1938 - 1948: Betar, Irgun, and a Memory of All That with Ephraim Margolin
Feb
25
1:30 PM13:30

1938 - 1948: Betar, Irgun, and a Memory of All That with Ephraim Margolin

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

Professor Ephraim Margolin’s forthcoming autobiography describes his involvement in the Zionist youth movement, conscription into the Irgun Underground, and eventual appointment as Menachem Begin’s personal secretary. In his presentation, Margolin will provide a firsthand account of the momentous events and movements that led to the War of independence and the establishment of the State of Israel. 

Ephraim Margolin is the past chair of the San Francisco Jewish Community Relations Council, a retired adjunct professor at UC Berkeley and UC Hastings College of the Law, past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and for forty-nine consecutive years, the Yom Kippur lecturer at Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco. 

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia, Congregation Beth Sholom, and the San Francisco Chapter of Hadassah.

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

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Teen Wellness Resource Panel
Mar
8
10:00 AM10:00

Teen Wellness Resource Panel

Teen Wellness Resource Panel: Info and RSVP:

The clergy and professionals of SPARE (South Peninsula Area Rabbis and Executives) have raised the issue of effective response as a community, including the need for guidance on how to address the challenging topic of teen suicide in a productive way, and a desire for resources to help them support mental health and well-being of our youth and their families.

To that end, OFJCC, JCRC, JFCS, the Federation and Jewish LearningWorks invite you to a Teen Wellness Resource Panel, designed for Jewish professionals and spiritual leaders in our community with effective strategies and resources to support youth, teens and parents.

Please reply to Luba Palant Lpalant@paloaltojcc.org to confirm your participation.  Please share this invitation with other Jewish professionals in your organization.

 

Thank you for your interest and concern.  We hope you will join us!

Sincerely,
Roxanne Cohen, Jewish Community Federation
Sarah Fields, Jewish Community Relations Council
Beth Berkowitz, Jewish Family and Children’s Services
Deb Massey, Jewish LearningWorks
Luba Palant, Oshman Family JCC

Panelist Details:

Susan Bird is co-founder of SafeSpace in Menlo Park, an organization focused on supporting youth ages 12-26 to thrive and emotionally connect with family, friends and life through walk-in centers and clinical mental health/therapeutic services.  Susan has more than 20 years of experience as a worldwide sales and marketing executive in the software industry, and founded Safe Space as a solution stemming from personal connection to family members and young friends suffering from mental health issues, including mild to moderate anxiety and depression as well as OCD.

Rabbi Lisa Delson is an associate Rabbi at Peninsula Temple Sholom (Burlingame, CA), serving her community through teaching all ages about the joy and relevancy of Jewish life, providing pastoral care and spiritual guidance. At PTS, Rabbi Delson serves as the clergy person overseeing Caring Community and Social Action/Justice initiatives, including leading the congregational organizing effort Panim el Panim: initiative on teen and young adult mental health.  She teaches 9th grade students as well as guides students in their students toward becoming b'nai mitzvah.

Dr. Lesley Martin is Managing Director of SafeSpace, beginning as a volunteer developing the SafeSpace Youth Advisory Board and as a member of the Board of Directors. She has served as a Principal at Tierra Linda Middle School in San Carlos, and at Taylor Middle School in Millbrae, California. She has worked as a teacher at a number of schools, and as a Principal Leadership Coach in San Jose and East San Jose Schools. During her tenure, the Taylor Middle School was featured in the documentary film Bully for its anti-bullying efforts. Beyond her career in education, Dr. Martin is deeply involved in children’s welfare on the peninsula.

Havi Wolfson Hall, LCSW is a Child and Adolescent clinician with Parents Place at JFCS in Palo Alto specializing in child anxiety, depression, self-regulation, and internet addiction. She has worked as a psychotherapist for 17 years treating individuals, couples, and families coping with issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, and divorce. She also led groups and provided workshops in the community on post-traumatic stress, addiction, and cybersafety with focus on the ever-evolving issues regarding how to balance our lives online and offline.

 

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French Jewish Teachers and "Eastern" Jewish Students: Alliance Israélite Universelle in North Africa and the Middle East
Mar
8
7:00 PM19:00

French Jewish Teachers and "Eastern" Jewish Students: Alliance Israélite Universelle in North Africa and the Middle East

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

With hundreds of thousands of students in hundreds of schools in dozens of countries, the Alliance Israélite Universelle was the largest school network to have existed in Jewish history. Yet, the story of the school system, which operated for nearly a century, remains untold and is rarely discussed in contemporary conversations about Jewish education and Jewish continuity. Adam Eilath will offer a brief history of the Alliance Israélite Universelle and reflect on how its legacy could inform some of the current hot-button issues in Jewish education.

Adam Eilath is the director of strategic initiatives and Jewish studies teacher at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco. He is also a leading advocate and thinker in Sephardic and Mizrahi education in North America.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Community High School of the Bay.

Co-presented by JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa.

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

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Waking Lions with Author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
Mar
11
1:30 PM13:30

Waking Lions with Author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

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

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Eitan Green is a good Israeli doctor. He saves lives. Then, speeding along a deserted moonlit road in his SUV after an exhausting hospital shift, he hits someone. Seeing that the man, an African migrant, is beyond help, he flees the scene. It is a decision that changes everything for him.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's first novel, One Night, Markovitch, won the Israeli Sapir Prize and the Italian Adei-Wizo Literary Prize. Her second novel, Waking Lions, won the 2017 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize and French Wizo Prize and was a finalist for the 2017 National Jewish Book Award. The New York Times Book Review picked Waking Lions as Editors' Choice, and the Wall Street Journal included it on its Best Summer Reads list. Gundar-Goshen is a contributor to BBC’s The Cultural Frontline, as well as the Financial Times, Time Magazine, and the Telegraph.

Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel.

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

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HANUKKOMICS: Cartoons about Jewish Culture and Holidays with Hilary Price
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

HANUKKOMICS: Cartoons about Jewish Culture and Holidays with Hilary Price

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

In this funny and light-hearted presentation, cartoonist Hilary Price will explain the process through which her ideas become cartoons, share secular and Jewish-themed strips, and draw cartoon snippets on the spot. All of Price’s cartooning secrets will be revealed, including the story of how she became a cartoonist, and how her Jewish identity contributed to her artistic development.

Hilary Price has been writing and drawing Rhymes with Orange, her daily newspaper comic strip, since 1995. At the age of twenty-five, she was the youngest woman ever to have a syndicated strip; the strip now appears in 375 papers internationally. Hilary has taught cartooning workshops at the Cartoon Art Museum and the Charles M. Schulz Museum. She now splits her time between Northampton, Massachusetts and Brattleboro, Vermont. When not cartooning, Price plays ice hockey and spoils her overly large cat.

Co-sponsored by the Cartoon Art Museum.

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The King of Comedy
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

The King of Comedy

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

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The final film in this series is not a conventional comedy. Although audiences at the time of its release did not know what to do with Martin Scorcese's dark satire on the culture of celebrity in America, it is now considered among the director's finest achievements. Jerry Lewis delivers a serious performance as talk show host Jerry Langford, who finds himself stalked by aspiring stand-up comedian Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) and his equally unhinged accomplice, Masha (Sandra Bernhardt). Great discomfort ensues. 1982, 109 minutes.

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"Yes, there's a word for that in Yiddish!" with Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath
Mar
18
1:30 PM13:30

"Yes, there's a word for that in Yiddish!" with Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath

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

Published in 2016, the Comprehensive English–Yiddish Dictionary, contains more than four times as many words as the most recent English–Yiddish dictionary, which was published nearly  fifty years ago. Where did all these words come from? How do you say cell phone, binge-watch, glove compartment, and many other words used in contemporary life? Schaechter-Viswanath will discuss her childhood growing up with mame-loshn and how she became involved in seeking out existing Yiddish words, as well as coining new ones.

Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath has devoted her life to keeping Yiddish vibrant and relevant. She is co-editor-in-chief of the Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary (Indiana University Press and League for Yiddish) and is language editor of Afn Shvel, the magazine of the League for Yiddish. Schaechter-Viswanath has published a bilingual volume of her poetry, Sudden Rain/Plutsemdiker Regn, and sings in an all-Yiddish choir. Her three children (and  toddler grandson) all proudly speak Yiddish.

Co-presented by Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California, the Center for the Art of Translation, and KlezCalifornia.

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

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The Diamond Setter with Author Moshe Sakal
Mar
19
7:00 PM19:00

The Diamond Setter with Author Moshe Sakal

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

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Inspired by true events, Moshe Sakal’s best-selling Israeli novel traces a complex web of love triangles and family secrets across generations and borders.

The uneventful life of a jeweler from Tel Aviv changes abruptly after Fareed, a young man from Damascus, crosses illegally into Israel and makes his way to the ancient port city of Jaffa in search of his roots. In his pocket is a piece of the famous blue diamond known as “Sabakh.” Intending to return the diamond to its rightful owner, Fareed is swept up in Tel Aviv’s vibrant gay scene, and a turbulent protest movement.

The Diamond Setter (Other Press, 2018) is translated by Jessica Cohen, who will be speaking at the Library on Thursday, April 19.  

Moshe Sakal is the author of five Hebrew novels, including Yolanda, which was shortlisted for the Sapir Prize (Israel’s most lucrative literary award) in 2011, and Sister, which was longlisted in 2016. Sakal was awarded the title of Honorary Fellow in Writing by the University of Iowa, the Eshkol prize, and a Fulbright grant. His work has been published in several major Israeli outlets, as well as Le Monde, The Forward, and Words without Borders.

Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel.

Co-presented by Keshet and JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa.

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Beyond Casablanca: The Story of North African Jews Under Vichy Rule with Alma Heckman
Mar
25
1:30 PM13:30

Beyond Casablanca: The Story of North African Jews Under Vichy Rule with Alma Heckman

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

Until quite recently, the experiences of Jews in North Africa during World War II remained footnotes in a Eurocentric story, commemorated in the popular imagination only as side stories in the 1942 film Casablanca. In her talk, Alma Heckman goes beyond the romance of that film and explores the wide variety of Jewish experiences in North Africa during World War II, both for refugees from Europe and for victims of Vichy collaborationist antisemitic policy.

Alma Rachel Heckman is Neufeld-Levin Chair of Holocaust Studies and assistant professor of history and Jewish studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She specializes in modern Jewish history of North Africa and the Middle East with an interest in citizenship, the politics of belonging, transnationalism, and empire. She is currently at work on a book manuscript tentatively entitled Radical Nationalists: Moroccan Jewish Communists, 1925-1975.

Co-presented by JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa.

 

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Apr
8
2:00 PM14:00

Drop-In Book Club: Diary of the Fall by Michel Laub

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

Jim Van Buskirk leads a discussion of Diary of the Fall by Michel Laub.

This Brazilian novel about memory and identity covers three generations: a grandfather who survived Auschwitz and spent the rest of his life trying to forget it; a father in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease who is fighting to remember everything; and the forty-year-old narrator who remains haunted by his role decades earlier in a brutal prank on a fellow student.

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Choosing Life: Agnon's Shoah with Yonatan Cohen
Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

Choosing Life: Agnon's Shoah with Yonatan Cohen

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

S.Y. (“Shai”) Agnon, né Shmuel Yosef Halevi Czaczkes, was one of the greatest writers of modern Hebrew literature. In 1966, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for chronicling the life and spirit of the Jewish people.

In The Sign, S.Y. Agnon offers a unique statement about the role of literature in the aftermath of the Shoah’s horrors.  In this study session, Rabbi Cohen will lead a close reading of sections of this powerful short story, with material from the newest translation of Agnon’s monumental work, A City in its Fullness.

Rabbi Yonatan Cohen serves as the rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from McGill University in Montreal and received rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. Rabbi Cohen is a senior fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem as well as a lecturer for the Wexner Foundation’s Summer Institute and Heritage Program.

We will be using translations by Alan Mintz z”l, a great scholar of Agnon’s work.

