Lectures & workshops

Remembering ‘Shoah’

French director Claude Lanzmann, 87, will reflect on his life’s work, 27 years after the release of his revolutionary nine-hour documentary, “Shoah,” made cinematic history in 1985, featuring in-depth interviews and testimony from Holocaust survivors and concentration camp workers.
7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, JCCSF, 3200 California St. Free. www.jccsf.org. Also 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29 at CEMEX Auditorium at the Knight Management Center, Stanford. Free. jewishstudies.stanford.edu

Looking ahead

What is the future of Bay Area Jewry? Participants (including Abi Karlin-Resnick, shown with husband Andy Cheng and children Jordan and baby Noah) will share personal stories that reflect their diverse experiences of identity as part of Lehrhaus Judaica’s in-depth study of the Jewish community. “Where We Are Heading” is the follow-up to the seminar “How We Got Here,” which looked at the Bay Area’s Jewish past.
1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. $15-$25. www.paloaltojcc.org


Spanish Jewish history. Talk about Jews of Spain and Portugal by Marti Krow-Lucal, a lecturer on 19th-century history and Yiddish literature. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 10:30 a.m. Free. www.paloaltojcc.org.

“Literary Feasts: Savoring Jewish Cookbooks.” Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder leads a discussion on the history of Jewish cookbooks over a Shabbat meal. At JCCSF, 3200 California St. 6:30 p.m. $35-$40. www.jccsf.org.

Potluck and text study. Tri-Valley Cultural Jews hosts dinner and evening of learning. 7 p.m. At private residence in Livermore. RSVP to [email protected]


“Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Quest.” Michael Krasny discusses his book. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 9:30 a.m. Free. www.shirhadash.org.

Talk and bagel brunch. Bella Barany talks about her childhood experiences during World War II in Holland. Presented by B’nai B’rith. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave. Berkeley. 10:30 a.m. $5. www.afikomen.com.

MindFlow class. Standardized-test reading preparation for students in grades 6 to 9. At JCCSF, 3200 California St. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $300. www.mindflowclass.com.

“Arab State-Sponsored Anti-Semitism.” Presentation by Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa’s Sarah Levin, director, and Rachel Wahba, speakers’ bureau. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 2 p.m. Free. www.bethamisr.org.


“Healthy Brain Aging.” Business Leadership Council of S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation presents a panel discussion with local medical professionals. At Morrison & Foerster, 425 Market St., S.F. 6 p.m. $25-$60. www.sfjcf.org.

“Israeli Soldiers Speak Out.” Israeli reserve soldiers talk about their experiences. At Stephens Lounge, MLK Student Union, U.C. Berkeley, 7 p.m. www.standwithus.com.

“Israel in the ‘New’ Middle East.” Israeli Consul General Akiva Tor speaks about regional politics and the Jewish state. At Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 7 p.m. Free. RSVP required by Feb. 27 to [email protected]


Russ Feingold. Former Democratic senator discusses his book “While America Sleeps: A Wake-Up Call for the Post-9/11 Era.” At S.F. Club office, 595 Market St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. $7-$20. www.commonwealthclub.org.

“Beyond Emma Goldman: Radical Yiddish History.” Presentation by muralist and scholar Anna Torres. At Green Arcade Bookstore, 1680 Market St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP to [email protected]

Elder-law consultation. S.F.-based Jewish Family and Children’s Services in Santa Rosa offers consultations with attorney Janice Steinfeld about estate planning, wills, trusts and Medi-Cal planning for seniors older than 60 and their families. 9:30 a.m. By appointment at JFCS. Free. RSVP to [email protected]


Book talk with author Diane Ackerman. Discusses “One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing.” At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7 p.m. $10-$18. www.paloaltojcc.org.


Dennis Ross. Former Middle East envoy speaks at American Technion Society’s “Perspectives on a Changing Middle East.” At Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market St., S.F. 7:30. $65 RSVP by Feb. 25 to [email protected]

“It’s a Mystery Festival.” Readings by Jewish mystery writers Lisa Lutz, Keith Raffel, Cara Black, Ron Arons, Rita Lakin, others. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 1 to 5:30 p.m. $15. www.pjcc.org.

“J Street: A New Voice for Israel.” Temple Sinai’s Israeli education committee sponsors panel discussion. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 2 p.m. Free. www.oaklandsinai.org.

“If It Wasn’t for the Irish and the Jews.” Presentation by NYU music professor Mike Moloney exploring Tin Pan Alley and vaudeville. At JCCSF, 3200 California St. 4 p.m. $18-$20. www.jccsf.org.

Yoga and Otiyot Chayyot. Meditation and yoga based on the Hebrew alphabet. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. 10 a.m. Free. www.kolshofar.org.


“Latke vs. Hamantaschen.” Debate presented by Graduate Theological Union Center for Jewish Studies. At the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 5 p.m. Free. www.gtu.edu.


Shimon Peres speaks. Israeli President and Nobel Laureate Shimon Peres, as part of his visit to the Bay Area, will give a public address on “Israel and the Jewish People: The Vision for Tomorrow.” At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. Free, but RSVP with full name and phone number is required by March 4 to [email protected]


“Lunch and Learn.” Talk about John Muir by park ranger Daniel Prial. At Temple Isaiah, 3800 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. 11:45 a.m. $10-$12. RSVP to (925) 283-8575.

“The Extremes of Esther.” Talk by Bible professor Isaac Gottlieb of Bar-Ilan University. At 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. 12 p.m. Free. www.stanford.edu/dept/jewishstudies.