Lectures & workshops

‘From Shtetl to Broadway’

From Irving Berlin to George Gershwin to Leonard Bernstein, Russian-Jewish immigrants and their sons and daughters took central roles in shaping the Great American Songbook. Through performances and stories, the accomplished singers
Mike Greensill and Wesla Whitfield will trace many of Broadway’s melodic themes to the music of Eastern European shtetls as they bring to life some of Broadway’s most memorable tunes and personalities.

7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 15 at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. $23-$35. www.paloaltojcc.org.


“The Jewish-Armenian Connection.” Talk and video presentation on Holocaust and Armenian genocide films by historian Lawrence Baron, author of “Projecting the Holocaust into the Present.” At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 11 a.m. $10. www.kolhadash.org.


“Rabbi Sherwin Wine and Humanistic Judaism.” Video presentation and discussion about the founder of the Jewish Humanistic movement.  At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 4 p.m. Free. www.kolhadash.org.


Book talk by Joshua Henkin. Author of “The World Without You,” a novel about a contemporary American Jewish family that loses a son in Iraq. At The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. Also July 12 at Mrs. Dalloway’s, 2904 College Ave., Berkeley, 7:30 p.m. and July 13 Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, 1 p.m. www.joshuahenkin.com.


Lunch and talk for seniors. Shir Hadash Rabbi Melanie Aron discusses Jewish quotas at the best U.S. universities and why they ended. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 11:30 a.m. $5 suggested. www.shirhadash.org.


“Researching When Records Are Gone.” Talk by genealogist Nancy Peterson to  San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. At Rhoda Goldman Plaza, 2180 Post St., S.F. 1:30 p.m. Free. www.jewishgen.org/sfbajgs.


“Planning for Your Aging Future.” Elder care lawyer Priscilla Camp leads a workshop on planning for end of life care. At JFCS, 2484 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. 4 p.m. Free. RSVP by July 13 to [email protected]. www. jfcs-eastbay.org.


Mah jongg beginners’ class. Ongoing class on mah jongg. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 6 p.m. $150 for four classes. [email protected].