“Architectural Fantasies and Abstract Thinking.” Photo art by Sonia Melnikova-Raich. Through Feb. 28. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F.

“A Tribute to Roman Vishniac.” Paintings by Jerry Baer. Through Feb. 27. At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek.

“In the Beginning: Artists Respond to Genesis.” Through Jan. 6. “Warhol’s Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered.” Through Feb. 3. StoryCorps. Share life stories with family and friends in the story booth. Through Oct. 11, 2009. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.

“Il Ghetto: Forging Italian Jewish Identities 1516-1870.” Through Feb. 15. At Fort Mason, S.F.

“Italia Ebraica: Italian Ritual Objects and Manuscripts.” Through Jan. 29. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. Free. (415) 567-3327 ext. 703.

“Jewish Magic: Folklore and Fantasy.” Through Dec. 31. At JCCSF’s Katz Snyder Gallery, 3200 California St., S.F.

“Modigliani, His Friends, His Paris.” Italian Jewish artist Amedeo Modigliani. Through Jan. 29. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. (415) 567-3327 ext. 703.

“On My Grandmother’s Table I Will Find …” Through Jan. 20. At Jewish Heritage Museum, Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living, 4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville. (925) 648-2800.

“Orthodox in Israel.” Photographs by Michael Cohen. Through Jan. 16. At Osher Marin JCC, N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. (415) 444-8000.

“Sidewalking Israel — Spring, 2008.” Black and white photography by Rabbi Bernie Robinson. Through January. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. (415) 388-1818.

“The Atheon Project: A Temple of Science for Rational Belief.” Jonathon Keats window installation. Through Feb. 1. At Judah L. Magnes Museum, 2222 Harold Way, Berkeley.

“The State Museums of Berlin and the Legacy of James Simon.” Recently rediscovered German Jewish collector. Through Jan. 18. At the Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th Avenue at Clement Street, S.F.

“Wild and Lovely.” Monotypes and oil paintings of Jewish artist Arthur Krakower. Through Dec. 24. At RS Gallery and Framing, 628 Emerson St., Palo Alto.



“The Last Yiddish Poet.” Through Sunday, Dec. 14. At Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida St., S.F.

saturday | 13

“New Jew Revue.” Jewish standup comedy with Mo Mandel, Jeff Applebaum, Moshe Kasher and Alex Koll. At the San Francisco Comedy Clubhouse, 414 Mason St., fifth floor, S.F. 7 p.m. Also Dec. 14 at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8 p.m.

“Wanna Make Something of It?” Live comedy of Susie Essman, who plays Susie Greene on “Curb Your Enthusiam.” At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 8 p.m. $45-$50.

music & dance

saturday | 13

Kugelplex. Bay Area klezmer band performs at the Sunnyvale Theater, 550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale. 8 p.m.

sunday | 14

“Singing to God: Music of the Synagogue.” With Cantor Ilene Keys. At Temple Sinai Merritt College Campus, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland. 12 p.m. (510) 435-4601.

“Let’s Break the Bread Together: A Target Holiday Celebration.” Concert featuring Kugelplex, Oakland Symphony Chorus and Oakland Interfaith Gospel Chorus. At Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. 4 p.m. $15-$40.

“Lenny’s Voice: Bernstein’s Humor and Jewish Spirit.” Presented by Cantor Roslyn Barak. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m.

saturday | 20

Ayelet Cohen in concert. Israeli-born opera singer performs opera and Jewish folk songs. At Congregation Ner Tamid, 1250 Quintara St., S.F. 8 p.m. $15. (415) 661-3383.

