The German-Jewish Cookbook: Recipes and History of a Cuisine
Oct
22
1:30pm 1:30pm

The German-Jewish Cookbook: Recipes and History of a Cuisine

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

In The German-Jewish Cookbook, mother-daughter authors Gabrielle Rossmer Gropman and Sonya Gropman explore the cuisine of pre-World War German Jews. Their new book is both cultural memoir and a source for recipes for soups; vegetable dishes; meats, poultry, and fish; fruit desserts; cakes; and the German version of challah, Berches.

In their presentation, the authors will highlight the ritual and comfort foods that are probably unfamiliar to most American Jews. Gabrielle learned many of the recipes after arriving in New York from Germany in 1939. Other recipes come from the authors’ friends and family, interviews, pre-war German-Jewish cookbooks, nineteenth-century American cookbooks, memoirs, and historical and archival material.

Gabrielle Rossmer Gropman grew up in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, where the large German-Jewish community spoke German and enjoyed its traditional foods. She owns a consulting firm specializing in mediation training and study tours.

Sonya Gropman is a photographer, decorative painter, and cinema production designer. She coordinates her local community-supported Farm Spot, which partners a local farm with members of her Jackson Heights neighborhood in New York. Sonya blogs at eat+art+word.

Program made possible, in part, by Paul and Shirley Kadden.

Co-presented by Congregation Beth Sholom; the Consulate General of Germany, San Francisco; and Goethe-Institut San Francisco.
 

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Ads in the Ladino and Yiddish American Press
Oct
29
1:30pm 1:30pm

Ads in the Ladino and Yiddish American Press

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Many people are familiar with the Forverts, the Yiddish daily newspaper from New York that served Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants beginning in 1897. Less well known is La America, a Ladino weekly newspaper published in New York from 1910 to 1925 for Sephardi Jewish immigrants. Both journals assisted their readers in adapting to their new country, in part through the published advertisements.

In this multi-media presentation, Julie Scolnik will examine the advertisements, many of them illustrated and with lengthy text, that appeared in the two newspapers. Which products and services did they advertise? How did advertisements in the two publications compare? Were the ads directed to one Jewish community or two?

After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with double majors in Spanish and Hispanic civilization, Julie Scolnik moved to Madrid, Spain, where she has spent the last fifteen years affiliated with the Spanish National Research Council as a researcher of Ladino. She has given numerous papers on her two fields of study: detective novels published in Ladino in Salonika at the beginning of the 20th century; and research on La America. She is author of Nat Pinkerton: Diez novelas policíacas en lengua sefardí (Nat Pinkerton: Ten Detective Novels Published in Ladino).

Program made possible in part by Richard Krieg, in honor of David Medlin.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia.

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East Bay Jewish Family Engagement Network | Markers of Success
Oct
31
10:30am10:30am

East Bay Jewish Family Engagement Network | Markers of Success

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JFEN is intended for professionals working with families whose children are age 5-12, but welcomes others to join too.

At today’s session we will explore how we know if we’re succeeding in our work. After an event we are often asked “how did it go?” by a well meaning colleague or lay leader. How do we answer this question!? Most of us share the number of people who attended, how much food was eaten, and if we had the right materials for the art project.

How might our measures of success address whether families had a meaningful connection with another family, or asked good questions, or engaged actively with the program’s activity.

At this first JFEN session we will:

  • Articulate what “meaningful Jewish engagement” looks like today.
  • Propose measurable outcomes that will help us know if we’re succeeding in our work.

There is no charge for participation, but registration is recommended so that we we can be in touch with you about any last minute or day-of changes.

Presented By Jenni Mangel.
Jenni is an educator who believes passionately that Jewish education positively impacts the Jewish identity of children and their families.  Her work reflects a commitment to connect learning, community involvement, and leadership with personal and spiritual development.  She has worked with youth, teens, and adults in professional, academic, and extracurricular settings since 1993.  

Over the years, she held a variety of leadership and educator positions at the Bureau of Jewish Education in San Francisco (BJE, now “Jewish Learning Works”), Berkeley Hillel, Jewish Vocational Service, Midrasha – East Bay Jewish Community High School, Mills College, San Francisco State University (SFSU), Jewish Milestones, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Habonim Dror. Before (re)joining the team at Jewish LearningWorks in 2017, Jenni worked for 10 years as a coach and consultant to help individuals and organizations develop the capacity to effectively reach their professional and organizational goals.

Jenni holds a MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, CA (2006) where she focused on service learning as a tool for identity formation of college students.  Prior to that Jenni earned a BA in History with a Minor in Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1998) where her work centered around immigrant rights in France and multicultural education.  

Jenni is an active parent leader and volunteer at both Congregation Netivot Shalom and Harding Elementary School.  When there are moments in the day to spare, Jenni loves to be outside in her garden with her husband, two children and dog; taking photographs; making greeting cards; and connecting with family and friends.

 

 

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Translating and Transforming Her Father’s Yiddish Book
Nov
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Translating and Transforming Her Father’s Yiddish Book

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

First published as a book in Yiddish in 1938, A Minyen Yidn (un Andere Zakhn) (A Bunch of Jews and Other Stuff) is a collection of short and irreverent stories by Max B. Perlson focused on his childhood shtetl, Duboy, Belarus, and on Brooklyn, NY, in the early 20th century. Until recently, Perlson’s daughter, Trina Robbins, thought the book was lost. 

But Robbins’ daughter Casey found a reprint online, and discovered that a Brooklyn Jewish library owned two original copies. Robbins acquired a copy and had it translated. She decided that the stories that had horrified her father’s friends would work in comic form. So Hershl Hartman’s translation was given a new, modern format featuring illustration by 15 artists selected by Robbins. In her presentation, Robbins will talk about her father and the re-creation of his greatest work.

In 1970, Eisner Award-winner Trina Robbins produced the first all-woman comic book, It Ain't Me, Babe. She was a founding mother of Wimmin's Comix, the longest-lasting women's anthology comic book, co-wrote (with catherine yronwood) Women and the Comics, the first of a series of histories of women cartoonists. Robbins was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Wizard World Hall of Legends in 2017.

Program made possible, in part, by Larry Burgheimer.

Co-presented by the Cartoon Art Museum and KlezCalifornia.
 

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Genealogy Clinic
Nov
5
12:00pm12:00pm

Genealogy Clinic

Free event with free garage parking off Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Whether you’re trying to find your great-grandmother’s elusive hometown or your grandfather’s passenger manifest, take advantage of the Library’s extensive reference collection and Internet connection to countless searchable databases — all with guidance from a roundtable of experienced genealogists from the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. Bring your materials and your questions to the Library, generally the first Sunday of the month.

Roundtable brainstorming session begins promptly at noon. Registration requested. Call 415.567.3327 x 704.

