East Bay Shorts Day school marks 5 years

To RSVP for the party, which costs $30 per person, call the school at (510) 652-4324.

Federation to hold 79th annual meeting

The Jewish Federation of the Greater East Bay will hold its 79th annual meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, June 9 at the Lakeview Club, 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland.

The meeting will feature a tribute to outgoing President Julian Wolf and other board members completing their terms, plus election and installation of incoming President Gerald Yanowitz and other 1997-98 officers, executive board members and trustees.

Cost is $15. For information, call (510) 839-2900.

Blintzes, discussions to highlight Shavuot

Temple Beth Sholom in San Leandro will celebrate Shavuot with a potluck meal and study session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 10.

David Jonathan will lead a discussion on "Did Torah Stop at Sinai?" Stephen Steiner will address "The Vanishing American Jew" and Judith Linzer will speak on "Torah and Dharma: Jewish Seekers in Eastern Religions."

The synagogue is located at 642 Dolores Ave. Reservations are due June 8. Call (510) 357-8505.

Older adults stretch in BRJCC yoga class

A free yoga class for seniors meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley.

To register, call (510) 845-0237.

Photos depict today's Germany

"Jews, Germany, Memory: Photographs by Edward Serotta, 1988-96" will open with a 2 p.m. reception Sunday, June 8 at Judah L. Magnes Museum, 2911 Russell St., Berkeley.

Utilizing portraits and anecdotes of individual Jews, the Berlin-based photojournalist will explore the Jewish experience in the nation that perpetrated the Holocaust.

Few Jews in Germany today have roots in the country's pre-Holocaust Jewish communities, whose survivors largely fled. Most hail from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Few call themselves German Jews, but instead identify as Jews from a particular city or region.

By the mid-1990s, more than 60,000 former German Jews had been invited by municipal governments to visit what once were their homes, but not all have found the visits healing. Serotta's work makes vivid these persons and the quandaries they face.

Serotta has worked for ABC News' "Nightline." His photos have appeared in Time and the Washington Post. The Magnes exhibit, which will run through Oct. 12 and then go on tour nationwide, is cosponsored by the Museum of Contemporary History in Bonn, Germany, and is also made possible through support from Steven Spielberg's Righteous Persons Foundation.

Also opening at 2 p.m. June 8 at the Magnes will be "Faces of the Holocaust," Photodigitography by Mark Swartz, a show that updates archival images through computer technology.

For information, call (510) 549-6950.