Menachem Creditor

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On August 13th and August 23rd, Josh Kornbluth and Rabbi Menachem Creditor engaged in a public conversation about Israel, Zionism, Judaism, Peace, and American Jewish activism.

Overwhelmed by Argument
with Josh Kornbluth and Rabbi Menachem Creditor
The description of and rules for the conversation are below. It was an intense conversation between two loving friends who both love Israel and ache for Peace, who both believe in two states and are both pained by Israeli and Palestinian deaths. The disagreements were passionate, nuanced, and respectful. This was, of course, only the beginning of the work ahead.

The Rules of the Conversation
We care, and because we care, we despair. Will there be any outcome for Israelis and Palestinians, for Israel and Palestine, in which both Peoples are acknowledged and respected? Where one group’s national aspirations are not deemed unworthy? This is the conversation Josh wants to have, the conversation we believe we need. We need is as Jews. We need it as people. We need it as one People among many Peoples. Will there ever be a solution? We don’t know. We worry. Everyone suffers when some suffer. And so someone who cares is convening a loving, respectful conversation with a very clear mandate: More hope, More dignity, More love.

Here are the rules for the conversation Josh invited us to share:

1) If your position is that Israel should cease to exist as the Jewish Homeland, that is not the conversation we are going to have.
2) If you believe Jews are better than Palestinians, that is not the conversation we are going to have.
3) If you believe that only Jews have the right to a state, that is not the conversation we are going to have.
4) If you believe Israel’s concerns about security are imagined, that is not the conversation we are going to have.

The jumping-off-point for our conversations were these two books:

My Promised Land by Ari Shavit

The Crisis of Zionism by Peter Beinart

Videos of the Two-Night Conversation are now online!
Part I
Part II

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Interfaith Couples Raising Children:
Identity for Your Child & Your Home

Three Workshops, come to one or come to all of them

Deciding on a religious identity for your child is often the hardest thing an interfaith couple faces. If both of you are attached to your religious/cultural heritage you may have gotten stuck in a circular conversation that nobody wins. How can you get free and make a decision?
Or, perhaps you have made a decision, Christian or Jewish.* If only one of you is attached to your faith tradition it may be easy to pick that tradition. But having done so, what comes next?

What Religion Will We Pick for our Child? We Can’t Decide
This decision feels hard. Couples want to be fair to each other; they know how important their spouse feels about their religion, but what about mine? Can we do both? How does that work? In this workshop we’ll discuss tools for making a decision, key elements to consider and how to test out your choice.

One of Us is Jewish but We’ve Chosen Christianity, Now What?
The Christian spouse knows how to ‘do’ Christianity and is supported in this by our American Christian culture, but you may still want to introduce a concept of Jewish heritage to your child. We’ll discuss how to offer the concept of Jewish roots without disrupting your child’s Christian identity.

Raising a Jewish Child in an Interfaith Home
You’ve made the big decision – we’ll raise our child(ren) as Jews. Now what? Does this mean no Christmas or Easter? How do we interact with our non-Jewish family’s holidays? What synagogue should we join and how can we ask for specific support in our process? Is a lot of the effort falling on a non-Jewish woman who doesn’t have a gut feeling for Judaism; how can she be supported? Let’s talk about how to integrate non-Jewish family and their holiday expectations, what to say to parents and siblings, what you can expect from a synagogue community and how to support the non-Jewish parent.

*If the non-Jewish spouse is not Christian but a different minority religion like Hindi or Buddhist, a different set of issues arise. Living with two minority religions in America presents its own challenges.

Come to one or the entire series.
Sundays, Nov. 2, 9, 16
3pm to 4:30pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City
Cost: Series of three sessions: $25 for members of the sponsoring organizations; $30 for the public
Individual session: $10 to members of the sponsoring organizations; $12 to the public.
Register here.

Co-sponsored by Peninsula Jewish Community Center, Peninsula Temple Beth El, Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Peninsula Temple Sholom.

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Are you a crafter? Let’s do something fun and Jewish!

