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THURSDAY, AUGUST 14 at 7 pm (reception with light refreshments to follow)Yiscah Smith photo

A Wider Bridge is proud to host Jewish educator from Israel, Yiscah Sara Smith

Yiscah Sara Smith, author of the book Forty Years in the Wilderness: My Journey to Authentic Living, is a renowned Jewish educator and spiritual mentor, both in Jerusalem and Seattle. Yiscah’s life has been an inspiring and courageous journey of the joy and struggles of her own spirituality, gender identity, and commitment to living true to herself.

In her own words, “The story I want to tell is my story of a man, facing his truth, embracing the woman she was always meant to be and returning to her faith with wholeness and authenticity.” Yiscah’s story is important for everyone to hear and will inspire and empower others who face seemingly insurmountable obstacles to wholeness in their lives. 

Click here to read more about Yiscah and her new book.




The exhibition is on display through August 3 and can be viewed during regular Library hours.

lib_2Click here to read 'Facing East' explores Mizrachi, Asian influences on art, modern Jewish culture in the current issue of the j weekly.

Jews have always faced east, their ancient birthplace, point of departure and longed-for destination in the Diaspora. East (Mizrah in Hebrew) is the direction of prayer and the name for an ornament that adorns the eastern wall in home and synagogue. Modern Jewish culture has a more complicated vision of the East as the past, present, and future of the Jewish people.

These ideas have played out in Jewish art from folk crafts and synagogue architecture to political posters. For this exhibition we asked Bay Area artists to explore the East in their own contemporary idiom. The wide array of sculpture, textiles, graphic art, paintings, and collage, contributed by more than 25 participants, allow the viewer to navigate a real and symbolic east-west Jewish geography.

Click here for a complete listing of the participating artists and more information.

At right, Compass Rose by Amy Kassiola
Artist's statement: I was born and raised in New York City, so this is my tongue-in-cheek 
geographical interpretation inspired by the artist Saul Steinberg




Our fal/winter schedule of events will be available online in July. If you would like to receive information about the Library's fall programs via our e-newsletter, please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you wish to receive a copy of the Library's catalogue in the mail, please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or phone 415.567.3327 ext 703.


To access our 2014 Spring/Summer Program Catalog, click here.

All events are

  • FREE
  • Open to everyone
  • Held in the Main Library, unless noted otherwise

Programs are made possible by the Friends of the Jewish Community Library. The Jewish Community Library is a member of the Jewish Book Network, coordinated by the Jewish Book Council. 

The Jewish Community Library is located at 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, 94115; between Scott and Pierce on the campus of the Jewish Community High School.

Free garage parking; entrance on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy. For more information, contact Allison at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 415.567.3327 x 703

Each season, the Library presents engaging cultural and literary events.