“Bringing Israel Back to the Bay.” Reception for Oakland photographer Reesa Tansey’s photos of Israel taken during an April trip with East Bay Jewish organizations. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 6:30 p.m. Free.


Rabbi and artist. Lawrence Kushner, the renowned author and rabbi, returns after a 50-year hiatus to art, the passion of his youth, with an exhibition of oil paintings inspired by the Kabbalah: “Street-Light: The Urban Impressionism of Lawrence Kushner.” He will be on hand at the opening reception to answer questions about his artistic process. Kushner, scholar-in-residence at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, has written more than a dozen books focusing on Jewish mysticism, spirituality and the Kabbalah. 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 at Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. On display through Nov. 4. Free.

“The Life of Raoul Wallenberg.” Exhibit about the Swedish diplomat whose actions helped save tens of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. On display through Nov. 30. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. Free.


“Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory.” Reception for Laurie Wohl’s creation of textile panels using Christian, Jewish and Muslim poetry. On display through Dec. 13. At Doug Adams Gallery, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley. 5 p.m. Free.

“Peace in Mind.” Judaic art by Lori Greenblat-Wick incorporating handmade papers, ribbons and metals. Through Oct. 21. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Free.



“Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg.” More than 80 snapshots of the late poet’s pals, plus related programming. Through Sept. 8. “Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art.” Modern artists express theological concepts through paintings, sculptures, photography, video and installation art. From the SFMOMA collection. Through Oct. 27. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.

“Shabbat Art: Lines that Cross Lines.” Watercolor sketches of Shabbat services by artist-in-residence Jay Wolf Schlossberg-Cohen. Through Oct. 13. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. Free.

“The Errand of the Eye: Photographs by Rose Mandel.” First retrospective of her collection, ranging from surrealism to American landscapes. Through Oct. 13. At M.H. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F.

“Traditional by Conception, Modern by Design.” Contemporary Judaica by different artists. Through Sept. 16. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. Free. or (415) 751-2535.

“Will Eisner: Father of the Graphic Novel.” Artwork from seven of his celebrated graphic novels on display, including “To the Heart of the Storm,” an autobiographical account of his time in World War II. Through Nov. 10. At Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St., S.F.