Arts and Culture

Arts & Culture

Film Screening + Discussion: Saving Capitalism
with Jake Kornbluth, moderated by Mark Danner

Saturday, January 27, 7:30 PM; Doors open at 7 PM
Fee: Suggested donation, $10-15
Location: JCC East Bay Berkeley Branch
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Join the JCC East Bay and award-winning writer and director Jacob Kornbluth for a screening of his new film, Saving Capitalism, and a post-film discussion.

In this new Netflix Original Documentary, author and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich and Kornbluth take a deep dive into America’s staggering socioeconomic divide and search for solutions. At this pivotal moment in American history, Robert steps out of the liberal bubble, and goes on a road trip through the heartland of America. This is a journey within a journey—the emotional journey of traveling through America in the hopes of finding common ground, and the intellectual journey of discovering what American Capitalism is in time to save it.

Jacob Kornbluth is an award-winning writer and director, and is a member of the JCC East Bay community. Mark Danner has written about foreign affairs and American politics for more than two decades, covering Latin America, Haiti, the Balkans and the Middle East among other stories. He was for many years a staff writer at The New Yorker and contributes frequently to The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine and other publications. He teaches at the University of California and at Bard College and speaks and debates widely about America's role in the world.


The Gathering

Thursday, April 2, 7 PM
JCC East Bay Berkeley Branch

The Gathering, written by Arje Shaw and directed by Joy Carlin, is set against President Reagan’s controversial visit to a German military cemetery in 1985. It explores the conflict between three generations of men as a family struggles to express their individuality.

The Gathering opened on Broadway at The Cort Theater in 2001, starring Hal Linden. It was first produced Off Broadway in 1999 starring Theodore Bikel and Jesse Eisenberg, directed by Rebecca Taylor.

Arje Shaw is a playwright, author, and actor. He wrote his first play, A Catered Affair, in 1994 after a career in social work. His 2004 off-Broadway hit, Magic Hands Freddy, was voted the number one play in the Journal. His novel, The Fix, based on his life, was published in 2011. Shaw was born in Russia, emigrated to New York from a German displacement camp, and dedicates his work to his family and the memory of martyrs.

Spirituality and Community in End of Life
with Jessica Zitter, MD

What is the communal support structure for dying in different communities? What can we learn from each other, and from each spiritual practice? For example, Judaism does death well, but how can we do dying better? Join the JCC East Bay and Jessica Zitter, M.D., critical and palliative care specialist, to examine these questions during Re:Imagine—the Bay Area’s weeklong conversation about living dying. 

Re:Imagine was inspired by OpenIDEO’s End of Life Challenge, part of a 2016 project to examine the intersection of art, meaning, and end of life.

Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH, is a national advocate for transforming the way people die in America. She is Harvard and UCSF-trained to practice the unusual combination of Critical and Palliative Care medicine. She works as an Attending Physician at a public hospital in Oakland, California.


with Dan Siegel

Saturday, April 28, 7:30 PM
JCC East Bay Berkeley Branch
After a hiatus of five years, the a cappella group Vocolot is gathering together for a rare concert appearance featuring their original songs and adaptations of traditional songs of Jews from around the world, in Hebrew, Yiddish, English and Arabic. The group will feature Cantor Linda Hirschhorn, singer/percussionist Liz Stuart and singers Talia Cooper and Jennifer Karno.

Dan Siegel has produced over forty concerts of mostly Jewish music for his Cozy Concerts series, the Jewish Music Festival, and Congregation Netivot Shalom. Dan plays trombone in Klezmer and Jazz Bands.


Best of the Fest: A Four-Part Series

Missed the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival last summer? The JCC East Bay is thrilled to bring four of its best films to venues across the East Bay. This series highlights fan-favorite films centered around social justice, identity, stardom, and love.

House of Z
Wednesday, February 7, 7 PM
The New Parkway, Oakland

This chronicle of the fascinating career of fashion designer Zac Posen, known to many as a celebrity judge on Project Runway, shows how Posen began designing as a teen. With his family's support, he enjoyed a meteoric rise. Friendships with famous women (Claire Danes and Natalie Portman) helped catapult him to fame. But when his career stalls, Posen struggles with depression. His plans for a comeback with have audiences cheering for the likeable and talented artist.

Get your tickets here.

Heather Booth: Changing the World
Wednesday, May 2, 7 PM
Temple Israel, Alameda

"The most influential person you never heard of," Heather Booth is an organizer who has been at the center of almost every social movement of the past 50 years. From registering Mississippi voters during the 1964 Freedom Summer to joining Elizabeth Warren in the fight against Wall Street Banks, Booth has been a formidable force for change. Filmmaker Lilli Rivlin (Grace Paley: Collected Shorts, SFJFF 2010) creates a compelling portrait of an inspiring activist.

Join us here.

Bending the Arc
Wednesday, May 9, 7 PM
The New Parkway, Oakland

Thirty years ago, a group of young, enthusiastic, and caring friends came together with a goal that was both simple and complex: to provide health care for all, particularly the poor in the developing world. This inspiring documentary charts the success of Partners in Health, an NGO which builds hospitals and delivers health care throughout the world as they work to bend the arc toward justice.

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Bobbi Jene
Thursday, June 7, 7 PM
California Theatre, Downtown Berkeley

"I want to get to that place where I have no strength to hide anything." After a decade of stardom in Israel as a part of the illustrious Batsheva Dance Company, dancer / choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith at age 30 pursues a solo career in the U.S. Winner of the Best Documentary prize at the Tribeca Film Festival, Bobbi Jene is a portrait of a dancer which is an unflinching, wondrous and embarrassing as life itself. Note: contains nudity.

Don't miss out.



Past Programs:

Hot Mess Kitchen: A Book Party
with Gabi Moskowitz and Miranda Berman

Little Stones
A Jewish Film Fest Event
Sponsored by the JCC East Bay

Bending the Arc
A Jewish Film Fest Event
Sponsored by the JCC East Bay

Body and Soul: An American Bridge
A Jewish Film Fest Event
Sponsored by the JCC East Bay

Stay Amazed
with Berkeley Arts Ambassador Susan Duhan Felix

What We Carry With Us: A Refugee Storytelling Lab
with Guest Curator Citizen Film

Celebrating Brit Shalom 
with Lisa Braver Moss

Jewish and Indigenous Communities: Lessons from Standing Rock
With Lehrhaus Judaica

Masha Gessen on Truth, Lies, and Totalitarianism in Russia and the U.S.
A Bay Area Book Festival Event
Sponsored by the JCC East Bay

Absurd and Hilarious: Stories About Money
A Bay Area Book Festival Event
Sponsored by the JCC East Bay

More Courage
with Jewish Women's Theatre

The Kvetchy Cowboys Ride Again! 
with Gerry Tenney and Arje Shaw

No Way Out: a Play by Susan Printz Shear

Sanctuary for All: Refugee Crisis Community Update
with Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay

Beyond Bubbe: A Taste of the Old East
with Reboot and JIMENA7

Roomies: Living Together
with Israel Story and Jewish National Fund

The Amy X-Perience
with Guest Curator Amy X Neuburg 

In the Belly of the Beast
with Jay Michaelson

Jewish Winemakers
with Guest Curator Alix Wall

Barry in Context: Film Screening and Discussion
with Adam Mansbach and W. Kamau Bell