Homemade Rosh Hashanah Card

Homemade Rosh Hashanah Card

DIY Judaism: Jewish Greeting Cards
Hallmark shops don’t have cards for Rosh Hashanah or Sukkot. When it comes to the December holidays, can Jews send greeting cards in December? Should they be Chanukah cards? Can they send Christmas cards? What about solstice cards or those annual update letters? Join Dawn Kepler to discuss Seasons Greetings questions and make your own special Holiday cards while we talk. Plus we’ll have some card fixings to make your own unique cards for Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot and Purim!

Date: Sunday, Sept. 14
Time: 2 – 4pm
Place: Private home in Oakland
Cost: $10

Register here.

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Discussion Series for Interfaith/Intercultural Couples

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Interfaith couples get it – this is going to take some discussion, some compromise. But what exactly is ‘fair’? Can each of us get what we want and that will be OK for our kids? Then there’s our parents, grandparents, and siblings – how do we get them on board with our choices?

There’s a step-by-step process of breaking down the parts of this puzzle and finding out what you want and how to go about getting it. Join us! This may surprise you but it will actually be enjoyable! Groups form year round.

Exchange ideas about such issues as:

 Holiday Observances – Which holidays will be celebrated in our home?

 Dealing With Our Families – How will we talk to our parents about our choices?

 Raising Children – How can we make sure our child is “part” of each of us?

 Spiritual Concerns – How do we satisfy our needs and recognize our Partner’s?

 Cultural Differences – How do communication styles and familial expectations impact our relationship?

This is one of the most meaningful and powerful things you can do for your relationship. I encourage every couple to participate in a couples group.

Cost: $120/couple
There is a sliding scale. NO ONE turned away. Tell me you work evenings, tell me you can’t get a baby sitter, but don’t tell me it’s the money because we can make it work.

6 sessions, Tuesdays, October 14 – November 18 (plus one social gathering to be arranged with the group)
7:30 – 9:00 pm
Lehrhaus Judaica, 2736 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
$120 per couple

Sign up here.

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Tu B’Av, the 15th of Av, is a minor holiday with few customs. In modern times it has become a sort of Jewish Valentine’s Day in Israel. You can read a traditional view of the holiday here.

To add some romance to the day my friend, Faith Kramer, came up with two recipes that are made with roses. Why not give them a try? They will be equally delicious any time of year.

If you would like to try more of Faith Kramer’s recipes you will find them on her site,
http://www.clickblogappetit.com/. Her site features many Jewish recipes so check it for other holiday foods.

These recipes originally appeared in the J-Weekly, which features a food column every week.

Chocolate Rose Berry Cake

Chocolate Rose Berry Cake

Chocolate Rose Berry Cake
Serves 8-12
1/2 cup butter plus extra for pan
10 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
6 eggs, divided
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup ground almond flour
1 cup raspberry jam
1/2 to 1 tsp. rose water
3 Tbs. confectioner’s sugar
Whipped cream topping, optional (see below)
Raspberries for garnish, optional

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9-inch springform pan with butter. Line bottom with parchment and grease.

Cut 1⁄2 cup butter and chocolate into pieces and melt, stirring occasionally until smooth. Separate four of the eggs and whip whites until stiff peaks form. In a separate bowl, beat yolks and remaining eggs with sugar, vanilla, cocoa and almond flour until smooth. Working in batches, fold in chocolate. Gently fold in egg whites in batches. Pour into pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes until top is firm and springs back to the touch. (Cake will be wet inside). Let cool in pan, remove sides, invert on plate and remove bottom of pan and paper.
Stir jam with 1⁄2 tsp. of rose water. Taste. Add more as needed. Once cake is completely cool, use a serrated knife to horizontally cut in half. Spread top of bottom layer with jam, place second layer on top, cut side down. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar. Spread with whipped cream topping and decorate with raspberries.
Whipped Cream Topping: Whip half-pint heavy cream with 2 Tbs. sugar and 1⁄2 tsp. (or to taste) rose water until soft peaks form.

North African Chicken Sauté

North African Chicken Sauté

My husband has already put dried apricots on his shopping list and is eager to try out Faith’s second recipe.