“Pomegranates & Figs: A Feast of Jewish Music.” Featuring Teslim, Kitka Women’s Ensemble and the Gonifs. At Zellerbach Hall, U.C. Berkeley. 8 p.m. $20-$32.

sunday | 21

Elana Jagoda concert and craft workshop. For families and children. At the Center for Jewish Living and Learning, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 1-4 p.m. Free. (510) 839-2900.

film & video

saturday | 13

“Every Time We Say Goodbye.” Tom Hanks stars as a World War II pilot staying in Jerusalem. At Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda. $10. (510) 522-9355.

tuesday | 16

“Primo.” Jewish film class series on Jews in Italy. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. (415) 567-3327.

wednesday | 17

“Concorrenza Sleale.” (“Unfair Competition”). Bittersweet comedy about anti-Semitism in Rome. Italian Film Series. At the JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m.

thursday | 18

“The Band’s Visit.” At Congregation Ner Tamid, 1250 Quintara St., S.F. 7 p.m. (415) 661-3383.

saturday | 20

“Tel Aviv in Motion.” At Ninth Street Independent Film Center, 145 Ninth St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. (415) 512-6203.

tv & radio

sunday | 14

“A Jewish Perspective.” On KRON. 5:30 a.m.

tuesday | 16

“Inheritance.” The story of Nazi murderer Amon Goeth’s daughter Monika Hertwig. On KQED. 9 p.m. Also Dec. 17 at 3 a.m.

lectures & workshops

friday | 12

“Shabbat In India.” Chabad dinner featuring Indian cuisine and Shabbat foods with lecture by Rabbi Ahron Hecht. At Chabad’s Richmond Torah Center, 423 10th Ave., S.F. $10-$20. RSVP (415) 518-1931.

sunday | 14

“Exploring the World of Judaism, Karma, Yoga and Hindu Paths of Wisdom and Love.” At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 9:30-11:30 a.m.

“Jewish Sacred Texts: An Introduction to the Talmud.” At Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond. 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (510) 223-2560.

“Heroism, Hillel and Hanukkah in the History of the Soviet Jewry Movement.” A book talk and signing by “Triumph Over Tyranny” author Philip Spiegel. At Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto. 10:15 a.m. (650) 948-7498.

“San Francisco Aliyah Planning Workshop.” At the Israel Center, 121 Steuart St., S.F. 6 p.m.

tuesday | 16

“International Relations and Terrorism in the Middle East.” With Professor Hisham H. Ahmed. Lunch follows lecture. At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 10 a.m. $15-$19. RSVP (925) 938-7800.

John Rothman. Co-author of “Icon of Evil: Hitler’s Mufti and the rise of Radical Islam” in conversation with Rabbi David Dalin. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7-8:30 p.m. $10-12.

“Chassidic Gathering.” Stories and Torah discussions. At Richmond Torah Center, 423 10th Ave., S.F. 7:30 p.m. (415) 386-8123.

Louis Silverstein. Author of “Curtain Rising” and “Dol.” Aquarian Minyan monthly author series with refreshments and books for sale. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $10-$20. (510) 528-6725.

thursday | 18

“Darkness and Light: Toward an Inner Hanukkah through Music.” With Cantor Richard Kaplan. East Bay Jewish Forum. At Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. $10. 10 a.m. (510) 839-2900 ext. 253.

“Love in the Jewish Tradition.” With Rabbi Paul Shleffar. J-Thursdays Festive Lunch series. At the Cubberley Community Center, Albert L. Shulz JCC, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. 11:30 a.m. (650) 852-3505.

“Rooted Cosmopolitans: Gertrude Stein and Her Circle of San Francisco Jewish Women in Turn-of-the-Century Paris.” Fred Rosenbaum discusses. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., San Francisco. 7-8:30 p.m. $8-$12.

saturday | 20

“Keep the Fire Burning: Elevating Everyday Spiritual Practice.” Heeb Magazine founder Jennifer Bleyer and Rabbi Micah Hyman discuss modern Jewish life. At Congregation Beth Sholom, 301 14th Ave., S.F. 8 p.m. Free. (415) 221-8736.

sunday | 21

“Why I am Not an Atheist.” With Professor Bernard Rosen. Kol Hadash bagel brunch and lecture. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 10 a.m. $5 donation. (510) 525-2296.

benefits & social events

friday | 12

“Synaplex Shabbat.” Weekend activities including art, stories, music, food and education. Through Sunday, Dec. 14. At Beth Chaim Congregation, 1800 Hollbrook Drive, Danville. 6:45 p.m. (925) 736-7146.

saturday | 13

“Light It Up — The (not-yet) Hanukkah Party.” At Koret Pavillion on the Stanford campus. 8 p.m. $8-$16.

sunday | 14

Memorial tribute for Daniel Kliman. At Beth Jacob Congregation, 3778 Park Blvd., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. [email protected]

“Jewish Gateways Young Children Chanukah Celebration.” Puppets, songs, menorah lighting and latkes for children up to age 5. El Cerrito. 10:30 a.m.-noon. RSVP for address to Rabbi Bridget Wynne at (510) 559-8140.

“Early Chanukah Party and Potluck Brunch.” S.F. Secular-Humanist Havurah. At a private home in San Francisco. 11 a.m. Free. (415) 751-3766.

“Hanukkah Crafts and Stories.” Presented by Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School. At Linden Tree Children’s Bookstore, 170 State St., Los Altos. 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

“Chanukah Palooza.” Israeli dancing, Judaica vendors, bounce houses. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 12-4 p.m. (408) 357-7497.

“StoryCorps Listening Event.” Behind-the-scenes tour of the StoryBooth. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 2-4 p.m. $8-$10, includes admission price.

“Jewish Historical Society of Napa Valley Hanukah Party.” Featuring storyteller Joel Ben Izzy. At Napa Valley Yacht Club, 100 Riverside Drive, Napa. 4-6 p.m. $5-$25. RSVP (707) 251-9092.

wednesday | 17

“Chanukah Celebration.” Noontime celebration including a performance by Klezmania. At Oakland City Center, 500 12th St., Oakland. 12-1p.m.

thursday | 18

“Latkes, Vodkas and More …” At the Roof Terrace of the LGBT Center, 1800 Market St., S.F. 6:30-10 p.m. $18 suggested donation.

friday | 19

“Chai Baby Chanukah Celebration.’ Holiday playgroup for babies. At Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., S.F. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. RSVP (415) 777-4545.

“Hanukkah in the Lobby.” Crafts, games, Chanukah treats and storytelling. At the Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 1-3:30 p.m.

“Kol Hadash Chanukah Celebration, Farewell Party and Potluck Dinner.” Rabbi Jay Heyman’s final service before retirement. Music by Ben Brussell. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 6:30 p.m. (510) 525-2296.

YAD Shabbat Dinner. At private homes in San Francisco and South Bay. 6:30-9 p.m. RSVP (415) 512-6280.

sunday | 21

“Tri-City Jewish Playgroup Hanukkah Party.” Jewish Federation of Greater East Bay, Temple Beth Torah and PJ Library. Songs, games and latkes for children younger than 3 and their families. At Club House, 39109 Guardino Drive, Fremont. 10-11:30 a.m. RSVP to [email protected].

Chanukah Party. Potluck brunch (bring a potato and dish), games, candlelighting ceremony. At Bothwell Center, 2466 Eighth St., Livermore. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. RSVP to [email protected].

“Be’chol Lashon Chanukah Festival.” Israeli dancing, global foods, Judaica stands and workshops. At Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., S.F. 1-4 p.m. Free. RSVP to (415) 386-2604 or (415) 346-1720.

“Latkepalooza.” Live music, arts and crafts, adult learning sessions and latkes. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 1-4 p.m. (650) 349-1523.

“Back to Our Roots.” Chanukah musical revue. At Jewish Home, 302 Silver Ave., S.F. 2 p.m. Free. RSVP (415) 469-2248.

“Super 8: Hub Hanukkah Party.” Performances by the Sway Machinery and DeLeon. He’Brew beer tasting, fried foods. At 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St., S.F. 6 p.m. $8-$12.

“Beth Chaim Congregation Hanukah Celebration.” Live band, latke-making contest, wine tasting. At Beth Chaim, 1800 Holbrook Drive, Danville. 7 p.m. (925) 736-7146.

“Winter Solstice and First Night of Hanukah Celebration.” Featuring music by the Sephardic Music Experience with Kat Parra. At La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $12-$15.


sunday | 14

“Breakfast and Banter.” Mensch Link for Jewish singles ages 40-59. At Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (650) 906-2827.