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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


September 2018

Thu    6    7:00 pm   American History: Black Power, Jewish Politics with Marc Dollinger


October 2018

Wed   3   7:00 pm   European History: Europe’s Underground Railroad with Megan Koreman

Thu    4   7:00 pm   Film Class: Noodle   

Sun    7  12:00 pm   Genealogy: Genealogy Clinic

Thu   11   7:00 pm   One Bay One Book: Documentary Film on Philip Roth

Sun   14   1:30 pm   Bay Area Authors: Born Under Fire with Rina Z. Neiman and Sue Fishkoff

Sun   21  11:00 am  Family: Hebrew Storytelling with Up a Tree Puppetry

Sun   21    1:30 pm  European History: The Rise and Destruction of Agro-Joint with Misha Mitsel

Thu   25  7:00 pm  Tribute: Celebrating Rabbi Edward Zerin

Sun   28   1:30 pm  Israeli Society and Culture: Changing Musical Soundscapes with Ben Brinner


November 2018

Thu     1    6:30 pm  Art Exhibition: Opening Reception for Zora Neale Hurston Suite

Sun     4  12:00 pm  Genealogy: Genealogy Clinic   

Sun     4    2:00 pm   Drop-In Book Club: Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death by Lillian Faderman

Mon   5     7:00 pm   Israeli Society and Culture: Eurovision with Ilan Vitemberg  

Wed   7     7:00 pm   European History: The Order of the Day with Éric Vuillard

Sun    11      1:30 pm   Bay Area Authors: Paper is White with Hilary Zaid and Nancy Kates

Thu    15     7:00 pm   One Bay One Book: Reflecting on Philip Roth  


December 2018

Sun     2   11:00 pm  Family: Hebrew Storytelling with Treehouse Learning  

Sun     2   12:00 pm  Genealogy: Genealogy Clinic

Sun     2     2:00 pm  Drop-In Book Club: The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

Thu     6    7:00 pm  Yiddish Film: The Celluloid Closet with Eve Sicular

Thu   13     7:00 pm  Bible: The Curse of Ham: Is Genesis 9 Racist? with Raffi Magarik  

Sun   16      1:30 pm  American History: Not Bad for Delancey Street with Mark Cohen


January 2019

Sun     6   12:00 pm  Genealogy: Genealogy Clinic

Thu   10     7:00 pm   Film Class: Fill the Void

Sun   13       1:30 pm   Bible: The Hebrew Bible with Robert Alter

Sun    27      1:30 pm   Morocco: Muslim–Jewish Relations, Then and Now with Emily Gottreich


February 2019

Sun    3        1:30 pm   European History: Teaching about the Holocaust in Poland with Magdalena Gross*

Sun    3       2:00 pm   Drop-In Book Club: Nemesis by Philip Roth

Thu    7       7:00 pm   Israeli Society and Culture: Alley-Oop to Aliyah with David Goldstein

Sun    10     10:30 am  Family: Apartment for Rent with Up a Tree Puppetry

Thu    28      7:00 pm  Film Class: Footnote


March 2019

Sun    3      2:00 pm   Drop-In Book Club: The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas

Sun   17     11:00 am   Family: Hebrew Storytelling with Treehouse Learning



Art Exhibition: A Family History by David Goldberg

Ongoing: JULY 15–OCTOBER 21

Free program with free garage parking on Pierce between Ellis and Eddy. 

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David Goldberg’s art inhabits a space where family and cultural history intersect. Poverty and antisemitism drove his family to join the early twentieth-century wave of immigration from Eastern Europe to America. Here they found not only freedom, but opportunity—all it took to rise above poverty was a job, no matter how modest. With enthusiasm, they set about weaving themselves into the fabric of their new country.

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In these photographs, David Goldberg uses multiple exposures made in the camera to create a vivid personal narrative that integrates family documents and pictures with images drawn from nature, history, and contemporary culture.

David Goldberg’s photography has been widely exhibited in California and New York
and is in the collection of the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. His work explores documentary issues through the prism of visual art. Educated at City College of San Francisco and Columbia University, he has taught photography at UC Berkeley Extension for more than twenty-two years. He is grateful to his grandparents for emigrating from Poland to New York in 1920. 

Art exhibitions curated by Elayne Grossbard.