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The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: Actor MB Curtis
Nov
5
1:30pm 1:30pm

The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: Actor MB Curtis

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

As the Statue of Liberty stood unlit in 1886, its savior-to-be was creating a theatrical sensation at New York’s Fourteenth Street Theatre. Bohemian Jewish immigrant actor M. B. Curtis had achieved overnight success in Sam’l of Posen, a play about a peddler that transcended the stereotypes of Jewish characters at the time. When Congress dodged funding the statue, Curtis became the only private citizen ever to pay for lighting the Statue of Liberty’s torch. He later developed real estate in Berkeley, but a murder indictment ruined his reputation and finances, though he was found innocent. 

Richard Schwartz is author of five historical books, including the new The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M.B. Curtis; Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley; Earthquake Exodus, 1906; Berkeley 1900; and The Circle of Stones. Based in Berkeley, he works as a building contractor and documents early Native American sites in the Bay Area. 

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Drop-In Book Club
Nov
5
2:00pm 2:00pm

Drop-In Book Club

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Jim Van Buskirk leads a discussion of Isaac’s Torah: Concerning the Life of Isaac Jacob Blumenfeld Through Two World Wars, Three Concentration Camps, and Five Motherlands by Angel Wagenstein

Tragedy is overlaid with Jewish humor as an affable tailor survives war and nationalism in Central Europe between World War I and the death of Stalin. Peppered with Yiddish jokes, fables from the Kolodetz shtetl, and the unorthodox comments of sometimes atheist Rabbi Shmuel Ben-David, this darkly ironic novel offers profound insights into life’s absurdities. 

 

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 South Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Markers of Success
Nov
7
10:30am10:30am

South Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Markers of Success

South Peninsula Jewish Family Engagement Network
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JFEN is intended for professionals working with families whose children are age 5-12, but welcomes others to join too.

At today’s session we will explore how we know if we’re succeeding in our work. After an event we are often asked “how did it go?” by a well meaning colleague or lay leader. How do we answer this question!? Most of us share the number of people who attended, how much food was eaten, and if we had the right materials for the art project.

How might our measures of success address whether families had a meaningful connection with another family, or asked good questions, or engaged actively with the program’s activity.

At this first JFEN session we will:

  • Articulate what “meaningful Jewish engagement” looks like today.
  • Propose measurable outcomes that will help us know if we’re succeeding in our work.

There is no charge for participation, but registration is recommended so that we we can be in touch with you about any last minute or day-of changes.

Presented By Jenni Mangel.
Jenni is an educator who believes passionately that Jewish education positively impacts the Jewish identity of children and their families.  Her work reflects a commitment to connect learning, community involvement, and leadership with personal and spiritual development.  She has worked with youth, teens, and adults in professional, academic, and extracurricular settings since 1993.  

Over the years, she held a variety of leadership and educator positions at the Bureau of Jewish Education in San Francisco (BJE, now “Jewish Learning Works”), Berkeley Hillel, Jewish Vocational Service, Midrasha – East Bay Jewish Community High School, Mills College, San Francisco State University (SFSU), Jewish Milestones, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Habonim Dror. Before (re)joining the team at Jewish LearningWorks in 2017, Jenni worked for 10 years as a coach and consultant to help individuals and organizations develop the capacity to effectively reach their professional and organizational goals.

Jenni holds a MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, CA (2006) where she focused on service learning as a tool for identity formation of college students.  Prior to that Jenni earned a BA in History with a Minor in Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1998) where her work centered around immigrant rights in France and multicultural education.  

Jenni is an active parent leader and volunteer at both Congregation Netivot Shalom and Harding Elementary School.  When there are moments in the day to spare, Jenni loves to be outside in her garden with her husband, two children and dog; taking photographs; making greeting cards; and connecting with family and friends.

 

 

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An Afternoon Reading of Jewish Poetry
Nov
12
1:30pm 1:30pm

An Afternoon Reading of Jewish Poetry

Free garage parking on Pierce Street between Eddy and Ellis streets.

Four Bay Area poets read their new and recent Jewish-themed poetry.

Susan Cohen is the award-winning author of a non-fiction book and four poetry collections, among them Throat Singing and A Different Wakeful Animal, recipient of the Meadowhawk Prize from Red Dragonfly Press. Her work appears in many journals and
anthologies, including the Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry.

Joel Katz’s poems have appeared in various literary journals, and his chapbook, Away, was published by Mayapple Press in 2008. With Robert Perry, Katz translated poems by the contemporary Dutch poets Ingmar Heytze and Saskia Stehouwer in the newly
published bilingual book iets anders | something else.

Lenore Weiss is an MFA candidate and teaching assistant at San Francisco State University, where she won the Clark-Gross Award and Robert Browning Dramatic Monologue contest. Her books include Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter IslandTwo Places, and, newly published, The Golem. She has served as copy editor of Blue Lyra Review and fiction editor of the November 3rd Club online journal. 

Program made possible, in part, by Elizabeth Storz-Andrews.
 

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North Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Markers of Success
Nov
14
10:30am10:30am

North Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Markers of Success

North Peninsula Jewish Family Engagement Network
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JFEN is intended for professionals working with families whose children are age 5-12, but welcomes others to join too.

At today’s session we will explore how we know if we’re succeeding in our work. After an event we are often asked “how did it go?” by a well meaning colleague or lay leader. How do we answer this question!? Most of us share the number of people who attended, how much food was eaten, and if we had the right materials for the art project.

How might our measures of success address whether families had a meaningful connection with another family, or asked good questions, or engaged actively with the program’s activity.

At this first JFEN session we will:

  • Articulate what “meaningful Jewish engagement” looks like today.
  • Propose measurable outcomes that will help us know if we’re succeeding in our work.

There is no charge for participation, but registration is recommended so that we we can be in touch with you about any last minute or day-of changes.

Presented By Jenni Mangel.
Jenni is an educator who believes passionately that Jewish education positively impacts the Jewish identity of children and their families.  Her work reflects a commitment to connect learning, community involvement, and leadership with personal and spiritual development.  She has worked with youth, teens, and adults in professional, academic, and extracurricular settings since 1993.  

Over the years, she held a variety of leadership and educator positions at the Bureau of Jewish Education in San Francisco (BJE, now “Jewish Learning Works”), Berkeley Hillel, Jewish Vocational Service, Midrasha – East Bay Jewish Community High School, Mills College, San Francisco State University (SFSU), Jewish Milestones, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Habonim Dror. Before (re)joining the team at Jewish LearningWorks in 2017, Jenni worked for 10 years as a coach and consultant to help individuals and organizations develop the capacity to effectively reach their professional and organizational goals.

Jenni holds a MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, CA (2006) where she focused on service learning as a tool for identity formation of college students.  Prior to that Jenni earned a BA in History with a Minor in Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1998) where her work centered around immigrant rights in France and multicultural education.  

Jenni is an active parent leader and volunteer at both Congregation Netivot Shalom and Harding Elementary School.  When there are moments in the day to spare, Jenni loves to be outside in her garden with her husband, two children and dog; taking photographs; making greeting cards; and connecting with family and friends.

