Lectures & workshops


“Inside Jewish Shanghai: Then and Now.” Archival photo exhibit and discussion for young professionals. With Deborah Strobin, author of “An Uncommon Journey” and a resident of the Shanghai ghetto during World War II. At Sens restaurant, 4 Embarcadero Center, S.F. 7 p.m. Free. RSVP required to www.shanghaisf.eventbrite.com.


“Navigating Today’s Financial Markets.” Presentation by four top investors. Hosted by S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation. At Deloitte LLP, 555 Mission St., S.F. 6 p.m. $18-$72. www.jewishfed.org.


“The Art of Financial Well-Being.” Resource fair. Sessions on goal-setting and financing a college education. With Makor Or meditation session, yoga. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free. www.jccsf.org/fwb.

“The Future of American-Israeli Relations.” Talk by the Bay Area’s consul general of Israel, Andy David. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $5. www.paloaltojcc.org .


“Baghdad and the Gaonic Age.” Video and discussion on the Gaonim, the Jewish spiritual leaders in Babylonia following the completion of the Talmud. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 4 p.m. Free. www.kolhadash.org.


“Art as Memorial:  Carrying on Creativity.” Lecture and workshop led by artist Susan Duhan Felix. In conjunction with “A Retrospective: Then and Now” exhibit (see ongoing). At Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living, 4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville. 1:30 p.m. Free. (925) 648-2800.

“Shedding light on the festival of lights.” Talk by professor Steven Weitzman, director of Stanford’s Taube Center for Jewish Studies. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $10. www.paloaltojcc.org.


“Tel Aviv, Then and Now.” Scholar Ken Cohen discusses Tel Aviv from its birth at the turn of the 20th century to its current role as the business/cultural capital of Israel. At Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada St., Pleasanton. 7:30 p.m. $10, free for federation Israel trip registrants. www.jfed.org/israel2013.