org/calendar/farm-to-table-food-fest (See story, 8a)
Combatants for Peace fundraiser. Evening with Uri Ben-Assa, director of nonprofit that fosters dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis, and co-founder Sulaiman Khatib. 7 p.m. Free. At Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Also Oct. 22 at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $10. http://www.facebook.com/c4peace
“Do the Twist.” An evening of socializing and challah-making. Gluten-free option available. Sponsored by Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley. At Levy Family Campus, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 7 p.m. $36-$54. http://www.jvalley.org/calendar/do-the-twist
Mega Challah Bake. Pre-Shabbat challah-making event for Jewish women and girls ages 11 and up. RSVP required. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St. 7 p.m. $20-$25. http://www.chabadsf.org
NIF Guardian of Democracy Dinner. Fundraiser with keynote speech by Israeli member of Knesset Merav Michaeli. At Ritz-Carlton, 600 Stockton St., S.F. 6 p.m. Prices vary. http://guardianofdemocracy.nif.org
save the date
Camp Tawonga 90th anniversary gala
Nov. 7 in San Francisco
Yitzhak Rabin Symposium
Nov. 8 in Berkeley
Keshet Glimmer Bay Area gala
Dec. 3 in San Francisco
Oct. 9, 2015 / Tishrei 26, 5776
Light candles at 6:23 p.m.
Shabbat ends at 7:19 p.m.
Oct. 16, 2015 / Cheshvan 3, 5776
Light candles at 6:13 p.m.
Shabbat ends at 7:09 p.m.
“An Atmospheric Afternoon.” Five novelists, including the Bay Area’s Janis Cooke Newman, author of “A Master Plan for Rescue,” talk in a moderated discussion. Wine, snacks and raffle. At Books Inc. Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F. 2 p.m. Free. http://www.wnba-sfchapter.org
“Stumbling Stone.” Local authors Julie Freestone and Rudi Raab discuss their recent novel, inspired by their own family histories. At Kol Hadash bagel brunch, Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave. 11 a.m. Brunch donation: $10. (510) 982-1455 or http://www.kolhadash.org
“Love and Treasure.” Ayelet Waldman discusses her novel, a love story centered around the Hungarian Gold Train in World War II. Part of the Contra Costa Jewish Book & Arts Festival. At Congregation B’nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek. 7 p.m. $5. http://www.jfed.org/underonetent
“Jewish Noir.” Readings by Summer Brenner, Melanie Dante and Stephen Jay Schwartz, followed by a discussion of crime and Jewish fiction. Book sales and signing to follow. In conjunction with the Litquake Literary Festival. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. Included with museum admission, $5 after 5 p.m. http://www.thecjm.org (See story, 16a)
“The Rabbi’s Knight.” Michael J. Cooper discusses his book set in Israel near the end of the Crusades. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 3 p.m. Free. http://www.afikomen.com
7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19 at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. $8-$50. http://www.paloaltojcc.org
“The House of Twenty Thousand Books.” Journalist and author Sasha Abramsky discusses his homage to the incredible library and renowned salon created by his grandparents. Co-sponsored by the Taube Center for Jewish Studies. At the Lane History Corner, Room 307, Stanford University. 4:30 p.m. Free. http://jewishstudies.stanford.edu. Also Oct. 25 at Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 1:30 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishcommunitylibrary.org
“Jews and Photography in Britain.” British professor Michael Berkowitz discusses his book and ongoing research. At the Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 5:30 p.m. Free. http://www.magnes.org
“A Tale of Two Citizens.” Elyce Wakerman discusses her novel based on her late father’s journey to become a U.S. citizen. Co-sponsored by the Congregation B’nai Shalom Sisterhood and Diablo Valley Hadassah. Part of Contra Costa Jewish Book & Arts Festival. At Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 10 a.m. $5. http://www.jfed.org/underonetent
Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission St., S.F.
“Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait.” Featuring photographs and possessions of the late Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter. Through Nov. 1. “In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art.” Fourth installation of the collaborating-artist project with Bay Area artist David Wilson and Magnes Collection curator Francesco Spagnolo. Through Jan. 3. “Hidden in Plain Sight! T-Shirts and the Curation of Identity.” Interactive exhibition exploring Jewish identity through ironic or humorous T-shirts. Through Nov. 1. (See story, 17a) http://www.thecjm.org
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis St., S.F.
Speak Memory Project. Exhibit by photographers Marina Eybelman and Yuliya Levit to preserve the images and stories of their grandparents’ generation. Through Dec. 13. http://www.speakmemoryproject.org
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
“The Future of Memory: Jewish Culture in the Digital Age.” Interactive installation featuring objects, images, film reels and oral histories from the archives. Through Dec. 18. “Larger Than Life: Jonah and the Fish: Maftir Yonah.” Exhibition centering on an illuminated Book of Jonah by Mordechai Beck and David Moss. Through Dec. 18. “Living by the Book: The Jewish Bible and the Everyday Power of Text.” Through June 24, 2016. http://www.magnes.org
251 Post St., Suite 400, S.F.
“Grisha Bruskin: Paintings and Sculpture.” Exhibition of contemporary Russian artist’s work inspired by biblical mythology and Kabbalah. Through Dec. 31. http://www.meyerovich.com
Museum of Craft and Design
2569 Third St., S.F.
“Without Camouflage.” Sculptural art exhibition by Israeli artist Dafna Kaffeman and Italian artist Silvia Levenson, examining the impact of domestic violence and trauma on children. Sponsored by Consulate General of Israel. Through March 27, 2016. $6-$8. http://www.sfmcd.org
Osher Marin JCC
200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. “Jews of Color: A Renaissance.” Paintings by Oakland artist Sam Renaissance featuring distinctive Jewish communities worldwide. Through Dec. 13. http://www.marinjcc.org/jewsofcolor