Wednesday evenings: 8-9:15 p.m. teaching; requests until 11:30 p.m. $6. Dance parties every fifth week.
Arts, Entertainment & Judaica
Welcoming group, varying levels, lots of fun. Every other Wednesday, 7 p.m. to whenever the dancers stop. Call or check BethAmiSR.org for dates.
Meets Mondays: 7:30-8:30 p.m. beginners lesson; 8:30-9 p.m. intermediate/advanced lesson; 9-11:30 p.m. recreational dancing. $8. Does not meet on major Jewish holidays, Memorial Day or Labor Day.
Meets Thursdays: 8 pm. $9 general, $6 students.
Israeli folk dance class for fun and exercise. Meets Thursdays from 1:30- 4pm.
Israeli folk dance party meets the second Saturday of the month. Warm-up and beginners' session at 7:30 p.m. followed by open dance party until 11:30 p.m. Information on Facebook.
Israeli folk dance class, all ages and all levels welcome. Teachers: Udy and Ori Gold. True beginner class: 8 p.m.-8:45 p.m. Learn basic Israeli dance steps and beginner dances. Requests: 8:45-11 p.m. Adults $8, students $5.
Genealogy & History
Started in 2002, the society continues to highlight the contributions of Jews to the region. Two books commissioned by the society, “Under the Vine and the Fig Tree” by Lin Weber and “The Jews of Napa Valley” by Donna Mendelsohn and Henry Michalski, highlight the invaluable contribution of Jewish merchants, winemakers and others toward the creation of Napa Valley.
Meets monthly, alternating in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Oakland. Speaker programs. See website calendar for details. Publishes ZichronNote quarterly journal.
Judaica, Gifts & Books
Judaica can also be found at gift shops in synagogues and JCCs.
Pacific Northwest's full-service Judaica shop, specializing in local and Israeli artists, gifts, books, ritual and holiday items, tallits, ketubahs and more.
The largest selection of Judaica east of the Berkeley hills. Open September-May: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m., and Sundays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or by appointment.
LOCATED IN NORTH BERKELEY Featuring Traditional and Contemporary Judaica including: Jewelry from Israel and local artists, Kiddush cups, menorahs, mezuzot, tallitot, toys and much more.
Educates the Jewish community about Fair Trade as a Jewish value, and works with artisans and farmers to develop and sell Fair Trade Judaica products.
Easy-to-build sukkah kits bring family, friends and congregants together. Everything from small sukkot for an apartment or small house to huge custom sukkot for large events!
Custom ketubot (all flavors), symbolic papercuts and paper sculpture, Hebrew and English calligraphy, invitations and whimsical illustration. Commissioned pieces welcome for all occasions.
Art, jewelry, tallitot, ketubot, books, cards, kiddush cups, menorahs, mezuzot, holiday items, music, toys, Ahava products. Challah on Fridays. Rents Israeli cell phone and chuppahs.
Museums & Galleries
Collection of Judaica includes ritual objects, works on paper, sculpture, stained glass, poster art, displays of Jewish holiday celebrations and special exhibits.
Established in 2010 following the transfer of the Judah L. Magnes Museum to UC Berkeley. Remarkably diverse archive, library and museum holdings include art, objects, texts, music, and historical documents about Jews in the global diaspora and the American West.
Rotating art and photography exhibits celebrating Jewish life. Free exhibit openings with artist receptions.
An innovative collection of art exhibits and receptions, welcoming local and national artists to the Oshman Family JCC for their work to be enjoyed by all.
Showcases the works of talented Jewish artists from around the world and also presents exhibits that explore Jewish values, themes, and ideas.
Gallery featuring local, national and Israeli artists and traveling exhibits of Judaica, often accompanied by lectures by the featured artist.
Exhibits of works from the synagogue's Judaica and archive collections, student and staff art, and local Jewish artists. Please call for tours.
Changing exhibition gallery focusing on art and culture, plus guided tours, lectures and artist events.
Presents dynamic exhibitions and educational programs that explore contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art and ideas.
Music & Choruses
Sings and performs Jewish folk, liturgical and modern songs in Hebrew, Ladino and Yiddish. New singers are always welcome. Sight-reading skill is helpful but not a requirement.
This chorale's primary mission is community outreach, bringing Jewish music from classic to contemporary to senior facilities. Meets 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Beth Am. No auditions.
An opportunity to sing in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino, Russian, English. Group performs at local Jewish events. Meets in Palo Alto at 7:30 p.m. most Wednesdays during the school year.
Over 90 years of singing and performing primarily Yiddish folk music; also Ladino, Hebrew and Russian songs. Meets in San Francisco on Tuesday nights. All are welcome.
Arts and culture programming features music, film, and literary events. Public programs are designed in partnership with guest curators and local artists.
The theater's mission is to celebrate the diversity and heritage of both Jewish American and Israeli culture through entertaining and thought-provoking live performances.
Year-round performances featuring singer-songwriters, concerts, eclectic music, conversations with authors; spotlights up-and-coming performers. Summer evening outdoor concerts.
Thought-provoking lecture series, award-winning art gallery, concerts, author readings, renowned performers, cultural events, and much more.
Arts venue featuring internationally acclaimed performers and authors in a stimulating season of music, drama, dance, lectures, art and more.
Enlightening conversations with and lectures by renowned authors, chefs, artists, media personalities, filmmakers, politicians, critics, educators and thinkers whose ideas are reshaping our world.
Recognizes distinguished achievement of Northern California Jewish sports figures. Provides support for Jewish athletes in need; places books on Jewish sports history in libraries; facilitates Jewish Heritage Nights with local professional teams.
Connecting you with Yiddish culture: klezmer & singing workshops, cabarets, lively presentations to kids and adults, Yiddish conversation salons, 9-county event calendar.
Yiddish website, network and directories; international Anglo-Yiddish newsletter listing Bay Area, national and international events; Yiddish classes and Yiddish Book Center-Book Zamler.