Talks & workshops


“Yoga for Passover.” Julie Emden leads Jewish-themed Iyengar-based yoga practice. No previous experience required. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 2 to 4 p.m. $20. Also March 29 at Fourth Street Yoga, 1809 Fourth St., Berkeley. 2 to 4 p.m. $18.  [email protected]

“Sacred Joy Jewish Yoga for New Moms.” Gentle yoga with Jewish themes led by Rabbi Mychal Copeland. At Blossom Birth, 299 S. California Ave., Suite 120, Palo Alto. 3:30 p.m. $10. Pre-registration encouraged. (415) 878-1998 or [email protected]

Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman. Discussion with the married, bestselling authors. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $25-$35.

Simcha Faire. Presentation on planning events, followed by a vendor fair. Hosted by the Simcha Sisters. At Beth Chaim Congregation, 1800 Holbrook Drive, Danville. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free.


“Becoming Evil.” Lecture by James Waller, chair of Holocaust and genocide studies at Keene State College in New Hampshire. Part of SSU’s 32nd Holocaust lecture series. At Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 4 p.m. Free.


“An Easter Egg on a Seder Plate? A Passover Toolbox for Interfaith Families.” Rabbi Mychal Copeland leads a discussion on the basics of Passover and how to make it accessible to a mixed-faith crowd. At Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto. 7 p.m. Free. [email protected]

“The Non-Jew in the Synagogue.” Dawn Kepler leads a workshop on synagogue customs and traditions for non-Jewish partners in interfaith relationships. Co-sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica and Building Jewish Bridges. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. Free. (510) 845-6420


“Jewish Life in American Cinema.” Second of a four-part series examines taboo encounters — and love stories — when Jews meet non-Jews, featuring clips of Jewish actors, writers and producers. At JCCSF, 3200 California St. 4 p.m. $20.


Middle East discussion group. Informal roundtable discussion about current events. At Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. Free, but registration required. www.commonwealthclub. org

“Calendrical Convergence: Passover, Easter and the Sacred Season.” Panel discussion moderated by Rabbi Stephen Pearce. At Graduate Theological Union, 2565 LeConte Ave., Berkeley. 12:30 p.m. Free.

“Talmud for Everyone.” Presentation by Knesset member Ruth Calderon, founder of Alma Home for Hebrew Culture. At Boalt Hall, U.C. Berkeley School of Law. 5 p.m. reception, 5:30 p.m. lecture. Free.


Barney Frank. The former Massachusetts congressman discusses his political and personal journey and his new book, “Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage.” Signing to follow. At Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F. 12 p.m. $7-$60.