Co-presented by Congregation Beth Israel and the Consulate General of Israel

Program made possible, in part, by Anne Germanacos. 

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North Bay Youth Professional Network
Apr
10
10:00 AM10:00

North Bay Youth Professional Network

The Youth Professionals Network is open to anyone working with Jewish teens in any educational capacity. The goals of the network are for us to connect as professionals, to learn about a new topic related to working with Jewish teens and to engage in Jewish learning. We will meet every other month by region, and we will gather as a Bay Area Youth Professionals community on the other months. 

There is no charge to participate; email Deb Massey at dmassey@jewishlearningworks.org to RSVP.

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East Bay Jewish Family Engagement Network | Topic TBD by session participants
Apr
10
10:30 AM10:30

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

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

Our topic for this session is Measurable Outcomes and Evaluation Tools. At this hands-on workshop we will: 
- understand why we do evaluation and for whom;
- consider pros and cons of different types of evaluation tools;
- practice converting measures of success into measurable outcomes; and
- create evaluation questions you can put into use.

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, MA.

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. She currently serves as the Managing Director, Professional Learning at Jewish LearningWorks.  

Over the years, Jenni 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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JCHS Senior Thesis Presentations
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

JCHS Senior Thesis Presentations

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

A select group of students at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay will be presenting the fruits of their senior thesis research papers. Students will be presenting original research on topics related to Israel, sexuality, mysticism, literature, Rabbinics, and Bible. Please join us in learning from the next generation and supporting original high school scholarship!

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Community High School of the Bay.

 

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East Bay Youth Professional Network
Apr
12
10:00 AM10:00

East Bay Youth Professional Network

The Youth Professionals Network is open to anyone working with Jewish teens in any educational capacity. The goals of the network are for us to connect as professionals, to learn about a new topic related to working with Jewish teens and to engage in Jewish learning. We will meet every other month by region, and we will gather as a Bay Area Youth Professionals community on the other months. 

There is no charge to participate; email Deb Massey at dmassey@jewishlearningworks.org to RSVP.

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An Evening with Lesléa Newman at Congregation Sha'ar Zahav
Apr
12
6:30 PM18:30

An Evening with Lesléa Newman at Congregation Sha'ar Zahav

Please note: this event will be held at Congregation Sha'ar Zahav at 290 Dolores Street in San Francisco. 

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Keshet, a national organization that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life, and Congregation Sha’ar Zahav proudly welcome lesbian Jewish poet and writer Lesléa Newman as she reads from her newest collection, Lovely, and other works.

Lesléa Newman has  published seventy books for readers of all ages, including the poetry collections I Carry My Mother, which received the Golden Crown Literary Society Poetry award, and October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard (a novel in verse), which received an American Library Association Stonewall Honor. In 2010, she received the Hachamat Lev Award from Keshet for “her enduring commitment to justice and full inclusion for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the Jewish community and beyond.”

Congregation Sha’ar Zahav is a wheelchair accessible space with all-gender restrooms. Keshet and Sha’ar Zahav would like their events to be accessible to those with chemical sensitivities and allergies, and therefore support a fragrance-free environment.

For more information, please contact Jacob Klein at jacob@keshetonline.org

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From Generation To Generation: le-dor va-dor; three generations of Jewish women artists
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

From Generation To Generation: le-dor va-dor; three generations of Jewish women artists

Opening reception: Thursday, April 12

Ongoing exhibition: April 12–July 15, 2018

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

A family legacy of thriving artistic life was established by matriarch Tobeleah Wechsler z"l, descendant of an illustrious rabbinic family, who co-founded the Cheltenham Art Center in Pennsylvania. Her daughter, Barbara Stanger, and granddaughter, Susan Stanger, who were exposed to artists and art at an early age, inherited her love for art and craft. All three Jewish women artists exemplify a lifelong dedication to growing and developing their own individual styles and skills. Their work comes together for the first time in this exhibit. 

Le-dor va-dor includes contemporary Jewish ceremonial objects, paintings, drawings, and sculpture by Barbara and Susan Stanger and Tobeleah Wechsler.

Barbara Stanger is an artist, jeweler, and art teacher whose work has been included in numerous museum exhibitions and has been circulated nationally by the Smithsonian Institution and the American Federation of the Arts. Her ceremonial pieces are also found in noted private collections, including that of Leah and Yitzchak Rabin.

Susan Stanger began her career as a designer and illustrator in Hawaii. Since coming to the Bay Area in 1998, she has maintained a practice of sketching wherever she goes in San Francisco and on her travels. As a freelance graphic artist she designed books and publications for Congregations Beth Sholom and Keneset HaLev in San Francisco.

Tobeleah Wechsler came from a traditional Jewish family; the only Jews in their small Pennsylvania town, they traced their heritage to the Kovno rabbis, one of the most renowned dynasties of Lithuanian Jewry. Dedicated to her family and her art, she co-founded the Cheltenham Art Center in 1940 with the goal of building a supportive local arts community.

Opening reception made possible, in part, by David Zebker. 

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Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: from Brandeis to Kagan with David Dalin
Apr
15
1:30 PM13:30

Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: from Brandeis to Kagan with David Dalin

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

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Dr. David Dalin's newest book is the first history of the eight Jewish men and women who have served or who currently serve as justices of the Supreme Court. In his presentation, Dalin will discuss the Jewish background, identities, and legacies of the Jewish Justices and the changing role of Jews within the American legal profession. He will also address the antisemitism some of the justices encountered in their ascent to America’s highest court.

“A must read for anyone interested in Jewish, American, or legal history.”

—Alan Dershowitz

Dr. David Dalin is an ordained rabbi and scholar of American Jewish history and Jewish-Christian relations. He is the author, co-author, or editor of twelve books, including Religion and State in the American Jewish Experience and The Presidents of
the United States and the Jews
. His book Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: From Brandeis to Kagan, published by Brandeis University Press, was recently selected as a finalist for the 2017 National Jewish Book Award.

Co-presented by Lehrhaus Judaica and the Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco.

