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9:00 am

VIRTUAL “Sufi/Jewish Conference”

May 23 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

A program focused on Sufi and Jewish mysticism, featuring workshops, talks, discussions and live music. Led by Rabbis Tsvi Bar-David and Jonathan Seidel, with speakers and sacred practice leaders. Presented by Qirvah in Berkeley. $72, some partial scholarships available, with registration.

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10:00 am

VIRTUAL “Moses: A Human Life”

May 23 @ 10:00 am
$10 – $18

Live from Jerusalem, Torah scholar Avivah Zornberg delves into her 2016 book by that name, which analyzes Moses’ vexing personality, uncertain origins, struggles with speaking and turbulent relations with his own people. Sponsored by Chochmat HaLev. $18, or $10 for members of 10 co-sponsoring organizations. Registration required.

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VIRTUAL “Slavery, the Confederacy and the Jews”

May 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

HaMaqom’s Fred Rosenbaum talks about how Jewish immigrants settled in the South, their roles in slavery and the Civil War and Jewish Confederate leader Judah P. Benjamin. Free, with registration.

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VIRTUAL “Jewish Chicken Farmers of Petaluma”

May 23 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Contemporary Jewish Museum series “Sunday Stories” travels back to the first half of the 20th century, when Old Country Jewish immigrants raised chickens in a progressive community. Free.

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1:00 pm

VIRTUAL “How a Record Match Almost Led Me to an Insane Asylum”

May 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

MyHeritage genealogy expert Daniel Horowitz shares information about a trove of newly available records from the Holocaust that he found while researching his great-grandmother. Presented by S.F. Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. Free, with registration.

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2:00 pm

VIRTUAL “The Book of V”

May 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Author Anna Solomon talks about her novel, which retells the Book of Esther via three characters’ stories in different time periods that overlap. It’s this year’s One Bay One Book selection, presented by Jewish Community Library. Free, with registration.

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VIRTUAL “Other Together: Black Jewish Solidarity”

May 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Writer-filmmaker Rebecca Pierce talks about how racism and antisemitism are linked, how the system pits minorities against one another and other related issues. Presented by NorCal Workers Circle/Arbeter Ring and Congregation Ner Shalom in Cotati. Free, with registration.

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4:00 pm

VIRTUAL “Hope in the Midst of the Storm”

May 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Congregation Beth Am’s annual Guthaner Lecture will be delivered by Santa Clara U. professor Akiba Lerner, who will talk about the role of Jewish thought and redemptive hope in taking on ecological and social-justice challenges. Register by May 20.

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5:00 pm

Sufi Jewish concert

May 23 @ 5:00 pm
$12 – $25

Qirvah Sacred Music Ensemble performs Jewish and Sufi sacred music in Hebrew, Arabic and Turkish with oudist John Erlich, drummer Susie Goldenstein and Rabbi Tsvi Bar-David. On Zoom. Limited live seats in Berkeley, register for location.  $12-$25, with registration.

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