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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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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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.
 

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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.

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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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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South Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Case Study Workshop
Jan
24
10:30 AM10:30

South Pen 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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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.
 

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Genealogy Clinic
Feb
4
12:00 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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Yom Iyun / Day of Learning
Feb
11
9:30 AM09:30

Yom Iyun / Day of Learning

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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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Yom Kef / Taste of Camp
Feb
11
1:30 PM13:30

Yom Kef / Taste of Camp

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Join us for our second annual Yom Kef / Taste of Camp, a day of fun for children and young adults with disabilities and their families! 

This year, returning and prospective families interested in our Special Needs Family Camp weekend (May 11th-13th, 2018 at Walker Creek Ranch in Petaluma) are especially invited to attend--in addition to family activities such as carnival games, live music, art, and more, parents will have an opportunity to re-connect with old friends and meet new ones while their children are entertained by our resident Family Camp magician Joe Bradley.

Accessible parking is free. Snacks will be provided! 

COST: $18 / family

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M2 Community Lab 1 : Intrinsic Motivation
Mar
19
to Mar 20

M2 Community Lab 1 : Intrinsic Motivation

Research tells us that intrinsic motivation is one of the leading factors that drives initiative.  Many believe that you have it or you don’t! Recent findings say that it can be sparked, and an educator can play a lead role in motivating their learners.  Over the course of this convening, participants will apply these findings to their practice and design programs that their participants are inclined to attend!

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Each Lab will take place over two full days.  Precise start and end times and locations will be announced shortly. 

The three Lab series may be attended in full or in part.  You are welcome to join us at any point, and each day will function as a stand-alone learning opportunity. Join us to workshop your upcoming programs in a dynamic and creative environment with personalized support and peer feedback. Each two-day session will explore powerful ideas to enrich experiential Jewish education, while utilizing unique peer-collaboration strategies.  

Space limited to 15 participants per session.

Participation costs have been generously subsidized by the Teen Initiative funders.

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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.

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

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

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

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South Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Topic TBD by session participants
Apr
17
10:30 AM10:30

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

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

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

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

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

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North Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Topic TBD by session participants
Apr
24
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.

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

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

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

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M2 Community Lab 2 : Imagineering: The Art and Science of Out-of-the-Box Thinking
May
2
to May 3

M2 Community Lab 2 : Imagineering: The Art and Science of Out-of-the-Box Thinking

What if?  These two words have the power to transform our capacity to think limitlessly and boundlessly.  What if we had the tools to think outside the box…to innovate…to transform space and environments?  What if we could control our ability to think creatively? And what if we could reimagine the scope of our programs? Learn how to unshackle your creative self and surface extraordinarily innovative possibilities, and incorporate these ideas into your programs! 

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Each Lab will take place over two full days.  Precise start and end times and locations will be announced shortly. 

The three Lab series may be attended in full or in part.  You are welcome to join us at any point, and each day will function as a stand-alone learning opportunity. Join us to workshop your upcoming programs in a dynamic and creative environment with personalized support and peer feedback. Each two-day session will explore powerful ideas to enrich experiential Jewish education, while utilizing unique peer-collaboration strategies.  

Space limited to 15 participants per session.

Participation costs have been generously subsidized by the Teen Initiative funders.

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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.

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.  

 

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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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M2 Community Lab 3 : The Design of Memorable Experiences
Oct
23
to Oct 24

M2 Community Lab 3 : The Design of Memorable Experiences

The field of neuroscience and the processes of memory formation are directly related to designing memorable experiences.  In what ways can our understanding of how memories are created influence the programs we design? In this seminar, participants will learn underlying theories and practical techniques to create programs that can be impactful in the present and for years to come.  

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Each Lab will take place over two full days.  Precise start and end times and locations will be announced shortly. 

The three Lab series may be attended in full or in part.  You are welcome to join us at any point, and each day will function as a stand-alone learning opportunity. Join us to workshop your upcoming programs in a dynamic and creative environment with personalized support and peer feedback. Each two-day session will explore powerful ideas to enrich experiential Jewish education, while utilizing unique peer-collaboration strategies.  

Space limited to 15 participants per session.

Participation costs have been generously subsidized by the Teen Initiative funders.

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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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Stepchildren of the Shtetl
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Stepchildren of the Shtetl

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

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

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

Program made possible, in part, by Judy Baston.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia and Lehrhaus Judaica.
 

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North Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Markers of Success
Nov
14
10:30 AM10:30

North Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Markers of Success

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

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

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

At this first JFEN session we will:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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An Afternoon Reading of Jewish Poetry
Nov
12
1:30 PM13:30

An Afternoon Reading of Jewish Poetry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 South Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Markers of Success
Nov
7
10:30 AM10:30

South Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Markers of Success

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

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

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

At this first JFEN session we will:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Drop-In Book Club
Nov
5
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 Isaac’s Torah: Concerning the Life of Isaac Jacob Blumenfeld Through Two World Wars, Three Concentration Camps, and Five Motherlands by Angel Wagenstein

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

 

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The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: Actor MB Curtis
Nov
5
1:30 PM13:30

The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: Actor MB Curtis

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

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

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

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Genealogy Clinic
Nov
5
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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Translating and Transforming Her Father’s Yiddish Book
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Translating and Transforming Her Father’s Yiddish Book

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

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

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

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

Program made possible, in part, by Larry Burgheimer.

Co-presented by the Cartoon Art Museum and KlezCalifornia.
 

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East Bay Jewish Family Engagement Network | Markers of Success
Oct
31
10:30 AM10:30

East Bay Jewish Family Engagement Network | Markers of Success

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

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

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

At this first JFEN session we will:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Ads in the Ladino and Yiddish American Press
Oct
29
1:30 PM13:30

Ads in the Ladino and Yiddish American Press

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

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

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

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

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

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia.

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