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

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Moses Veiled and Unveiled with Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg
Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

Moses Veiled and Unveiled with Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

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

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The narrative of revelation at Mount Sinai is immediately followed by the catastrophic episode of the Golden Calf. Dr. Zornberg will explore Moses’ role in this episode and answer the question: Why does his face radiate light at the end of the narrative?

Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg lives in Jerusalem, where she has been lecturing on Torah since 1980. Born in London, she grew up in Glasgow, studying Torah with her father, who was a rabbi and head of the Rabbinical Court. Dr. Zornberg holds a PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University and has taught English literature at Hebrew University. Zornberg reads biblical narratives through the prism of midrash, literature, philosophy, and particularly psychoanalysis. She is the author of five critically acclaimed books; her most recent, Moses: A Human Life, was published by Yale University Press.


Co-sponsored by the Jewish Community High School of the Bay
Co-presented by Lehrhaus Judaica and Congregation Emanu-El.

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South Peninsula Youth Professional Network
Apr
18
10:00 AM10:00

South Peninsula Youth Professional Network

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The Youth Professionals Network is open to anyone working with Jewish teens in any educational capacity. The goals of the network are for us to connect as professionals, to learn about a new topic related to working with Jewish teens and to engage in Jewish learning. We will meet every other month by region, and we will gather as a Bay Area Youth Professionals community on the other months. 

There is no charge to participate; email Deb Massey at dmassey@jewishlearningworks.org to RSVP.

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North Peninsula Youth Professional Network
Apr
19
10:00 AM10:00

North Peninsula Youth Professional Network

The Youth Professionals Network is open to anyone working with Jewish teens in any educational capacity. The goals of the network are for us to connect as professionals, to learn about a new topic related to working with Jewish teens and to engage in Jewish learning. We will meet every other month by region, and we will gather as a Bay Area Youth Professionals community on the other months. 

There is no charge to participate; email Deb Massey at dmassey@jewishlearningworks.org to RSVP.

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A Translator Walks into a Bar with Jessica Cohen
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

A Translator Walks into a Bar with Jessica Cohen

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

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Translator Jessica Cohen will discuss the joys and challenges of rendering the work of some of the finest Israeli writers into English. Translators are bridge-builders between different languages and cultures, and the bridge between Hebrew and English can be particularly difficult. Cohen will consider different ways of contextualizing Israeli cultural references for English-language readers, and the particular difficulties posed by jokes and humor. She will focus especially on David Grossman’s award-winning A Horse Walks into a Bar, which employs humor (often of the dark variety) more to unsettle than to entertain.

Jessica Cohen is a freelance translator born in England, raised in Israel, and living in
Denver. She translates contemporary Israeli prose, poetry, and other creative work.
She won the Man Booker International Prize for her translation of David Grossman’s
A Horse Walks into a Bar (2017). Her translations include works by major Israeli writers
including Etgar Keret, Dorit Rabinyan, Ronit Matalon, Moshe Sakal, and Tom Segev,
as well as director Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir).

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Art of Translation.
Co-presented by the Consulate General of Israel.

Program made possible, in part, by Jane and Michael Rice.

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North Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Topic TBD by session participants
Apr
24
9:45 AM09:45

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

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.
 

Our topic for this session is Measurable Outcomes and Evaluation Tools. At this hands-on workshop we will: 
- understand why we do evaluation and for whom;
- consider pros and cons of different types of evaluation tools;
- practice converting measures of success into measurable outcomes; and
- create evaluation questions you can put into use.

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, MA.

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. She currently serves as the Managing Director, Professional Learning at Jewish LearningWorks.  

Over the years, Jenni 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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South Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Topic TBD by session participants
Apr
25
10:30 AM10:30

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.

Our topic for this session is Measurable Outcomes and Evaluation Tools. At this hands-on workshop we will: 
- understand why we do evaluation and for whom;
- consider pros and cons of different types of evaluation tools;
- practice converting measures of success into measurable outcomes; and
- create evaluation questions you can put into use.

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, MA.

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. She currently serves as the Managing Director, Professional Learning at Jewish LearningWorks.  

Over the years, Jenni 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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Project Based Learning (PBL): Design Tools and Strategies  | Series Begins Thursday ONLINE
Apr
26
10:30 AM10:30

Project Based Learning (PBL): Design Tools and Strategies | Series Begins Thursday ONLINE

You spoke, we listened!

"Program Design and Project Based Learning are in the top three areas of interest." 
- 2017 Bay Area Educator Survey

This high-level series will be grounded in the theory behind project based learning.

Understand what project based learning is, and isn’t.
Assess your current program offerings and determine opportunities to engage students with PBL.
- Brainstorm the idea and design phases of educational program design for use at your site.
- Engage with Jewish text study as a tool to support PBL.
Connect with like minded-colleagues in a supportive and collaborative learning environment.

Expect to prepare with short reading or writing activities before each class. Recordings will be available for up to a week if you miss a session. Complete all three classes for a 10% discount for future coaching support related to developing PBL at your site.

PBL Webinar Series (Thursday)
36.00
Quantity:
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Thursday Series
Session 1: April 26, 2018
Session 2: May 10, 2018
Session 3: May 24, 2018
(limited to 6 participants)

Prefer Wednesday? Sign up here.
Want a PM or Sunday option? Email JMangel@jewishlearningworks.org

*Online sessions are held via Zoom. If you are new to Zoom (or online learning) let us know - we will help you get comfortable with this new tool.

Now offering this course for staff teams! Interested? Contact Jenni Mangel to discuss details: 415.529.3225 or JenniMangel@JewishLearningWorks.org


Presented By Jenni Mangel, MA
Jenni is an educator who believes passionately that Jewish education positively impacts the Jewish identity of children and their families.  Her work reflects a deep 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.  

Before rejoining 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 Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley and Harding Elementary School in El Cerrito.  When there are moments in the day to spare, Jenni loves to be outside in the garden with her husband, two children and dog, practicing yoga, taking photographs, making greeting cards, or connecting with family and friends.

