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The JCC East Bay is participating in this year’s Reimagine End of Life festival, a community-wide exploration of death and celebration of life through creativity and conversation.

Drawing on the arts, spirituality, healthcare, and design, this weeklong series of events will break down taboos and bring diverse communities together in wonder, preparation, and remembrance. Learn more at

The Museum of You Is Open. What’s on Display? 
with Roslyn Sholin

SUN, OCT 27, 2–4 PM
Member: $10, General: $15


In this talk and traveling exhibit, Roslyn Sholin, creator of the educational exhibit “My Attic, Your Story: An Immigrant’s Journey,” describes what happened when she inherited a house that had been in her family for 80 years. As she examines how family history and world history are inextricably linked, and how objects can enrich a storytelling tradition, she invites participants to consider their own family artifacts. How will you tell your story for the next generation?

Roslyn Sholin is a community fellow at the Graduate Theological Union’s Center for Jewish Studies and creative director of “My Attic, Your Story: An Immigrant’s Journey.”

Sweet and Sour, a play by Dan Schifrin
in Conversation with Dr. Jessica Zitter

TUE, OCT 29, 7 PM
$45 (includes theater ticket and dinner)


Join us for a unique staging of Dan Schifrin’s three-act play—which explores the truth that every family lives and dies in the kitchen— accompanied by a catered meal based on the script. In discussions between acts and following the play, Schifrin and Dr. Jessica Zitter will lead a candid conversation about death, dying, and navigating the end of life.

Dan Schifrin is a writer, playwright, teacher, and curator of conversation. He has taught at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University, and his fiction and essays have appeared in McSweeney’s, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Jessica Zitter, MD, MPH, is a critical and palliative care specialist, and the author of Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times and her articles have appeared in The Atlantic, TIME magazine, Journal of the American Medical Association, The Washington Post, and many other publications.

End-of-Life Resource Fair
In partnership with Reimagine End of Life

SUN, NOV 3, 10 AM–4 PM
Cost: Free

Organizations from around the East Bay will present their programs and resources— all focused on end-of-life care and preparation, health, wellness, and spiritual well-being— at this comprehensive fair. Drop in to engage with professionals and practitioners here to help provide insight, guidance, and support. 

American Creed Screening and Community Conversation 
with Joan Blades of Living Room Conversations and Elyse Eidman-Aadahl

THU, NOV 14, 7 PM
Member: $15, General: $20


Copresented by Citizen Film, National Writing Project, and Living Room Conversations In this film directed by Sam Ball, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David M. Kennedy come together from remarkably different backgrounds, life experiences, and points of view to explore the idea of a unifying “American creed.” Following the viewing, Joan Blades (cofounder of and Living Room Conversations) and Elyse Eidman-Aadahl (Executive Director of the National Writing Project) will lead a discussion highlighting the film’s citizen-activists who strive to reconnect our country’s ideals across deep divides.

DRUNK: LABA East Bay Taster

SAT, NOV 23, 7 PM
Member: $25, General: $30


You’ve seen wine paired with food, but how about wine paired with text? Help us launch our new LABA East Bay program by joining local artists, ancient text scholars, and a sommelier as they explore the relationship between wine and text through teachings, tastings, and performances. Plus raffles, music, prizes, and more! A sensual mash-up not to be missed. 

"There is wine and there is wine, so also there is a cup and there is a cup, and all is, this for good and this for evil." - Zohar II:256B

Learn more about LABA East Bay and the artist fellow application.