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In chickens they trusted

Imagine leaving the shtetl, traveling thousands of miles over sea and land, and ending up in Petaluma. The logical next step? Buy a pair of cowboy boots and become a chicken rancher, of course. The story of Jews from Eastern Europe who fled the pogroms and became Northern California ranchers is told in a pair of documentaries, “A Home on the Range: The Jewish Chicken Farmers of Petaluma” and “Songs of a Jewish Cowboy.” They will screen at Congregation Beth Israel Judea, where co-producer Judith Montell will be on hand to answer questions.

7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at Congregation Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F. Free, donations accepted. or (415) 586-8833


“The Fifth Heaven.” Coming-of-age drama set in British-controlled Palestine before World War II. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $8-$12.


“Between Two Worlds: American Jewish Culture Wars.” Screening of documentary by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman. Sponsored by U.C. Berkeley Journalism School and Berkeley Hillel. At U.C. Berkeley, North Gate Hall. 7 p.m. Free.


“Footnote.” Oscar-nominated film on the rivalry between a father and son who both are talmudic scholars. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. /adults_events.htm.

“Freilach.” Jewish music and cultural radio show for the Russian River area. KGGV 95.1 FM. 8 p.m. Stream at

“The Slut: An Israeli.” Film about a struggling single Israeli mother. At Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 9:15 and 11:15 p.m. $11-$13.50.


“The Day I Saw Your Heart.” French movie starring Melanie Laurent on a father-daughter relationship. Part of Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival. At Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 1 and 7 p.m. $10-$12.