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One Bay One Book Closing Program: Primo Levi and the Multicultural Texture of Italian Jewish Music

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94115 (map)

Free event with free parking in garage along Pierce Street between Eddy and Ellis streets. Followed by a dessert reception.

Inspired by the One Bay One Book reading of Primo Levi’s The Periodic Table, this multi-media program combines a talk by Francesco Spagnolo, PhD, on the history and cultures of the Jews from Levi’s Piedmont region of Italy, with a presentation of archival musical recordings, and Cantor Sharon Bernstein’s live performances of Piedmontese Jewish and Italian synagogue and folk songs.

Francesco Spagnolo is curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and a leading scholar of Italian Jewish music and synagogue life. His doctoral dissertation was titled “The Musical Traditions of the Jews in Piedmont (Italy).”

Sharon Bernstein is the cantor of Congregation Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco. She has researched and performed Italian Jewish music; her master’s thesis was devoted to biblical cantillation in the Jewish community of Turin.

Co-sponsored by the Academic Consortium of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Co-presented by Lehrhaus Judaica.

Later Event: June 11