 

 

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Stepchildren of the Shtetl
Nov
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Stepchildren of the Shtetl

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

In memoirs and literary works, the Jewish landscape of 19th- and early 20th-century Eastern Europe is often populated by an array of social outcasts, including the mentally ill, physically disabled people, beggars, vagrants, and poor orphans. In his talk, "Stepchildren of the Shtetl: The Destitute, Disabled, and Demented of Jewish Eastern Europe," Natan Meir will introduce theses “marginal folk” and portray the lives they led in both the shtetl and the big city. He also will explain how studying social outcasts can provide us with important insights into the changing mentalities of Jewish society over an extended historical period. 

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Natan M. Meir is the Lorry I. Lokey Associate Professor of Judaic Studies at Portland State University. His research interest is modern Jewish history, focusing on the social and cultural history of East European Jewry. Meir is the author of Kiev, Jewish Metropolis: A History, 1859-1914 and co-editor of Anti-Jewish Violence: Rethinking the Pogrom in East European History. He is completing a study of the outcasts of East European Jewish society.

Program made possible, in part, by Judy Baston.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia and Lehrhaus Judaica.
 

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Hasidism in Ukraine: Dynasties, Rebbes, and their Teachings
Nov
19
1:30pm 1:30pm

Hasidism in Ukraine: Dynasties, Rebbes, and their Teachings

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

In conjunction with the exhibition “Hasidism on the Territory of Ukraine,” developed by the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, scholar Alti Rodal will provide an overview of the beginnings and spread of the Hasidic movement on Ukrainian lands in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Through the portrayal of the lives and legends surrounding the most influential and charismatic of the Hasidic leaders (the tzadikim or rebbes) and a discussion of their most memorable teachings and their legacies, Rodal will evoke the dynamics of a religious movement that captured large swaths of the Pale of Settlement and that continues to influence the Jewish world today.
 

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Alti Rodal is co-director of the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter. She is an historian, writer, former professor of Jewish history, and former official and advisor to the Government of Canada. She was educated at McGill, Oxford, and Hebrew Universities in history and literature. She researches and writes about aspects of identity, Jewish history and culture, and inter-communal relations.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia and Limmud FSU West Coast.
 

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Hasidic Music in Ukraine: A Presentation by Joshua Horowitz
Nov
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Hasidic Music in Ukraine: A Presentation by Joshua Horowitz

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

The music of Hasidic Jews is built upon a fascinating array of both Jewish and non-Jewish influences. In this multi-media presentation, focusing on the area in and around Uman, Ukraine, Josh Horowitz will unearth hidden Kabbalistic musical symbolisms and examine connections between Ottoman, Napoleonic, and Russian military bands, part of the Hasidic proclivity for assimilating neighboring musical cultures. 

The presentation will feature music examples, film clips, fun facts, insightful music analyses, and anecdotes about the styles of the different Hasidic dynasties as Horowitz asks, “What is Jewish in this music?”

Josh Horowitz is the director of the Budowitz klezmer ensemble and co-founder of the Veretski Pass klezmer trio. Performing on tsimbl (Yiddish dulcimer), 19th-century button accordion, and piano, he has recorded with numerous artists, including the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Itzhak Perlman. He has received more than forty international awards for his work, including the Prize of Honor for orchestral composition, presented by the Austrian government. His books include The Ultimate Klezmer and The Sephardic Songbook.

Event made possible, in part, by Anne Germanacos.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia.

 

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Genealogy Clinic
Dec
3
12:00pm12:00pm

Genealogy Clinic

Free event with free garage parking off Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Whether you’re trying to find your great-grandmother’s elusive hometown or your grandfather’s passenger manifest, take advantage of the Library’s extensive reference collection and Internet connection to countless searchable databases — all with guidance from a roundtable of experienced genealogists from the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. Bring your materials and your questions to the Library, generally the first Sunday of the month.

Roundtable brainstorming session begins promptly at noon. Registration requested. Call 415.567.3327 x 704.

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Household and Halakha: Study Session with Deena Aranoff
Dec
3
1:30pm 1:30pm

Household and Halakha: Study Session with Deena Aranoff

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Scholar and educator Deena Aranoff will lead a text-study session on the origins of halakha (rabbinic law) and its interplay with household practices. Through a close reading of Talmudic texts as well as contemporary theorists, the session will consider the role of the household as a significant factor in the development of Jewish culture.

Deena Aranoff is faculty director of the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She teaches on rabbinic literature, medieval patterns of Jewish thought, and the broader question of continuity and change in Jewish history. Aranoff is also a community educator who teaches Bible, rabbinics, and Jewish mysticism throughout the Bay Area.

Program made possible, in part, by David Zebker.
 

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Drop-In Book Club
Dec
3
2:00pm 2:00pm

Drop-In Book Club

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Jim Van Buskirk leads a discussion of The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer, this year's ONE BAY ONE BOOK selection.

Just after the Iranian Revolution, Jewish gem trader Isaac Amin is falsely imprisoned for being a spy. His wife, Farnaz, struggles to keep from slipping into despair, while his young daughter, Shirin, tries to take matters into her own hands. Far away in Brooklyn, Isaac’s son, Parviz, though not religious, falls for the pious daughter of his Hasidic landlord. Sofer’s novel masterfully captures the small tensions and larger brutalities that befall a family unable to conform. 
 

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'Hasidism: A New History' with David Biale
Dec
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

'Hasidism: A New History' with David Biale

Free event with free garage parking off Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Far from a throwback to the Middle Ages, Hasidism is a product of modernity that forged its identity as a radical alternative to the secular world. So argue the eight distinguished authors, led by David Biale, of Hasidism: A New History, the first comprehensive account of the movement’s place in modern Jewish history. The book represents an innovative collaboration of scholars from the US, Israel, and Poland. In his presentation, Biale will offer an expanded view of the intellectual, religious, and social history of the followers and leaders of Hasidism. 

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David Biale is Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History at the University of California, Davis. Biale is the author of seven books and the editor of four others. He served as the project director and lead author for Hasidism: A New History. He has also completed a biography of Gershom Scholem for the Yale Jewish Lives series, which will be published in June, 2018. His books have won the National Jewish Book Award three times.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia and Lehrhaus Judaica.

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An Afternoon Honoring Rabbi Lawrence Kushner and Marcia Falk
Dec
10
1:30pm 1:30pm

An Afternoon Honoring Rabbi Lawrence Kushner and Marcia Falk

Free event with free garage parking off Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Join the Jewish Community Library as we celebrate the fortieth anniversaries of groundbreaking Jewish books by two Bay Area residents who are among America’s most influential Jewish authors. 

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner is an author, painter, and Emanu-El Scholar at San Francisco’s Congregation Emanu-El. His eighteen books for both adults and children have deepened the awareness of people of all backgrounds to Jewish spiritual traditions, beginning with 1977’s Honey from the Rock: Visions of Jewish Mystical Renewal. His other books include Invisible Lines of Connection: Sacred Stories of the Ordinary; God Was in This Place & I, i Did Not Know; What Does God Look Like?; and In God’s Hands.

Marcia Falk is a scholar, teacher, author, poet, and painter. Her 1977 book, The Song of Songs: A New Translation and Interpretation, expresses the poetry and eroticism of the biblical text. She has also translated the work of Yiddish poet Malka Heifetz Tussman and Israeli poet Zelda, as well as writing two books reinterpreting Jewish liturgy, The Book of Blessings and The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season.

