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Begun in 1984, the Berkeley museum's volunteer-staffed docent outreach
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Among the titles available: "When Hatred Reigns: A Chronicle in Art,"
featuring a history of depicted anti-Semitism; "Witnesses to Jewish History:
Political and Social Posters," showing historical movements that have
shaped Jewish history in Europe, the United States, and Israel; and "They
Deserve a Medal," showcasing sculptured medals honoring the achievements of outstanding Jewish
men and women, such as Emma Lazarus, Henrietta Szold, Louis Brandeis and Isaac Stern.

New shows are added every year, according to Rose Levine, a Castro Valley resident who is the
program's voluntary chair. "Against the Evil Eye" is the program's newest. Along with the stories of
Lilith and the angels, the narrated slide show describes the important role demons once played in the
everyday lives of Jews, and explains such talmudic arcana as the special rulings on the wearing of
amulets. For example: An amulet must not be worn in public on the Sabbath until it has warded off
evil three times in a row.

The most popular slide show in the outreach program's catalog is "Gold Fever," an account of Jewish
life during the Gold Rush. The outreach program volunteers -- who research the shows, write the text,
assemble photographs, and make the 60 to 65 slides each show uses -- are close to completing "Gold
Fever: the Sequel," which will cover the years after the Gold Rush era -- roughly 1870 to 1920 --
when the Jewish community took root in Northern California. Another show in the works is "The
Righteous Among the Nations," which focuses on World War II rescuers and resisters.

Often a slide show is created in conjunction with an exhibit currently on display at the museum (which
is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, except for national and Jewish holidays). Such
an offering is "The Spiritual Connection: The Land of Israel Through Art," taken from an exhibit on
view at the museum through July. One show, "The Distaff Side: Jewish Pioneer Women of the Bay
Area," departs from the slide format for a dramatic narrative performed by the presenter with the aid
of props and a series of Victorian-era hats.

Every August, outreach program volunteers mail brochures to Jewish groups listing the shows
available. They present about 60 to 75 shows a year, mostly to adult education and senior groups and
sisterhoods, but occasionally they will do a show for a large family gathering, history class or less
typical audience. "A couple of years ago during the High Holy Days, we did our presentation 'Let's Page 1 of 2
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Celebrate: The Jewish Holiday Cycle' at a Unitarian church in Livermore, for a service highlighting the
Jewish religion," Levine recalled.

The fee for a show is $50, which, Levine pointed out, hardly covers all the work that goes into creating
it -- at least 150 hours of preparation. Up until a few years ago, the outreach program was limited to
the areas near the museum and San Francisco, but lately the volunteers have traveled to such far-
flung locations as Modesto in the Central Valley and Jackson in the Gold Country. "Last year, I brought
our Passover Haggadah show to a temple in San Jose," Levine noted. "This year I did one on Jewish
weddings for a congregation in Santa Rosa."

Of the museum's approximately 40 docents, six to eight of them participate in the outreach program;
some are presenters, others are writers and researchers who help put the slide show together. While
most of the docents are based in the East Bay, several non-docent volunteers in such areas as the
South Bay present shows to groups in those areas.

Although Levine said the outreach program has enough volunteers and is not actively recruiting, she
would be willing to take on volunteers who are willing to present shows in such areas as Marin County,
where there are no outreach volunteers. Date Jewish Singles
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