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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).

Calendar of Programs


February 2018

Thu  8    7:00 pm  Jews and Cartoons: The Illustrated Pirkei Avot with Jessica Tamar Deutsch

Sun  11   11:00 am  Family: Hebrew Storytelling

Sun  25    1:30 pm  Personal History: Betar, Irgun, and a Memory of All That with Ephraim Margolin


March 2018

Sun    4  12:00 pm  Genealogy: Genealogy Clinic

Thu    8   7:00 pm  History: Alliance Israélite Universelle with Adam Eilath

Sun   11    1:30 pm   Hebrew Literature in Translation: Waking Lions with Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

Wed 14   7:00 pm   Jews and Cartoons: Hanukkomics with Hilary Price

Thu   15   7:00 pm   Film Class: The King of Comedy

Sun   18   11:00 am  Family: Hebrew Storytelling

Sun   18   1:30 pm    On Translation: English-Yiddish Dictionary with Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath

Mon  19  7:00 pm   Hebrew Literature in Translation: The Diamond Setter with Moshe Sakal

Thu   22  7:00 pm   Spring Concert: An Evening of Mizraḥi Music

Sun   25    1:30 pm   History: North African Jews under Vichy Rule with Alma Heckman


April 2018

Sun    8  10:30 am  Family: Musical Fun with Ben Kramarz

Sun    8  12:00 pm  Genealogy: Genealogy Clinic  

Sun    8    2:00 pm  Drop-In Book Club: Diary of the Fall by Michel Laub

Mon   9    7:00 pm  Hebrew Literature in Translation: Agnon’s Shoah with Yonatan Cohen

Wed  11    7:00 pm  JCHS: Student Senior Thesis Presentations

Thu   12   6:30 pm   Keshet and Sha’ar Zahav: An Evening with Lesléa Newman at Sha’ar Zahav

Thu   12   7:00 pm   Art Exhibition: Opening Reception for From Generation to Generation

Sun   15   1:30 pm   History: Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court with David Dalin

Mon  16   7:00 pm  Marsha Rifkind Raleigh Lecture: Moses Veiled and Unveiled with Avivah Zornberg

Thu   19   7:00 pm   On Translation: A Translator Walks into a Bar with Jessica Cohen

Sun   29 11:00 am   Family: Hebrew Storytelling

Sun   29   1:30 pm   On Translation: When Jesus Spoke Yiddish with Naomi Seidman


May 2018

Sun    6   12:00 pm  Genealogy: Genealogy Clinic

Sun    6    1:30 pm  History: Jabotinsky’s Children with Daniel Kupfert Heller

Thu   17   7:00 pm   Personal History: Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman with Robin Légère Henderson

Wed 23   7:00 pm   One Bay One Book: The Modern Iranian Jewish Experience with Saba Soomekh

Thu   31   7:00 pm   History: Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History with Steven Zipperstein


June 2018

Sun   3   11:00 am   Family: Hebrew Storytelling

Sun   3   12:00 pm   Genealogy: Genealogy Clinic

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

Thu   7    7:00 pm   Film Class: The Plot Against Harry

Sun  10   7:15 pm   One Bay One Book: Dalia Sofer in Palo Alto

Mon  11   7:00 pm   One Bay One Book: Dalia Sofer in San Francisco


July 2018

Sun 1   2:00 pm   Drop-In Book Club: Bee Season by Myla Goldberg

Thu 12  7:00 pm  Film Class: The Heartbreak Kid

Art Exhibition: Diaspora by Rachel Leibman

Ongoing: December 14, 2017 - March 21, 2018

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Opening Reception: Thursday, January 4, 7 pm

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 exhibition 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.