Showing posts with label Events. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Events. Show all posts

Monday, April 14, 2014

The World of Printed Words: Online Exhibition

The World of Printed Words: Samuel Montagu and the Western Hebrew Library

... highlights of the Western Hebrew Library, a collection of over 1300 items dated from 15th to 20th century, deposited on loan with the Leopold Muller Memorial Library in 2013. The exhibition allows the viewers to peer through a window into the "world of printed words" of Samuel Montagu and his contemporaries.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Jewish Boys Let's Go Fight

The exhibition Jewish Boys Let’s Go Fight is currently on view at Warsaw Castle Square and can also be viewed online:
"The Bund, together with other Jewish organizations and parties, played a great role in creating The Jewish Combat Organization. Marek Edelman became a symbol of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, but his origin organization, The Bund, seems to be almost forgotten. As the history of The Bund is inextricably connected with the history of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the 70th anniversary of the Uprising makes a good opportunity to present the story of Marek Edelman’s roots."

Friday, April 26, 2013

Leviathan: Celebrating 40 Years of Jewish Journalism at UCSC

3 - 4:30 p.m., Sunday, April 28
Fireside Lounge, Stevenson College
Center for Jewish Studies
University of California, Santa Cruz

Please join former and current staff members of Leviathan in a celebration of the student publication’s 40th anniversary.Leviathan is one of the longest-running university student publications devoted to Jewish themes in the United States. Over the years, its articles and artwork have explored contemporary questions of Jewish identity, the role of Israel, local Jewish issues, and a wide range of cultural and historical topics. Many of it editors, writers, and artists have gone on to distinguished careers in publishing, journalism, education, and other fields.

The event, to be held in the Fireside Lounge of Stevenson College at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, will include a panel discussion with former and current Leviathan staff members, the official launch of the newly created digital archive of past issues of the publication going back to the 1970s, and a festive reception with food and beverages.
Co-sponsored by Leviathan, the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Stevenson College. Administrative support provided by the Institute for Humanities Research.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Ari Kelman: “Learning to be Jewish”

Helen Diller Family Endowment Lecture 
Center for Jewish Studies
210 Humanities 1
University of California, Santa Cruz

May 8, 201, 4:00-5:30 pm

For most Americans, the phrase “Jewish education” summons images of Hebrew School. But, Hebrew School, or even what we might call “formal Jewish education” amounts to only a very small percentage of where and how people learn to be Jewish. The landscape of Jewish learning might include those sites, but it certainly includes a much broader spectrum of settings like worship, film festivals, popular music, literature, home-based rituals (like Passover seders), technology, and encounters with the news. By focusing on the places where and how people learn to be Jewish, a dramatically different image of Jewish education comes into focus. Building on cutting edge research into educational cultures, we will explore the variety of ways in which people learn to be Jewish in the 21st century and ask how this new understanding might inform how we understand what it means to be Jewish.

Ari Y. KelmanAn alumnus of UC Santa Cruz (Stevenson, 1994) Ari Y. Kelman is the inaugural Jim Joseph Professor of Education and Jewish Studies in the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, where he also serves as an affiliate of the Jewish Studies Program, the Center for Comparative Race and Ethnicity, the American Studies Program, and, by courtesy, a professor of Religious Studies. He is the author of Station Identification: A Cultural History of Yiddish Radio, (University of California Press, 2009) and the editor of a volume of the work of cartoonist Milt Gross (NYU Press, 2009). He is also the co-author of Sacred Strategies (Alban Institute Press, 2010), a study of synagogue transformation efforts in the United States and winner of the 2010 National Jewish Book Award in the category of Jewish Education and Identity. In collaboration with Steven M. Cohen, Ari has authored a number of studies of contemporary American Jewish culture addressing issues from Israel to the internet. Ari recently finished a book entitled Shout to the Lord: Worship and Music in Evangelical America, and is currently writing about Fiddler on the Roof, the Jewish Catalog, Jewish cultural festivals and other extra-scholastic loci in which people learn to be Jewish.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Kennicott Bible online

The "Crossing Borders: Hebrew Manuscripts as the Meeting Place of Cultures" exhibit, now in New York, features the Kennicott Bible, “the most lavishly illuminated Hebrew Bible” to survive from medieval Spain. It was completed in 1476, less than 20 years before the expulsion of the Jews, and is so elaborate it almost undermines itself, a sacred text more enticing for its decoration and its encyclopedic embrace of Islamic, Christian and folk styles than for its content. Its entire text has been scanned and put online by the Jewish Museum; each of its pages can also be examined at the exhibition on a sequence of mounted iPads.

Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Jews & Journeys: An Online Exhibition

Jews & Journeys: Travel & the Performance of Jewish Identity

An Online Exhibition from the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies 2011-2012 Fellows at the University of Pennsylvania and the Penn Libraries

Introduction: The past decades have seen the emergence of an intense interest in the subject of travel as a complex range of practices and representations. The inherent richness and diversity of the evidence, texts, and materials related to Jewish travel have engaged scholars from a broad range of disciplines and periods (ancient, medieval, and modern history, literature, art and film studies, anthropology, post-colonial and gender studies) in a critical dialogue. Travel writing in particular (in its mimetic, imaginative, and hybrid modes) has served a variety of social and ideological functions throughout the ages, and unquestionably, travels of dislocation and return, pilgrimage, trade and conquest, hold a prominent place in formative Jewish and non-Jewish fictions of identity. What cultural and ideological work is performed by these texts, and how do they produce representations of an-Other and his world, against which and through which they explore and invent a particular sense of self? These are some of the complex themes and challenges that the 2011-12 Katz Fellows addressed, a sampling of which are on display in this year's web exhibit.
Martin Jacobs, Joshua Levinson, and Ora Limor 

Monday, January 24, 2011

Center for Jewish Studies events coming in February

Marcelo Dimentstein and Alejandro Dujovne
"A Fragmented Tradition: Jewish Studies in Argentina"
4-6pm, February 1, 2011
UCSC Humanities 1 Room 210
Compared with other Jewish Communities in the diaspora, the Argentine Jewish community presents a remarkable paradox: Although it is the largest, most plural and probably the most highly institutionalized Jewish community in Latin America, it has lacked a tradition of academic Jewish studies. Taking this paradox as our point of departure, in this lecture we will explore the historical conditions that limited this development. The study of this question will allow us not only to approach the understanding of the current trends of Jewish studies in the country, but also to focus our attention on some cultural aspects of Argentine Jewish history.

Alon Tal
"War, Peace and the Environment in the Middle East"
7-8pm, February 7, 2011
UCSC Humanities 1 Room 210
The history of the Israeli- Arab wars has had environmental implications which are often overlooked. Some pessimists argue that the next war will in the Middle East will be fought over water resources, especially with climate change so profoundly changing precipitation patterns in the Mediterranean region. As the conflict drags on past its 60th year, we will consider how the environment of Israel and in neighboring lands has been affected. How might the environment provide a bridge to bring the parties together? Did past peace agreements do a good job of ensuring environmental cooperation? President Obama is not the first to propose a “peace park” as one way of breaking the impasse on the Golan Heights. Learn about Naharaim – the existing Israeli-Jordan peace park and consider Israel’s environment in a regional context.

Robert Alter
Translating the Bible: The Wisdom Books
Helen Diller Distinguished Lecture
5-7 PM, February 16, 2011
Humanities 1, Room 210
Robert Alter is Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1967. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Council of Scholars of the Library of Congress, and is past president of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics. He has twice been a Guggenheim Fellow, has been a Senior Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem, and Old Dominion Fellow at Princeton University. He has written widely on the European novel from the eighteenth century to the present, on contemporary American fiction, and on modern Hebrew literature. He has also written extensively on literary aspects of the Bible. His twenty-four published books include two prize-winning volumes on biblical narrative and poetry and award-winning translations of Genesis and of the Five Books of Moses. He has devoted book-length studies to Fielding, Stendhal, and the self-reflexive tradition in the novel. Books by him have been translated into eight different languages.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ethan Michaeli, "The Holocaust and The Defender: Two Generations of Jewish Reporters at a Black Newspaper"

presented by the UCSC Center for Jewish Studies

Thursday, December 2, 2010, 2-3 pm
Humanities 1, Room 620
University of California, Santa Cruz

