Friday, September 12
8:00 PM
Coming Together on Shabbat Fall Concert Series: Appleseed Collective

Mix the Hot Club of Paris with the sweaty soul of Dixieland, a couple of blades of bluegrass, a pinch of ragtime beat, and a western swinging swagger, and you’ve just conjured the sound of The Appleseed Collective. Admission: $10. Sponsor: Beth Chaim Cong.

Venue: Beth Chaim Congregation

Thursday, September 18
2:00 PM
Music & Words with Three Muses

Three Bay Area “muses” will share their creations with us: Poet Joan Gelfand, Musician Liz Fortini, and former Poet Laureate of Pleasanton Deborah Grossman. Admission is free. Sponsors: Reutlinger and Diablo Valley Hadassah. For more information: activity@rcjl.org.

Venue: Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living

Thursdays:
October 2, October 30, November 13, December 11, January 8

7:00 – 9:00 PM
Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle: The Eight Chapters

2015 is the 825th anniversary of the publication of Maimonides’ great philosophical work The Guide for the Perplexed. Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan will explore this controversial work which, although written over eight centuries ago, asks such modern questions as: Why are we here? What is the nature of my character? $115 /$95 if registered by Oct 30 at www.lehrhaus.org.

Venue: Congregation B’nai Shalom

October 19, November 23, December 7, January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26, May 17, June 7
9:00 – 11:00 AM
The Bay Area Community Talmud Circle

This nine-session course is a collaboration of Lehrhaus Judaica, The Aleph Society of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, and Kevah. Students will study the Talmud with hevruta partners, as well as learn with Rabbi David Kasher, Kevah’s Director of Education. $195 / $175 if registered by Sept. 22. For more information and to register: www.lehrhaus.org.

Venue: Temple Isaiah

Sunday, October 19
3:00 PM
Collaborative Art: A Labor Of Love

Innovative artists Ira and Corliss Lesser have engaged in an ongoing pictorial dialogue — using a combination of painting, photography and sculpture to explore social, political, abstract, and neoclassical subjects. Admission: $10. For more info: philip.paris@ymail.com. Sponsor: Cong. B’nai Tikvah and Cong. B’nai Shalom.

Venue: Cong. B’nai Tikvah

Sunday, October 19
3:00 PM
Haley Unearthed

Alex Haley’s Roots captivated the world. He was on his way to becoming the most successful author in the history of publishing when he became ostracized by the literary community. Adam Henig’s insightful book explores the unraveling of one of America’s most successful yet enigmatic authors. Admission: $10. Sponsor: CCJCC and Beth Chaim Cong.

Venue: Contra Costa JCC

Friday, October 24
8:00 PM
Coming Together On Shabbat Fall Concert Series: Shamati

Shamati, a hot, young local ensemble featuring Nathanial Markman on fiddle, Isaac Zones on guitar, Doc Finch on keyboard, Roger Sideman on upright bass and Craig Miller on drums, presents a rootsy brand of acoustic Americana, soul, and funk. Admission: $10. Sponsor: Beth Chaim Cong.

Venue: Beth Chaim Congregation

Sunday, October 26
2:00 PM
To Make the World Whole: Songs of Peace, Protest and Change

Mark Levy’s songs from 125 yeas of labor, feminist, peace and environmental activists will show that Jews have been at the forefront of America’s social and political movements. Admission: $5. For more information: activity@rcjl.org. Sponsor: Reutlinger, CCJCC and Diablo Valley Hadassah.

Venue: Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living

Sunday, October 26
5:00 PM
Lehrhaus Judaica 40th Anniversary Celebration

Lehrhaus Judaica will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a gala on Sunday, October 26, at 5:00 PM. Join us as we honor Lehrhaus Founding Director Fred Rosenbaum, who has impacted the Bay Area as a teacher, historian, and author. For ticket and sponsorship information, contact Vernita Lyons at vernita@lehrhaus.org.

