Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Don't miss the "Within" Release Concert December 10th at 8pm @ Congregation Netivot Shalom!
Sunday, Dec. 4th. 7:30pm -- Round-table Discussion Moderated by the JCRC, "Has the Obama Administration Been Good for Israel?"
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
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Saturday, November 12, 2011
with Filmmaker Amy Beth Oppenheimer
Sunday Evening, November 13th at 6 PM - Hosted by Netivot Shalom - FREE
Join us for an exciting evening of presentation, discussion and film-viewing at the community-wide Faces of Israel event on November 13th. Documentary producer Amy Beth Oppenheimer will be in attendance to facilitate conversation about Jewish identity, religious pluralism, the role of the Chief Rabbinate and civil liberties in Israel today. Followed by a cross-denominational panel. This program is sponsored by Congregations Netivot Shalom, Temple Beth Abraham, Temple Sinai, Beth Israel and Berkeley Hillel. Information at www.facesthemovie.com.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
We're all aflutter at my local synagogue, Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, because David Mamet -- playwright, filmmaker, essayist, tough guy -- will be interviewed there this Thursday evening, Nov. 10. This public event will be a benefit for our beloved shul, and the interviewer will be my pal Dan Schifrin of the Contemporary Jewish Museum. I encourage you to buy tickets and hang out with us as the great writer discusses "race, Jews, and power" -- uncontroversial subjects in which I imagine the resourceful Mamet will somehow find a kernel of drama. Tix & info here.I have taken the liberty of writing a short play in anticipation of this benefit:Setting: A temple.Act 1, Scene 1: Interviewer enters sanctuary, sits on one of two chairs, waits. After a time, Playwright enters, clearly agitated.PLAYWRIGHT: F---in' rabbi. F---in' rabbi. F---in' rabbi. F---in' rabbi. F---in' rabbi. F---in' rabbi. F---in' rabbi.INTERVIEWER: What's the matter?PLAYWRIGHT: F---in' rabbi.Curtain.Okay, maybe writing dramatic dialogue isn't as easy as I thought -- so I'll stick to what I normally do, monologuing and occasional filmmaking. Both of which I'll get to display at another Congregation Netivot Shalom benefit on Saturday evening, Nov. 19, when I will perform excerpts from my solo piece Love & Taxes and also show clips from the upcoming Love & Taxes feature film I've been making with my brother Jake -- followed by a conversation with Rabbi Menachem Creditor, in which we will neatly resolve all outstanding questions regarding love, taxation, and Judaism. It'll be lots of fun! Tix & info here.I hope to see you at Congregation Netivot Shalom!!Take care,Josh#OccupyYeshiva (OY)