North African Chicken Sauté
Serves 2-3

2 cups chicken stock, warm
1/2 cup dried apricots
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2 Tbs. oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/4 tsp. ground coriander
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground allspice
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
2⁄3 cup 1/4 sliced carrots
2 cups (6 oz.) artichoke hearts (defrosted if frozen)
1 Tbs. crumbled rose petals
1/2 cup chopped mint
Soak apricots in warm stock. Sprinkle chicken with half of salt and pepper. Heat oil in large pan over medium high heat. Brown chicken. Cook until somewhat firm but not cooked through. Set aside.
Sauté onions and garlic until golden. Add remaining salt and pepper and other spices. Sauté briefly. Add carrots. Sauté until carrots begin to soften. Add artichoke hearts. Sauté 2 minutes. Add stock and apricots, bring to and keep at a simmer, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are cooked and sauce thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in rose petals. Return chicken and juices to pan. Lower heat. Cook until chicken is cooked through. Stir in mint.

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A prayer before bedtime
A Christian mom on this list told me that she was raised saying a prayer before bedtime. In thinking over the prayer she realized that there was nothing about Jesus, nothing anti-Jewish in it and began saying it with her own children. She loves having something from her own childhood that she sharing with her kids.

Here’s the prayer she uses:
Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray dear Lord my soul to keep
Please help me be the best I can be
Please watch over our family
Thanks for all you’ve give me; Please forgive me for all I’ve done wrong.

Note from Mom: “and then I go into specific prayers for people I hope feel better, etc.”

Which brings us to some questions I get, “Do Jews say a prayer before bed?” “Do Jews have a prayer for sick people?” “Do Jews believe in angels?”

The prayer traditionally said before bedtime is the Sh’ma. Cantor Ilene Keys, of Temple Sinai in Oakland and the mother of three, suggests this version of the Sh’ma before bed:
Blessed are You our God, who casts sleep upon my eyes and slumber upon my eyelids. May You lay me down to sleep in peace and raise me up in peace. Blessed are You who illuminates the entire world with Your Glory.
Sh’ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echad.
God of Israel, may Michael be at my right, Gabriel at my left, Uriel before me and Raphael behind me; and above my head the Presence of God, Sh’chinat El.

Who, you may ask are Michael, Gabriel, Uriel and Raphael? They are angels. Michael traditionally represents God’s love; Gabriel, God’s strength; Uriel, God’s light; and Raphael, God’s healing. There’s a lovely song about the Angels of Israel that I used to sing to my children when they were little. It has a sleepy tune and a reassuring message.

What about praying for sick people? Yes, congregations traditionally chant or sing a prayer asking for a complete healing after reciting the names of those who are ill, the prayer is called the “Mi Sheberach.”

There’s a small paperback book called,

    Thank You, God! A Jewish Child’s Book of Prayers

, that has brief prayers for children in English, Hebrew and transliteration. You can get it at your local Jewish bookstore or go online to the publisher, Kar-Ben Publishing at www.karben.com or call 800-452-7236.

There is a Shabbat CD for the little ones, Shabbat Shalom! Jewish Children’s Songs & Blessings for Shabbat
It is aimed at preschoolers and offers non-Jewish (and Jewish parents) an easy way to learn bedtime songs. It is from URJ Press. (That’s Union for Reform Judaism’s publishing arm.)

Shabbat Shalom CD from URJ

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Little White Lie

Little White Lie

Here we are in the delightful summer months with long warm evenings full of crickets. This is when the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival fills theaters around the Bay Area with films that we pretty much won’t get a chance to see otherwise. I hope you have received the 2014 brochure in the mail and have had time to pour over the films to make your choices. This year Building Jewish Bridges is again co-presenting two films. They are El Critico and Little White Lie. I believe that the first one, El Critico, was given to us just to have a fun social time out. It’s a romantic comedy and from what I can see has very little to do with anything Jewish. But it will be fun and we can contemplate the question, does love conquer all? The second film, Little White Lie, is much more serious. It is a documentary made by a young woman who figured out at the age of 18 that she wasn’t the child of both her parents. It’s a fascinating and challenging story of identity, family, truth and secrets. I hope you’ll join me for one or both of them. If you can’t make it to one of ‘my’ films, do take a look at the whole lineup and fit a film into your summer. You can see the full program at www.sfjff.org.

