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“Speculum in One Hand and Typewriter in Other”: Jewish Voices and Views from the Women’s Health Movement

Click here to register for this event. Blending the politics of second wave feminism with consumer rights activism, the women’s health movement sought to fundamentally redefine the relationship between women and their bodies in the late twentieth century. Women’s health activists demanded that women be respected as health care consumers…...

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Hope and Possibility in Uncertain Times- For Educators and Parents

Harriet Rossetto, Douglas Rosen and Rabbi Joseph Shamash will engage with participants in an interactive discussion unpacking and exploring the major shift that we’ve collectively experienced as a result of the pandemic. On a personal and a global level everything we know and felt we could count on shifted quickly,…...

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Italian Illuminated Ketubot

To register for this program, please click here. The Jews of Italy are known for their magnificent illuminated ketubot (marriage contracts), which incorporate Italian architectural details, images of Jerusalem, allegorical representations, and biblical figures, as well as more fantastical elements such as cherubs and signs of the zodiac. Peretz Wolf-Prusan…...

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Apocalypse Now, Apocalypse Then: The End of Times in Jewish Texts

To register for this program, please click here. Beginning with the great flood and following Jewish thought on the end of days through sources in Tanach, Talmud, and Midrash, this session will explore the various apocalyptic episodes that have occurred in the recorded history of the Jewish people and the…...

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Drop-In Book Discussion: The Color of Water by James McBride

Click here to register. Lashon Daley will lead a discussion of James McBride’s The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother. In this classic memoir, published in 1995, journalist McBride intersperses recollections of his own past with the recollections of his mother, Ruth McBride Jordan. Jordan…...

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Genealogy Clinic: Brainstorming with the Mavens

Whether you’re trying to find your great-grandmother’s elusive hometown or your grandfather’s passenger manifest, you can bring your questions related to researching Jewish family roots to a roundtable of experienced genealogists from the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. As of Wednesday, December 23 we have filled up for…...

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Honey on the Page: A Treasury of Yiddish Children’s Literature

To register for this program, please click here. To order a copy of Honey on the Page: A Treasury of Yiddish Children’s Literature from Afikomen Judaica, click here. In the early decades of the twentieth century, Yiddish literature for children was published on four continents, reaching readers with diverse ideological…...

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The Lost World of African-American Cantors: 1920-1953

Click here to register for this event. While the history of Black-Jewish cultural interaction generally focuses on how Jews adopted and adapted Black music—ragtime, jazz, swing, R&B and blues, etc.—as performers, promoters, managers, and record company executives, what has not been explored were the Blacks who performed Yiddish and cantorial…...

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Songs in Dark Times: Yiddish Poetry of Struggle from Scottsboro to Palestine

Click here to register for this event. Click here to pre-order a copy of Songs in Dark Times from Afikomen Judaica. Between the world wars, a generation of Jewish leftist poets reached out to other embattled peoples of the earth—Palestinian Arabs, African Americans, Spanish Republicans—in Yiddish verse. Songs in Dark…...

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The Memory of al-Andalus After 1492

Click here to register for this event. How do different communities remember their past? The Iberian Peninsula under Islamic rule, also known as al-Andalus, has remained in the Jewish and Muslim imaginations long after its collapse in 1492. Sabahat Adil will share examples of how al-Andalus has been memorialized by…...

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