Ethan Michaeli will explore how The Chicago Defender, the nation’s most important African American newspaper for much of the twentieth century, covered the Holocaust. During the 1940s, the newspaper’s multi-racial roster of writers, including a young Jewish editor named Ben Burns, connected the struggle of African Americans for equal rights to Nazi persecution of Jews. Burns worked closely with poet Langston Hughes and others who placed the Holocaust in the top rank of their concerns. But Burns, who had started his journalistic career at the Communist publication The Daily Worker, did not address the Holocaust directly as a Jew. Instead, he subsumed his Jewish identity and re-cast himself as a “black newspaperman, black in my orientation and thinking, in my concerns and outlook, in my friends and associations, black in everything but my skin color.” A half-century later, from 1991-1996, Ethan Michaeli worked as a copy editor and investigative reporter at The Defender, during a period in which the newspaper was still one of three dailies in Chicago. For Michaeli, the child of Holocaust survivors from Hungary, working at The Defender provided a vantage point to re-evaluate American society, as well as his own identity.

Ethan Michaeli is the author of the forthcoming book, The Defender: How Chicago’s Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America, from the Age of the Pullman Porters to the Age of Obama (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, forthcoming). In 1991, Michaeli began working for The Chicago Defender, the historic African American-owned daily newspaper, where his investigative reporting on the homeless, environmental racism, and police brutality won him awards from the Chicago Association of Black Journalists and the Muhammad Ali Foundation. In 1996, Ethan launched Residents' Journal, an independent news magazine written for and by tenants of Chicago's low-income public housing developments. He and the staff of Residents' Journal have won numerous honors, including the 2006 Studs Terkel Award, and his writing has appeared in The Nation, The Chicago Tribune, In These Times, and The Forward. Michaeli's social justice work is inspired by his parents, who survived the Auschwitz concentration camp and the Nazi occupation of their native Budapest before emigrating to Israel in 1949 and the United States in 1963.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Hazon Food Conference

Join the thinkers and doers of the new Jewish Food Movement, where contemporary food conversations meet Jewish traditions.

December 9th-12th, 2010
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
Falls Village, CT

December 23rd-26th, 2010
Walker Creek Ranch
Sonoma, CA

The Hazon Food Conference is the only place where farmers and rabbis, nutritionists and chefs, vegans and omnivores come together to explore the dynamic interplay of food, Jewish traditions, and contemporary life. Don't miss four days of lectures, discussions, do-it-yourself food workshops, joyful Shabbat celebrations, and delicious, consciously-prepared food.

Not sure which conference is right for you? Contact, (212) 644-2332.

125 Maiden Lane Suite 8B, New York NY 10038, (212) 644-2332
332 Pine St Suite 600, San Francisco CA 94104, (415) 397-7020

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Great Lecture Series at Los Gatos JCC

All of the following events will take place at the

Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center
14855 Oka Rd Los Gatos CA. 95032

Professor Daniel Matt, Sunday October 10, 2010 at 7:30 pm at the APJCC

Daniel Matt is one of the world’s leading authorities on Kabbalah. He has published over ten books, including The Essential Kabbalah (translated into six languages), Zohar: Annotated and Explained, and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality, and is currently engaged in an immense project of translating and annotating the Zohar, the masterpiece of Kabbalah for which he has won a National Book Award and a Koret Book Award. Dr. Matt has been featured in Time Magazine, and has appeared on National Public Radio and the History Channel. For twenty years, he served as professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and has also taught at Stanford University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Israeli Playwright Joshua Sobol, Thursday, Oct 14th at 7:30 pm at the APJCC

Sobol will refer to the corpus of his plays dealing with crucial historical issues and outstanding personalities in Jewish history, such as "GHETTO" - and the history of the Vilna ghetto in WWII. "WEININGR'S LAST NIGHT" - and Jewish so called "self hatred. "THE DAREDEVIL JEW" - the Anti-Semitic myth based on the historical figure of Joseph Suess Oppenheimer. Israeli writer Joshua Sobol is an internationally acclaimed award-winning playwright. His work has been staged in London, Paris, Los Angeles, Berlin, Vienna, Cologne, Toronto, Oslo, and Washington, DC. He has published two novels and a book of nonfiction, and his work has been published in many languages. Sobol won the prestigious Sapir Prize for his first book of fiction.

Professor Clayborn Carson, Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 7:30 pm at the APJCC

Dr. Clayborne Carson has devoted his professional life to the study of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the movements King inspired. Since receiving his doctorate from UCLA in 1975, Dr. Carson has taught at Stanford University, where he is now professor of history and founding director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute. Until the end of 2009, he also served as Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Professor at Morehouse College in Atlanta and as Executive Director of that institution's Morehouse King Collection. Dr. Carson has been a visiting professor or visiting fellow at American University, the University of California, Berkeley, Emory University, Harvard University, the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and the L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Sunday November 7, 2010 at 7:30 pm at the APJCC

Join us for an evening of conversation with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin. Rabbi Telushkin is the author of a great number of books on Jewish Thought, Life and Ethics. His book Jewish Literacy has been the most widely selling book on Judaism for over 20 years and he is currently working on a 3 volume Code of Jewish Ethics. Rabbi Telushkin has also been named one of the 50 best speakers in the country by Talk magazine. We are pleased to be able to bring Rabbi Telushkin to the Silicon Valley once again, to discuss one of the most important figures in Jewish History, Hillel the Sage.

Author Joan Leegant, Monday Nov 15th at 7:30 pm at the APJCC

Joan Leegant is the author of WHEREVER YOU GO, published July 2010, and AN HOUR IN PARADISE, for which she won the PEN/New England Book Award, the Wallant Award for Jewish Fiction, and was a Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Formerly an attorney, she taught at Harvard University for eight years. Since 2007, she has lived half the year in Tel Aviv, where she is the visiting writer at Bar-Ilan University and lectures for the U.S. State Department. When not in Israel she lives in Newton, Massachusetts. For more about Joan Leegant and her work, visit:

Reb Mimi Feigelson, Sunday December 19, 2010 at 7:30 pm at the APJCC

Reb Mimi Feigelson, Lecturer of Rabbinic Studies at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University was a student of the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach for over twenty years. In 1994 she was granted private orthodox smicha (ordination). As a female Orthodox rabbi teaching at a Conservative rabbinical school, Reb Mimi walks a careful line. Her path to the rabbinate was inspired by her yearning for “ownership over her relationship with God,” as she put it, meaning she had both the privilege and the responsibility to live a life of service. In 1992 she was a core founding-member of Yakar Jerusalem ¬ A Center for Tradition and Creativity, where she served as the associate director, the director of the Women¹s Beit Midrash and full time teacher, specializing in Chassidic literature. She also is a founding faculty member of Ta Shma¬ an organization that promotes Jewish pluralism among college students and young Jewish leadership.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Kat Parra and the Sephardic Music Experience

A special concert of Sephardic music will be presented at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center next Thursday, Nov. 12th. Kat Parra and the Sephardic Music Experience will be presenting a concert in celebration of their new CD, Dos Amantes. This is a CD of entirely Sephardic melodies rearranged for a more modern world music audience. They hope you will join us as we celebrate this beautiful music in Santa Cruz. One of the members of the ensemble, Murray Low, is a music instructor at UCSC

Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320-2 Cedar Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 427-2227

Kat Parra: vocals
Murray Low: piano
Masaru Koga: woodwinds
Lila Sklar: violin
Peter Barshay: bass
Katja Cooper: percussion
Paul van Wageningen: drums

Dos Amantes now exclusively available at
Birds in Flight:
Azucar de Amor:

Medieval Jewish History and the New Mediterranean Studies

Fred Astren, Chair of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University, holds degrees in Medieval History (Minnesota), Arabic (UC Berkeley), and Near Eastern Studies (UC Berkeley). His interests include minority/sectarian history and sacred history in the Mediterranean Middle Ages, with special focus on Jewish history under Islam, Jewish-Muslim relations, and the Karaite Jewish sect. Among his publications are Karaite Judaism and Historical Understanding (University of South Carolina, 2004), which won an award from the Koret Foundation, and a co-edited volume, Judaism and Islam: Boundaries, Interaction, and Communication (Brill, 2000). The present talk is drawn from his book-in-progress on Jews in the early medieval Mediterranean.

