Talks & workshops


Arthur Allen (left) and Stuart Rojstaczer

It’s all geek to me. The Peninsula JCC’s series on science, medicine and technology turns its spotlight on Jewish authors of science-related books. Among the writers participating in a book discussion, reading and Q&A are Arthur Allen (“The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl”) and Stuart Rojstaczer (“The Mathematician’s Shiva”). Books will be available for sale and signing.

12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8 at Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster Blvd., Foster City. Free.


“Talking About Israel: The Need for a New Conversation.” North Peninsula scholar-in-residence Rabbi Donniel Hartman, president of Jerusalem’s Shalom Hartman Institute, talks about constructive ways to discuss Israel. First of a series of lectures at Peninsula venues through Feb. 18. At Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School, 800 Foster City Blvd. 7 p.m. Free, preregistration required for some talks. (See story, 2)


Anti-Semitic graffiti found in Bratislava last year

Stemming European anti-Semitism. How can European countries combat rising anti-Semitism? In a panel discussion titled “Making the World Safer for Our Next Generation,” consuls general from France, Germany, Israel and Norway will discuss the challenges their countries face, the steps they are taking and what must be done to further Jewish safety worldwide. Co-presented by the American Jewish Committee San Francisco and Temple Isaiah and co-sponsored by area synagogues and Jewish organizations.

7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 at Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Road, Lafayette. Kosher refreshments. Free. [email protected]

“Building, Evolving and Optimizing Strong Brands.”
Professionals from the Business Leadership Council of the Jewish Community Federation discuss launching a product or company and protecting an existing brand. At Duane Morris LLP, 2475 Hanover St., Palo Alto. 6 p.m. $18-$50.


“Jewish/Converso Food and Racial Profiling in Fifteenth-Century Spain.” Presentation by University of Washington professor Ana Gómez-Bravo. At Stanford University, CSRE Conference Room, Building 360, Stanford. 4 p.m. Free.


“The Holocaust in Every Tongue.” Graduate Theological Union professor Naomi Seidman will discuss how differences in translation and language affected the world’s perception of the Holocaust. In conjunction with “Alive! A La Vie!” exhibit. At S.F. Public Library, 100 Larkin St. 6 p.m. Free. or

“Frances Dinkelspiel and the Hellman Legacy.” Author and journalist discusses her family’s history, focusing on late philanthropist and bluesman Warren Hellman. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. Included with museum admission.


“The Decline and Expulsion of Spanish Jewry.” Half-hour video lecture about 15th-century Jewish community, destroyed in 1492 by the Catholic Church. Followed by discussion, Q&A and refreshments. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 4 p.m. Free.

“The Jewish 1968 and its Legacies.” Two-day conference on the social and political impact of American Jewish activists. At Center for Educational Research, Stanford University, Stanford. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Also Feb. 16, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.


“The Daymare: Shoah Childhood Memory and Remembrance.” Armenian Genocide Memorial Lecture by Sonoma State University professor Elaine Leeder. At Sonoma State, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 4 p.m. Free.

“Israel, the Jews and Me.” Actress Roseanne Barr in conversation with East Bay JCRC chair Lenny Kristal, followed by Q&A. Preceded by kosher hors d’oeuvres and wine reception. At the Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. event. $18.

“Rainbow Generation: IGY in the Bay Area.” Meet leaders of Israeli LGBT organization, who will discuss work to improve the lives of LGBT teens and young adults. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 7 p.m. Free. RSVP requested. Also Feb. 18 at the S.F. home of Arthur Slepian; address provided with RSVP. 7 p.m. Free.


“About JIMENA.” Presentation aboutorganization supporting Jewish refugees from the Middle East and North Africa. Sponsored by the Sequoia chapter of Hadassah. At Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $20. [email protected]

“America, Israel and the New Global Disorder.” Wall Street Journal columnist and author Bret Stephens discusses recent changes in America’s relationship to Israel. With book signing. Sponsored by ZOA West Coast. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7 p.m. $15-$20.