Short talks by Kushner and Falk will be followed by a reception. Falks’s newly released 20th Anniversary edition of The Book of Blessings, along with other works by both authors, will be available at this event.

Program made possible, in part, by Marc and Marci Dollinger, and by Carla Ruff, in memory of Dr. Robert T. Mendle.

Co-presented by the Union for Reform Judaism in the San Francisco Bay Area Community.

Co-presented and co-sponsored by the Central Conference of American Rabbis Press
 

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Genealogy Clinic
Jan
7
12:00pm12:00pm

Genealogy Clinic

Free event with free garage parking off Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Whether you’re trying to find your great-grandmother’s elusive hometown or your grandfather’s passenger manifest, take advantage of the Library’s extensive reference collection and Internet connection to countless searchable databases — all with guidance from a roundtable of experienced genealogists from the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. Bring your materials and your questions to the Library, generally the first Sunday of the month.

Roundtable brainstorming session begins promptly at noon. Registration requested. Call 415.567.3327 x 704.

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East Bay Jewish Family Engagement Network | Case Study Workshop
Jan
9
10:30am10:30am

East Bay Jewish Family Engagement Network | Case Study Workshop

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JFEN is intended for professionals working with families whose children are age 5-12, but welcomes others to join too.

At today’s session we will consider strategies to design and implement high quality Jewish family engagement opportunities. Knowing what our measures of success are, we will look at our individual programs with a thoughtful eye and identify ways to ensure that we are meeting our goals.

At this second JFEN session we will use lesson or facilitation plans from members of the Network as case studies to:

  • Align program activities with desired outcomes.
  • Articulate strategies for making changes in the middle of a family event.
  • Create strategies for follow up activities or to link one event to the next.

    There is no charge for participation, but registration is recommended so that we we can be in touch with you about any last minute or day-of changes.

    Presented By Jenni Mangel.
    Jenni is an educator who believes passionately that Jewish education positively impacts the Jewish identity of children and their families.  Her work reflects a commitment to connect learning, community involvement, and leadership with personal and spiritual development.  She has worked with youth, teens, and adults in professional, academic, and extracurricular settings since 1993.  

    Over the years, she held a variety of leadership and educator positions at the Bureau of Jewish Education in San Francisco (BJE, now “Jewish Learning Works”), Berkeley Hillel, Jewish Vocational Service, Midrasha – East Bay Jewish Community High School, Mills College, San Francisco State University (SFSU), Jewish Milestones, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Habonim Dror. Before (re)joining the team at Jewish LearningWorks in 2017, Jenni worked for 10 years as a coach and consultant to help individuals and organizations develop the capacity to effectively reach their professional and organizational goals.

    Jenni holds a MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, CA (2006) where she focused on service learning as a tool for identity formation of college students.  Prior to that Jenni earned a BA in History with a Minor in Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1998) where her work centered around immigrant rights in France and multicultural education.  

    Jenni is an active parent leader and volunteer at both Congregation Netivot Shalom and Harding Elementary School.  When there are moments in the day to spare, Jenni loves to be outside in her garden with her husband, two children and dog; taking photographs; making greeting cards; and connecting with family and friends.

 

 

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When a Filmmaker Learns Her That Dad Worked with Ex-Nazi Scientists
Jan
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

When a Filmmaker Learns Her That Dad Worked with Ex-Nazi Scientists

Free event with free garage parking off Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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Filmmaker Melinda Hess is the driving force behind Letter from Cloudcroft, a feature-length documentary film-in-progress about the space race and a previously untold back story. Hess’ involvement began with the discovery of letters that her father, Sandy Hess, had written as a U.S. Army private to his parents in 1946. Private Hess was describing his work for the U.S. government in Texas with Werner Von Braun and other German rocket scientists who had servied the Nazi regime. The letters both fascinated and troubled Melinda; her father had never discussed his post-war activities. 

The film presents two familial points of view separated by seventy years as Melinda tries to understand her father’s particiation in an effort that had its roots in German rocket factories that had exploited slave laborers, including many Jews. In her presentation, Hess will elaborate on the story and the familial and ethical issues it raises.

Melinda Hess is an artist, film editor, and director and producer of documentary films. She is the 2016-17 filmmaker in residence at the Jewish Film Institute, San Francisco.
 

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The Fleyshik State: Episodes in Nebraska Jewish History
Jan
21
1:30pm 1:30pm

The Fleyshik State: Episodes in Nebraska Jewish History

Free admission with free garage parking along Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

The Jewish contribution to Nebraska life began with the pioneers in the 1860s. They were involved in retailing, real estate development, education, medicine, law, popular culture, politics, and philanthropic causes. Beyond the synagogues, the manifestations of Jewish communal life included B’nai B’rith and the founding of the Aleph Zadik Aleph fraternal organization.

Synagogue Sisterhoods in this beef-producing state may have published more charitable Jewish cookbooks per capita than any other American Jewish community. Nebraska’s Jewish community, never larger than 12,000, and now about 6,000, presents a vibrant story of Jewish Midwestern life. 


Presenter Oliver B. Pollak was born in London, the child of Nazi-era refugees froGermany and Austria. He is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a co-founder of the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society. His books include Jewish Life in Omaha and Lincoln: A Photographic History.

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South Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Case Study Workshop
Jan
24
10:30am10:30am

South Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Case Study Workshop

South Peninsula Jewish Family Engagement Network
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JFEN is intended for professionals working with families whose children are age 5-12, but welcomes others to join too.

At today’s session we will consider strategies to design and implement high quality Jewish family engagement opportunities. Knowing what our measures of success are, we will look at our individual programs with a thoughtful eye and identify ways to ensure that we are meeting our goals.

At this second JFEN session we will use lesson or facilitation plans from members of the Network as case studies to:

  • Align program activities with desired outcomes.
  • Articulate strategies for making changes in the middle of a family event.
  • Create strategies for follow up activities or to link one event to the next.

    There is no charge for participation, but registration is recommended so that we we can be in touch with you about any last minute or day-of changes.

Presented By Jenni Mangel.
Jenni is an educator who believes passionately that Jewish education positively impacts the Jewish identity of children and their families.  Her work reflects a commitment to connect learning, community involvement, and leadership with personal and spiritual development. She has worked with youth, teens, and adults in professional, academic, and extracurricular settings since 1993.  

Over the years, she held a variety of leadership and educator positions at the Bureau of Jewish Education in San Francisco (BJE, now “Jewish Learning Works”), Berkeley Hillel, Jewish Vocational Service, Midrasha – East Bay Jewish Community High School, Mills College, San Francisco State University (SFSU), Jewish Milestones, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Habonim Dror. Before (re)joining the team at Jewish LearningWorks in 2017, Jenni worked for 10 years as a coach and consultant to help individuals and organizations develop the capacity to effectively reach their professional and organizational goals.

Jenni holds a MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, CA (2006) where she focused on service learning as a tool for identity formation of college students.  Prior to that Jenni earned a BA in History with a Minor in Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1998) where her work centered around immigrant rights in France and multicultural education.  