November 9, 2009 @ 4 PM

Humanities 1, Room 210

Presented by the Mediterranean Seminar, co-sponsored by Center for Jewish Studies and by Cowell College. Staff support provided by the Institute for Humanities Research.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

“Jewish Studies at Santa Cruz: On the Cutting Edge of Tradition”

“Jewish Studies at Santa Cruz: On the Cutting Edge of Tradition”UCSC Jewish Studies Alumni Conference and Celebration

April 26, 2009
12:00–1:00 p.m. Buffet lunch
1:00–3:30 p.m. Conference
Humanities 1, Room 210

UCSC JS logo
Please join us for a unique conference that brings together UCSC Jewish Studies alumni, current students and faculty, and members of the broader Santa Cruz community to discuss Jewish Studies—past, present, and future. Alumni will talk about how UCSC’s program influenced their intellectual development and research, and the group will explore the distinctly Santa Cruz approach to Jewish Studies.

Conference sponsored by the David B. Gold Foundation

This event is free and open to the public. For more information and to RSVP, please visit

RSVP by April 20, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Monday, December 15, 2008

Upcoming Events: December and January

Hanukkah in Venice: Music and Traditions of the Italian Jews
Italian Dinner and Presentation

A Dinner and Presentation with Francesco Spagnolo and Sharon Bernstein

Venice, a cradle of Jewish modernity, was home to the first ghetto in history. Since the early 16th century, Jews and non-Jews lived in close proximity. This presentation brings to life compelling historical evidence about daily life, culture and music within the ghetto walls and links them to global Jewish culture through stories and songs.

Presented in partnership with the Judah L. Magnes Museum and Museo ItaloAmericano - Il Ghetto: Forging Italian Jewish Identities, 1516-1870 at the Fort Mason Center from September 25, 2008 - February 15, 2009.

To register, please contact the JCCSF Box Office at 415.292.1233.

Tue, Dec 23 6:30 PM

Greeting the Season
The "December Dilemma" in American Television & Film

With Jeffrey Shandler of Rutgers University

From the early days of television to the present day, television programs have addressed the question of the "December Dilemma" - what Jews do during the American holiday season. Cultural historian Jeffrey Shandler guides us through the joys and oys of the holidays in clips from South Park to thirtysomething, from The OC to The RuPaul Show. A Chinese food buffet follows the lecture, followed by screenings of full-length features.

Portions of the program after the buffet may not be suitable for children under thirteen

Lecture and screenings free of charge.
Chinese buffet $10.00 at the door.

Thu, Dec 25
2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Advance Reservation Required.
Please call the JCCSF Box Office at 415.292.1233 or email

Hollywood Legend Tony Curtis

In conversation with Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle Movie Critic

Born Bernard Schwartz to immigrant parents in the Bronx, Tony Curtis rose to stardom at the height of Hollywood's Golden Age. He made comedy history with Jack Lemmon in Some Like It Hot and carried on notorious romances with such stars as Marilyn Monroe, Janet Leigh and Natalie Wood. In his new biography, American Prince, Curtis tells the story of his life and illustrious career - sparing no detail, no name and no ego.

JCCSF, Wed, Jan 7, 8:00 PM

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel on Fixing the Healthcare Crisis

Even with the cost of healthcare in the U.S. at a staggering 2.1 trillion per year, 47 million Americans are without any form of coverage. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel proposes a straightforward plan to save America from its healthcare crisis, while enhancing our options, improving quality, and revitalizing our economy.

"This may be the most important book on healthcare policy written in the last decade." - Larry Summers, former Secretary of the United States Treasury and Harvard University Professor

JCCSF, Fri, Jan 9, 2:00 PM

JCCSF Art & Healing Presents
Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky's first two terms as United States Poet Laureate were marked by such visible dynamism that the Library of Congress appointed him to an unprecedented third term. Pinsky's poetry is noted for its combination of vivid imagery and clear language that explores such themes as the transcendent aspects of simple acts. His books include The Figured Wheel and Gulf Music.

Robert Pinsky's reading is the keynote for a day-long program on the end of life, mourning, and life after loss. To purchase tickets for this day-long event, please click here.

A program of the JCCSF Art & Healing Program, the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center and Next Steps at Sinai Memorial Chapel.

JCCSF, Sun, Jan 11, 4:00 PM

David Mamet
In conversation with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

On Anti-Semitism, Self Hatred and the Jews

A unique voice in contemporary letters, David Mamet is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright as well as a director, novelist, poet and essayist. Mamet's prolific stage and screen history includes The Untouchables, House of Games, The Spanish Prisoner, The Winslow Boy, Wag the Dog, Oleanna, Speed-the-Plow, American Buffalo and Glengarry Glen Ross. His recent analysis of the modern Jewish psyche, The Wicked Son, is a scathing look at anti-Semitism and a lament over what he variously calls "lapsed", "fallen-away", "opted-out" or "conflicted winter" Jews. In trademark Mamet style, The Wicked Son is blunt, bracing and refreshingly original. Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (Kabbalah: A Love Story, Five Cities of Refuge) joins Mamet for what promises to be a fiercely provocative exchange on the vicissitudes of anti-Semitism and the complex fate of Jewish identity.

