Lectures & workshops

friday   |   18

“The Great Internet Bookburning Panel.” Jewish author Alan Kaufman moderates a panel that includes Herb Gold on the changing world of Internet books. At Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F. 7 p.m. (415) 573-5766.

tuesday   |   22

“Pariahs Among the Ayatollahs: The Jew As Outcast in Shiite Iran.” Writer Ken Blady lectures. At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 10 a.m. $7-$8. (925) 938-7800.

“A Taste of Judaism.” Informal group for Jews and non-Jews interested in a Jewish perspective on ethics and spirituality. 7-9 p.m. Free. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. RSVP to [email protected]

“Justice: A Journey in Moral Reasoning.” Harvard professor Micahel J. Sandel. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 8 p.m. $10-$18. www.jccsf.org.

wednesday   |   23

“Business Mensch.” Launch party for new book by Noah’s Bagels founder Noah Alper. At Dayenu inside the JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. (415) 563-6563.

thursday   |   24

“Chickens, Communists and Cowboys — A Jewish Journey Through Film.” East Bay Jewish Forum lecture with filmmakers Bonnie Burt and Judy Montell. At Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. 10 a.m. $10. (510) 318-6453.

Lehrhaus Judaica Back-to-School Night. Wine and hors d’oeuvres, course previews. At Reutlinger Center, 2736 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. (510) 845-6420.

friday   |   25

Karen Armstrong. Author of “The Case for God” and more than 20 books on religion. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 12 p.m. $10-$18. www.jccsf.org.

sunday   |   27

“The World of Our Great Grandparents: A History of the Jews of Eastern Europe.” Writer and Yiddish translator Ken Blady lectures. At 2650 Fulton St., S.F. 11 a.m. (415) 668-1559.