Jenni is an active parent leader and volunteer at both Congregation Netivot Shalom and Harding Elementary School.  When there are moments in the day to spare, Jenni loves to be outside in her garden with her husband, two children and dog; taking photographs; making greeting cards; and connecting with family and friends.

 

 

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The Lonely Child: A Song and a Documentary in Progress
Jan
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Lonely Child: A Song and a Documentary in Progress

Free event with free garage parking off Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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The Lonely Child is a song written in the Vilna Ghetto by Yiddish poet Shmerke Kaczerginski in 1943 about a mother and daughter separated by war. Seventy-five years later, Alix Wall – the daughter of the song’s daughter – sets out to make a documentary film about the people who are keeping the song alive, working together with filmmaker Marc Smolowitz, the son of a child hidden from the Nazis. While the film is in its early stages, Wall will speak about the power of the song and its global footprint.

A contributing editor for J., The Jewish News of Northern California, Alix Wall writes a monthly column about Jews in the food world as well as other features. She is a regular contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, Berkeleyside, Bay Area Bites, and Edible East Bay. Wall is founder of the Illuminoshi, the not-so-secret society of Bay Area Jewish food professionals, and works part-time as a personal chef.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia.
 

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North Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Case Study Workshop
Jan
30
10:30am10:30am

North Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Case Study Workshop

North Peninsula Jewish Family Engagement Network
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JFEN is intended for professionals working with families whose children are age 5-12, but welcomes others to join too.

At today’s session we will consider strategies to design and implement high quality Jewish family engagement opportunities. Knowing what our measures of success are, we will look at our individual programs with a thoughtful eye and identify ways to ensure that we are meeting our goals.

At this second JFEN session we will use lesson or facilitation plans from members of the Network as case studies to:

  • Align program activities with desired outcomes.
  • Articulate strategies for making changes in the middle of a family event.
  • Create strategies for follow up activities or to link one event to the next.

There is no charge for participation, but registration is recommended so that we we can be in touch with you about any last minute or day-of changes.

Presented By Jenni Mangel.
Jenni is an educator who believes passionately that Jewish education positively impacts the Jewish identity of children and their families.  Her work reflects a commitment to connect learning, community involvement, and leadership with personal and spiritual development.  She has worked with youth, teens, and adults in professional, academic, and extracurricular settings since 1993.  

Over the years, she held a variety of leadership and educator positions at the Bureau of Jewish Education in San Francisco (BJE, now “Jewish Learning Works”), Berkeley Hillel, Jewish Vocational Service, Midrasha – East Bay Jewish Community High School, Mills College, San Francisco State University (SFSU), Jewish Milestones, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Habonim Dror. Before (re)joining the team at Jewish LearningWorks in 2017, Jenni worked for 10 years as a coach and consultant to help individuals and organizations develop the capacity to effectively reach their professional and organizational goals.

Jenni holds a MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, CA (2006) where she focused on service learning as a tool for identity formation of college students.  Prior to that Jenni earned a BA in History with a Minor in Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1998) where her work centered around immigrant rights in France and multicultural education.  

Jenni is an active parent leader and volunteer at both Congregation Netivot Shalom and Harding Elementary School.  When there are moments in the day to spare, Jenni loves to be outside in her garden with her husband, two children and dog; taking photographs; making greeting cards; and connecting with family and friends.

 

 

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Genealogy Clinic
Feb
4
12:00pm12:00pm

Genealogy Clinic

Free event with free garage parking off Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Whether you’re trying to find your great-grandmother’s elusive hometown or your grandfather’s passenger manifest, take advantage of the Library’s extensive reference collection and Internet connection to countless searchable databases — all with guidance from a roundtable of experienced genealogists from the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. Bring your materials and your questions to the Library, generally the first Sunday of the month.

Roundtable brainstorming session begins promptly at noon. Registration requested. Call 415.567.3327 x 704.

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East Bay Jewish Family Engagement Network | Topic TBD by session participants
Apr
10
10:30am10:30am

East Bay Jewish Family Engagement Network | Topic TBD by session participants

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East Bay Jewish Family Engagement Network
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JFEN is intended for professionals working with families whose children are age 5-12, but welcomes others to join too.

Save the date! The session topic for this Network will be determined by the specific interests of JFEN participants and posted here by the end of February.

There is no charge for participation, but registration is recommended so that we we can be in touch with you about any last minute or day-of changes.

Presenter will be determined once the participant identified topic is selected.

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South Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Topic TBD by session participants
Apr
17
10:30am10:30am

South Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Topic TBD by session participants

South Peninsula Jewish Family Engagement Network
Session Date (s):
Quantity:
Register Now

JFEN is intended for professionals working with families whose children are age 5-12, but welcomes others to join too.

Save the date! The session topic for this Network will be determined by the specific interests of JFEN participants and posted here by the end of February.

There is no charge for participation, but registration is recommended so that we we can be in touch with you about any last minute or day-of changes.

Presenter will be determined once the participant identified topic is selected.

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North Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Topic TBD by session participants
Apr
24
10:30am10:30am

North Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Topic TBD by session participants

North Peninsula Jewish Family Engagement Network
Session Date (s):
Quantity:
Register Now

JFEN is intended for professionals working with families whose children are age 5-12, but welcomes others to join too.

Save the date! The session topic for this Network will be determined by the specific interests of JFEN participants and posted here by the end of February.

There is no charge for participation, but registration is recommended so that we we can be in touch with you about any last minute or day-of changes.

Presenter will be determined once the participant identified topic is selected.

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Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory with Elizabeth Rosner and Anne Germanacos
Oct
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory with Elizabeth Rosner and Anne Germanacos

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

ELIZABETH ROSNER IN CONVERSATION WITH ANNE GERMANACOS

As survivors of many of the twentieth century's most monumental events —the Holocaust, Pearl Harbor, the Cambodian Killing Fields ― die, how do we perpetuate their stories to ensure that the past’s horrors are not forgotten? In her new book, Survivor Café, Elizabeth Rosner depicts the efforts to understand the intergenerational inheritance of trauma, as well as the intricacies of remembrance in the aftermath of atrocity. Rosner organizes Survivor Café around three trips with her father to the Buchenwald concentration camp―in 1983, in 1995, and in 2015. She explores similar legacies among the descendants of African American slaves, as well as descendants of the survivors of the Killing Fields, and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 

Elizabeth Rosner is a novelist, poet, and essayist living in Berkeley. Her 2014 novel, Electric City, was named among the best books of the year by National Public Radio. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Elle, the Forward, and several anthologies; her poems have been published by Poetry Magazine, Catamaran, and other journals. 

Anne Germanacos is the author of the short-story collection In the Time of the Girls and the experimental novel Tribute. With her husband, Nick Germanacos, she ran the Ithaka Cultural Studies Program in Kalymnos and Crete. She currently oversees the Germanacos Foundation in San Francisco.

Co-presented by Lehrhaus Judaica.
 

