Lectures & workshops

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Moses from Uganda

Under the brutal regime of former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, the relatively small number of Jews who lived in the east African nation endured oppression and discrimination. Since Amin’s fall in 1979, the Abayudaya (People of Judah) have been rebuilding, and today they number 1,400. The Abayudaya are working to improve education and fight hunger. Aaron Kintu Moses, a teacher and leader in the Ugandan Jewish community, will speak in Oakland about the community’s work as part of a U.S. speaking tour organized by Kulanu, which supports isolated and emerging Jewish communities throughout the world.

5:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. Free. www.kulanu.org/abayudaya/2012akmtourcalendar.php


“The Other Peace Process.” Rabbi Ron Kronish, director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel, discusses interreligious dialogue, education and peace-building in Israel. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 7:30 p.m. Free. www.betham.org.


“The Status of Pluralism and Women’s Rights in Israel.” Talk by Rabbi Pam Frydman, co-chair of Rabbis for Women of the Wall. At Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. 7 p.m. $10 suggested. www.kehillasynagogue.org.


“All in the Family: Jews Talk About Their Multiracial Families.” Panel discussion. At Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. 10 a.m. $5. www.tbaoakland.com.

Genealogy workshop. With San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 12 p.m. Free. www.bjesf.org/adults_events.htm.

“The Sunni-Shia Schism and its Effect on Middle Eastern Politics.” Presentation by San Francisco State professor Maziar Behrooz at the Kol Hadash bagel brunch. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 11 a.m. $10. www.kolhadash.org.


“Aging Without Children: Planning for the Future.” Workshop with Sara Diamond, estate planning lawyer. At Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay, 2484 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley 5:30 p.m. Free. RSVP to [email protected] or (510) 558-7800.


“The Art of Doing Good.” Talk by Jeffrey R. Solomon and Charles R. Bronfman of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies. At Levinthal Hall, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford University. 5 p.m. Free. www.stanford.edu/dept/jewishstudies.

“Jewish Emigration from Communist Poland.” Talk by Dariusz Stola, professor of history, Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. At Encina Hall West, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford University. 12 p.m. Free. www.stanford.edu/dept/jewishstudies.

Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture. CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen discusses his book “Manhunt: The Search for Bin Laden.” Event honors the Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent who was murdered by Islamic militants. At Cemex Auditorium, 641 Knight Way, Stanford. 7:30 p.m. Free. http://events.stanford.edu/events/348/34805.


Haaretz editor Aluf Benn. Topics include the U.S. election, the Arab Spring, Israeli politics, journalism in the digital age. At U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Library at North Gate Hall, U.C. Berkeley. 6 p.m. Free. www.journalism.berkeley.edu/events. Also Nov. 18 at Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 11 a.m. Free. www.beth-david.org. Also Nov. 19 at JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$15. www.jccsf.org.

“Faith and Democracy Forum.” Moderated by state Sen. Joe Simitian of District 11 covering Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. At Peninsula Temple Beth El, 1700 Alameda de Las Pulgas, San Mateo. 7 p.m. $75. RSVP by Nov. 12 to (650) 592-9181 ext. 12. http://bit.ly/TFRgMX.

“Nonproliferation Challenges for the Next Administration.” Talk by Michael Nacht, former assistant secretary of defense in the Obama administration and professor at U.C. Berkeley. At Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton. 7:30 p.m. $10; free for Israel trip registrants. www.jfed.org/israel2013.

“The Seven Beggars.” Five-week course at Chochmat HaLev with Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man, founder of Metivta center for contemplative Judaism. At Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $75-$100. Advance registration required. www.chochmat.org.


“Napa’s Jewish Hoteliers.” Presentation by Don Miller, author of “The History of the Napa Valley Lodging Industry, 1849 to present.” At Congregation Beth Shalom, 1455 Elm St., Napa. 2 p.m. $5. (707) 251-9092.

“Global Day of Jewish Learning.” Text study and speakers address this year’s theme, Jewish concepts of blessings and gratitude. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free. www.jcceastbay.org.