Venue: Hornblower Yacht, San Francisco

Tuesday, October 28
7:30 PM
An Insider’s View of the Raid on Entebbe

On July 4, 1976, Israeli soldiers secretly flew into Entebbe Airport in Uganda after an Air France plane was hijacked by terrorists. Sassy Reuven, a member of the IDF’s elite Red Beret paratrooper unit which participated in Operation Entebbe, will discuss this heroic mission that rescued more than 100 hostages. Admission: $10. CCJCC and Chabad of Contra Costa. Underwritten by the Shwedel Family.

Venue: Contra Costa JCC

Thursday, November 6
10:00 PM
Story Tellers: Writers On Writing

How do writers conceive their stories and bring them to life? Engage with local authors — Leslie Rupley (Beyond the Silk Mills), Donna Kaulkin (Brenda Corrigan Went Downtown) and Debbie Cohen (Keeper of the Scale) — and learn how their recent novels evolved from concept to print. Admission: $5. Sponsors: Cong. B’nai Shalom and Diablo Valley Hadassah.

Venue: Congregation B’nai Shalom

Thursday, November 6
7:30 PM
Jewish Journeys: Many Roads, One People

This candid conversation between Rabbi Dovber Berkowitz (Chadad of Contra Costa) and Rabbi Shelley Waldenberg (Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Isaiah) will explore their personal journeys. Moderator: Rabbi James M. Brandt, Jewish Federation of the East Bay. Admission is free. Underwritten by Arnold and Jo-Ann Jacobson; Beth Harris Hoenninger and Bob Sterns. Sponsor: CCJCC.

Venue: Contra Costa JCC

Friday, November 7
8:00 PM
Coming Together on Shabbat Fall Concert Series: Eve Decker & Friends

Called a singer who has “a great big heart, writes a wise and witty lyric, and has a voice that carries with it our deepest longings and fulfillment,” Eve Decker’s concert at Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage brought down the house. Admission: $10. Sponsor: Beth Chaim Cong.

Venue: Beth Chaim Congregation

Saturday, November 8
7:00 PM
American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco with Producer Jackie Krentzman

The documentary American Jerusalem tells the story of the pioneering Jews of San Francisco and their reinventing themselves as a distinctly new kind of Jew: It unveils the largely unknown history of this singular community, as well as its place in the fabric of not only California, but of America. Pre-admission: $10; $12 at the door; students 16 and under free. Sponsor: Beth Chaim Cong.

Venue: Beth Chaim Congregation

Friday, November 14
8:00 AM
The Blessing of Staying Up Late: Making Time for Rest and Fun

Is it ever valuable for parents to let their children stay up past their bedtime? Using passages from Blessing of a B Minus, educator and family counselor Michele Spitulnk, Ph.D., will lead us in an interactive program that explores children’s needs for both family time and downtime. Admission is free. Sponsor: CCJDS.

Venue: Contra Costa Jewish Day School

Saturday, November 15
7:30 PM
The “Funny, You Don’t Look Jewish” Comedy Show

Gina Gold, Samson Koletkar, Mike Capozzola and Joseph Nguyen — Black, Indian, Italian and Vietnamese American Jewish comedians — will share the stage and their own experiences about being a member of the “tribe.” Join us for a hilarious evening. Admission: $15; $10 for those 35 and under. Sponsor: CCJCC and Diablo Valley Hadassah.

Venue: Contra Costa JCC

Wednesday, November 19
7:30 PM
Enchantress: A Novel of Rav Hisda’s Daughter

Fantastic tales of demons and the “Evil Eye,” magical incantations, and powerful attractions abound in Enchantress, a novel that weaves together Talmudic lore, ancient Jewish magic, and a timeless love story set in fourth-century Babylonia. Renowned author Maggie Anton will speak about the research behind her exciting new book. Admission is free. Sponsor: Cong. Beth Emek.