This lecture is SOLD OUT.
Tickets for the simulcast in Fisher Family Hall are now available.

JCCSF, Tue, Jan 27, 8:00 PM

Historian Benny Morris
With his latest book, 1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War, Israeli historian Benny Morris further opens the field of Israeli history in his distinctive even-handed manner. Morris's view has continuously shifted along the political spectrum and has always been a controversial and fascinating figure. More...

January 27, 2009 - 9:00 pm
Congregation Beth Am

January 28, 2009 - 7:30 pm
UC Berkeley, exact location TBA

January 29, 2009 - 8:00 pm

Friday, September 5, 2008

Jewish Literature: Identity & Imagination

Jewish Literature: Identity & Imagination
A Reading and Discussion Series

Demons, Golems, and Dybbuks: Monsters of the Jewish Imagination

The series will be facilitated by Murray Baumgarten and held at the Watsonville Public Library, 275 Main Street, Suite 100

The dates and books to be discussed are as follows:

Wednesday, September 24, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Satan in Goray, Isaac Bashevis Singer

Wednesday, October 15, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
The Dybbuk and Other Writings, S. Ansky

Wednesday, October 29, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka

Wednesday, November 12, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
The Puttermesser Papers, Cynthia Ozick

Wednesday, December 10, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Angels in America, Tony Kushner

Our Jewish Literature: Identity and Imagination discussion program Web page is now available. Please go to:

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

"Time for Peace" concert

Saturday, August 16, 7:30 PM, at Temple Beth El

Coming to Santa Cruz after their sold out concert at the
Skirball Cultural Museum in LA, internationally acclaimed
musicians Yair Dalal, Dror Sinai, Naser Musa, and Souhail
, will be here for one night only.

The two Israeli and two Palestinian musicians weave together
a deep, beautiful journey of music for peace.

Tickets are $15, cash or check only and can be purchased at:

Rhythm Fusion, 1541-C Pacific Avenue, in downtown Santa Cruz
Temple Beth El, 479-3444; or at the door the evening of the concert.

Bring the whole family for this exceptional musical experience!

SF Jewish Film Festival opens next week!

There are some amazing Israeli films this year that are a must see! Some of our favorites are listed below, but for a full list of award-winning films, check out

This year, the Festival runs from July 24 to August 11, and will be screening films in San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto, and San Rafael.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Israel @ 60 events

WIZO's Dance Party for Adults
Concert and live music with Hapittot local Israeli rock band
Wednesday, May 7, 8:00 pm

Israel @ 60 Educational Symposium. Arts, Diversity, Conflict
The Jewish Community Relations Council presents a day of learning dedicated to educating the community about multiple aspects of life in Israel. Keynote lectures by Alan Kaufman and Steven Spiegel.
Thursday, May 8, 10:00 am-6:30 pm, JCC, 3200 California Street, San Francisco

Israel Independence Day Celebration
Featuring Israeli Singer/Songwriter Miki Gavrielov

Featuring Israeli singer Miki Gavrielov, children's activities and dancing.
Thursday, May 8, 5:00-9:00 pm (concert starts at 7:00 pm) Temple Beth Jacob, Redwood City

Israel Fest: 2008
A light Israeli dinner and dance to the beat of Israeli music; Jeremy Shafer's interactive show for children; the award-winning documentary Exodus 1947.
Thursday, May 8, 6:00-8:30 pm, Congregation Beth El, Berkeley

Yom Ha'atzmaut Party: Diamonds are Forever
Celebrating Israel's 60th birthday for Young Adults.
Two dance floors with DJ Rafi & DJ Eli, Israeli food, raffle with amazing prizes.
May 10, 8:00 pm, The Cellar, San Francisco

