Bible’s mystery women

Was Eve an innocent teenager or a seductress? Did Sarah belong to an Egyptian harem? Was Isaac really Abraham’s son? Many of the biblical stories that include female figures are shrouded in mystery. In the workshop “Wives, Mothers and Women of Ill Repute: Feminine Figures of the Bible,” Rabbi Moshe Levin sheds light on Jezebel, Bathsheba, Rachel and others.

7 p.m. Thursday, May 3 at Congregation Ner Tamid, 1250 Quintara St., S.F. Free, but register at (415) 661-3383. www.nertamidsf.org


Enrique Goldenberg. Artist displays fused glass works influenced by Judaica. Also May 6. At Chrome Architecture, 905 Fourth St., San Rafael. www.marinopenstudios.com. (See story, 23)


Israeli art exhibit and sale. More than 100 artists and 1,500 works, sponsored by Safrai Fine Art Gallery in Jerusalem. Opening includes Israeli Lag B’Omer celebration, with bonfire and falafel. Though May 13. At Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 6 p.m. Free. www.bshalom.org.

“Territory.” Opening reception for Israeli artist Yigal Ozeri’s large-scale, photo-realistic oil paintings pairing women with natural settings. Through June 30. At Jenkins Johnson Gallery, 464 Sutter St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. Free. www.jenkinsjohnsongallery.com.


“An American Experience: Growing Up Jewish in America.” Exhibit displays heritage of residents and family members of the Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living. Through July 29. At the Jewish Heritage Museum, 4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville. www.rcjl.org.

“California Dreaming.” Multimedia exhibit exploring Jewish life in the Bay Area from Gold Rush to present. Through Oct. 16. “Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought.” Tu B’Shevat–themed exhibit that explores tree design, purpose and Jewish thought. Through Sept. 9. “Stanley Saitowitz: Judaica.” New perspectives from the S.F.-based architect. Through Oct. 16. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. www.thecjm.org.

“The Courage to Remember.” Visual panels outline the beginning of World War II and the Holocaust. Through May 30. At Napa Valley College, Napa. www.jhsnv.org.

“Dissolving Localities.” Multimedia exhibit by Israeli musician Emmanuel Witzthum connecting Berkeley to Jerusalem. Through July 3. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. www.magnes.org.

“Interpreting the Interior.” Exhibit on Etgar Keret’s Israeli film “Jellyfish” and short story collections and graphic novels. Through April 29. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. www.bjesf.org/adults_events.htm.

“The Sacred Word: A Sculptural and Print Exploration of Hebrew and Chinese Characters.” Art by Joyce Steinfeld. Through June 5. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. www.marinjcc.org.

“These Are My People!” National touring exhibition telling the story of Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who saved 30,000 people during World War II. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. Through May 4. Free. www.jvalley.org.

“Treasures from the Gershwin Archive.” Exhibit of memorabilia from the trust of Ira and Leonore Gershwin, including music covers, personal photographs and sketches. Through June 15. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. Free. www.jccsf.org.