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When Jesus Spoke Yiddish: Translating the Gospels for Jews with Naomi Seidman
Apr
29
1:30 PM13:30

When Jesus Spoke Yiddish: Translating the Gospels for Jews with Naomi Seidman

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

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Among the many translations of the New Testament, those directed at Jews present a particular set of challenges and opportunities. This lecture traces the four-hundred-year history of the Yiddish translation of the New Testament. While early translators, typically Jewish converts to Christianity, kept close to Luther’s German, in the twentieth century Yiddish translations moved toward a more idiomatic, Jewish, and “juicy” Yiddish. Dr. Seidman will explore how and why translators changed their approach, and what this move says about broader trends in modern Jewish culture, Yiddish literary style, and Jewish–Christian relations.


Naomi Seidman is Koret Professor of Jewish Culture at the Graduate Theological Union
in Berkeley. Her books include A Marriage Made in Heaven: The Sexual Politics of Hebrew
and Yiddish; Faithful Renderings: Jewish–Christian Difference and the Politics of Translation; 
and The Marriage Plot, Or, How Jews Fell in Love with Love, and with Literature.


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

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Jabotinsky’s Children: Polish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism with Daniel Kupfert Heller
May
6
1:30 PM13:30

Jabotinsky’s Children: Polish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism with Daniel Kupfert Heller

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

Why would a Zionist youth movement in 1930s Poland consider marching in Polish patriotic parades and training with Polish military groups to be Zionist acts? Drawing upon his new book, Daniel Kupfert Heller will discuss the fascinating dynamics that led Betar, one of interwar Poland’s most popular Jewish youth movements, to model their ceremonies on Polish patriotic rituals, call for their members to “act Polish,” and include Polish government officials as both observers and participants in their celebrations. By recovering the voices of ordinary Betar members, Heller offers a fascinating window into the turbulent lives of Polish Jewish youth on the eve of the Holocaust.

Daniel Kupfert Heller is an assistant professor in the department of Jewish studies at McGill University. His areas of research include Jewish life in Eastern Europe and the history of Zionism. He is the recipient of McGill University’s H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching. His book, Jabotinsky’s Children: Polish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism, was published by Princeton University Press in 2017.

Co-sponsored by the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University and Taube Philanthropies

Program made possible, in part, by Lawrence Burgheimer. 

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Bay Area Youth Professionals Network
May
9
10:00 AM10:00

Bay Area Youth Professionals Network

Bay Area Youth Professionals Network from 10:00-12:30 at Jewish LearningWorks; 44 Page St, 6th Floor in San Francisco
We are on the BART/MUNI line. Just a 10 minute walk from Civic Center BART, and 1 block from Van Ness MUNI.

The Youth Professionals Network is open to anyone working with Jewish teens in any educational capacity. The goals of the network are for us to connect as professionals, to learn about a new topic related to working with Jewish teens and to engage in Jewish learning. We will meet every other month by region, and we will gather as a Bay Area Youth Professionals community on the other months. 


There is no charge to participate; email Deb Massey at dmassey@jewishlearningworks.org to RSVP.

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JLW: INCLUDE Family Camp
May
11
to May 13

JLW: INCLUDE Family Camp

Outdoor games, arts and crafts, hiking, yoga, music & more!

Each year, children with special needs and their siblings, parents, and grandparents enjoy three days of community, creativity, and fun in a Jewish setting at Special Needs Family Camp. Together they participate in Jewish communal and life cycle events and worship services. They attend workshops, relax, find support, and share experiences.

JLW: INCLUDE Family Camp is a magical weekend for all attendees. It gives families the chance to play and recharge while strengthening their ties with Judaism and meeting and bonding with other families who share the same joys and challenges. Siblings and campers challenge themselves and make new friends while engaging in outdoor and indoor activities with the support of trained staff.

IMPORTANT! To successfully register:
1
. Select the number of tickets you need from each field. You may be asked to complete a form.  
2. Continue to select additional tickets, if you need them.
3. Go to the very top of the page and CHECK OUT. You MUST CHECK OUT in order to complete your registration.  
4. If you have any trouble, please contact RSmith@jewishlearningworks.org for support.

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This year, Camp will be held at a new location, Walker Creek Ranch in Petaluma. This will be the same Family Camp you know and love, with some exciting bonus activities that can only happen at Walker Creek. 

Vegetarian meals and snacks are provided throughout the weekend, and scholarships are available! 

COST:
$400 per adult (anyone age 18+)
$300 per youth 4-17
free for children 3 and under.  

JLW: INCLUDE Family Camp (Child Ticket)
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Scholarship or pay by check:

1. For check or scholarship payments, please add the number of tickets to your cart and complete the registration form to checkout.  When you reach the credit card payment page - you may leave the form blank and click "submit" to send your registration through.

2. Scholarships for San Francisco, Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma County residents are available through the SF-based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund until March 15th. 

3. For East Bay residents, scholarships are available through the Jewish Federation of the East Bay and The Jewish Community Foundation.  If you are seeking an East Bay scholarship please pre-register through the scholarship / pay by check ticket option and then contact Dr. David Neufeld directly - dneufeld@jewishlearningworks.org

 

 

 

On the fence? See what these parents have to say: 

"Family Camp and Passover are the two Jewish events each year which we truly cherish."
“Family Camp is a great reminder for us that we are not alone. It's a gift to be able to connect with other Jewish families facing similar challenges and know that we are accepted and embraced, regardless of our child's special needs.”
“Family Camp is the only place we can be a "normal" family enjoying a weekend family-camp experience. Our son thrives there in the care of loving volunteers and other parents while being provided with a spiritual education through nature and Jewish thought and teachings. We the parental unit enjoy a most-treasured 48-hour respite from the 24/7 care and attention our son requires.”
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Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman with Robbin Légère Henderson
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman with Robbin Légère Henderson

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

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Russian immigrant Matilda Rabinowitz (1887–1963) was a feminist, labor organizer, and mother. In her memoir, written in her later years, she describes life in the Pale of Settlement and tells the story of her journey to America, her political awakening and work as an organizer for the IWW, and, in her personal life, of a turbulent romance and struggle to support herself and her child. Matilda’s granddaughter Robbin Légère Henderson added commentary and illustrations for Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman, recently published by Cornell University Press.

