Talks & workshops


Beyond the Wall. Bonna Devora Haberman (left), who helped initiate the Women of the Wall prayer movement more than 20 years ago, discusses the organization’s role in promoting women’s full participation in public and religious  life in Israel. 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 at Afikomen Judaica 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. Free.

“Opportunities and Challenges: The Road Ahead in the Middle East.” Eyal Naor, deputy consul general of Israel for the Pacific Northwest, discusses the future. At Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda. 10 a.m. Free. (510) 522-9355.

“The Seven Habits of De-Stressed People.” Rabbi Laibl Wolf, an author and psychologist, discusses how to combat anxiety and stress. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7 p.m. $20.


American presidents and Israel. John Rothmann, political analyst for KKSF NewsTalk 910, discusses America’s presidents from Harry Truman to Barack Obama and their relationships with Israel. At Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton. 7:30 p.m. $10.


Describing life in just six words. “Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life” is based on a legend that Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in six words. The Reboot event features Piper Kerman, author of “Orange Is the New Black,” and other guests. Participants are invited to share  their own stories of Jewish life in a six-word slam. Includes cash bar and sweet treats from Craftsman & Wolves. For 21 and older. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 at Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. Included with $5 evening admission.

“Is it Anti-Semitism?” JCRC head Rabbi Doug Kahn discusses the line between Israeli criticism and anti-Semitism. At Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Road, Lafayette. 7 p.m. Free.


Participants at last year’s “Jewbilee” day

Rejoice! The Addison-Penzak JCC’s “Jewbilee” is an annual day of learning that celebrates the Silicon Valley’s diversity under one roof. Workshops, classes and performances will include an “Iron Bubbie Bakeoff,” a docent-led tour of the art exhibit “Notes from the Tribe,” and keynote speaker Joshua Safran, the memoirist and attorney who is depicted in the award-winning documentary “Crime After Crime.” Price includes a kosher buffet and child care. 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. $8-$10; children 4 and younger free.


“Being the Hands of God.” Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, discusses the long traditions of social justice and political action in Jewish history. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 7 p.m. Free; RSVP required.