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 Why We Need Heschel Now More Than Ever Before: A Lehrhaus Judaica Philosophy Circle Program
Oct
15
2:00pm 2:00pm

Why We Need Heschel Now More Than Ever Before: A Lehrhaus Judaica Philosophy Circle Program

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Join us for an open discussion of the life and legacy of Abraham Joshua Heschel with the faculty of the Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle: Heschel and Social Justice program. This is the kick-off event for the full program. Register here.

The faculty includes: Rabbi Camille Angel, Jason Harris, Rabbi Sheldon Lewis, Yosef Rosen, Ph.D., and Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan.

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Steven Gaines on "One of These Things First"
Oct
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Steven Gaines on "One of These Things First"

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Conversion therapy, Broadway dreams, suicidal thoughts, and a stint in a fashionable psychiatric clinic all play a part in author and journalist Steven Gaines’ new memoir, One of These Things First. Gaines opens his story as a 15-year-old boy in 1960s Brooklyn spending time in his grandparents’ bra and girdle store. After a failed suicide attempt, he meets a young psychiatrist who promises to cure Gaines of his homosexuality. At the hospital, he also encounters a Broadway producer, the husband of superstar Mary Martin, who opens a new world for him, an editor who claims she was President John F. Kennedy’s lover, and other eccentrics.

Steven Gaines is the author of Philistines at the Hedgerow: Passion and Property in the Hamptons, The Sky’s the Limit: Passion and Property in Manhattan, The Love You Make: An Insider’s Story of the Beatles, and Simply Halston, among other books. His journalism has appeared in Vanity Fair, the New York Observer, the New York Times and New York magazine, where he was a contributing editor for 12 years. 

Program made possible, in part, by Marilyn Dobbs Higuera, in memory of Stephen Dobbs.
 

Co-presented by Keshet, a national organization that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life.



 

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Genealogy Clinic
Oct
1
12:00pm12:00pm

Genealogy Clinic

Free event with free garage parking off Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Whether you’re trying to find your great-grandmother’s elusive hometown or your grandfather’s passenger manifest, take advantage of the Library’s extensive reference collection and Internet connection to countless searchable databases — all with guidance from a roundtable of experienced genealogists from the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. Bring your materials and your questions to the Library, generally the first Sunday of the month.

Roundtable brainstorming session begins promptly at noon. Registration requested. Call 415.567.3327 x 704.

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David Thomson on Warner Bros: The Making of an American Movie Studio
Sep
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

David Thomson on Warner Bros: The Making of an American Movie Studio

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Brothers Harry, Albert, and Sam Warner arrived in America in 1889 as unschooled Polish Jewish immigrants. Thirty years later, with their younger brother Jack, they had ascended to the pinnacle of Hollywood influence and popularity.

The new book Warner Bros: The Making of an American Movie Studio charts the rise of the Warner Brothers movie studio. Author David Thomson provides original interpretations of Warner Brothers pictures from the pioneering talkie The Jazz Singer through black-and-white musicals, gangster movies, and romances such as Casablanca, East of Eden, and Bonnie and Clyde. He recounts the exploits of the studio’s stars, including Al Jolson, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, Doris Day, and Bugs Bunny. The Warners’ cultural impact was so profound, Thomson writes, that their studio became “one of the enterprises that helped us see there might be an American dream out there.”

David Thomson is a film critic and historian, and author of more than twenty books, including The Biographical Dictionary of Film, Have You Seen...? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films, Why Acting Matters, Fan Tan (a novel written in collaboration with Marlon Brando), and The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood. Born in London, he lives in San Francisco.

Program made possible, in part, by Tricia Hellman Gibbs.

Co-presented by Lehrhaus Judaica.
 

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Daniel Matt on Shedding Light on the Zohar
Sep
17
1:30pm 1:30pm

Daniel Matt on Shedding Light on the Zohar

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

In this session offered by Lehrhaus Judaica, we will explore selections from the Zohar appropriate to the end of Elul and before the High Holidays. Our guide through this material is Professor Daniel C. Matt whose epic translation and annotation of the first nine volumes of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition offers windows into this mystical teaching. Matt describes the Zohar as “a challenge to the normal workings of consciousness [that] dares one to examine one’s assumptions about tradition, God and self.” This session will provide students with the background to join one of Lehrhaus Judaica's ongoing Philosophy Circle cohorts. Philosophy Circle meets nine times from October through May. Register here.

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Klezmer Workshop and Jam
Sep
17
1:00pm 1:00pm

Klezmer Workshop and Jam

Free garage parking on Pierce Street between Eddy and Ellis streets.

$25 sliding scale

The Jewish Community Library will host KlezCalifornia's monthly musical get-together. Sessions begin with learning klezmer tunes and culminate in a traditional jam without sheet music. This session's teacher will be composer/accordionist/tsimblist Josh Horowitz of the Veretski Pass klezmer trio.

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Participants may bring a recording device and music stand. Brass players should bring a mute. Snacks provided. For more information, click here. To RSVP, click here.

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Film: Searching for Victor "Young" Perez, The Boxer of Auschwitz
Sep
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Film: Searching for Victor "Young" Perez, The Boxer of Auschwitz

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

In 1931, twenty-year-old Victor "Young" Perez became the youngest world champion in boxing history, winning the World Flyweight crown. The Tunisian-born Jew lost the title the following year, but fought until 1938, when he retired with a record of 92 wins, 26 losses, and 15 draws. 

Arrested in Paris in 1943, he was transported to Auschwitz, where he was forced to participate in boxing matches for the amusement of the Germans. He was one of the prisoners on the death march that left the camp on January 18, 1945. He was reported as having been killed four days later. 

When French actor Tomer Sisley heard Perez's story, he was inspired to make a movie about it. The newly released documentary film Searching for Victor "Young" Perez follows Sisley on his quest to learn more about Perez's harrowing experiences, and the secret of his tragic death. The film includes a visit to Auschwitz with a deportee who knew Perez. 2016, 64 minutes, in French with English subtitles.

Click here to RSVP.

Co-presented by the JFCS Holocaust CenterLehrhaus Judaica, and JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa.

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Film Class: Counsellor at Law
Jul
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Film Class: Counsellor at Law

Free program with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

We will look at a variety of clips and shorts that demonstrate some of the ways immigrant Jews were represented in films of the silent era, ranging from admiring portraits to prejudiced caricatures.

In an unlikely bit of casting reflecting the studios’ distaste for Jewish actors playing Jewish roles, John Barrymore plays a Jewish immigrant who has risen from the East Side slums to a high-powered law practice, but suddenly faces the possible collapse of both his career and his marriage. William Wyler directed this engaging portrait of a man caught between his roots and his aspirations, between the law and the real world’s slippery ethics. 1933, 82 minutes, in English.

Taught by Library Director Howard Freedman. Films will be shown in video projection.

 

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Film Class: The Jazz Singer
Jun
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Film Class: The Jazz Singer

Free program with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

We will look at a variety of clips and shorts that demonstrate some of the ways immigrant Jews were represented in films of the silent era, ranging from admiring portraits to prejudiced caricatures.