Robbin Légère Henderson is an artist and writer whose work has been shown internationally, and most recently at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Henderson received her B.A. in English literature at the University of California at Berkeley, with further study at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Co-sponsored by the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia.

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From the Shahs to Los Angeles: The Modern Iranian Jewish Experience with Saba Soomekh
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

From the Shahs to Los Angeles: The Modern Iranian Jewish Experience with Saba Soomekh

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

Professor Soomekh will discuss the history of the Jews of Iran in the modern era. What was life like for Jews under Shi’a Islam, how did conditions change under the secular regime of the Pahlavis, and how did the 1979 Islamic Revolution affect Iranian Jews? She will also address life in America for the thousands of Jews who immigrated to the United States in the wake of the Iranian Revolution and the government-sponsored discrimination that followed. Soomekh will explore how the Iranian Jewish community has maintained its hybrid identity and its relationship with non-Iranian Jews, the Ashkenazi community, and Israel.

Dr. Saba Soomekh is the assistant director of interreligious and intercommunity affairs at
the American Jewish Committee. She teaches religious studies, Middle Eastern history,
and women’s studies courses at UCLA. Professor Soomekh is the editor of Sephardi and
Mizrahi Jews in America
and the author of From the Shahs to Los Angeles: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women between Religion and Culture. Dr. Soomekh was the exhibition coordinator for Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews at UCLA’s Fowler Museum.

Co-sponsored by JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa.

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Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History with Steven Zipperstein
May
31
7:00 PM19:00

Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History with Steven Zipperstein

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

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Kishinev’s 1903 riot seized the imagination of the international public and became the prototype for what would now become known as a pogrom. It would provide a crucial impetus to developments as far flung as Zionism, the NAACP, and the first version of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. In this lecture, Professor Zipperstein will discuss his much-anticipated new work on the Kishinev pogrom.

“Pogrom is a splendid book that pinpoints the moment at the start of the twentieth century when exile in Europe turned deadly in a way that foretold the end of everything. It tells of horror that occurred street by street, butchery by butchery — told with gripping
clarity and an admirable brevity.”

— PHILIP ROTH

Steven J. Zipperstein, the author or editor of eight books, is Koshland Professor of Jewish Culture and History at Stanford. He is co-editor of the Jewish Lives series published by Yale University Press.

Co-presented by Lehrhaus Judaica and KlezCalifornia.

Program made possible, in part, by Judy Baston.

 

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Drop-In Book Club: A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman
Jun
3
2:00 PM14:00

Drop-In Book Club: A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman

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

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Jim Van Buskirk leads a discussion of A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman.

Winner of the 2017 Man Booker International Prize and National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, this caustic short novel explores the life of a stand-up comic, as revealed in the course of one evening’s performance. In the dance between comic and audience, with barbs flying back and forth, a deeper story begins to take shape.


Note: Translator Jessica Cohen will speak at the Library on Thursday, April 19. Click here for more information.

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Drop-In Book Club: Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
Jul
1
2:00 PM14:00

Drop-In Book Club: Bee Season by Myla Goldberg

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

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Jim Van Buskirk leads a discussion of Bee Season by Myla Goldberg. 

When Eliza Naumann, a seemingly unremarkable nine-year-old, wins her district spelling bee, she captures the attention of her father, Saul, absorbed in his study of Jewish mysticism, and displaces her brother, Aaron, who embarks upon a lone quest for spiritual fulfillment. Meanwhile, her brilliant but distant lawyer mother is having a crisis of her own.

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San Francisco Youth Professionals Network
Feb
22
10:00 AM10:00

San Francisco Youth Professionals Network

  • Jewish LearningWorks; 44 Page St in San Francisco, 6th Floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

San Francisco Network Gathering: Thursday, February 22 from 10:00-12:30 at Jewish LearningWorks; 44 Page St, 6th Floor in San Francisco
We are on the BART/MUNI line. Just a 10 minute walk from Civic Center BART, and 1 block from Van Ness MUNI.

The Youth Professionals Network is open to anyone working with Jewish teens in any educational capacity. The goals of the network are for us to connect as professionals, to learn about a new topic related to working with Jewish teens and to engage in Jewish learning. We will meet every other month by region, and we will gather as a Bay Area Youth Professionals community on the other months. 

There is no charge to participate; email Deb Massey at dmassey@jewishlearningworks.org to RSVP.

Mark your calendars for our next ALL-Region network gathering:
Wednesday, May 9th from 10:00 am-12:30 pm

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Project Based Learning (PBL): Design Tools and Strategies  | Series Begins Wednesday ONLINE
Feb
21
12:30 PM12:30

Project Based Learning (PBL): Design Tools and Strategies | Series Begins Wednesday ONLINE

You spoke, we listened!

"Program Design and Project Based Learning are in the top three areas of interest." 
- 2017 Bay Area Educator Survey

This high-level series will be grounded in the theory behind project based learning.

Understand what project based learning is, and isn’t.
Assess your current program offerings and determine opportunities to engage students with PBL.
- Brainstorm the idea and design phases of educational program design for use at your site.
- Engage with Jewish text study as a tool to support PBL.
Connect with like minded-colleagues in a supportive and collaborative learning environment.

Expect to prepare with short reading or writing activities before each class. Recordings will be available for up to a week if you miss a session. Complete all three classes for a 10% discount for future coaching support related to developing PBL at your site.

PBL Webinar Series (Wednesday)
36.00
Quantity:
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Wednesday Series
Session 1: Feb 21, 2018
Session 2: Mar 7, 2018
Session 3: Mar 21, 2018
(limited to 6 participants)

Prefer Thursday? Sign up here.
Want a PM or Sunday option? Email JMangel@jewishlearningworks.org

*Online sessions are held via Zoom. If you are new to Zoom (or online learning) let us know - we will help you get comfortable with this new tool.

Now offering this course for staff teams! Interested? Contact Jenni Mangel to discuss details: 415.529.3225 or JenniMangel@JewishLearningWorks.org


Presented By Jenni Mangel, MA
Jenni is an educator who believes passionately that Jewish education positively impacts the Jewish identity of children and their families.  Her work reflects a deep 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.  