Venue: Congregation Beth Emek

Tuesday, December 2
6:45 PM
Messages from the Dead Sea Scrolls: a Judeo-Christian Perspective

Ever since their discovery in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls have captured the imagination of the world. Dr. Jehon Grist will reveal what the scrolls say about the nature of early Judaism and early Christianity. Pre-admission: $10; $15 at the door; students under 21 free. For more information: israelcommittee@bshalom.org. Sponsors: Israel Engagement Committee of Cong. B’nai Shalom and Lehrhaus Judaica.

Venue: Congregation B’nai Shalom

Wednesday, December 10
7:00 PM
Enchantress: A Novel of Rav Hisda’s Daughter

In her newest book Enchantress, Maggie Anton, the author of the acclaimed Rashi’s Daughters trilogy, has conjured literary magic in the land where “abracadabra” originated. Based on years of research, Enchantress brings Jewish history to life from the perspective of a courageous and passionate woman. Admission is free. For more information: 925.283.8575. Sponsors: Temple Isaiah, Diablo Valley Hadassah and Lehrhaus Judaica.

Venue: Temple Isaiah

Sunday, December 14
2:00 PM
Laughter and Tears: Jewish American Sensibilities in Literature and Comedy

Alan Goldberg, Ph.D., a professor in University of San Francisco’s Department of Rhetoric, will explore the roots of Jewish American literature and comedy, and demonstrate how they are inextricably intertwined. Admission: $5. Sponsor: Reutlinger.

Venue: Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living

Sunday, December 28
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Hanukkah Candle Lighting

Entertainment, dreidels and the largest menorah in Contra Costa! Sponsor: Chabad of Contra Costa.

Venue: Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Sunday, January 4
2:30 PM
Masculinity and Femininity in Jewish Life Today

A humorous and honest discussion with Rabbi Raleigh and Fruma Resnick. Admission is free. Sponsor: Reutlinger.

Venue: Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living

Friday, January 9
8:00 PM
Library Shabbat with Michael Lavigne

Michael Lavigne is the author of the acclaimed The Wanting and Not Me. The latter received the Sami Rohr Choice Award for emerging Jewish writers and was named an American Library Association Sophie Brody Honor Book. His work explores “the power of loss, anger and love to transform our lives.” Admission is free. For more info: templeisaiahlibrary@gmail.com. Sponsor: Temple Isaiah.

Venue: Temple Isaiah

Saturday, January 10
7:00 PM
Shir Appeal, Tuft University’s Jewish A CapPella Group

Shir Appeal is an award-winning co-ed Jewish a cappella group that sings Israeli pop, traditional liturgical songs and Jewish world music. The group has appeared on the Best Of Jewish A Cappella and on the highly acclaimed Best Of Collegiate A Cappella albums — the first non-secular and only Jewish group ever to appear in the series. Pre-admission: $10; $12 at the door; students 16 and under free. Sponsor: Beth Chaim Cong.

Venue: Beth Chaim Congregation

Tuesday, January 13
1:30 PM
Writing Personal Memoirs

Elaine Starkman will guide the group in beginning to write their own memoirs. Everyone is invited to participate; no prior writing experience necessary! Admission is free. Sponsors: Cong. B’nai Shalom Sisterhood and Diablo Valley Hadassah.

Venue: Congregation B’nai Shalom

Tuesday, January 13
7:30 PM
Screening of the Forgotten Refugees

In 1945, there were one million Jews living in the Middle East and North Africa. Yet with the creation of Israel, Jewish life there dramatically began to disappear. This powerful documentary will reveal stories of several of the Jews forced into exile. Guest Speaker from JIMENA. Admission is free. Sponsor: CCJCC. In Memory of Sam Borcover, Z”L.

Venue: Contra Costa JCC

Saturday, January 24
7:30 PM
The Constitution on Campus

Mark G. Yudof, former president of the University of California, will explore the interchange between the U.S. Constitution and academic freedom. Admission is free. Sponsor: CCJCC.

