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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. Ben Kramarz will lead an examination of how ancient Jewish texts portray the end of the world. Please return to this page soon for more details....

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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. Space is very limited, and reservations will be taken on…...

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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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