Before rejoining 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 Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley and Harding Elementary School in El Cerrito.  When there are moments in the day to spare, Jenni loves to be outside in the garden with her husband, two children and dog, practicing yoga, taking photographs, making greeting cards, or connecting with family and friends.

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Yom Iyun / Day of Learning
Feb
11
9:30 AM09:30

Yom Iyun / Day of Learning

  • Peninsula Jewish Community Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Unlocking Wonder
This year’s Yom Iyun/Day of Learning is co-sponsored by Jewish LearningWorks and Peninsula Jewish Community Center.

Our learning will focus on Jewish family engagement and is geared towards educators in all positions including classroom teachers, school directors and family educators. Our day will be led by master teacher Karina Zilberman, founder of Shababa at New York’s 92nd St Y and winner of the 2012 Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education.  

Experience a day full of music, connection, exploration and magic. This learning has universal value and appeal across all Jewish educational frameworks such as preschools, day schools, camps and synagogues.

Enhance your toolkit through two collaborative and experiential sessions:

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The Art of Engaging Families (Morning)
Explore family engagement through the lens of intentional wonder. Learn how to create meaningful Jewish experiences for all generations together.

Welcome to the “No Shushing’ Zone  (Afternoon)
Learn how to lead family experiences without shushing and learn best practices to effectively utilize transitions for continuous engagement.

About Karina
Shababa began in 2007, when Karina Zilberman went with her guitar and her beloved puppet, Coco, to the 92nd Street Y lobby to sing, play and celebrate Shabbat. Karina believed that Jewish life could be a playground, and families could connect with Judaism and with one another in a relaxed, soulful and meaningful environment.

Since 2007, Shababa has grown into a wide array of Jewish family experiences for all generations. 92Y Shababa has released three albums of Jewish family music, and hosted concerts and workshops at 92Y and around the world.  

Location: PJCC
Time: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Cost: $36/person for the first pair from an organization, $25 for each additional participant

Free One-Hour Follow up Consultations
Jewish LearningWorks will provide a one-hour follow-up consultation based on Karina Zilberman's workshop presentation for any school or organization that brings three or more people to the day of learning. This consultation will help you refine, focus and apply your key take-a-ways from the day of learning and translate them into action. To schedule this consultation, contact Jenni Mangel by phone or email: 
415.529.3225 | JMangel@JewishLearningWorks.org

If you are not able to bring a team but would like to be paired with one or more learning partners to participate in a consultation, contact Jenni to make arrangements.

Limited space available.  Registration required.
A light vegetarian lunch will be provided.
Participants are encouraged to attend the full day.

This program is presented in partnership by:

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The Illustrated Pirkei Avot: Learning from our Sages and from Each Other with Jessica Tamar Deutsch
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

The Illustrated Pirkei Avot: Learning from our Sages and from Each Other with Jessica Tamar Deutsch

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

Join illustrator Jessica Tamar Deutsch for a group study session using her new book, The Illustrated Pirkei Avot: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Ethics. The Illustrated Pirkei Avot is a complete English translation of six chapters of Mishna, accompanied by more than a hundred pages of hand drawn illustrations. This visual commentary makes for accessible and deep learning for those new to Mishna and provides a fresh perspective for those with any amount of experience with Jewish text study. In addition to leading study, Deutsch will discuss her process in creating a contemporary Jewish text. 

Jessica Tamar Deutsch is a New York based visual artist. She earned her BFA in illustration at Parson’s School of Design and completed residencies with Art Kibbutz and the Brandeis Collegiate Institute. Deutsch's work explores the meeting points of Jewish spirituality and contemporary culture. The Illustrated Pirkei Avot: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Ethics began as her senior thesis project and is currently available in print.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Community High School of the Bay
 

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North Bay Youth Professionals Network
Feb
6
11:00 AM11:00

North Bay Youth Professionals Network

The Youth Professionals Network is open to anyone working with Jewish teens in any educational capacity. The goals of the network are for us to connect as professionals, to learn about a new topic related to working with Jewish teens and to engage in Jewish learning. We will meet every other month by region, and we will gather as a Bay Area Youth Professionals community on the other months. 

There is no charge to participate; email Deb Massey at dmassey@jewishlearningworks.org to RSVP.

Mark your calendars for our ALL-Region network gatherings:

Thursday, March 8th  from 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Wednesday, May 9th from 10:30 am-12:30 pm

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Feb
4
2:00 PM14:00

Drop-In Book Club: What Language Do I Dream In? by Elena Lappin

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

Jim Van Buskirk leads a discussion of What Language Do I Dream In? by Elena Lappin

In this rich family mosaic, Moscow-born, London-based writer and editor Elena Lappin explores the impact of her peripatetic, multilingual background on the development of her identity and sense of home. As she reconstructs the stories and secrets of her parents and grandparents, each language one or more of them spoke—Russian, Czech, German, Hebrew, and finally, English—is a link to a different piece of Lappin's struggle.

 

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Genealogy Clinic
Feb
4
12:00 PM12:00

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 Youth Professionals Network
Feb
1
10:00 AM10:00

East Bay Youth Professionals Network

  • Jewish Federation of the East Bay Board Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Youth Professionals Network is open to anyone working with Jewish teens in any educational capacity. The goals of the network are for us to connect as professionals, to learn about a new topic related to working with Jewish teens and to engage in Jewish learning. We will meet every other month by region, and we will gather as a Bay Area Youth Professionals community on the other months. 

There is no charge to participate; email Deb Massey at dmassey@jewishlearningworks.org to RSVP.

Mark your calendars for our ALL-Region network gatherings:

Thursday, March 8th  from 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Wednesday, May 9th from 10:30 am-12:30 pm

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South Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Case Study Workshop
Jan
31
10:30 AM10:30

South Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Case Study Workshop

  • Oshman Family JCC 4th floor above the main theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
South Peninsula Jewish Family Engagement Network
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SPECIAL NOTE: 
When you arrive at the JCC, try to park in the garage. Please allow extra time to look for street parking, in case garage is full.

