Talks & workshops

Rabbi David Nesenoff

‘To Catch an Anti-Semite’

It was just three years ago that Rabbi David Nesenoff captured video of White House senior press corps member Helen Thomas (who died earlier this year) making controversial remarks about Jews and Israel. Now, Nesenoff comes to the Bay Area for a series of talks about his famous encounter with Thomas that ended her long career. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 at Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. $15-$18. Also Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. $18-$20. Also Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. $12. Also Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. $18.


“The Plight of the Iraqi Jew.” Revital Shiri-Horowitz discusses the life Iraqi Jews gave up when they emigrated from their homeland to Israel in the middle 20th century. Bagel brunch served. At Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond. 10 a.m. $5 suggested donation.

Tree house multimedia workshop. Create a tree house out of milk cartons using fabrics, beads and other items with Israeli artist Neta Levi. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 10 a.m. $10. Registration required.


“One Day After Peace.” Speakers from the Parents Circle-Families forum, a group of more than 600 bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost loved ones in the conflict, discuss the need for reconciliation. Followed by a Q&A. Includes documentary screening. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. $12-$18. http://tinyurl/paloaltojcc-onedayafterpeace. Also Oct. 16 dialogue at Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $10-$15 suggested donation.


“March of the Living.” Information session for two-week educational trip to Poland about the Holocaust and Israel for teens and adults. At a private residence. 7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP for location. [email protected]


“Hope and Reality for Israel.” Riva Gambert, director of the Partnership for Israel program at the Jewish Federation of the East Bay, moderates a discussion about the safety and survival of Israel. At Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 7 p.m. $10; students free.


“Bites for Jewish Justice.” Rabbi Corey Helfand speaks about how one can translate spiritual potential into daily action. Bring a bag lunch. At American Jewish World Service, 131 Steuart St., S.F. 12:30 p.m. Free.