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Meet the Filmmakers of Golda
See the filmmakers at the JCC East Bay, and view screenings at the San Francisco Film Festival

THU, JUL 25, 7 PM
JCC East Bay, Berkeley branch

Tickets: By donation at the door or on our JCC East Bay ticketing page

Join in the conversation with filmmakers Sagi Bornstein and Udi Nir as they discuss the making of their film, Golda, showing at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival during the week of July 20-27. The narrative anchor in the film draws from the never-before-seen, off-air interview former Israel Prime Minister, Golda Meir, gave shortly before her death. The filmmakers will share and show clips of what they discovered from this footage including her openness to discuss her relationship between Israel and the rest of the Jewish world, her role in establishing the Israeli-American relations, as well as her personal life, views on feminism, and her experiences as a working mother in the early 20th century.  

Enjoy the chat with the filmmakers and don't miss the film! The JCC East Bay is happy to co-present Golda as part of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival at the following screenings:

  • SAT, JUL 20, 1:30 PM at CineArts
    3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

  • SUN, JUL 21, 3:50 PM at Castro Theater
    429 Castro Street, San Francisco

  • SAT, JUL 27, 2 PM at Albany Twin*
    1115 Solano Avenue, Albany
    *Albany Twin tickets often sell out quickly, so get your tickets soon or purchase Castro Theater tickets as an alternative.

Ticket and additional theater information can be found on the SFJFF website.

This event is presented in partnership with Frederick Hertz, friend of the JCC East Bay and former Board Member of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.


Hands-On Music and Mezze
With Yoshie Fruchter’s Band, Sandcatchers, and Cookbook Author Leah Koenig

SUN, AUG 25, 1 PM
Cost: Member: $10 / General: $15 / Kids: $10 / Kids <2: free
JCC East Bay, Berkeley branch
Tickets: Purchase here in advance

A family-friendly concert and cooking class for all to enjoy! Join us for an afternoon of hands-on fun:

1-2 PM: Drop in cooking class with award-winning food writer and cookbook author Leah Koenig

2-3:30 PM: Foot-stomping fun with Sandcatchers, featuring Yoshie Fruchter (Asylum Arts artist-in-resident and songleader at Camp JCC East Bay)

Show-stopping main dishes like brisket typically get all the glory at the Jewish table, but Middle Eastern Jewish cuisine is filled with appetizers, dips, salads, and delicious nibbles traditionally served alongside challah on Shabbat and holidays. This class will explore one staple in the glorious mezze table of Sephardic cuisine, by preparing (and later feasting on) spinach bourekas and other noshes. Participants should be at least 4-5 years old, need to be accompanied by a grown-up, and should bring their appetite.

But the fun's not over yet...stick around for the music and movement!

Sandcatchers, featuring the Middle Eastern oud and the American lap steel guitar, performs upbeat and fun material from their debut record, "What We Found Along the Way," as well as brand-new music to get the party rolling. NYC-based bandleader and educator Yoshie Fruchter will have you singing and clapping along. Meet the band members and their instruments and learn how each plays a role in Sandcatchers’ unique sound—and if the music moves you, grab a drum or tambourine and play along!


We are grateful for the support of: Walter and Elise Haas Fund, Koret Foundation, Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay, Taube Philanthropies, Israel and Mollie Myers Foundation, and the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund