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A night of mourning and sharing stories in commemoration of Tisha B’Av. Free. tinyurl.com/mourning-loss
Brett Lockspeiser, co-founder and chief technology engineer for expansive, free digital library of Jewish texts, discusses his work. $15-$18.
World-renowned cantorial soloist of New York’s Park Avenue Synagogue performs with pianist Colin Fowler. $40-$60.
2015 documentary about Jewish survivors en route to Israel landing in Southern Italy after WWII. In Hebrew, Italian with English subtitles. Part of International Holocaust Day event that also includes an exhibit honoring 30 diplomats who saved people from the Nazis. Free, RSVP required.
Oshman Family JCC dinner includes circus performers and an “after-party” with Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza and Trio Havana. $360.
Israeli jazz singer and pianist performs in English. $65-$75.
Yeshiva University professor and author gives a talk titled “What Being Jewish Taught Me About Being Transgender, and Vice Versa.” Also Aug. 5, she addresses “Gender Roles and Transformations in the Torah.”
Celebrate 10 years of Palo Alto Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life with family carnival games, a water play area for kids, art fair, food and more.
Gordon H. Chang and Shelley Fisher Fishkin discuss their new book, subtitled “Building the Intercontinental Railroad.”
As part of Jewish Luminaries Series, acclaimed Soviet-born Israeli American pianist Yefim Bronfman performs in celebration of Russian conductor Yuri Temirkanov’s 80th birthday.
Rabbi Niles Goldstein of Beth Shalom in Napa, and founder of New Shul in New York city, discusses his book about combating out-of-touch Jewish institutions with bold, new visions for the future.
Author of upcoming “Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors From My Israeli Kitchen” in conversation with J. contributing editor and food writer Alix Wall. Admission price includes book. Also at 12 p.m. Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. Free.
Drama-biopic about Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. 139 minutes; in Japanese and English, with English subtitles. With director, plus ambassadors from Japan, Israel.
A 10-week course for teens 14 to 17 based on a social experiment in the 1960s that asked questions like: How could the Holocaust happen? How could a nation commit such heinous crimes? Culminates in a play and discussion.
Chinese circus and acrobatic show with colorful costumes and music.
Tenor from Brooklyn, reportedly the first Hasidic Jew signed to a major recording label, performs songs from his debut album, “The Perfect Dream.”
Former Obama speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz discusses her new book about rediscovering her Jewish roots.
Blogger Riggy Rackin leads a talk on high level of Jewish involvement in Irish music scene. Concert by Rackin, Marla Fibish and Lewis Santer.
Local author Larry Diamond talks about his new book on threats to American democracy.
Documentary for Hebrew speakers about the life and art of Hebrew poet pioneer Hayim Nahman Bialik (no English subtitles).
Breakout sessions offering opportunities to turn inward and toward one in another in spirit of High Holidays, plus communal meal.
Opening night gala. Includes 70-minute documentary “Picture of His Life,” reception and guests: famous wildlife photographer Amos Nachoum and Israeli director Israeli Dani Menkin. Partially in Hebrew with English subtitles. Festival runs through Nov. 14 at AMC Saratoga 14 in San Jose, OFJCC and CinéArts in Palo Alto.
Lunch and concert with vocalist Deborah Rosengaus, accordionist Ron Borelli and dancers. Music includes Broadway, folk and popular favorites.
Scott Kupor, managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz, discusses Silicon Valley and his new book, subtitled “Venture Capital and How to Get It.” With KQED radio’s Michael Krasny.
Chef Anna Voloshyna’s dinner will include hot veggie borscht, pampushki (garlic buns) and blinis filled with homemade cottage cheese and raisins. 2 and under free.
Authors Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear of the New York Times discuss their new book on how Trump eroded the longstanding bipartisan consensus that immigration makes positive contributions to America. Book available for purchase.
Israeli singer-songwriter in concert, singing her all-time greatest hits and sharing the stories behind the songs. In Hebrew.
Former Knesset member Ruth Calderon discusses the future of Israel’s Jewish identity. Part of Architects of the Jewish Future Series.
Fifth annual. The Z3 Project hosts speakers to discuss diaspora Jewish life and Israel.
String quartet of graduates of an Israeli program that brings together Arabs and Jews. Followed by Q&A with leader, musicians. Also Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. for free at Congregation Kol Shofar, Tiburon.
Popular hip-hop artists from Israel perform a concert. In Hebrew.
Rina Z. Neiman discusses her debut novel, based on the story of her mother, a child prodigy pianist in 1940s pre-state Israel.
“Seinfeld” actor discusses stories of his life, career and social activism as part of the Jewish Luminaries Series.
Cooking class for young kids and parents led by Michelle Greenbaum. Make cinnamon-sugar donuts with raspberry dipping sauce.
Discussion with Professor Rivka Carmi, the first and only female to serve as president of a public university in Israel, Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Facilitated by J.'s Sue Fishkoff.
“Tuesdays with Morrie” author discusses his new nonfiction book “Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family," about a child in Haiti.
Bay Area creator of Netflix series “BoJack Horseman” discusses his new book of short stories, “Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory.” In conversation with the New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum. City Arts & Lectures. Also Dec. 16 at Sydney Goldstein Theater at 7:30 p.m. (tinyurl.com/waksberg-cityarts).
