Shorts: Book Month

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Storycorps celebrates opening at S.F. Jewish museum

StoryCorps, a national nonprofit that aims to preserve the nation’s stories, will celebrate its grand opening at the Contemporary Jewish Museum on Oct. 26 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a community listening party and book signing by StoryCorps founder Dave Isay.

The event will feature sound clips from StoryCorps interviews. It is free with admission ($10 for adults, free for ages 18 and under, $8 for seniors).

The StoryBooth opened at the CJM on Oct. 12 and will be at the museum for one year. It is open Sundays and Thursdays to record unscripted conversations between loved ones. Recordings last 40 minutes and are usually between two or three people. With the permission of participants, recordings are archived in the Library of Congress, and some are broadcast on NPR affiliates.

To make a StoryCorps reservation, visit For more information about the CJM StoryBooth, visit

Author discussing Superman creators

Jewish author Marc Tyler Nobleman will give a talk on his book “Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman” at the Cartoon Art Museum at 3 p.m. Oct. 26.

“Boys of Steel” is an illustrated biography of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the Jewish co-creators of Superman, the Man of Steel. The book also covers the history of Superman, including the origin of his Krypton name, Kal-el, which is a Hebrew phrase meaning “all that God is.”

Nobleman’s talk is free with paid admission to the museum. The Cartoon Art Museum is at 655 Mission St. in San Francisco. For more information, visit

Documentery looks at Italian Jews and the Holocaust

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival will present a screening of “Memoria,” a documentary about Italian Jews and the Holocaust. In the film, director Ruggero Gabbai draws on the testimony of Italian survivors of Auschwitz, where nearly 8,000 of their fellow Italian Jews perished.

“Memoria” is the second film in the fall continuation of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival’s “Italian Jews During Fascism”” series, presented in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in San Francisco.

The screening takes place 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco’s Kanbar Hall, 3200 California St., S.F. Tickets are $8-$10. For more information, call (415) 292-1233.

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