Art Lectures at Jewish Community Center San Francisco


Underwriting for Art Lectures generously provided by The Betty and Maurice Mann Family Fund.

Breguet: Art & Innovation in Watchmaking
With Julia Geist, Fine Arts Museum of SF docent
From Breguet’s beginnings in Paris in 1775, the watch- and clock -making company pioneered technical advancements like the self-winding…
Wednesday, Feb 10
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Member fee: $ 0.00
Non-member fee: $ 0.00
Roman Vishniac Rediscovered
With Contemporary Jewish Museum docent

Though best known for his photographs of Jewish life in Eastern Europe just before the Nazis annihilated that world, Roman Vishniac was in…

Wednesday, Mar 09
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Member fee: $ 0.00
Non-member fee: $ 0.00
Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia
With Rita Dunlay, Fine Arts Museums of SF docent
The first major international presentation of Pierre Bonnard’s work to be mounted on the West Coast in half a century, this exhibition…

Wednesday, Mar 16
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Member fee: $ 0.00
Non-member fee: $ 0.00
Oscar de la Renta
With Ellen Harden, Fine Arts Museum of SF docent

Get the inside scoop on this retrospective at the de Young celebrating the life and career of one of fashion’s most influential designers. Featuring…

Wednesday, Apr 13
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Member fee: $ 0.00
Non-member fee: $ 0.00
Puttin’ on the Ritz: Masterpieces of Jewelry through the Ages
With Ellen Harden, Fine Arts Museum of SF docent

Why does almost everyone on earth wear jewelry? Jewelry existed before written language. It is worn as a status symbol, as…

Wednesday, May 11
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Member fee: $ 0.00
Non-member fee: $ 0.00


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Travel India – Jewish Community Center San Francisco

Delhi • Agra • Jaipur • Mumbai • Pune
November 2 – 13, 2016

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VARANASI (Pre-Trip Extension): October 30 – November 2, 2016
COCHIN (Post-Trip Extension): November 13 – 16, 2016
Journey into the heart of the Indian subcontinent to discover ancient temples, bustling bazaars, and fascinating examples of a uniquely Jewish history. Visit Old and New Delhi, then continue on to Agra and the gleaming Taj Majal. Visit the “pink city” of Jaipur with its enchanting rose-colored homes, hop a train to Pune to see the Jewish sites – including the tall red spires of the Magnificent Synagogue – and experience the lively port city of Mumbai. Add a pre-trip extension to Varanasi, built on the shores of the sacred Ganges River, or extend the trip to Cochin, home of an ancient Jewish community.



Red Fort (built by Shah Jehan, the builder of the Taj Majal)
Jama Masjid Mosque
India Gate (memorial to the Indian soldiers killed in World War I)
Synagogue Judah Hyman Hall

Taj Majal
Agra Fort

Maharaja’s Palace
The fort-palace of Amber, including the shimmering Ganesh Pol
The Observatory, with its 90-foot-high sundial
The Palace of Winds

Prince of Wales Museum
Mani Bhawan (Exhibit of Gandhi’s life and a library of books by or about the Mahatma)
Chabad Center
Shaar Harahamim or Gate of Mercy Synagogue
Magen David Synagogue
Shabbat dinner with the Jewish community
Excursion to Navgaon – Alibab, home to the historic Bene Israel community

Magnificent Ohel David Synagogue, built by David Sassoon
Succath Shlomo Synagogue
Raja Kelkar Museum
Varanasi Pre-Trip Extension

The ghats, a four-kilometer stretch along the Ganges River where stairs meet the river, site of religious rites
Boat ride on the Ganges
Sarnath, site of modern and ancient temples and where Buddha delivered his first sermon
Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Cochin Post-Trip Extension

Parur, the largest of Kerala’s synagogue compounds
Mattancherry Palace, including the Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese fishing nets
St. Francis Church
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Trip Leader: Ariel Goldstein, JCCSF Travel Program Manager
India National Guide: Rajiv Solomon

For more information, contact Ariel Goldstein at 415.276.1506 or

India Trip Info Session
Enjoy a slide show, samosas, chai and performance by Dholrhythms Dance Company.
Sunday, February 21, 4:00 pm
Free; RSVP to

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Revisit a time when going to the movies was an event and a rich sensory experience. Tour the beautifully restored Alameda Theatre, built in 1932, then keep the movie theme alive as we indulge in a family-style lunch in the onsite Cinema Grill. The day ends with a tour of the Meyers House and Garden, an 1897 Colonial Revival style City of Alameda Landmark located on a tree-lined residential street.

