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VIRTUAL “God of Vengeance”

May 2
$18 – $45

Yiddish Theater Ensemble presents a “back by popular demand” videotaped play with a full cast that’s an adaptation of Sholem Asch’s groundbreaking 1906 play, set in 1930s Lower East Side rather than turn-of-20th-century Poland. Sponsored by KlezCalifornia. Available to stream May 2-31. $18-$45, with registration.

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9:00 am

VIRTUAL “Symposium in Memory of David Shneer”

May 2 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Scholars and contributors to “Queer Jews” speak about the anthology on its 20th anniversary and how queer Jewish life has changed in that time, with tributes to the late Shneer, the book’s co-editor. Sponsored by Keshet and Jewish studies at GTU. Free, with registration.

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9:30 am

VIRTUAL “Jewish Psychedelic Summit”

May 2 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
$36 – $108

A two-day online summit on the connection between psychedelics and Judaism, with 38 speakers and panels exploring topics such as treating Jewish trauma with psychedelics, ancient Jewish psychedelics and why many Jews are attracted to India. Presented by Bay Area-based Shefa and others. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m on May 2; 9 a.m.-1 p.m on May 3. […]

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VIRTUAL “The Worlds of Contemporary Judaism”

May 2 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

UC Santa Cruz professor Nathaniel Deutsch talks about seismic shifts in Judaism in the U.S., including the growth of the haredi population and a disconnect from the Old Country. Presented by Congregation Shir Hadash. Free, with registration.

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11:00 am

VIRTUAL “Radical Jewish Union Sit-In 50 Years Later”

May 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

HaMaqom | The Place and J. present an event looking back at the RJU’s sit-in for Jewish education at the S.F.-based Federation, and a discussion by scholars and other leaders about Jewish education then and now. Free, with registration.

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12:00 pm

VIRTUAL “The Poetry of Counting the Omer”

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

Congregation Ner Shalom in Cotati presents Rabbi Diane Elliot leading a poetry reading and workshop about counting the Omer and how it has inspired Jewish artists and writers. $18 suggested donation, with registration.

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2:00 pm

VIRTUAL “A Mother Discusses Her Fight for Transgender Rights”

May 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Mimi Lemay discusses advocating for her transgender son, leaving her ultra-Orthodox roots and her memoir, “What We Will Become: A Mother, A Son and a Journey of Transformation.” Presented by Jewish Community Library and Sha’ar Zahav. Free, with registration.

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5:00 pm

VIRTUAL “An Evening of Healing, Humor and Hope”

May 2 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Bay Area Jewish Healing Center presents a fundraiser featuring an appearance by TV star Mayim Bialik, a conversation with hospice care and palliative medicine specialist Dr. BJ Miller and the honoring of three former board members. $108 and up, with registration.

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7:00 pm

VIRTUAL “Jews of Color Mishpacha Project”

May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A national workshop titled “Centering Identity Wellness: The Commandments We Keep to Ourselves” explores identity and healing for Jews of color, aiming to dismantle deficit mindsets. Led by two guides from Jewtina y Co. Part of an ongoing series of programs. Free, with requested donation, with registration.

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