EVENTS
Essential Jewish Knowledge: A Four Part Series with Rabbi David Kasher (Berkeley)
Shabbat Morning Learners’ Services (Berkeley)
Yad B’Yad (Hand in Hand) Tot Shabbat & Picnic (San Mateo)
Jewish Film Series Presents “Rashevski’s Tango” (Los Altos Hills)
Stop The Sirens In Israel: An Emergency Solidarity Gathering (San Francisco)
Mazel Tots! (San Francisco)
Chardonnay Shabbat Evening Service (Berkeley)
Oneg Shabbat: Saturdays Unplugged (San Francisco)
Welcoming Prospective Members (Los Altos Hills)
Let’s Go to the Movies! El Critico (Berkeley)
Tisha b’Av Text Study (San Francisco)
Israeli Folk Dancing with Allen King! (Kensington)
Let’s Go to the Movies! Little White Lie (Oakland)
Kabbalat Shabbat on the Farm (Berkeley)

Essential Jewish Knowledge:
A Four Part Series with Rabbi David Kasher

This July, Urban Adamah is pleased to offer a four-part evening workshop series exploring Judaism’s relevance to life in the 21st Century. These classes, led by our friend Rabbi David Kasher, is designed for both beginners and those with years of learning under their belts. Classes will be held Thursday nights in July, in our main tent.

July 17th: The Diversity of Jewish Beliefs
July 24th: Hallmark Jewish Practices
July 31st: The Making of the Jewish Family
Time: 7 to 8:30pm
Place: Urban Admah, 1050 Parker St. Berkeley
Cost: Join us for one class ($10 in advance, $15 at the door)

Shabbat Morning Learners’ Services
Starting on July 19, Rabbis Kahn and Stern will lead a series of learners’ services on Shabbat mornings. Attend any individual day or the entire month. Each week there will be a complete service, with an extended look at one section of the liturgy; we will learn about the prayers, music and meanings of a part of the service in depth. A light lunch at noon follows each of these intellectually and spiritually engaging mornings.
All are welcome! No need to RSVP.
July 19: The Preliminary Service – Entering Sacred Time & Space
July 26: Sh’ma and Its Blessings – Prayer as Ideology
August 2: Amidah – Prayer as Dialogue
August 9: Torah Service – Community & History
Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford Street, Berkeley 94709

Dates: Saturday mornings, July & August, beginning July 19
Time: 10:15 am
Place: Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley
www.bethelberkeley.org

Yad B’Yad (Hand in Hand) Tot Shabbat & Picnic
Families with young children join for a short Shabbat service, followed by time to play, schmooze and to enjoy a beautiful morning together. We’ll provide snacks. Bring a picnic and stay.

Date: Saturday, July 19
Time: 10:00 am
Place: Peninsula Temple Beth El, 1700 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo
RSVP to rabbisara@ptbe.org
www.ptbe.org

Jewish Film Series Presents “Rashevski’s Tango”
What does it mean to be Jewish? Three generations of the Rashevski family grapple with the question after the death of Rose, the secular matriarch who believed that the tango would make all troubles disappear. Charming and endearing, the characters confront issues of relationships, family, religion, love, romance and interfaith marriage. The film is in French and Hebrew with English subtitles. Rabbi Sarah Weissman will lead a discussion following the film. Free; refreshments will be served.

Date: Saturday, July 19
Time: 3:30pm
Place: In the Beit Kehillah at Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Rd, Los Altos Hills
www.betham.org
Sponsored by the Interfaith Outreach Committee of Beth Am.

Stop The Sirens In Israel: An Emergency Solidarity Gathering
Temple Emanu-El is hosting a mass gathering this Sunday, organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund and the Board of Rabbis of Northern California. Join us as we stand with the people of Israel during this difficult time. Learn more here.

Date: Sunday, July 20
Time: 4:00pm
Place: Emanu-el, 2 Lake St., San Francisco
www.emanuelsf.org

Mazel Tots!
Join other parents and little ones and welcome the new week with Havdalah and Mimi Greisman. This group will provide a wonderful opportunity to connect with other parents and create lasting friendships. We hope you can participate in this musical play group that focuses on parenting your baby or toddler. We will talk about language development, making friends, starting preschool, finding time for you, siblings, physical development, new-found autonomy, and any topic identified by the group. We will have guest speakers from time to time as well as celebrate Jewish holidays and traditions. Enjoy a relaxed setting filled with music, puppets, and more, while you and your little one can play and meet other parents and kids!

Dates: Mondays, Ongoing weekly drop-in, next Monday is July 22
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am
Place: In Martin Meyer Reception room of Temple Emanu-el, 2 Lake St., San Francisco
www.emanuelsf.org

Chardonnay Shabbat Evening Service
Begin your Shabbat with hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine or juice before we join together in song and community to welcome the Shabbat. Everyone is always welcome at our services and programs (and like all our Shabbat services, childcare is available).

Date: Friday, July 25
Time: 5:30 pm Refreshments & Schmoozing • 6:15 pm Shabbat Service
Place: Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley
www.bethelberkeley.org

Oneg Shabbat: Saturdays Unplugged
Sherith Israel is happy to partner with the JCCSF and other Bay Area Jewish organizations to bring you Oneg Shabbat: Saturdays Unplugged. Come for the play date, stay for the live music. Unplug and meet up with family and friends for a screen-free afternoon of fun activities and celebratory cocktails. Conclude the day with Havdalah, a sweet send-off for Shabbat and a welcome to the new week. Each week features a family-friendly concert; July 26 will host Isaac Zones and Melita Silberstein! Family Fun, Havdalah, and Happy Hour!

Date: Saturday, July 26
Time: 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Place: JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St, San Francisco
Free
www.jccsf.org

Welcoming Prospective Members
Beth Am is inviting their members to “Bring Your Friends, Family and Neighbors Interested in Beth Am.” You don’t need a friend to take you! You can just go check out Beth Am on one of the Friday nights in August. Want someone to meet you at the door and “take” you? Just let me know and I’ll arrange it.
Beth Am invite all prospective members to celebrate Shabbat with Beth Am in our Outdoor Chapel at 6:15 p.m. every Friday in August. After the service, prospective members are invited to get to know clergy and lay leaders and ask any questions they may have about our community. Prospective members are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, and we will provide dessert and good company!

Dates: Fridays in August beginning August 1
Time: Service 6:15 p.m., Outdoor Chapel; Picnic and Oneg Shabbat 7:30 p.m.
Place: Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Rd, Los Altos Hills
www.betham.org

Let’s Go to the Movies! El Critico
Join us for the SF Jewish Film Festival! Building Jewish Bridges is co-presenting El Critico. The film runs from 6:50 to 8:30pm. We’ll go for ice cream afterwards.
El Critico
Víctor Tellez is jaded, emotionally repressed and arrogant. Not surprisingly, he is an influential but harsh film who especially detests Hollywood romantic comedies.One day while searching for a new apartment, he unexpectedly meets Sofía, a spontaneous and vibrant woman. She clearly does not fit with his conception of good taste. Víctor finds himself going soft and his movie reviews reflect this. He suspects that the movie genre that he hates the most is taking its revenge.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 2
Time: Film runs 6:50 to 9:00
Showing at California Theater, 2113 Kittredge St., Berkeley, between Oxford and Shattuck.
Get your ticket at the SF Film Festival site.

Tisha b’Av Text Study
Join Rabbi Jessica Graf for an evening of learning to commemorate the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. (This is an opportunity to meet the new rabbi at Sherith Israel!)

Date: Aug. 4
Time: 7:15-8:30pm
Place: Sherith Israel, 3200 California St., San Francisco
www.sherithisrael.org
Questions? RSVP? Contact rabbigraf@sherithisrael.org or 415.346.1720

Israeli Folk Dancing with Allen King!
Please join us for Kid’s Night at Israeli Folkdancing. The evening will feature easy-to-follow dances led by Allen, a beloved and experienced kid’s dance teacher. All ages and adults too are welcome for this fun annual family event. For more info, email Bronwyn at imogen@alumni.princeton.edu.

Date: Wednesday, August 6
Time: 8:00 pm
Place: Arlington Community Church, 52 Arlington Ave, Kensington
Cost: Kids are free, adults are $3 (or $6 if you stay until 11:30 pm) or pay what you can.
Hosted by Beth El in Berkeley.

Let’s Go to the Movies! Little White Lie
Join us for the SF Jewish Film Festival! Building Jewish Bridges is co-presenting Little White Lie. The film runs from 7 to 8:05pm. We’ll go for ice cream afterwards. Email me so I’ll know you’re coming and keep an eye out for you.

Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartz’s story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity — despite the open questions from those around her about how a white girl could have such dark skin. She believes her family’s explanation that her looks were inherited from her dark-skinned Sicilian grandfather. But when her parents abruptly split, her gut starts to tell her something different.

– Little White Lie manages to be both a particular family’s story of the price of living in denial, but also raises larger questions for us all: What factors—race, religion, family, upbringing—make us who we are? And what happens when we are forced to redefine ourselves?-Peter L. Stein

Date: Thursday, Aug. 7
Time: 7pm
Place: The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St, Oakland
Get your ticket at the San Francisco Film Festival site.

Kabbalat Shabbat on the Farm
Join Urban Adamah fellows and friends for a joyful community Kabbalat Shabbat service and dinner on the farm!
Kabbalat Shabbat was invented in the 16th century by the Jewish mystics. Today, it’s practiced in most Jewish communities as a spiritual and emotional doorway into our day of rest. Our version includes chanting, meditation, poetry, movement and quiet alone time on the farm. Drums, guitar and clarinet will carry us into the night.

6:30-8:00 pm: Kabbalat Service led by Adam Berman and the Urban Adamah staff
8:00 pm: Vegetarian potluck dinner! Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the potluck dinner after the service.

Date: Friday, Aug. 8
Time: 6:30 – 8pm
Place: Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St, Berkeley
This event is free and open to the public, but kindly register in advance here.

Overwhelmed by Argument: The Conversation I Want to Have Now
Convened by Josh Kornbluth
We care, and because we care, we despair. Will there be any outcome for Israelis and Palestinians, for Israel and Palestine, in which both Peoples are acknowledged and respected? Where one group’s national aspirations are not deemed unworthy? This is the conversation Josh wants to have, the conversation we believe we need. We need is as Jews. We need it as people. We need it as one People among many Peoples. Will there ever be a solution? We don’t know. We worry. Everyone suffers when some suffer. And so someone who cares is convening a loving, respectful conversation with a very clear mandate: More hope, More dignity, More love.

Here are the rules for the conversation Josh invites us to share:

1) If your position is that Israel should cease to exist as the Jewish Homeland, that is not the conversation we are going to have.
2) If you believe Jews are better than Palestinians, that is not the conversation we are going to have.
3) If you believe that only Jews have the right to a state, that is not the conversation we are going to have.
4) If you believe Israel’s concerns about security are imagined, that is not the conversation we are going to have.

The jumping-off-point for our conversations will be these two books:
The Crisis of Zionism, by Peter Beinart
My Promised Land, by Ari Shavit

Dates: 2 evenings: Wednesday Aug. 13 & 20
Time: 7:30pm-9pm
Place: Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave, Berkeley
Class fee: $20 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Registration is required – please register with Daniel at office@netivotshalom.org.

Tot Shabbat Services
Bring your tot to Tot Shabbat! Beginning September 5th, Temple Beth Hillel will hold Tot Shabbat Services the first Friday of the month,6:00 – 6:30 p.m., followed by a family potluck and Shabbat service at 7:30 p.m. Please join us!
Open to the Community.

