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The Legacy of School Integration and Educational Outcomes
with Professor Rucker Johnson and Natalie Orenstein, moderated by Dan Schifrin

in partnership with Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP)

THU, FEB 20, 2020, 7-9 PM
JCC East Bay, Berkeley branch
Cost: Early Bird: $15; General: $20

It has been more than 60 years since the case of Brown v. Board of Education, and we are only now beginning to understand the full ramifications. The resulting integration affected children’s lives in areas as broad as health, income, and educational attainment.

Join GSPP Professor Rucker Johnson as he shares discoveries from his recently-published book, Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works, and Berkeleyside education reporter Natalie Orenstein for a moderated discussion on school integration, its legacy, and its future in the East Bay and across America. Moderated by Dan Schifrin.


Along the Trade Route: Violins of Hope at the JCC East Bay

SUN, MAR 1, 2020, 3-5 PM
JCC East Bay, Berkeley branch
Cost: $25

Along the Trade Route is a musical exploration of shared melodies from over the centuries with no regard to political and national boundaries. This special event will feature the Violins of Hope, a collection of string instruments rescued from the Holocaust and restored by Israeli violinmakers Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein.

Specific musical traditions to be examined include those of the Turks, Roma, Jews, Celts, South Asian, and North Americans. Led by Cookie Segelstein (Klezmer), all performances will feature internationally renowned musicians playing a myriad of musical genres: Cookie Segelstein (Klezmer), Emmanuel During (Middle Eastern), Srivatsan Varadarajan (South Indian), and Darcy Noonan (Celtic) who will each perform on historic instruments from the Violins of Hope collection.

This program is part of Violins of Hope San Francisco Bay Area presented in association with Music at Kohl Mansion, Burlingame, CA 

Co-presented with KlezCalifornia


On Purim, With Love: A Family Celebration

SUN, MAR 8, 10 AM-12 PM
Cost: Adults: $15, Children: $8, Under 2: Free

Join us for a new and unique service-based family program, as you gather with other community members to sing, browse through PJ Library books, hear the Purim story, and create care packages (mishloach manot) for local refugee families in need. Connect during the Fun Day Sunday activities, braid and learn about the Challah for Hunger program, and make it a day to remember with your family, in service to the community. 

A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the Challah For Hunger program.

In partnership with Jewish Gateways, Jewish Family and Community Services East Bay, and PJ Library. 


Irreverently Yours, the Shushan Queens 3.0

Get ready, folks (and get that early bird ticket by FEB 20)!  It's the 3rd annual politically satirical, feminist, comedic, musical retelling of the Book of Esther! Full of sass, rhymes, leopard print, song parodies, and political commentary, this hip, hilarious reinterpretation of the ancient story of Esther is not to be missed. And if you were wondering, yes, you will all get kazoos and hamentashen and costumes are HIGHLY encouraged.

*This political comedy includes adult language

MON, MAR 9, 7 PM (doors open 6:30 PM)

Congregation B’Nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek, CA 94597 (14+)
Cost: Early Bird: $18, General: $25 (Ticket includes one free drink to holders ages 21+)

JFCS East Bay Collection Drive for Refugees
In the spirit of mishloach manot, consider bringing a donation for new local refugees! We will accept [new & full size] shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, & lotion at this event.

THU, MAR 12, 8 PM (doors open 7 PM)
Starline Social Club, Oakland (21+)
Cost: Early Bird: $18, General: $25

SUN, MAR 15, 7 PM (doors open 6 PM)
Starline Social Club, Oakland  (21+)
Cost: Early Bird: $18, General: $25

Nosh underwritten by Grand Bakery.



First Night Passover Seders in Berkeley

Family Seder

WED, APR 8, 5-6:15 PM
JCC East Bay, Berkeley branch
Early Bird Child - $18/Early Bird Adult - $36
General Child - $25/General Adult - $50
Child under 2 – FREE

Enjoy a delicious, buffet-style Passover meal. Family Seder is a kid-friendly event for people with children aged 2-7.

Community Seder

WED, APR 8, 7:30-9:30 PM
JCC East Bay, Berkeley branch
Early Bird Adult - $72/General Adult - $100
General Child - $36
Child under 2 – FREE

Gather for a warm, lively, and social celebration to sing, tell stories, and enjoy a delicious meal. Open to all ages.

Berkeley seders are led by Rabbi Bridget Wynne of Jewish Gateways  


First Night Passover Seder in Oakland

Oakland Seder

WED, APR 8, 7:30-10 PM
Location TBD
Early Bird Adult - $72/General Adult - $100

Why is this Seder different from all other Seders?

Sing along, tap your toes, and refill your cups while you recall those years in the dessert (or your first Broadway show). Enjoy a full buffet and Broadway musical interpretation of the story of Passover because...what good is sitting alone in your room, come hear the music play - life is a Passover Seder, my friend, like none other at the JCC East Bay!

Created with LABA East Bay fellow Bruce Bierman.

Holiday Community Lunch - Passover

MON, APR 13, 12 PM
Fee: $15

Celebrate Passover with a delicious and festive seder lunch led by the JCC East Bay's Shamash Resident with musical accompaniment. Come together with friends, community members, and JCC staff for our annual seder lunch!


We are committed to investing in our community.  In an effort to keep our public programs affordable, this event is underwritten by the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay.