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Note: The items below are not in date order within each monthly section.

February 2020

Talk With Daniella Farah
Monday, February 24, 7-8:30 PM
Wornick Jewish Day School
800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City

Daniella Farah, PhD candidate in Jewish History at Stanford University, specializes in the social and cultural histories of the Jews of the modern Middle East, with a specific focus on Iran and Turkey. She examines Iran’s Jewish communities between the mid 1940s and the early 1980s through the prisms of education, national belonging, the Jewish Iranian press and assimilation.


Rabbi Kleinberg’s Upcoming Adult Education Class: Recovering Judaism for the 21st Century
Thursdays: February 6 - March 12, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Kehillah Jewish High School,
3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

Join for a participatory learning experience where participants will mine the deep wisdom of the Jewish tradition and consider the ways that it can speak to, and guide, our lives today. Through an exploration of the meaning and purpose of Judaism, participants will surface simple, profound and redemptive truths embedded in the Jewish tradition.


Bay Area Friendship Circle's Community Day 2020
Sunday, February 23, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM
AchieveKids, 3980 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

The Bay Area Friendship Circle invites you to join them for Community Day, whether as a prospective family or as a community supporter. See their programs in action as they create inclusion and friendship for children and teens with special needs and how they empower teen volunteers to become engaged and caring community leaders! RSVP by filling out a registration form. For more information, email or call (650) 858-6990.



Redwood Symphony: Featuring violinist and Beth Am Member Claudia Bloom
Saturday, February 22, Canada College Main Theater, Redwood City

Max Richter's re-composition of Vivaldi's Four Seasons will be performed by violinist extraordinaire (and Beth Am member) Claudia Bloom. “Violin music touches the heart, the soul, and the mind, of both player and listener alike,” says consummate violinist Claudia Bloom.

For tickets and more information, please visit

Bay Area Friendship Cirlce and OFJCC Screening of Temple Grandin
Sunday, Feb 23, 6:30 PM
Arrillaga Family Pavilion (Bldg C) 2nd Floor, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

In honor of Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month, Bay Area Friendship Circle and the Oshman Family JCC will be hosting a screening of the film, Temple Grandin. The movie tells the story of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who becomes one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry. Cost to attend is $5 per person.

Book 'em Dano! Publishing Your Family's History, With Speaker Jeff Lewy
Monday, February 24, 7:00 PM
Congregation Etz Chayim
4161 Alma Street, Palo Alto

Learn how to create and publish the stories of your family history without having to become a professional author first. Jeff Lewy will explain how he wrote down the family stories he acquired from others, added old photos, filled in some of the gaps with his own research and used an online publisher/printer to create an inexpensive book his relatives are buying and telling others about. Sponsored by the  San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society.

March 2020

Violins of Hope: Featuring Cihat Askin, Violin
Saturday, March 14, 8:00 PM
Heritage Theatre, Campbell

Don’t miss an unforgettable program that showcases the Violins of Hope in full orchestral texture. These precious instruments, recovered relics of the Holocaust, were lovingly restored by renowned Israeli violin maker Amnon Weinstein.

Program includes Askin’s Avinu Malkeinu, Violin Concerto, Op. 64 by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev’s Overture on Jewish Themes, Op. 34, and Three Jewish Poems by Bloch.

Keshet West Coast Shabbaton for Teens
March 20-22, 2020
Southern California

Being a teenager is hard. For queer Jewish teens, the social pressures to fit in or the anxieties of standing out may feel even harder — especially in a world where homophobia, transphobia, and anti-Semitism are on the rise. At our West Coast Shabbaton, queer Jewish teens and allies will come together to build meaningful friendships, engage in deep Jewish learning, and return home to build a world we can all be proud of.

Join with LGBTQ and ally Jewish teens to learn, grow and celebrate Shabbat on the West Coast with a warm and vibrant community. Participants pay a subsidized rate of $54 – and need-based scholarships and travel subsidies are also available. Registration is now open, so sign up today!

The Duomo and the Great Synagogue
Saturday, March 21, 6:30 PM
Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos CA 95032

Informal talks about the history and architecture of two of Florence, Italy’s grandest and most iconic structures — the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and the Great Synagogue – by Ross King, author of the national bestseller Brunelleschi’s Dome, and noted scholar Professor Francesco Spagnolo, Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at UC Berkeley. The Q&A session will be moderated by Gail Price, former Executive Director of AIA Silicon Valley Chapter. The San Jose Chamber players will perform with Cantor Sharon Bernstein presenting both Jewish and Italian songs.

Italian appetizers and ice cream will be served.


Jewish Women’s Theatre 2020 Season: Sex, Love and Addiction Monday, March 30, 7:30 PM OFJCC Freidenrich Conference Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

These dangerous, outrageous and oftentimes tender stories of the carnal sort will leave you panting and wanting more. Tickets available online.

For more information, contact Michelle Shabtai, (650) 223-8718.

April 2020

Lunch and Learn: Yiddish and Ladino Passover-themed songs with singer/lecturer Mark Levy
Tuesday, April 14, 11:30 AM
Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos

Have you ever heard the Four Questions chanted in Yiddish or Ladino? Or Chad Gadya? Mark Levy has been leading Seders and singing these tunes in Yiddish and Ladino for over 30 years, and now has put together a program for all to hear, remember and enjoy.

May 2020

Jewish Women’s Theatre 2020 Season: Ah hah Moment
Tuesday, May 26, 7:30 PM
OFJCC Freidenrich Conference Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

Funny, truthful and endearing stories of the moment when you "just knew" life was about to change… sometimes for the better, but not always. Tickets available online.

For more information, contact Michelle Shabtai, (650) 223-8718.

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