Civic Engagement

Best of the Fest: A Four-Part Series

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

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.

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This program made possible in part by a grant from the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund. 

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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This program made possible in part by a grant from the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund. 

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.


These programs made possible in part by a grant from the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund. 



Planting Seeds in New Lands
Muslim-Jewish Gathering at Urban Adamah

Wednesday, April 25, 5:30-7:45 PM
Location: Urban Adamah, 1151 Sixth Street, Berkeley
Cost: $10
Register here!

Join us as we share our rich personal histories of movement from one land to another. We will create a safe spiritual space in which we can meaningfully connect, learn together, and enjoy a delicious Kosher and Halal meal.

Prayer space provided
4:54 PM Asr Prayers
7:54 PM Maghrib Prayers