Israel in the Park: Celebrate Israel's 60th Birthday in Santa Cruz!
Live music including 'Til The Soil featuring Shalom Bochner and Laurie
Tannenbaum, food, crafts, a visit with the Israeli Vice Consul from San
Francisco, a Bounce House for kids, Israel information, and much more!
This FREE event has been organized by Santa Cruz Hillel and the Santa
Cruz Israel Action Committee student group with co-sponsorship by Temple
Beth El, Congregation Beth Israel (Carmel), Chadeish Yameinu,
Congregation Kol Tefillah, and other local Jewish / Israel
organizations. Bring the whole family and celebrate Israel's culture in
the park. For more information: 426-3332

(This event will be smoking and alcohol free; there are no pets allowed
and no parking at the UCSC Inn)

Sacramento Salute to Israel
Live Music - Mini Street Market - "Taste of Israel" Food Court - Israeli Folk Dance Unique Art Exhibit & Israel Achievements Displays - Israeli Martial Arts Demonstration Cool Teen Zone - Fun Activity Area for Kids - Young Adults "Israel @ 60" After party Traveling Jewish Theatre Presents "The Never Ending Greeness" - Community & Israel Booths & Displays
Sunday, May 11th 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Capitol West Steps, Sacramento

Israel@60 Festival - Silicon Valley's Israel Independence Day Celebration
Outdoor festival with food vendors, Israeli-style outdoor market, art exhibits, speakers, professional carnival games, prizes bounce houses, clowns, musicians, and more. Join the fun with a very special art exhibit & sale from Yavneh Day School in the JCC Auditorium. Don't miss our Main Stage which will feature synagogue youth choirs and Yavneh's school choir for your entertainment pleasure. We also have panels of speakers scheduled on topics related to Israel, including "Israel: A Historical Perspective" at 1:00 pm and "Current Trends in Israel-Silicon Valley Hi-Tech Ventures" at 2:00 pm.
Sunday, May 11, 2008 --- 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center, Levy Family Campus, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos

Israel in the Gardens
Enjoy Israeli music through live all-day performances; participate in a variety of activities for teens, young adults and families. Special Israel @ 60 performance by The Idan Raichel Project, 60 Years of Israeli Achievements Interactive Exhibit, Israeli Film Festival, family and children activities, artists, reunions and much more. Admission is free. For more information:
Sponsors include the Israel Center/San Francisco, the Jewish Community Federation/San Francisco, the Consulate General of Israel, the JCRC, Tzavta and the Jewish Community Federation and Foundation of the Greater East Bay
Sunday, June 1, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

May events

Two exciting events in May from the Center for Jewish Studies at UC Santa Cruz:

“Russia, Jews and The Arts”
A one-day conference on Sunday, May 4, 2008 brings together scholars from UCSC, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Dartmouth University, The University of Illinois, and the Magnes Museum to order to address the question of Jewish contributions to Russian literature, theater and visual culture. and to present their research in this field. Topics include literature, art, language, theater, and film.

We hope you'll join us in Humanities 1 Colloquia Room 202 beginning at 9:00AM for opening remarks by Professor of History & Center for Jewish Studies Fellow Peter Kenez. Sessions will continue throughout the day.

For disability access, more information, or copies of papers to be presented or discussed, email Kelly Feinstein at You can also visit us on the web at

"Jews, Ostrich Feathers, and Modern Global Commerce: America and the trans-hemispheric market."

On Tuesday, May 6, 2008 from 4:00 - 6:00PM in Humanities Colloquia Room 210 the Center for Jewish Studies presents the eighth and final Gold Foundation Distinguished Lecture for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Sarah Stein will present a lecture entitled "Jews, Ostrich Feathers, and Modern Global Commerce: America and the trans-hemispheric market." Professor Stein, soon-to-be Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies at UCLA explores how the thirst for exotic ornament among fashionable women in the metropoles of Europe and America prompted a
bustling global trade in ostrich feathers that flourished from the 1880s until the First World War.

When feathers fell out of fashion with consumers, the result was an economically catastrophic, world-wide feather bust. Sarah Stein's research suggests that Jews fostered and nurtured the trade across the global commodity chain and throughout the far-flung territories where ostriches were reared and plucked, and their feathers were sorted, exported, imported, auctioned, wholesaled, and finally manufactured for
sale. In this talk, Stein explores Jews' involvement in the American branch of the global ostrich feather trade, from New York's Lower East Side to entrepreneurial farms in the American west.

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