 

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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North Peninsula Youth Professionals Network
Jan
30
10:00 AM10:00

North Peninsula Youth Professionals Network

  • PJCC in Foster City - Conference Room B (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Youth Professionals Network is open to anyone working with Jewish teens in any educational capacity. The goals of the network are for us to connect as professionals, to learn about a new topic related to working with Jewish teens and to engage in Jewish learning. We will meet every other month by region, and we will gather as a Bay Area Youth Professionals community on the other months. 

There is no charge to participate; email Deb Massey at dmassey@jewishlearningworks.org to RSVP.

Mark your calendars for our ALL-Region network gatherings:

Thursday, March 8th  from 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Wednesday, May 9th from 10:30 am-12:30 pm

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North Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Case Study Workshop
Jan
30
9:45 AM09:45

North Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Case Study Workshop

North Peninsula Jewish Family Engagement Network
Session Date (s):
Quantity:
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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
7:00 PM19:00

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, JFCS Holocaust Center, J. Weekly, Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California, and the Jewish Film Institute
 

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South Peninsula Teen Educator Network
Jan
25
10:00 AM10:00

South Peninsula Teen Educator Network

The Teen Educator Network is open to anyone working with Jewish teens in any educational capacity. 

During our first gathering, we will focus on creating a community of practice and learning together.  We will also consider future topics and future locations. Email Deb Massey at dmassey@jewishlearningworks.org to RSVP.

There is no charge to participate.

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The Fleyshik State: Episodes in Nebraska Jewish History
Jan
21
1:30 PM13:30

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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Feast of Jewish Learning | True Grit: Jewish Resilience in Times of Adversity
Jan
20
7:00 PM19:00

Feast of Jewish Learning | True Grit: Jewish Resilience in Times of Adversity

An evening of learning, community, and connection!

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Feed your mind and spirit at The Feast of Jewish Learning, the community-wide smorgasbord of all things Jewish.

Select from a wide range of sessions on text, arts, ethics and more led by outstanding Jewish teachers.

The Feast opens with Havdalah promptly at 7 pm, followed by two sessions of your choice, closing with an after party at 10 pm.

There is no entrance fee for the Feast, however, donations are welcome and appreciated. All donations cover the cost of putting on the Feast.

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*Parking is tight.  We encourage folks to carpool.  Alternatively, additional parking is available at Kol Emeth with Shuttle service from 6:30pm - 10:30pm

The Feast of Jewish Learning is presented by SPARE (South Peninsula Area Rabbis & Executives),  Lehrhaus Judaica, Jewish LearningWorks, the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, and J. It is made possible by generous sponsors, extraordinary educators and the hundreds of participants and volunteers who have kept the Feast cutting-edge for 18 years.

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Jan
18
7:00 PM19:00

Film Class: Gilda Live

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

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Comedian Gilda Radner spent the summer of 1979 performing a one-woman stage show that interspersed her signature 'Saturday Night Live' characters with original song-and-dance numbers. The show was preserved on film by director Mike Nichols. Although it flopped at the box office, the rarely seen film remains perhaps the best record of Radner's wide-ranging and endearing talents. 1980, 96 minutes.

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When a Filmmaker Learns Her That Dad Worked with Ex-Nazi Scientists
Jan
11
7:00 PM19:00

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.

Co-presented by the Jewish Film Institute
 

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East Bay Jewish Family Engagement Network | Case Study Workshop
Jan
9
10:30 AM10:30

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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Genealogy Clinic
Jan
7
12:00 PM12:00

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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Jan
4
7:00 PM19:00

Artist Reception: Diaspora by Rachel Leibman

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

Jews in the diaspora have been immigrants, refugees, and long-time residents of many unlikely places. Their journeys have traced paths across continents and oceans. This exhibit features paper collages and mixed-media wall hangings incorporating photos and documents that illustrate the journeys Jews have taken throughout the diaspora and the impressive impact they have left on the world. 

The exhibition will run from December 14, 2017 to March 21, 2018.

Rachel Leibman is a collage and mixed-media artist living in San Francisco. She has shown her work in solo and group shows on both coasts, including at the Monmouth Museum, Inclusions Gallery, Synagogue for the Arts, and the Peninsula JCC. Her collages hang in permanent collections at Kaiser Permanente, the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, and American Airlines headquarters. 

Art exhibitions curated by Elayne Grossbard.

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Dec
21
7:00 PM19:00

Film Class: Selected Clips of Sid Caesar

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

We will watch hand-selected clips that reveal Sid Caesar's multifaceted comic abilities. The class will examine the Jewish dimension reflected both in Caesar's performing style and in the writing staff of his television program "Your Show of Shows", which included Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, and Carl Reiner. 80 minutes. 

Program made possible, in part, by Jane and Michael Rice.

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An Afternoon Honoring Rabbi Lawrence Kushner and Marcia Falk
Dec
10
1:30 PM13:30

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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'Hasidism: A New History' with David Biale
Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

'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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Drop-In Book Club
Dec
3
2:00 PM14:00

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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Household and Halakha: Study Session with Deena Aranoff
Dec
3
1:30 PM13:30

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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Genealogy Clinic
Dec
3
12:00 PM12:00

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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Hasidic Music in Ukraine: A Presentation by Joshua Horowitz
Nov
27
7:00 PM19:00

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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 Pamela Frank, violin, accompanied by Stephen Prutsman on piano
Nov
19
7:00 PM19:00

Pamela Frank, violin, accompanied by Stephen Prutsman on piano

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Love classical music? Looking for a fun night out in an elegant setting?  Come hear acclaimed violinist Pamela Frank at the SF Conservatory of Music and support Special Needs Inclusion at Jewish LearningWorks!
Autism Fun Bay Area in partnership with San Francisco Conservatory of Music presents a special performance benefitting three organizations supporting the needs of families with autism and other developmental disabilities. 

Tickets | $35
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Proceeds from this concert will benefit:
Special Needs Inclusion at Jewish LearningWorks
Autism Fun Bay Area
Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area

 

 

 

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Hasidism in Ukraine: Dynasties, Rebbes, and their Teachings
Nov
19
1:30 PM13:30

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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