Date: First Friday of the Month beginning September 5
Time: 6:00 – 6:30 pm
Place: Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond
Questions/Information: www.tbhrichmond.org or 510.223.2560

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An Audience with Meow Meow

An Audience with Meow Meow

This fall, the Berkeley Rep presents An Audience with Meow Meow, about an international singing sensation and über-award-winning comedienne. In connection to the play, I’ll be offering a class exploring the music as a “degenerate” art form.

Degenerate, Forbidden, Suppressed. Music and Otherness in Fascist Europe
The attitudes displayed by European fascist regimes (especially Italy, Germany, and Vichy France, from the early 1920′s to the end of WW2) towards musical cultures of the “other” — including Jewish, Romani, North African, and African American music, as well as cabaret and popular song — ranged from unambiguous condemnation and suppression, to more nuanced tolerance and even inclusion. This class will examine Fascist rules about music, examples including Brech and Weill’s musical theater, Django Reinhardt’s “Gypsy Jazz,” Italian adaptation of American blues and jazz, and traditional music in colonial North Africa, exploring myths and facts about music history in the early 20th century.

This class will be taught by the fabulous Francesco Spagnolo
The class will be Wed., Sept. 17 from 7 to 8:30pm and will meet at Lehrhaus, 2736 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.
An Audience with Meow Meow opens Sept. 5th.

Our ENTOURAGE code, making tickets available at reduced rates will be forthcoming. Email me if you have questions.

Berkeley Rep’s publicity says:
Ladies and gentlemen, from the lights of London’s West End, the backrooms of Berlin, the sails of the Sydney Opera House, and the opium dens of Shanghai, please welcome…Meow Meow! The international singing sensation and über-award-winning comedienne—who’s wowed audiences from Paris to the Antipodes—finally brings her electrifying repertoire to our lucky shores. The “post-post-modern” phenomenon creates a musical world premiere of gargantuan proportions for Berkeley Rep’s audiences, featuring sizzling songs, sequins and satire, blow-torch wit, and divine mayhem! The captivating Meow Meow has rendezvoused with fellow superstars Mikhail Baryshnikov, Pina Bausch, and David Bowie. Now she’s entangled with the endlessly inventive director Emma Rice (The Wild Bride, Tristan & Yseult, Broadway’s Brief Encounter). Expect beauty, expect hilarity, expect heart. And possibly the splits. You are the perfect audience and she is…the extraordinary Meow Meow.

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Little White Lie

Let’s Go to the Movies!
Join us for the SF Jewish Film Festival!
BJB is co-presenting Little White Lie
The film runs from 7 to 8:05pm. We’ll go for ice cream afterwards.

Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartz’s story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity — despite the open questions from those around her about how a white girl could have such dark skin. She believes her family’s explanation that her looks were inherited from her dark-skinned Sicilian grandfather. But when her parents abruptly split, her gut starts to tell her something different.

Little White Lie manages to be both a particular family’s story of the price of living in denial, but also raises larger questions for us all: What factors—race, religion, family, upbringing—make us who we are? And what happens when we are forced to redefine ourselves?-Peter L. Stein

Date: Thursday, Aug. 7
Time: 7pm
Place: The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St, Oakland

Buy your own ticket at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival here.

Read more about this film here.

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El Critico poster

Join us for the SF Jewish Film Festival!
BJB is co-presenting El Critico
The film runs from 6:50 to 8:30pm. We’ll go for ice cream afterwards.

El Critico
Víctor Tellez is jaded, emotionally repressed and arrogant. Not surprisingly, he is an influential but harsh film who especially detests Hollywood romantic comedies.One day while searching for a new apartment, he unexpectedly meets Sofía, a spontaneous and vibrant woman. She clearly does not fit with his conception of good taste. Víctor finds himself going soft and his movie reviews reflect this. He suspects that the movie genre that he hates the most is taking its revenge.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 2
Time: Film runs 6:50 to 9:00

Showing at California Theater, 2113 Kittredge St., Berkeley, between Oxford and Shattuck.

Get your ticket at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival website here.

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