Ner Shalom Social Justice Café
Feb
11
1:30 PM13:30

Ner Shalom Social Justice Café

Join us for inspiring music, stories, learning and great company. We will celebrate our tradition of activism and our lineage of radical Jews. SSU Professor and prolific author Elaine Leeder will teach us more about our proud history of American Jewish radicalism and its profound contribution to creating a national culture of social justice.

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Mar
24
7:30 PM19:30

Rafael Trio

In November of 1975, the newly-formed Raphael Trio made “a most auspicious debut” (The New York Times) at Carnegie Hall as winners of the Concert Artists Guild Award. They have since been presented regularly in the leading concert halls of the United States and Europe, appearing in London, Geneva, Paris, Frankfurt, Vienna, Washington DC, San Francisco, Denver, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Chicago, Boston and New York.


In celebration of their 25th Anniversary, they performed the complete Beethoven trios in cycles in Washington DC (Phillips Collection), Vermont (Marlboro College), and in gala appearances in New York at the Kosciusko Foundation. These performances were broadcast by WNYC and Performance Today, NPR’s live broadcast concert series.


The Washington Post says “These gifted musicians play with an almost palpable intensity. They launched into a detailed and emotionally gripping performance that allowed all to triumph both individually and collectively.”

This concert celebrates the donation of a Steinway baby grand piano to Ner Shalom by David Salm, the brother of Susan Salm of the Rafael Trio. The piano belonged to their mother Erna, a concert pianist in Germany. When the Nazis came to power, she shipped her pianos to the Netherlands. When she resettled in Chicago, she sent for them, using them to teach music in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood and to hold monthly house concerts. This piano is one of these refugees.

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Apr
15
9:00 PM21:00

Daniel Cainer - Gefilite Fish and Chips

Smart, funny, timely and only slightly irreverent, Cainer’s deeply moving tales about his family and observational comedy are a joy. Brilliant rhyming and wordplay, great musicianship and haunting tunes you won’t forget. His songs and his music are for anyone who has ever wrestled with their home, their heritage and their heart. Jewish or not, you’ll love this award-winning master songwriter's deeply moving, smart and funny story-songs.

Winner of Three Weeks Edinburgh Award 2013
Fringe Review Highly Recommended show 2014, 2015
SoHo Playhouse New York (Best of Edinburgh & New York Fringe) 2014, 2015 & 2016.

'An extraordinary performer... at times heartbreakingly poignant, at others, laugh-out-loud funny. Utterly charming, thoroughly recommended.’ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

Tickets $20 General Admission, $30 VIP

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The gonifs
Dec
9
8:00 PM20:00

The gonifs

Originating as a street band bringing klezmer to peace marches and freedom rallies, the gonifs bring traditional Jewish folk music with a twist to concert halls all over the Bay Area and beyond.

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Adult Ed: Deep Structure
Nov
19
2:00 PM14:00

Adult Ed: Deep Structure

Taught by Gesher Calmenson

Our teachers describe a set of structural relationships expressed by such diverse forms as the architecture of the Temple and the progression of the Prayer service. We will look at this “hidden” structure through the eclectic work of Rabbi David Wolfe-Blank, z’l,  a transitional modern teacher trained in Jewish orthodoxy, Zen, somatic therapy, and New Age consciousness.

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Hoshanah Rabah
Oct
13
8:30 AM08:30

Hoshanah Rabah

A deeply moving service culminating the month of our high holidays, with beautiful prayers for the salvation of the earth, the planets and all of creation. A wonderful bookend to our Rosh Hoshanah prayers for the renewed creation. Participatory, eco-spiritual and fun!

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