Talks & workshops


“Escape from Egypt!” Interactive workshop on decluttering and preparing for Passover. Check website for pre-workshop instructions. At Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond. 10:30 a.m. $5 suggested donation.

Gun violence prevention. Mindy Finkelstein, a survivor of the 1999 JCC shooting in Granada Hills, speaks about gun violence. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 2 p.m. Free.

Kosher-for-Pesach. Rabbi Eliezer Eidlitz discusses what does and doesn’t need to be certified kosher for Passover and which are reliable certifications. At Mollie Stone’s Market, 164 S. California Ave., Palo Alto. 2 p.m. Free. [email protected]


“When Diversity Becomes a Resource.” Panel discussion promoting a civil and pluralistic Israeli society. Sponsored by S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free.


Dan Alon

He lived to share his story. Dan Alon, a fencer and one of only five survivors of the terrorist attack on the Israeli Olympic team at the 1972 Summer Games in Munich, recounts the events of that dark day and their impact on his life and that of Jews around the world. The event is sponsored by Chabad of the Tri Valley. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27 at Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton. $15-$20.

“Reimagining the American Synagogue.” Rabbi Sid Schwarz, author of “Finding a Spiritual Home,” discusses how congregations can better engage the next generation. At Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos. 7:30 p.m. www. Also March 28 and 29 at Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Also March 30 at Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 9:30 a.m. All events are free.


“Becoming Evil.” Professor James Waller, Cohen endowed chair of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College in New Hampshire, discusses the Holocaust. At Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 4 p.m. Free.

“Jewish Life at U.C. Berkeley.” Rabbi Adam Naftalin-Kelman, director of Berkeley Hillel, discusses the organization’s mission. At Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Road, Lafayette. 7 p.m. Free.


“The December Project.” Journalist Sara Davidson discusses aging and end-of-life care. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. 7 p.m. Free. (415) 388-1818.

“Israeli Soldiers’ Stories.” StandWithUs brings reserve-duty Israel Defense Forces soldiers to the U.S. to discuss their experiences in the military. At S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation, 121 Steuart St., S.F. 9 a.m. Free, RSVP requested. (415) 977-7401. (For additional events, see 4.)