Excitement is already building for our fall/winter “semester” of Under One Tent. We’ve added a teaser on this website so that you can get a taste of what’s on our drawing board. In the meantime, we have three outstanding events lined up for August.

Wednesday, August 9, 7:00 PM at Cong. B’nai Shalom
The Lonely Child: Screening and Presentation
“The Lonely Child” is a song written in the Vilna Ghetto in 1943, describing Sorele, a little girl in hiding. Almost 75 years later, the daughter of the girl in the song — Alix Wall, Writer/Producer — goes on a quest to meet the people who are keeping the song alive today, and invites musicians she admires to perform their own interpretations of it. Through interviews and performances, the song becomes a vehicle to explore themes of inherited memory and trauma, music and art as resistance, and the song’s relevance amidst today’s refugee crisis. What starts as a personal family story becomes a music documentary that brings together artists from different parts of the world around a common theme.

Sunday, August 20, 4:00 PM at Temple Isaiah
Rachel: Israel’s National Poet
Rachel: Israel’s National Poet
is a musical celebration of her life and poetry. Written, produced and directed by Rivka Amado and Efi Lubliner, this innovative program captures the pioneering spirit of a  young woman who immigrated to pre-State Israel when it was part of the Ottoman Empire in 1909.

Monday, August 28, 7:00 PM at Cong. B’nai Shalom
Yesterday Is Here: Transparent, Trauma and the Shaping of American Judaism
Merissa Nathan Gerson, a writer and educator with a focus on sex, sexuality and Judaism as well as trauma, and intergenerational repercussions of war, will lead a discussion following the screening of one episode of Amazon’s hit show Transparent for which she was a consultant. Her writings have been featured in The Atlantic, Elle.com, Tablet Magazine, Lilith Magazine, and many others. She is passionate about reinvigorating the future of a queer-inclusive Judaism in America.


3 Course Spirit Sampler at​ Total Wine​ in Pleasant Hill and Cong. B’nai Tikvah

  • Get a Bite of This Apple – September 13, 7:00 PM: A class on and tasting of fruit ciders just in time for Rosh HaShanah and apples & honey
  • Latkes & Vodkas – December 9, 7:00 PM: A mini-course on vodkas plus tasty latke treats
  • T​he Grapes of Israel – April 14, 7:00 PM: A walk through the history of Israeli wine plus tastings

Wednesday, September 13, 11:30 AM at Rossmoor
On the same day as the Tiffany Shlain-founded project, Character Day, will take place throughout the country, ​we will salute our “mensch” of the year and discuss who we are, who we want to be, and how to further develop our own “character.” Including film Screening. Sponsored by Diablo Valley Hadassah.

Thursday, September 14, 7:30 PM at Cong. Beth Emek
Journey to the Promised Land
Today, over 135,000 Ethiopian Jews live in Israel. Tela Burshtain will explore her family’s perilous journey from the Horn of Africa to Israel during the 1984 Operation Moses, and share the beauty of her Ethiopian Jewish heritage.

Sunday, October 15, 5:30 PM at Cong. B’nai Tikvah
Food Stamped: Screening Plus Dinner
Yoav Potash, a documentary filmmaker and his nutritionist wife, advocate for healthy eating in this award-winning documentary that examines the challenges of eating a well-balanced meal on a $1.00 per meal per person. A “food stamped” menu will be served for dinner.

Monday, October 16, 10:00 AM at Cong. B’nai Shalom
Storytelling Session with Sally Holtzman and Ellen Kaufman.

Wednesdays, October 18 & 25; November 1 & 8, 7:00 PM at Cong. B’nai Shalom
For centuries, individual Jews have been accused of crimes, which contain negative stereotypes about Judaism and/or the Jewish people. We will examine the “blood libel” allegation that were widespread in 13th century England; the prejudiced murder conviction of Atlanta resident Leo Frank at the turn of the 20th century, and the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of the Final Solution. Finally, we will look at how anti-Semitic tropes are used today to undermine support for Israel. Facilitator: Riva Gambert.

Friday, October 27, 8:00 PM at Temple Isaiah
Social Justice Shabbat Service
David Saperstein of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism will speak at a special social justice Shabbat service. Rabbi Saperstein was selected by Newsweek in 2009 as the most influential rabbi in the country and described in a Washington Post profile as the “quintessential religious lobbyist on Capitol Hill.” Open to the public. Admission is free.

Sunday, November 5, 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary at Temple Isaiah
“Stars of David” Musical Revue
Cantor Korn and cantorial guests will present a new musical revue based on the best-selling book by Abigail Pogrebin. “Stars of David” celebrates well-known Jewish personalities, including Leonard Nimoy, Andy Cohen, Kenneth Cole, Fran Drescher, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Tony Kushner, Aaron Sorkin, and Gloria Steinem with songs by some of Broadway’s best composers. General admission seating at $36 or be a mensch and increase to $54.

Sunday, November 12, 3:00 PM at Cong. B’nai Tikvah
Community-wide Kristallnacht Commemoration with Keynote Speaker Amos Guiora (Lt. Colonel Retired, IDF)

October 2017 through May 2018 at various locations
The East Bay International Jewish Film Festival and the Contra Costa JCC are partnering with local synagogues and Jewish organizations on a series of cinematic programs leading up to Israel’s 70th birthday.