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All events take place at the Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis Street in San Francisco, unless indicated. Free garage parking is available on Pierce between Ellis and Eddy (click here for a map).

Tree Diaries: Writing with a Knife


Memory is the source of Jewish self-knowledge and renewal, but is history lost to us if it remains unrecorded? Our stories must be cherished and preserved if they are to sustain us in the present. Trees, long seen as models of steadfast strength and endurance, bear silent witness to the past. In this exhibition of work by Jane Rice, imaginary diaries give voice to the trees’ silence. Their eloquent words and organic beauty awaken us to a deeper appreciation of the role of stories in our own lives.

Jane Rice is a San Francisco artist and poet. Her hand-made books have been exhibited at the Mendocino Art Center, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Jewish Community Library, and her collection of poems, Portrait Sitters, was printed in a limited edition by Propolis Press.

Film Class: 'Counsellor-At-Law'


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

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

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