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August 2010

Monthly Archive

Zakheim: The Art of Prophetic Justice at Jazz Heritage Center October 17-December 30

Lehrhaus Judaica will present Zakheim: The Art of Prophetic Justice at the Jazz Heritage Center in San Francisco this fall. A photographic history of Bernard Zakheim’s life and work will be showcased in the Koret Heritage Lobby from October 17-December 30, and approximately 40 original Zakheim paintings will be displayed in the Lush Life Gallery from October 17-November 30.

A public opening event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 20, at 7 p.m. at the Jazz Heritage Center (1320/1330 Fillmore Street). Following a reception, award-winning historian Fred Rosenbaum will speak about Zakheim at 8 p.m. Admission to the exhibition is free every day, including the public opening event.


Check out the Fall Catalog

We hope you enjoy perusing the Lehrhaus Judaica fall catalog. There is truly something for everyone!

In an effort to continue to go green, we have scaled our print catalog to 32 pages. The full range of classes are still available, but we have found creative ways to save paper through shorter class descriptions and removing the faculty bios. Not all of our classes our published in the print catalog. You have to visit www.lehrhaus.org to see everything we have to offer. Check the Web site periodically to find new classes and to find full course descriptions and faculty bios.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or have ideas for future Lehrhaus classes. We look forward to seeing you at a Lehrhaus class or event this fall!

Out on a Ledge Coming This Fall

Out on a Ledge: Enduring the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz and Beyond, the compelling memoir of Eva Libitzky, co-authored by Lehrhaus founding director and award-winning historian Fred Rosenbaum will be released this fall. It tells the rarely examined story of a Hasidic girl in the Holocaust, a dutiful daughter who survived the Lodz ghetto, Auschwitz, a slave labor camp, and Theresienstadt. At the limit of human endurance, she lost her faith, but not her instincts, intelligence, or courage.

Rosenbaum researched this book not only through 100 hours of interviews, but also as part of an international team of scholars assembled by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. There he unearthed shocking documents about Eva’s Holocaust journey, data obtained from the International survivors and their families can access the ITS. Tracing Service, which had lain fallow for 65 years. At the JCCSF on October 14, he will explain how other survivors and their families can access the ITS.


Jews of the Fillmore at BJE Jewish Community Library

Back by popular demand, the Jews of the Fillmore exhibition will be on display at the BJE Jewish Community Library from September 2010-January 2011. The free exhibition features a photographic depiction of San Francisco’s greatest Jewish neighborhood from 1907-1965.

A center of Orthodox religious life, but also Zionism, socialism, and the Yiddish theater, the Fillmore was the hub of Yiddish-speaking Jewish culture in Northern California for almost half a century.  But, it was also the entertainment mecca for the whole city, and Jews were highly visible as the operators of restaurants, vaudeville houses, movie theaters, and Jazz clubs. The Fillmore produced one of the greatest violinists of the century, Yhudi Munhihn, along with many Jewish communal leaders.

Fred Rosenbaum, co-curator of the exhibition and author of Cosmopolitans: A Social and Cultural History of the Jews of the San Francisco Bay Area (UC Press, 2009) will deliver a presentation on the Jews of the Fillmore:

Thursday, November 18, at 7 p.m.
BJE Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco