Friday, September 28, 2007

October events

(updated 10/15/07)

October is shaping up to be a remarkable the month for Jewish studies related events. See the many items and updates listed below...

First and perhaps foremost is the launch of the Fall 2007 lecture series ILLUMINATING DIALOGUES: PALESTINIAN AND ISRAELI PERSPECTIVES IN A TIME OF CRISIS. The two sessions this month are:

"Palestinian and Israeli Historical Narratives"
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 / 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
* Hatem Bazian - UC Berkeley Senior Lecturer Near Eastern Studies and Adjunct Professor, Boalt Hall School of Law.
* Bruce Thompson - UCSC Helen Diller Endowment Lecturer in Jewish Studies and History.

"The Role of Religion and Culture in Shaping the Conflict"
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 / 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
* Souleiman Ghali - Imam and Founder, The Islamic Society of San Francisco.
* Rabbi Shalom Bochner - Director of Jewish Campus Life for Santa Cruz Hillel.

All the lectures in this series which extends into December will be held at College Nine, Colleges Nine and Ten Multipurpose Room.

Also on campus this month ...

Gold Foundation Distinguished Lecture !!New Date!!
Gershom Gorenberg, "Messianism and its Discontents: The Case of the Temple Mount"
Mr. Gorenberg is a UCSC Alumnus and the author of The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977.
Tuesday, October 23th, 7:00-9:00PM
Engineering Lecture Hall 101

Another event of note on campus ...

Y-LOVE Concert!!!!
Thursday 10/11 8:00
Kresge Town Hall
Hip Hop like you never heard it before: rap music in English, Yiddish, Hebrew and Aramaic. Sponsored by SC Hillel

A local event of interest is a presentation about
The Hope Flowers School In Bethlehem, The West Bank
Monday, October 8th, 7pm (doors open 6.30)
Center For Conscious Living, 1818 Felt St, Santa Cruz

Israeli Culture in the Bay Area

Further afield (in distance, not subject) the latest issue of J. magazine included the Israeli Culture in the Bay Area calendar with a very impressive array of events for the coming year. There are too many to enumerate here but one highlight is the series, "Israeli Pages: A Year of Hebrew Literature." In the featured author is Michal Govrin. See the calendar for specific program descriptions, times and locations.

Other literary events listed there for this month include:

Psalms: The Words of My Mouth and the Meditations of My Heart
Prof. Robert Alter reads from his new translation of the Psalms.
Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Dr, Tiburon
Saturday, October 13, 7:30

An Evening with André Aciman
author of Out of Egypt
JCCSF, 3200 California St. San Francisco
Sun, October 14, 7 pm

Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain
Peter Cole, author of The Dream of the Poem.
JCCSF, 3200 California St. San Francisco
Wednesday, October 24, 8 pm

On the political side you'll find:

The Revived Peace Process: Opportunities and Pitfalls
Yossi Alpher, Israeli diplomatic and security analyst
Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Ave. Berkeley
Sunday, Oct. 14, 7 pm
Admission: $10

The Daniel Pearl Jewish-Muslim Dialogue
with Dr. Judea Pearl and Souleiman Ghali' moderated by Peter Waldman, senior writer, Portfolio Magazine
JCCSF, 3200 California St. San Francisco
Mon, Oct 15, 8:00 PM

Israel, Past and Present: The Very Modern Politics of Biblical Archaeology
JCCSF, 3200 California St. San Francisco
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7 pm

NIForum: Towards a Progressive Vision for Israel
JCCSF, 3200 California St. San Francisco
Sunday, Oct. 28, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Just for fun, there's Teapacks in Concert (Oct. 14) and Eretz Nehederet Live (Oct. 21).

The San Jose Jewish Film Festival begins Oct. 14 and runs through Nov. 14.

Returning to events closer to home, local Jewish organizations and congregations are maintain a lively calendar of programs and observances. See the SC Hillel calendar as well as site for individual groups (to the right) for current listings.

... wait till you see November

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

McHenry Library construction

If you haven't been around campus during the summer, you've missed some excitement (and a lot of dust) as the McHenry Library addition and renovation project rolls along. As we prepare for our planned move from the current space into the addition this winter, more things will change to accommodate the relocation.

Some of you may notice one change right away when you try to delve into the current periodicals collection on the 1st (lower) floor of McHenry. The current, unbound journals are gone from their old location, reshelved in the stacks with their corresponding bound editions.

To keep up-to-date about coming changes due to the construction, see the news items posted as needed on the Library's homepage or the Addition & Renovation site for further details.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

September events

As if the beginning of the school year and the High Holidays weren't enough excitement, there are some interesting Jewish events planned in the region for September. Sorry if some of them are very sort notice.

Book Launch: They Called Me Mayer July
Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust
Mayer Kirshenblatt and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
Jewish Community Center, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 5, 8:00 PM
$8.00 Member; $10.00 Public

Sami Michael and Jewish Iraqi Literature
Stanford/Ben Gurion Conference in Honor of Sami Michael
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
September 5-7, 2007

Robert Alter: The Book of Psalms
Jewish Community Center, San Francisco
Thursday, September 6, 8:00 PM
$8.00 Member; $10.00 Public

Jewish Songs at an Exhibition
Sharon Bernstein and Stu Brotman
A multi-media performance of music and art
Saturday, September 8, 8:30pm
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley
$12 JCC and Magnes Museum members, Seniors and Students; $15 General

To Life! A Jewish Cultural Street Festival
California Avenue between El Camino & Park
Palo Alto, CA
Sunday, September 9
11:00a to 6:00p

Peace Making Through Music
A special screening of the Oscar winning film "West Bank Story" and a concert with the Yuval Ron Trio including Dror Sinai.
Temple Beth El, Aptos
Monday, September 24 2007, 7:30pm
Advance tickets $15; at door tickets $18.
Tickets for sale at Temple Beth El 479-3444
or Rhythm Fusion 423-2048.