music & dance
Cellist Maya Beiser. The Israeli musician performs in “Linked Verse,” a fusion of sound and image that blends Japanese and Western styles of music. At Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. 2:30 p.m. $10-$75. http://www.mayabeiser.com.
“The Klezmatics.” The Jewish-roots band plays. At Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley. 8 p.m. $26.50-$28.50; half off for under 30. http://www.thefreight.org.
“Hardly Strictly Klezmer.” Performances by several klezmer bands, including the Red Hot Chachkas, Klezmer Playboys, Reich & Goldberg. At Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley. 8 p.m. $20.50-$22.50; half off for under 30. http://www.thefreight.org.
“The Jewish Nutcracker.” A takeoff on the traditional holiday play scored by Tchaikovsky, which starts with a modern-day Hanukkah party. Also Dec. 7-8. At Children’s Creativity Museum Theater, 221 Fourth St., S.F. 2 and 6:30 p.m. $18-$32. http://www.jewishnutcracker.com.
“Tevye and His Daughters.” Staged reading of the play based on Sholem Aleichem’s stories. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 8 p.m. Also Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. $8-$15. http://www.svjcc.org.
“Oy Vey in a Manger.” The Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, also known as the Kinsey Sicks, presents a cappella singing, biting wit and over-the-top-drag. Also starring Congregation Ner Shalom’s spiritual leader Reb Irwin Keller. At Person Theatre, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7:30 p.m. $30-$50. http://www.shalomevents.org.
“Crones for the Holidays: The Sequel.” Crackpot Crones Terry Baum and Carolyn Myers roll out a series of vignettes and improvisations with Jewish themes. Through Dec. 29. At Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F. 3 and 8 p.m. $15-$20. http://www.crackpotcrones.com.
“Peter and the Wolf.” Four 45-minute concerts narrated in Russian, Mandarin, Hebrew and English. Also a carnival featuring a petting zoo, bounce house and pony rides before and after the shows. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 1 to 5 p.m. $15-$18. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.
film & video
“Not My Life.” Film about human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Screening followed by a panel discussion. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 2:45 p.m. Free. (650) 823-1885.
“Rescue in the Philippines.” Documentary about Jews escaping the Holocaust for safety in the Philippines. At Peninsula Temple Sholom, 1655 Sebastian Drive, Burlingame. 7 p.m. Free. RSVP requested. http://www.sholom.org.
Israeli Film Festival showcase. Watch short films and hear from teens on their travels to Israel. Sponsored by BlueStar. At Vogue Theater, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F. 12 p.m. $2. http://www.bluestarpr.com/for-israel-film-festival.html.
lectures & workshops
Reform Judaism in Ukraine. Rabbi Alex Dukhovny, head of the Reform (Progressive) movement in Ukraine, speaks about the movement’s growth. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 6:15 p.m. Shabbat service; 7:30 p.m. $25 dinner; $10 for children. http://www.betham.org. Also Dec. 7 at Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. Shabbat service 10:30 a.m. Potluck lunch 12:30 p.m. Free. Please bring dish that feeds five to eight people. http://www.shirhadash.org.
“Homeland.” Alex Gansa, creator of the Showtime series about terrorism based on an Israeli TV series, speaks about the complexities of fighting terrorism in a post–9/11 world. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $25-$35. http://www.jccsf.org.
Anat Hoffman. Leader of Women of the Wall and the Israel Religious Action Center speaks about global human rights. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 2:30 p.m. Free. http://www.oaklandsinai.org.
Rabbi Arik Ascherman. The co-founder of Rabbis for Human Rights and former spiritual leader of Temple Beth Hillel in Richmond speaks about the links among historical Jewish teaching , human rights and modern Israel. At Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 7:30 p.m. $5. Also Dec. 9 at Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. Free. http://www.bethelberkeley.org.
“Ilan Benjamin: From Soldier to Filmmaker.” The former Israeli soldier, film school student and Bay Area native discusses his time in the military and his work as a filmmaker. At Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 7:30 p.m. $7; children free. http://www.bshalom.org.
“Jews and the Environment: What Would Moses Say?” Bay Area director of Hazon Deborah Newbrun discusses Jewish efforts to promote environmental sustainability. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 11:30 a.m. Free. http://www.oaklandsinai.org.
benefits & social events
“Enticing, Entertaining and Enlightening.” Fundraiser for Or Shalom Jewish Community features a vegetarian dinner and a talk by Marc Dollinger, author, historian and professor of Jewish studies at S.F. State who will discuss the history of Jews in California. At 1250 Quintara St., S.F. 6 p.m. $60. http://www.orshalom.org.
“Second Saturday.” Night for Jewish young adults with dancing, drink specials and appetizers. At the Cellar, 685 Sutter St., S.F. 8 p.m. $15 includes four drinks. http://www.cellarsf.com.
Jewish Volunteer Day. Join the Jewish Community Relations Council and help the city’s homeless and low-income population get needed services. Sign up for a half or full day of service. At Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St., S.F. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. http://www.jcrc.org.
Silicon Valley Widow/Widowers and Singles holiday party. Annual potluck dinner. Bring vegetarian dishes only. At private residence in San Jose. 12 p.m. Free. RSVP required before Dec. 12. (408) 266-6126.
spiritual & holiday
“Hanukkah Hootenanny!” Latke bar, libations and surf-rock from the Meshugga Beach Party. At Judd’s Winery, 2332 Silverado Trail, Napa. 12 to 2:30 p.m. $50; free for club members. http://www.juddshill.com.
Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission St., S.F.
“Frog and Toad and the World of Arnold Lobel.” Exhibit featuring art from the iconic children’s book series. Through March 23.
“Jason Lazarus: Live Archive.” The Jewish artist’s first West Coast museum exhibition featuring the role of photography in contemporary art and identity. Through March 23.
“To Build & Be Built: Kibbutz History.” Exhibit on the history and cultural aspects of the kibbutz in Jewish life. Through July 1.
“Work in Progress: Considering Utopia.” New works (video, photos, sculpture and interactive painting) by three artists. Considering the concept of utopia from Jewish and contemporary perspectives. Through Jan. 20. http://www.thecjm.org.
Jewish Heritage Museum at the Reutlinger
4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville
“Eight Nights of Hanukkah.” Showcase of menorahs from around the world. Through March 30. http://www.rcjl.org.
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison St., Berkeley
“The Pianist of Willesden Lane.” Mona Golabek stars as her mother who escaped Austria prior to World War II. Through Jan. 5. $29-$79. http://www.berkeleyrep.org.
Dec. 6, 2013
“The Crisis of Zionism.” Author Peter Beinart discusses his book about the future of Israel. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. 10 a.m. Free. http://www.kolshofar.org.
“Flexigidity: The Secret of Jewish Adaptability and the Opportunity Facing Israel.” Author Gidi Grinstein discusses his book about the history of Jewish adaptability. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $8-$12. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.
“Blue Suede Jews, Part 2.” San Francisco rock-history author Richie Unterberger discusses 1960s and ’70s Jewish rock performers, including Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Carole King, Leonard Cohen and others. At Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston Drive, S.F. 6:30 p.m. Free. http://www.tinyurl.com/blue-suede-jews.
“Crossing Cairo: A Jewish Woman’s Encounter with Egypt.” Rabbi Ruth Sohn discusses her book about living with her family in Egypt for six months. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishlearningworks.org/library/adult-events.
“Calling on God.” Rabbi Pamela Frydman discusses her book about Jewish prayer. Bagel brunch served. At Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond. 10:30 a.m. $5 suggested donation. http://www.tbhrichmond.org.
“Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman.” Author Mark Cohen discusses his biography of the manic and creative Jewish song parodist. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $8-$10. http://www.jcceastbay.org.
“Women Over 60 Can Have It All!” Author Barbara Rose Brooker reads excerpts from “Should I Sleep in His Dead Wife’s Bed?” her upcoming novel about love and life after 60. At Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F. 5:15 p.m. $7-$20. http://www.commonwealthclub.org.