An Unlikely Romance

Unlikely Romance

Local authors Julie Freestone and Rudi Raab speak on their novel Stumbling Stone (2015, Alvarado Press).How likely is it that the daughter of Jewish immigrants would cast her lot with the son of a high-ranking Nazi? However improbable, reporter Sarah Stern and German-born, Berkeley, California cop Karl Schmidt fall in love and embark on an all-consuming quest, probing his tangled past and the family?s sinister secrets.?Stumbling Stone?chronicles their?journey across two continents and the discovery of horrifying surprises they never could have imagined.

Jewish Genealogy: Finding your Jewish Roots with Stephen Harris

Dr. Stephen Harris will present “Jewish Genealogy: Finding your Jewish Roots” in conjunction with the temporary exhibit Pioneers to Present: Jews of Richmond & Contra Costa County. This exhibit is the latest in the “Know Your Community” series of public programs. ?The goal is to provide beginning genealogists with enough information to conduct their own research,? says Harris, who has been a professional genealogist since 1991, helping families, attorneys, and businesses with their genealogical research needs.? The program will present the basic steps in genealogical research, describe how to proceed amidst a wealth of data sources (including online services, offline archives, DNA analysis) and explain how to evaluate and organize evidence.

Dr. Harris is past president of the California Genealogical Society, has lectured extensively on genealogical subjects, and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Learn more on his website


Bubbe Reads Storytime with Jewish Granny

Bubbe Reads: Storytime with Jewish Granny

Join us for a fun and educational out of school time event! From 1-3 PM on February 18, 2019 (President’s Day) a group of nice Jewish grannys will be reading stories for kids of all ages.

What is a Bubbe? Bubbe means Grandma in Yiddish! The Bubbes will read stories celebrating Judaism and multi faith. A Bubbe will be available to read in Spanish.

Light refreshments will be served.

The program is part of the Pioneers to the Present: Jews of Richmond & Contra Costa County exhibit series that runs through June 30, 2019.

Ben Rust Memorial Concert

Memorial Concert for Ben Rust?with Rebecca Rust and Frederick Edelmann

Ben Rust

Ben Rust (1917-1970) was a beloved East Bay history teacher who worked in the Richmond shipyards as an engineer, ship fitter and draftsman during World War II. His daughter cellist Rebecca Rust and partner/bassoonist Frederick Edelmann will perform a free concert on February 10, 2019 in his honor.

Rebecca Rust & Friedrich Edelmann

Concert Program (subject to change)

Max Stern: ?Songs of Ascents?, based on Ancient Hebrew Melodies

Laurence Sherr: ?Elegy & Vision? in memory of his family members who got killed in Auschwitz

Hans G?l: ?Divertimento?; G?l was from Austria and had to escape the Nazi regime in 1938; he went to England and then Scotland and was a cofounder of the Edinburgh Festival

?Boccherini, Georges Bizet (an original duet written during the time he composed ?Carmen?),

Arthur Frackenpohl: Two American Ragtimes

Intergenerational Trauma with Elizabeth Rosner

Survivor’s Cafe by Elizabeth Rosner A Lecture on Intergenerational Trauma

As part of our public programs for Pioneers to the Present: Jews of Richmond and Contra Costa County, Elizabeth Rosner, author of Survivor’s Cafe, will lecture on Intergenerational Trauma. Liz will take questions and sign copies of her book, which will be for sale at the event.

Elizabeth Rosner

ELIZABETH ROSNER is the author of three novels and a poetry collection. The Speed of Light was translated into nine languages and won several awards in the US and in Europe, including being shortlisted for the prestigious Prix Femina. Blue Nude was named among the best books of 2006 by the San Francisco Chronicle. Electric City was named among the best books of 2014 by NPR. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Elle, the San Francisco Chronicle and others. She lives in Berkeley, CA.

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