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“Traditional by Conception, Modern by Design.” Contemporary art exhibit of ritual objects and fine art. At Elizabeth S. and Alvin I. Fine Museum, Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. Opening reception at 6:30 p.m. Through Sept. 16. Free. www.emanuelsf.org/museum.


Free museum day. In honor of new Contemporary Jewish Museum executive director Lori Starr. Live music, dance, presentations and more. At CJM, 736 Mission St., S.F. noon-3 p.m. Free admission, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.thecjm.org.


“A Century of the Kibbutz.” Collection of 21 quilts by the Israeli Quilters Association on history, aspects of kibbutz life. Through July 3. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Free. www.paloaltojcc.org.

“Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg.” More than 80 snapshots of the late poet’s pals, plus related programming. Through Sept. 8. At the Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. www.thecjm.org.

“Growing a Collection.” Works donated by members of the Reutlinger community. Through June 17. At Jewish Heritage Museum, 4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville. Free. (925) 648-2800.

“Handle With Care: A Portable Culture.” Multimedia exhibit on portability in Jewish culture. Through Aug. 3. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. (415) 567-3327ext. 703

“Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights.” Exhibit on the South African politician. Through Aug. 31. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. Free. www.jccsf.org.

“The Invisible Photographer.” Armenian photographer Elia Kahvedjian’s images of Jerusalem, Mandate Palestine and Transjordan from 1924 to 1947. Through June 30. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. Free. www.pjcc.org.

“Through the Eyes of Rachel Marker.” Multimedia exhibit by writer and historian Moira Roth on the life of a fictional Czech Jew. Through June 28. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. Free. www.magnes.org.