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9:00 am

VIRTUAL “Harmony of the Heart”

April 11 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Free – $72

A virtual Jewish meditation and yoga mini-retreat, with Jewish wisdom teachings, text study and periods of silence and song. Presented by Peninsula JCC, Embodied Jewish Learning, Addison-Penzak JCC and Oshman Family JCC. Sliding scale, from free to $72.

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10:00 am

VIRTUAL “Israel and American Jews”

April 11 @ 10:00 am
Free

Former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. and current Knesset member Michael Oren, who is writing a book about Israel’s War of Independence, gives the Mimi Epstein Memorial Lecture for Temple Isaiah in Lafayette. Free, with registration.

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11:00 am

VIRTUAL “JCC Book Fest in Your Living Room”

April 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free – $35

Historian Daniel Lee talks about his biography “The S.S. Officer’s Armchair” with CNN correspondent Holly Firfer, with memorial prayer by Rabbi Brian Glausman. In honor of Yom HaShoah. Presented by JCC Literary Consortium and JCCs across the nation. Free; with book $35. Registration required.

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VIRTUAL “Arab Israelis in Israeli Film”

April 11 @ 11:00 am
$8

East Bay Int’l Jewish Film Festival presents film critic Galit Roichman talking about Arab representation in popular Israel TV and films. Includes episodes 1-4 of miniseries “Muna,” about an Israeli Arab photographer, streaming April 10-12. $8, with registration.

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VIRTUAL “Still Traveling: Jewish Argentina”

April 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
$30 – $40

Osher Marin JCC trip leader James Sokol takes participants on an “armchair adventure” to meet with a local guide in Argentina who specializes in the country’s Jewish history. Part 2 is on April 18. Both sessions 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $30-$40, with registration.

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VIRTUAL “JCC Book Fest in Your Living Room”

April 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Historian Daniel Lee talks about his biography “The S.S. Officer’s Armchair” with CNN correspondent Holly Firfer, with memorial prayer by Rabbi Brian Glausman. In honor of Yom HaShoah. Presented by JCC Literary Consortium and JCCs across the nation. Free; with book $35. Registration required.

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VIRTUAL “Jewish Untouchables? Caste and Racial Stratification in India”

April 11 @ 11:00 am
Free

Ken Blady, author of “Jewish Communities in Exotic Places,” discusses the history and ethnological aspects of Jewish communities that coexisted uneasily in Mumbai and southern India from 1000 BCE to the early modern era. Presented by Cultural Integration Fellowship. Free, with registration.

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2:00 pm

VIRTUAL “The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai”

April 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

UC Berkeley professor and Amichai translator Chana Kronfeld leads a drop-in poetry club about the great Israeli poet, one of the first to write in modern Hebrew. Presented by Jewish Community Library. Free, with registration.

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VIRTUAL “Sonoma County Yom HaShoah Commemoration”

April 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Free

Holocaust remembrance event with focus on local Holocaust survivors Hans Angess, Al and Susanne Batzdorff and Lillian Judd, with musical performances and a candlelighting ceremony. Free, with registration.

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VIRTUAL “The Crossing”

April 11 @ 2:00 pm
$8

Historian Fred Rosenbaum talks about the historical context of the 2020 drama, streaming April 11-13 in the East Bay Int’l Jewish Film Festival. In Norwegian with English subtitles, film is about siblings who help two Jewish children escape into Sweden. $8, with registration.

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3:00 pm

VIRTUAL “What We Hold: Virtual Opening Reception”

April 11 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Contemporary Jewish Museum launches its latest “What We Hold” exhibit, with remarks from the teens who are involved in this virtual exhibit of audio stories by teens about things that have shaped their identities. Free, with registration.

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4:00 pm

VIRTUAL “Hope and Resilience: Then and Now”

April 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Three Oakland synagogues, Temple Beth Abraham, Beth Jacob Congregation and Temple Sinai, mark Yom HaShoah with poetry, music, stories and words of encouragement from local Holocaust survivors. Free, advance registration required.

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5:00 pm

VIRTUAL “An Evening with Henry Winkler”

April 11 @ 5:00 pm
$180

The actor, author and director talks about his childhood as the son of German Jewish refugees, his struggles with dyslexia and his time in Hollywood. Fundraiser for Congregation Beth Sholom of San Francisco. VIP reception at 5 p.m., main event at 5:30 p.m. $180 and up, with registration.

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