In the film that marked the transition from silent films to talkies (although it is largely silent), Al Jolson stars as Jakie Rabinowitz, a gifted singer whose desire to perform popular music conflicts with his father’s expectation that he become a cantor. Following Rabinowitz as he anglicizes his name, adopts blackface for his performances, and struggles with his family and tradition, this film would be the most explicit cinematic representation of a Jewish identity crisis for decades. 1927, 89 minutes, in English.

Taught by Library Director Howard Freedman. Films will be shown in video projection.

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Film: The Broken Sound
Jun
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Film: The Broken Sound

Free program with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets. 

Spearheaded by Alan Bern of the band Brave Old World, the Other Europeans was a collaborative effort of fourteen lăutari (professional Roma musicians) and klezmer musicians from eight countries who came together to learn about and perform the interconnected musical traditions of the Jewish and Roma communities of Bessarabia.This documentary film, shot over two years in Moldova, Hungary, Israel, Germany, and the United States, follows the musicians as they explore Roma and Jewish musical traditions, develop relationships across national and cultural boundaries, and perform extraordinary music.

2012, 125 minutes, in English, German, Yiddish, and Romanian with English subtitles. The film will be shown in video projection.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia, Lehrhaus Judaica, and the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California.

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Jun
14
7:30pm 7:30pm

Survival of a Nation: Land for Peace

One fateful week in June 1967 redrew the map of the Middle East.

Fifty years later, Israel continues to face numerous existential threats.

Experience an inspiring and thrilling account of what was then considered the most improbable and astonishing victory in all of military history.

Drawing on ideas of great Jewish writers and thinkers from throughout the ages, Survival of a Nation presents the Six-Day War as you’ve never experienced it before.

Its six sessions confront the impossible yet important questions of our time with affectionate and fervent patriotism, while also remaining realistic, and morally anchored.

This spellbinding course will sweep you up in its narrative force and abiding love for our nation’s history and the best of its traditions, and will not let go of you until it’s done.

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Jun
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Musical Tribute to Howard Freedman plus Friends of the JCL Annual Meeting

Free program with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets. 

Reception and Annual Meeting — 6:30 P.M.

Join us for a special tribute to Jewish Community Library Director Howard Freedman upon 25 years of dedication to the community (no, he's not retiring). Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band will present music at this memorable event.

This is also an opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to the Library's future and Howard's leadership by making a tax-deductible donation to the Library. Please call 415.567.3327 x703 during regular Library hours, or make a secure donation online at http://friendsofthejcl.org. A contribution to the Library in Howard's name is a most appropriate way to recognize his years of devotion to Jewish learning.

 

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Jun
7
7:30pm 7:30pm

Survival of a Nation: Captured Territories

One fateful week in June 1967 redrew the map of the Middle East.

Fifty years later, Israel continues to face numerous existential threats.

Experience an inspiring and thrilling account of what was then considered the most improbable and astonishing victory in all of military history.

Drawing on ideas of great Jewish writers and thinkers from throughout the ages, Survival of a Nation presents the Six-Day War as you’ve never experienced it before.

Its six sessions confront the impossible yet important questions of our time with affectionate and fervent patriotism, while also remaining realistic, and morally anchored.

This spellbinding course will sweep you up in its narrative force and abiding love for our nation’s history and the best of its traditions, and will not let go of you until it’s done.

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Jun
4
10:30am10:30am

WalkWithFC 2017: Soaring to New Heights

Walk With Friendship is a fun-filled family event that brings together the entire community for an amazing cause. Come show your support for The Friendship Circle as we walk together to create awareness, solidarity, and support for children with special needs and their families.
 

Bring your family and friends! 

WALK!
NEW FAMILY FUN WALK ROUTE AT A NEW LOCATION
"Soaring" activities along the way

ENTERTAINMENT!
Extreme Pogo Show, Drones, Model Airplanes, Jumbo Slide, Live Music, and More!

FOOD!
Kosher BBQ, Cotton Candy, and Popcorn

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Jun
1
12:00pm12:00pm

Talk Amongst Yourselves: A Conversation on Race and Identity in Film

Like a favorite book club, the Jewish Film Institute’'s Talk Amongst Yourselves series hosts a film to watch online followed by a community conversation on the issues. Join JFI for a live-streamed panel discussion on vital questions of race and identity raised by Joel Katz's extraordinary personal documentary White: A Memoir in Color. RSVP for the live-streamed panel discussion and receive a code to watch the film for free on JFI On Demand.

 

Panelists
Lexi Leban, JFI Executive Director
Lindsey Newman, Be’chol Lashon
Nicole Opper, 2017 JFI Filmmaker in Residence

 

Click Here to RSVP for the panel discussion in San Francisco

Click Here to RSVP for the live-streamed panel discussion online

Click Here to attend the event on Facebook

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Sacred Dance Circles for Women in Berkeley
May
28
7:30pm 7:30pm

Sacred Dance Circles for Women in Berkeley

Sacred Dance Circles for Women in Berkeley

Offered by Julie Emden and Aliza Rothman. Join other women to explore teachings and themes related to the months and holidays on the Hebrew calendar. We use conscious free-form dance, art, journaling, and teachings to deepen our spiritual practice in community. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Work-study space is available. Sliding Scale: $250.00 - 350.00 for the series.

Series Dates
October 9, 2016: 7:30 - 9:30 pm
November 6, 2016: 
7:30 - 9:30 pm
December 4, 2016: 
7:30 - 9:30 pm
January 8, 2017: 
7:30 - 9:30 pm
January 29, 2017: 7:30
 - 9:30 pm
February 26, 2017: 7:30
 - 9:30 pm
March 26, 2017: 
7:30 - 9:30 pm
April 30, 2017: 
7:30 - 9:30 pm
May 28, 2017: 
7:30 - 9:30 pm

For more information and to register, contact Julie at jemden@jewishlearningworks.org.

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Film Class: Immigrant Jews on the Silent Screen
May
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

Film Class: Immigrant Jews on the Silent Screen

Free program with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

We will look at a variety of clips and shorts that demonstrate some of the ways immigrant Jews were represented in films of the silent era, ranging from admiring portraits to prejudiced caricatures.

As the centrality of immigration in American history and identity has been at the forefront in recent months, we will examine films made during an era when most American Jews were immigrants themselves or the children of immigrants.

Taught by Library Director Howard Freedman. Films will be shown in video projection.

Program made possible, in part, by Marc and Marci Dollinger.

 

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May
24
7:30pm 7:30pm

Survival of a Nation: Civilian Casualties

One fateful week in June 1967 redrew the map of the Middle East.

Fifty years later, Israel continues to face numerous existential threats.

Experience an inspiring and thrilling account of what was then considered the most improbable and astonishing victory in all of military history.

Drawing on ideas of great Jewish writers and thinkers from throughout the ages, Survival of a Nation presents the Six-Day War as you’ve never experienced it before.

Its six sessions confront the impossible yet important questions of our time with affectionate and fervent patriotism, while also remaining realistic, and morally anchored.

This spellbinding course will sweep you up in its narrative force and abiding love for our nation’s history and the best of its traditions, and will not let go of you until it’s done.