The fee will increase to M $85 | P $92 on February 12.

Trip includes round-trip transportation, lunch and gratuities. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
Overnight Trip Refund Policy
Varies by trip. Please check the trip application form for details.

Day Trip Refund Policy
Participants will receive a full refund less 20% administrative fees for cancellations up to two weeks prior to the day of the day trip.
No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than two weeks prior to the day of the trip.

Day Trip Scholarships
Scholarships are available for Day Trips. Click here for more information.

Saturday, Feb 27
9:45 am – 4:00 pm
Member fee: $ 78.00
Non-member fee: $ 85.00
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The History of The Lake Merritt Hotel with Owner Randy Berger – The Lake Merritt – Oakland

The History of The Lake Merritt Hotel with Owner Randy Berger
The Lake Merritt – Oakland
February 25th @ 3:30 pm

Randy Berger, the man who saved The Lake Merritt Hotel from the wrecking ball, will bringLMH 1 the fascinating history of our building to life. The Madison-Lake Apartments that opened in 1928 were part of Oakland’s urban living boom. Since then, the building has grown and changed along with the city. It’s been a nightlife hotspot, broadcast headquarters, restaurant, event space, apartment building, hotel and now independent senior residence. You’ll hear how an endless cast of characters has made this beautiful building’s story a very human one.

For more information call – 877-243-8073

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Excerpts From African American Musical History with Rodney Bell- The Lake Merritt – Oakland

Excerpts From African American Musical History with Rodney Bell
The Lake Merritt – Oakland
February 18th @ 3:30pm
The King of The Lake Merritt’s Lobby, singer/pianist Rodney Bell, will give a special musicalNat_King_Cole_(Gottlieb_01511) presentation for Black History Month. Mr. Bell will trace the evolution of African American music from the late-1800s to today, performing some of his favorite pieces along the way. His presentation will showcase the rich diversity of African American music, touching on spirituals, gospel, ragtime, various forms of jazz, soul and pop.

For more information call: 877-243-8073

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4th Annual Bone Fair – The Lake Merritt – Oakland

4th Annual Bone Fair – Presented by The Lake Merritt and American Bone Health
The Lake Merritt – Oakland
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Do you want strong bones for a healthy life? Hear the latest on bone health.
Learn about osteoporosis, nutrition for bone health, bone loss, fracture risk,
and bone healthy eating from Dr. Lani Simpson. Dr. Simpson is a chiropractic doctor and a Certified Clinical (bone) Densitometrist (CCD). She has practiced
in women’s health care for 30 years. An expert in bone density analysis, osteoporosis and hormone balancing, she co-founded the East Bay Menopause and PMS Center and the Osteoporosis Diagnostic Center in Oakland, CA.
Dr. Simpson has a private practice in Berkeley, CA where she consults with both women and men on bone health and hormone related issues.

This 3-hour event will include bone health screening stations including
bone health consultations, calcium challenge and review, strength, and
balance assessments led by trained American Bone Health representatives.
These screenings will be followed by a talk by Dr. Simpson, DC, CCD,
while enjoying a calcium rich lunch. The event will end with a short presentation by a healthy eating specialist.

Please call to register at 1-888-266-3015.
Admission is free, but this seminar is limited to 50 persons.
Registration is required. Valet parking will be available.

The Lake Merritt Independent Senior Living
at 1800 Madison Street in downtown Oakland.

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Available Soon – Cortona Park – Brentwood

Available Soon!
Studio Apartment
Full Kitchen
Washer and Dryer in the Apartment
Only: $3150

Please call – 877-243-8073

Cortona Park Senior Living
150 Cortona Way, Brentwood, CA 94513

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How To Talk To Family About Selling Their Home, Car, Boat Or Other Assets

How To Talk To Family About Selling Their Home, Car, Boat Or Other Assets

Senior couple listens to a saleswoman or financial consultant in their home.

Throughout our lifetimes, we accumulate a variety of possessions, starting off with small items and then working our way up to cars, a home and other larger ‘just for fun’ or investment items including boats, bikes and second homes. Though these items can serve us well through the years, sometimes there comes a point in life where, these items can be sold in order to pay for the start of or ongoing care in our elder years. For some, this is an easy concept to entertain and accept while for others it can be troubling and difficult. In order to make the process easier for everyone involved, we’ve compiled a short guide on how to talk to family members about selling their home, car, boat and other assets.

