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9:30 am

“The Plot Against America” discussion

May 5 @ 9:30 am
Congregation Ner Tamid, 1250 Quintara St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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Facilitated discussion of Philip Roth’s historical novel, this year’s One Bay One Book selection. Free; RSVP required. (415) 661-3383

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Iran and Israel lecture

May 5 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane
Los Gatos, CA United States
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Abbas Milani, expert in U.S.-Iran relations, discusses prospects for democracy in Iran and the implications for Israel. Free; RSVP required.

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10:00 am

55 Steps

May 5 @ 10:00 am
Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis Ave.
San Francisco, CA United States
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2017 drama based on a true story about advocating for mental health patients and a lawsuit on behalf of Eleanor Riese, who was committed to a psychiatric unit in an S.F. hospital. Riese’s lawyer, Colette Hughes, to speak. Kol Hadash Bagel Brunch. $10 for food.

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11:30 am

Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom

May 5 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road
Los Gatos, CA United States
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Rabbi and professor Ariel Burger discusses his book about his experiences as Wiesel’s teaching assistant. $10.

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12:00 pm

Genealogy clinic

May 5 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Jewish Community Library, 1836 Ellis St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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Brainstorming roundtable with the San Francisco Bay Area Genealogical Society. Free.

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Walk with Friendship Circle

May 5 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Jewish organization’s short walkathon to support children with special needs. Free.

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1:30 pm

Famous Father Girl

May 5 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis Ave.
San Francisco, CA United States
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Composer Leonard Bernstein’s daughter, Jamie, talks about her life and her book, subtitled “A Memoir of Growing up Bernstein.” Free.

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2:00 pm

The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty

May 5 @ 2:00 pm
Richmond Museum of History, 400 Nevin Ave.
Richmond,
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Richard Schwartz discusses his book on turn-of-the-century Jewish actor Maurice B. Curtis, who used his earnings to finance the lighting of the Statue of Liberty. Free.

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3:00 pm

Yes, We Sang!

May 5 @ 3:00 pm
Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St.,
San Francisco, CA United States
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Nigunim Chorus, Jewish Folk Chorus of S.F. and others perform songs from communities decimated in the Holocaust. Free.

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3:30 pm

Just a Little Girl: Despair and Deliverance

May 5 @ 3:30 pm
Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road,
Los Altos Hills, CA United States
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Anna Halberstam Rubin, the sole survivor in her family, presents book on her experience in wartime Czechoslovakia. Free.

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4:00 pm

Ravit Baer

May 5 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA United States
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Israel’s deputy consul general to the Pacific Northwest discusses relations between California and Israel. Free.

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7:00 pm

Do We Still Share a Destiny?

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Peninsula Temple Beth El, 1700 Alameda de Las Pulgas,
San Mateo, CA United States
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Israeli scholars Tomer Persico and Shlomi Ravid discuss the gap between Israeli and American Jews. Free.

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