Venue: Contra Costa JCC

Beth Chaim Congregation

1800 Holbrook Drive, Danville (925.736.7146)

From Oakland: Take Highway 24 through the tunnel, continuing to the end of Highway 24. Exit at Mt. Diablo Blvd. Continue straight onto Mt. Diablo Blvd. Due to construction at Broadway Plaza parking garage, turn right onto Main Street and continue for 1 ½ blocks. There is a multi-story parking garage on the left-hand side of the street as well as metered street parking.

Broadway Plaza

Walnut Creek

From Oakland: Take Highway 24, connecting to Highway 680 South. Exit at Sycamore Valley Road/EAST. Turn left onto Holbrook Drive. Once up the hill, turn right into the parking lot.

From Pleasanton: Take Highway 680 North. Follow directions above.

Congregation Beth Emek

3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton, (925.931.1055)

From Oakland: Take Highway 24 through the tunnel, merging to the right onto Highway 680 South. Continue past intersection with Highway 580. Exit at Bernal Exit, turning right and merging onto Bernal. Continue for approximately 3.5 miles. Turn right onto Nevada Court.

From Walnut Creek: Take Highway 680 South and follow directions above.

Congregation B’nai Shalom

74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek (925.934.9446)

From Oakland: Take Highway 24 to the last exit - Mt. Diablo Blvd., staying on Mt. Diablo until it becomes Walker. Continue until Walker bears right onto Walnut Blvd. Make an immediate left turn onto Eckley Lane.

From Pleasanton: Take Highway 680 north to S. Main Street exit in Walnut Creek. Continue to Mt. Diablo Blvd. Turn right and follow directions above.

Congregation B’nai Tikvah

25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek (925.933.5097)

From Oakland: Take Highway 24 to the last exit - Mt. Diablo Blvd., staying in the left-most lane upon exiting. Turn left onto Camino Diablo. Take your first right onto Springbrook Road. Drive for approximately 1 mile. Turn left onto Hillcroft and drive up the road, turning left into the synagogue parking lot.

From Pleasanton: Take Highway 680 north to S. Main Street exit in Walnut Creek. Continue to Mt. Diablo Blvd. Turn left and continue on Mt. Diablo until you are just driving under the highway overpass. Turn right onto Camino Diablo and follow directions above.

Contra Costa JCC

2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek

From Oakland: Take Highway 24 east to the Pleasant Hill road/south off-ramp exit. Turn right onto Pleasant Hill and left onto Olympic. Turn right onto Tice Valley and continue for 8/10 mile. The CCJCC is on the right-hand side of the street, immediately after the Walnut Creek gymnasium.

From Pleasanton: Take Highway 680 North to Olympic Blvd. Turn left onto Olympic and left onto Tice Valley. Follow directions above.

Contra Costa Jewish Day School

955 Risa Road, Lafayette (925.284.8288)

Follow directions below to Temple Isaiah. The school is located at the far end on the top level of the campus.

Hornblower Yacht

You will receive directions upon your RSVP.

Reutlinger Community For Jewish Living

4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville (925.648.2800)

From Oakland: Take Highway 24 east continuing onto Highway 680 South. Exit at Sycamore Valley, taking the East off-ramp. Continue on Sycamore Valley for about 4 ½ miles. Reutlinger is on the right-hand side of the street, with the entrance to the facility on Parkhaven.

From Pleasanton: Take Highway 680 North, exiting at Sycamore Valley. Turn right onto Sycamore Valley, heading east. Follow directions above.

Temple Isaiah

945 Risa Road., Lafayette (925.283.2875)

From Oakland: Take Highway 24 east to the first exit in Lafayette: Acalanes/Mt. Diablo. Exit, staying to the right and following signs to Mt. Diablo. Turn left onto Risa Road (located immediately before the new Veterans Memorial Hall) and then drive up the hill to the sanctuary.

From Pleasanton: Take Highway 680 North to Highway 24 west, exiting at Central Lafayette. Make three right turns, continuing onto Mt. Diablo Blvd. Turn right onto Risa Road and then drive up the hill to the sanctuary.

For more information or a brochure: 510.318.6453 or riva@jfed.org.