Why Should the Elderly Sell Their Home

Many elderly individuals find that at some point or another they need or want to give up some of their possessions and/or home in order to pay for medical expenses, assisted living or a skilled nursing facility. Often, a home’s value has increased over the years, allowing the individual to make money off of the sale that will help pay for medical expenses for a longer period of time before Medicaid benefits are needed.

Why Should Other Assets Be Sold

Along with a first or second home, other assets can hold some monetary value as well, including cars, boats, bikes and the like. These assets can also be sold to help pay for medical care, and often need to be. Even if they aren’t sold to pay for a assisted living or skilled nursing, they can help finance in home care if the individual is still well enough to live at home.

How to Talk To Elderly Family Members About Selling Their Possessions

Generally speaking, there are a few key reasons why elderly individuals in need of care should start the process of selling their home and/or other assets. Those reasons include moving into a retirement community, assisted living or skilled nursing facility. Or perhaps, moving into a loved one’s home for care or simply staying in the same home and having in-home care. Though these reasons may be simple to outline, they can be difficult to execute, with the first step being the act of convincing your older loved ones and family members that this is in fact, the best option.

For all of us, some items hold extreme value while others don’t, and it’s best to keep in mind which is which when approaching the topic of selling. Deciding to get rid of things that have been cared for and loved for years isn’t an easy task, and strong emotions should be expected throughout the entire process.

The best way to approach the topic is to first get a handle on what the individual places the most value on. This allows you to figure out what items to sell first, helping to ease the transition of having lots of processions to having fewer. Once the smaller or least valued items have been sold, then you can work your way to the larger and more valuable items, often being a home or various modes of personal transportation. This is when emotions tend to run high. Although it is impossible to not be stressed at all during these conversations, it is important not to yell, scream or show irritation toward the loved one who is having to part with these items. Keep in mind that you’re asking them to part with important aspects of their lives, and that is not easy. A few things that you can do to help smooth the process are:

• Allow the individual to pick a few smaller items that they can take with them if they are moving.
• Create a photo album of the home or other large possessions (car, etc..) that they can take keep, tell stories about and enjoy.
• If all of the items don’t need to be sold right away, sell a few at a time, allowing the person to get used to the idea and therefore feel less pushed and pressured into it.

Perhaps the most important thing to do is to remain positive and supportive throughout the entire process. Though you may get angry and annoyed at their rebuttals, make sure to take the time to listen to their reasoning and answers before responding. In some cases, elderly individuals know that the right decision is to sell their items but are scared to do so. This is where a little kindness, understanding and support can go a long way. The more at ease they are with the situation, the better it will go for everyone involved.

At, we are dedicated to helping you and your family ease the search for just the right In-Home Care provider, community, product or service! For more information and to use our Search, Sort and Match ™ tool, please visit our website or call us at 877-243-8073.

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Mary Jorjorian in Love: An Author Talk by Terry Carroll – The lake Merritt – Oakland

January 28th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on The Lake

The Lake Merritt – Oakland

Mary-Jorjorian-in-Love-cover-version-16-382x600Mary Jorjorian in Love: An Author Talk by Terry Carroll

Mary Jorjorian in Love is a romantic drama set among Armenian immigrants in March 1921, Jacksonville, Florida. Mary is a New York transplant, twenty years old, living with her older sister and brother-in-law. And, to no one’s surprise, she has found herself in love with family friend and housemate, Daniel Eliseian. Daniel is a 26-year-old tailor, a talented violinist, and kindred spirit for Mary. But life is complicated. And feelings aren’t always expressed clearly. So, even more suddenly than she’s fallen in love, Mary finds herself heartbroken. The misunderstanding takes place among friends, family, and colleagues, who are trying to find their places in life, love, and career. It is a story based on actual persons, places, and events. Terry Carroll is the author of “Among the Fourth Graders.” He is the son-in-law of Violet Dardarian, the daughter of the real-life Mary Jorjorian.

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Fling! And Magical Realism: An Author Talk by Lily Iona MacKenzie – The Lake Merritt – Oakland

FLingJanuary 21st @ 3:30pm
Conversations on The Lake
The Lake Merritt – Oakland

Fling! And Magical Realism: An Author Talk by Lily Iona MacKenzie

Lily Iona MacKenzie will discuss the magic in magical realism and how her novel Fling! fits into that category. MacKenzie believes that language by its very nature is magical, transforming our everyday reality in multiple ways. When she calls on magical realism in her fiction, she does it because it expands her understanding of our world, both internally and externally. In her presentation, Lily will include some brief readings from the Fling! She also will offer insight into the mysterious twists and turns of the writing process itself when her husband, Michael Zimmerman a Joyce scholar, interviews her.

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