Jewish Culture

Don’t miss Szyk at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

The Szyk Haggadah: Art Exhibit The haggadah, the ritual text for the Passover seder, evokes the story of the exodus of the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. While myriad haggadot have been created from the tenth century to the present, the exhibition highlights the unique and powerful story of The Szyk Haggadah (1940). Arthur…

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You can explore Judaism through Film and Food!

Hummus, Falafel and Brisket – Oh, My! San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Presents three fabulous films about food that are sure to whet your appetite. (Don’t worry; there will be food available for purchase between the showings.) Make Hummus Not War (1:00) Filmmaker Trever Graham’s humorous journey takes us through the hummus bars and kitchens…

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Will you have a Chuppah for your Wedding?

Having a chuppah or wedding canopy is not a Jewish requirement; in other words it is not stipulated in Jewish law. It is, however, a Jewish custom and very lovely. The traditional chuppah has four portable poles and a piece of cloth hanging attached at the four corners to the poles. You can use a…

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Israel and Texts

The land of Israel has been central to Jewish history, both ancient and modern. Even during the years of galut (exile) the Jewish heart was “in the east,” in the words of medieval poet Yehudah HaLevy. This class will examine the history of ancient Israel, the beginnings of rabbinic Judaism, and the modern return to…

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