Jewish Community Center, Sonoma County

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    Thursday October 22nd, 7:30 pm

This is a tale of music and romance on the front lines in the town of Sderot, near the Gaza border in Israel. As missiles rained down on the town,  musicians took refuge in an underground shelter turned rock club, together creating transformational Israeli music that put it on the  world  stage. Filmed over seven years, it  encompasses politics, the ongoing creation of new music and a personal journey of finding love.  Documentary, Israel, 90 minutes, Hebrew & English with English subtitles.

 Laura Bialis, Filmmaker, will join us for a post-film Q&A and her husband, singer-songwriter Avi Vaknin, will perform

 Don't go to the film hungry!  Join us at Sonoma Wine Shop, Sebastopol before the film for a special Israeli dinner. Seating is limited to the first 50 people.

 Laura Bialis, filmmaker and Avi Vaknin, will  be joining us.   Dinner Menu here.



 Thursday, November 5, 7:30 p.m.

Marvin Hamlisch was every Jewish mother's dream for her daughter. At the age of six and half, he was admitted into the Julliard School of Music. Imagine the surprise when he ultimately rejected the world of classical music for the popular tunes we've loved for years. By the age of thirty-one, he had won a Tony, three Oscars, four Emmys, a Pulitzer Prize, and went on to write over forty scores for the movies. This documentary showcases his personal life and much of his famous music, interviews with his wife, and many Hollywood stars,  including Barbra Streisand, Christopher Walken, and Quincy Jones.  Documentary, 85 minutes, USA, English.

The film will be followed by a live performance of Hamlisch tunes featuring Sonoma County musicians John Simon on keyboard and vocals by Kelly Brandenberg.




Monday, October 26 Luncheon - Achi Ben-Shalom 


Join us as we celebrate songs of peace and justice, joy and hope from our own lifetimes and before. Experience being together in community, get energized and leave happier and grounded. Achi Ben-Shalom will perform songs of Jewish origins, and a selection of great American songs we grew up with from the 40s and 50s. Achi Ben Shalom is known in the SF Bay Area as a choir director, singer/guitarist, band leader and a community organizer. He uses singing as a tool in bringing people together to create a community.

RSVP by Wednesday, October 21. Call Jacki Newfield, FC Assitant at 707 528-1182, or email       

For all Luncheons, RSVP By the Wednesday before the luncheon. Time 12:00–1:30 pm ,: location Congregation Shomrei Torah 2600 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa.

Price $12  - Friendship Circle members; $15 guests, and  includes a catered lunch and dessert. Payment is accepted at the door. Please bring currency no higher than $50. Lunches are ordered according to the number of reservations. If you are unable to attend a luncheon for which you are reserved, please spare us the loss and make a donation for an equal or greater amount.

Rides to Friendship Circle events from JFCS may be available in select areas (now including Petaluma) upon request one week prior to date of event, thanks to a grant from the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation.


 CALL THE JCC OFFICE  707 528-4222  for more information.


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