Trio including vocalist-accordionist Jeanette Lewicki performs Yiddish songs and klezmer music. With pre-concert hot buffet lunch.
Oshman Family JCC seeks volunteers for more than 25 hands-on service projects addressing issues such as poverty, hunger, homelessness, aging, the environment and more. Kids and teens welcome. Part of MLK Day national day of service.
2017 documentary about an entire European Jewish community surviving the Holocaust, on the island of Zakynthos. In Greek with English subtitles.
L.A.-based Jewish Women’s Theatre performs stories of individuals “whose brains operate a bit differently.”
Four acclaimed cellists perform the works of Bach, Vivaldi and David Popper. Includes hot buffet lunch.
Seven-piece band gives an energetic theatrical jazz performance, including songs from debut album “Leaving Egypt.”
Jewish Study Network hosts a four-hour workshop, with two morning sessions then a keynote speech, “Anti-Semitism: A Spiritual Response,” by a a rabbi after lunch.
Klezmer band performs on instruments preserved and restored from the Holocaust as part of the “Violins of Hope” project.
Meira Academy presents Eli Shapiro and Temima Feldman, creators of Digital Citizenship project, with a talk for parents and teens about controlling their digital worlds.
JCC’s Israeli Cultural Connection presents an in-person treasure hunt/escape room with bands Plaster Band and The Peatot, in honor of Israel’s 73rd birthday. Starts at JCC.
In-person gathering on Tisha B'Av to mourn the destruction of the temples in Jerusalem and reflect on our world as the pandemic eases. Includes singing, chanting, guided meditation and poetry reading. Registration required.
Tu B’Av party to celebrate the Jewish day of love, with music, munchies, games and open bar. Sponsored by ENGAJ, Moishe House Silicon Valley and Young Adults at Addison-Penzak JCC.
Vocalist Sigal Vardi leads a kid-friendly sing-along for Tu B’Av, the Jewish day of love, in OFJCC’s Jessica Lynn Saal Town Square. Songs about love and summer. Limited attendance. Registration is required.
Jewish Baby Network event with music, puppets, storytelling, Shabbat blessings and play time. Bring blanket and snacks. Co-sponsored by Beth Am, Kol Emeth, Beth Jacob and PJCC. At the Oasis outdoor play area. $10 suggested donation.
Noa LeBren and Yoss Reuven sing feminine interpretations of well-known Israeli songs typically sung by men. Outdoors at Jessica Lynn Saal Town Square. In Hebrew.
Annual fundraiser for Chabad’s Bay Area Friendship Circle, which creates friendship and inclusion for young people with special needs. Dress as your favorite superhero. Goodie bags include swag, snacks and walk map. Staggered starting times for social distancing.
In Hebrew, primarily for Israelis living in the Bay Area. First in a six-part education series about Jewish holidays, how they’ve changed over the years and ideas for making them special in the U.S. $20 per session, $100 for series.
Gathering on a covered outdoor terrace to learn the origins of customs such as shofar blowing, apples and honey and tashlich, and why there are so many Jewish holidays all in one month. Presented by OFJCC and BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change.
Panel of three women who recently gave birth at different hospitals in Silicon Valley share their insights and experiences. For Hebrew-speaking expectant moms with/without their partners. Registration required.
Event in Hebrew for families with kids 6 and under featuring singing, movement and props, led by concert pianist Efrat Levy. Song lineup includes classics such as “Do-Re-Me” from “The Sound of Music.” $25 per parent and child, $5 each additional child.
Song circle and conversation with Rabbi Dan Ain of Congregation Beth Sholom and OFJCC Jewish content director Tova Birnbaum. Co-presented by Bina: the Jewish Movement for Social Change.
Spoken-word performance in Hebrew by the Jewish Yeminite Israeli actor, director, comedian and poet.
Outdoor Kol Nidre service for fluent Hebrew speakers includes traditional prayers with modern Israeli music and poetry. Activities for kids, adult Torah study. Ne'ilah service 6:30-7:45 p.m. Sept. 16. Under-2 free.
Outdoor festive meal to break the Yom Kippur fast. Hosted by ENGAJ, a group for young Jewish professionals and grad students in the South Peninsula area.
Class includes breathing exercises, easy yoga poses and soothing melodies for babies 6 weeks to pre-walkers. Bring mat and blanket. Sponsored by Jewish Baby Network and other Jewish organizations. Free, registration required.
Oshman Family JCC President and CEO Zack Bodner leads a launch event for his new book, subtitled “A Manifesto for 21st Century Jewish Peoplehood,” on making Jewish identity a meaningful and relevant part of everyday life. Drinks, snacks provided. Ticket includes book.
Lecture in Hebrew by Israeli songwriter Noam Horev, author of “A Draft of Happiness,” about his process and inspirations. Includes video and audio. Masks and proof of vaccination or recent negative test required.
An outdoor event for women and teens 12 and older to make challah, reconnect and recharge, and put together Shabbat packs for seniors. All ingredients and materials provided. Discounts before Oct. 10.