Past Events

Annual Gala at Sens Restaurant

  • November 2, 2017

Thanks for celebrating with us at our Annual Gala! The Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco has had a very successful year, only our second in existence. This year we honored Jeffrey Bleich—Dentons partner, former ambassador to Australia, and current candidate for California lieutenant governor—with our "Ruth Bader Ginsburg" award for excellence by a Jewish member of the legal field.

"Adopt-a-Nazi (Not Really)" Fundraiser for the Southern Poverty Law Center

  • August 26, 2017

Thanks so much for all of the support! Our wildly successful campaign on Go Fund Me raised $157,891. We supported peaceful opposition to the "alt-right" rally planned for Crissy Field. All funds went to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a group that monitors and exposes hate groups of all kinds. See our press release.

We also received tremendous media attention, including the following news articles: ABC 7 News, JWeekly, SFist, Forward, San Francisco Magazine, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, The Times of Israel, Cleveland Jewish News, Think Progress, NBC Bay Area, Fox News U.S., Bustle, ABA Journal, New York Post, Al Jazeera, Sinovision (Chinese TV), and TheGrio. Thanks so much for your continued support of the Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco.

Kozinski’s Favorite Jewish Flicks - “Skokie”

  • August 23, 2017

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Emeritus Alex Kozinski, noted film buff, hosted the second of a series of Jewish themed movie showings. Skokie is about the legal and philosophical debates surrounding the ACLU's representation of a neo-Nazi group seeking to march in the predominantly Jewish town of Skokie, Illinois, in the late 1970s. This deeply moving film is still very relevant and timely due to current political events.

The showing took place at the Jewish Film Institute, 145 9th Street.

Jewish Heritage Night at the Giants

  • August 21, 2017

Thanks for sharing a great game with the San Francisco Giants on Jewish Heritage Night! We appreciate your joining us for our second year together at this event.

Alon Sachar, co-author of A Path to Peace, on: “Prospects for Arab-Israeli Peace In the Trump Era”

  • June 27, 2017

Thanks for joining us for a lecture by Alon Sachar who has worked to advance Middle East peace under two US administrations. He served as an adviser to the US Ambassador to Israel, Daniel B. Shapiro in Tel Aviv from 2011-2012, and to President Obama’s Special Envoys for Middle East Peace, George J. Mitchell and David Hale, from 2009 to 2011.

Ephraim Margolin on “54 Years of Lawyering and Thoughts on the New President”

  • May 18, 2017

Thanks for joining us for a lecture by local attorney, activist and scholar, Ephraim Margolin. Born in Poland; raised in Tel Aviv (where one of his house guests was a young Polish refugee named Menachem Begin); served in Israel’s War for Independence as the Irgun’s secret radio announcer; and has taught and practiced law in the Bay Area.

Volunteering at SF Marin Food Bank

  • March 25, 2017

What a mitzvah! Thanks for spending your Saturday morning at the SF Marin Food Bank. We sorted and packaged food for neighborhood pantries, soup kitchens, and children’s snack programs.

Purim Mixer at John Collins Bar

  • March 9, 2017

Thanks for joining us this year to celebrate Purim!

Annual Gala at Taverna Aventine

  • November 30, 2016

Thanks for celebrating with us at our Annual Gala! It was a great opportunity for Jewish and non-Jewish lawyers and judges to mix, mingle, and build the valuable friendships that form a vibrant legal community and make the practice of law so much more enjoyable.

Jewish Lawyers on Television

  • October 18, 2016

Thanks to all attendees of an informative elimination of bias CLE program presented by Professor Michael Asimow of Stanford Law School at Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Rooftop Mixer at the Jewish Community Federation

  • September 27, 2016

Thanks to all of you who attended the great mixer we held at the Jewish Federation. We had more than 60 guests, terrific weather, and an amazing view.

Jewish Heritage Night at the Giants

  • August 30, 2016

Thanks for sharing a great game with the San Francisco Giants on Jewish Heritage Night!

Kozinski’s Favorite Jewish Flicks - “The Band’s Visit”

  • August 23, 2016

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Emeritus Alex Kozinski, noted film buff, hosted the first of what we hope will be a series of Jewish themed movie showings. This film, one of his favorites, is "The Band's Visit." Here’s Roger Ebert's four-star review of the film.

The showing took place at the Jewish Film Institute, 145 9th Street.

Purim Happy Hour at Press Club

  • March 23, 2016

The Talmud commands that Jews drink on Purim, and who are we to argue with the Talmud? Thanks for joining us this year at the Press Club to celebrate Purim!

MCLE Breakfast on Establishment Clause — Religious Freedom in America: Sword or Shield?

  • March 10, 2016

The Anti-Defamation League’s Western States Counsel, Michelle Deutchman lead an interactive discussion about ADL’s Establishment Clause matters.

Joint Happy Hour with IABA NorCal

  • January 27, 2016

Thanks for joining us at the Joint Happy Hour with IABA NorCal at Barbarossa. What a great turnout!

Financial District Happy-Hour Gala

  • September 30, 2015

We had an outstanding turnout at Taverna Aventine for the JBA's Happy-Hour Gala -- more than 60 folks joined and mingled together.

Inaugural Happy Hour

  • June 25, 2015

We were delighted and humbled that so many folks came out for our happy hour inaugural event at the Royale.

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