A word from our non-sponsors

We now take a break from our regularly-scheduled blogging to share a few particularly cool Jewish events coming up in the Bay Area:

Sunday Feb. 6 — Belonging Without Believing: Engaging Secular Jewish Culture

This seems right up the alley of ye olde atheist Bat Mitzvah gal, and I’m planning to go. Keynotes include KQED’s Michael Krasny (author of Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Quest) and U.C. David professor David Biale (author of Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought).

Workshop topics include Spinoza, Yehuda Amichai, Jewish-American cinema, and “A Practical Guide to Living a Secular Yet Spiritual Jewish Life.” Sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica and the S.F. Jewish Community Center. You can find details on the half-day-long program here.

Wed. Feb. 9th and on — Josh Kornbluth in “Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?”

Razor-sharp comic monologuist Josh Kornbluth brings his show about Warhol’s paintings of famous Jews to the Shotgun Players’ Ashby Stage in Berkeley for three weeks in March. Some of the performances will be followed by discussions with local Jewish thinkers including Rabbi David Cooper of Kehilla Community Synagogue (Feb. 16), professor David Biale (Feb. 19), and Rabbi Michael Lerner of Tikkun (Feb. 23).  Details on Kornbluth’s  Berkeley engagement here.

Saturday Mar. 6th and on — 26th Annual Jewish Music Festival

At various downtown Berkeley locations in March, the festival demonstrates just how far Jewish music stretches beyond Adam Sandler’s Chanukah Song. The opening show on  Mar. 5th at Freight and Salvage is called Yemen Blues and is described as Ravid Kahalani (veteran of Israel’s renowned Idan Raichel Project) brings together a nine-piece band to showcase the music of his Yemenite-Jewish heritage with a passion for blues, jazz, funk and West African grooves.” 

Ravid Kahalani

The following night, there’s a program celebrating an early 20th century Jewish mandolin ensemble, and the next weekend there’s a Cuban-klezmer encounter. Kudos to my friend Ellie Shapiro for bringing these far-flung corners of the (Jewish) world to our door!

You can get info here. 

Oh… and I think there was some other event happening around this time period too. Like on Feb. 26th.  Having trouble remembering what it is, though… maybe something to do with a Bat Mitzvah?

The Ger Mandolin Orchestra -- see a tribute to them at the Jewish Music Festival

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3 Responses to “A word from our non-sponsors”

  1. Meg Spencer Dixon Says:

    The “Belonging Without Believing” conference sounds fascinating; I wish I could attend. (My primary problem with Judaism as a religion is that apparently it doesn’t necessarily include G-d.)

  2. Michael Witkin Says:

    I didn’t know that Krasny was a secular Jew. I’m shocked!

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