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May
21
3:00pm 3:00pm

ONE BAY ONE BOOK: Michael Chabon in Conversation

Free program with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Reception follows. RSVP to amuchin@jewishlearningworks.org or 415.567.3327 x 703.

Award-winning author Michael Chabon will discuss his new novel, Moonglow, with local writer Dan Schifrin. Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession of the narrator’s grandfather, whose tongue has been loosened by painkillers and whose memory has been by stirred by the imminence of death. From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the American invasion of Germany to the heyday of the space program, the novel revisits an entire era through a single life and collapses a lifetime into a single week. A work of fictional autobiography, Moonglow, above all, is about the destructive impact and the creative power of keeping secrets and telling lies.

Moonglow approaches truth from a perspective not necessarily based on facts. As Chabon writes in the author’s note, “I have stuck to facts except when facts refused to conform with memory, narrative purpose, or the truth as I prefer to understand it.” 

Michael Chabon, 53, is short story writer and screenwriter in addition being a novelist. His first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, was published when he was 25. His third novel,  The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001. His other books include Wonder Boys, The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Maps & Legends, Gentlemen of the Road, and Telegraph Avenue.

Daniel Schifrin’s fiction and essays have appeared, among other places, in McSweeney’s, the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Westwind, Jet Fuel Review, Sequestrum, Transfer, and em. He is the winner of the 2016 Wilner Award for Short Fiction from San Francisco State University, and has a been a visiting scholar at Stanford University, writer-in-residence at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and a co-curator for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exhibition “Beyond Belief.”

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May
17
7:30pm 7:30pm

Survival of a Nation: Preemptive Strikes

One fateful week in June 1967 redrew the map of the Middle East.

Fifty years later, Israel continues to face numerous existential threats.

Experience an inspiring and thrilling account of what was then considered the most improbable and astonishing victory in all of military history.

Drawing on ideas of great Jewish writers and thinkers from throughout the ages, Survival of a Nation presents the Six-Day War as you’ve never experienced it before.

Its six sessions confront the impossible yet important questions of our time with affectionate and fervent patriotism, while also remaining realistic, and morally anchored.

This spellbinding course will sweep you up in its narrative force and abiding love for our nation’s history and the best of its traditions, and will not let go of you until it’s done.

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May
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

ONE BAY ONE BOOK: Uncovering Family Secrets

Free program with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Eddy and Ellis streets.

The novel Moonglow is structured around the outpouring of untold family stories. Likewise, a fair number of people encounter stories that long went untold in their own families. What are these stories? Why were they withheld? How were they discovered? What have they meant to the people who discovered them?  Join panelists Judy Baston, Wendy Beck, and Mani Feniger, who learned a family secret that had a life-changing impact on how they saw themselves. There will also be time for audience members to share their own stories in this interactive evening.

Moderator Jim Van Buskirk is the Library’s Drop-In Book Club facilitator and possessor of his own family secret.

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May
10
7:30pm 7:30pm

Survival of a Nation: Anti-Israel Sentiment

 

One fateful week in June 1967 redrew the map of the Middle East.

Fifty years later, Israel continues to face numerous existential threats.

Experience an inspiring and thrilling account of what was then considered the most improbable and astonishing victory in all of military history.

Drawing on ideas of great Jewish writers and thinkers from throughout the ages, Survival of a Nation presents the Six-Day War as you’ve never experienced it before.

Its six sessions confront the impossible yet important questions of our time with affectionate and fervent patriotism, while also remaining realistic, and morally anchored.

This spellbinding course will sweep you up in its narrative force and abiding love for our nation’s history and the best of its traditions, and will not let go of you until it’s done.

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May
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Israeli novelist Dorit Rabinyan on 'All the Rivers'

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Award-winning Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan's third novel, All the Rivers, was a sensation in all senses of the word. It was an immediate bestseller in Israel, was named one of the ten best books of the year by Ha’aretz, and was awarded the prestigious Bernstein Award for Literature. 

The novel also was banned from use in high schools by Israel's Ministry of Education. All the Rivers (also known as Borderlife) tells of star-crossed romance between an Israeli Jewish woman, Liat, and a Palestinian Muslim man, Hilmi, who are both living in New York. Many in Israel objected to students reading about such a relationship.

Dorit Rabinyan was born in Israel to an Iranian-Jewish family. She is the recipient of the ACUM Award, The Prime Minister’s Prize and the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Award. Her first two novels, Persian Brides and A Strand of a Thousand Pearls, were international best sellers.

Co-presented by the Consulate General of Israel for the Pacific Northwest and JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa.

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May
7
10:30am10:30am

Spin Me a Shadow, Tell Me a Tale: Shadow Puppetry with Daniel Barash

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Eddy and Ellis streets.

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In celebration of Yom Ha’atzma'ut, Israel Independence Day, Daniel Barash will perform shadow puppetry versions of best-loved Jewish folktales from Israel and around the world. Participants will be invited to volunteer behind the screen as the folktales come to life before their eyes.

Daniel Barash, founding director of The Shadow Puppet Workshop, has pioneered the use of shadow puppetry, an ancient Asian art form, in diverse formal and informal educational settings. He was one of the national teaching artists invited to be a workshop leader at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Barash has conducted hundreds of assembly programs, workshops, and residencies at schools, museums, and libraries across the country. He holds a master’s degree in elementary education from New York University.

RSVP to Andy at 415.567.3327 x703 or amuchin@jewishlearningworks.org.

The Library's family programs in English are co-sponsored by PJ Library® of San Francisco (www.pjlibrary.org). PJ Library® of San Francisco sends free Jewish books and music monthly to children through the age of 8, and is a program of the Early Childhood Education Initiative of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, with support from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the Albert and Janet Schultz PJ Library Fund, the Alexander and June L. Maisin Foundation, and other local generous funders.

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May
7
9:30am 9:30am

BDS, Disruption, and the Assault on Academic Freedom with Mark G. Yudof

Mark G. Yudof will explore the evolution of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel on university campuses. Is it tainted by elements of anti-Semitism, whether intentional or not?  What measures have been taken to address the serious problems of academic freedom and protected expression on campus and the effort to redefine traditional First Amendment rights?  What is happening with the accelerating trend toward material disruption of speeches and programs identified with Israeli perspectives? Join Professor Yudof as he delves into these important topics.

No RSVP is Required


Mark G. Yudof is President Emeritus, University of California Professor, School of Law, University of California, Berkeley. Yudof, who served as the 19th president of the University of California from June 2008 through September 2013, is a Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. As UC President, he led a university system with 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, a statewide agriculture and natural resources program, and more than 230,000 students.

He served as chancellor of the University of Texas System from August 2002 to May 2008, and as president of the four-campus University of Minnesota from 1997 to 2002. Before that, he served as dean of the law school at the University of Texas at Austin from 1984 to 1994, and as the University's executive vice president and provost from 1994 to 1997.

President Emeritus Yudof is a renowned authority on constitutional law, freedom of expression and education law. A Philadelphia native, he earned both LL.B. and B.A. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2013, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion awarded him an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

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