Talks & workshops


“All Is Love: Strengthening our Solidarity with People with Disabilities.” Disability advocate Ruti Regan speaks at Shabbat services as Congregation Sha’ar Zahav’s scholar-in-residence. At Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. Free, but RSVP requested. (415) 861-6932 or [email protected]


Avivah Zornberg. Torah scholar focuses on misunderstood women in the Bible. “Letter from an Unknown Woman: Joseph’s Dream” examines the role of Rachel. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. Free. Also April 27, “Sing — Now — to God!” on the prophetess Miriam. At Easton Hall, Graduate Theological Union, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley. 9 a.m. Free.

“Economic Justice — the Jewish Angle.” Bend the Arc regional director Susan Lubeck discusses the crisis of inequality. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 9:30 a.m. Free. (510) 451-3263 or [email protected]

“Wellness Fusion 2015.” Afternoon of lectures, demonstrations and workshops on Jewish and multicultural approaches to mental and physical wellness. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 1 to 4:30 p.m. Free.

“Madrassa/Midrasha Day of Learning: Women and Gender in Judaism and Islam.” Featuring U.C. Berkeley professor Robert Alter. At Graduate Theological Union, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley. 1 p.m. Free.

“Survival in Paradise: Sketches from a Refugee Life in Curaçao.” Presentation by Manfred Wolf about his family’s life as Holocaust refugees in the Dutch colony in the Caribbean. At Jewish Community Library, 1836 Ellis St., S.F. 1 p.m. Free.

“Visualizing Holocaust Identities.” Art historian Stacy Schwartz discusses how educators can use visual art as a framework for teaching the Holocaust. At Jewish LearningWorks, 601 14th Ave., S.F. 3 p.m. Free. [email protected]

“Jewish Life in American Cinema: What’s Not to Like?” Final event in a four-part series examining Jews and Jewishness as portrayed in American film, with a focus on Jewish humor. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 4 p.m. $20.

“A Brief Stop on the Road to Auschwitz.” Author Göran Rosenberg discusses his prize-winning memoir about his father’s Holocaust survival. At Book Passage Marin, 61 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 4 p.m. Free. Also April 27 at Stephens Hall, U.C. Berkeley. 4:30 p.m. Free. [email protected] or (510) 642-4484. Also April 28 at JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free.

“Kabbalah and Society in 16th-Century Safed.” Kol Hadash bagel brunch with video lecture on the work of Isaac Luria and the rise of Kabbalah. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 4 p.m. Free.


photo/wikimedia commons Nazi official Hans Frank at the Nuremberg Trials

‘Reflections on the Legacy of Nuremberg.’ On the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials, this international two-day conference in Berkeley shines a light on the trials and their impact on the international criminal justice system. A screening of “Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today” opens the conference, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Sandra Schulberg and U.C. Berkeley law professor Richard Buxbaum. Panels and lectures culminate with the keynote talk “Justice After Nuremberg” by Canadian Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella.

Free film screening at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 27 at the Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. Free keynote at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 at the Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. Other costs vary.­


“From Joshua to Jesus: Jews of Galilee.” Finale of Taubman lecture series with Tel Aviv University professor Elchanan Reiner. At Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 7 p.m. Free. www.

“The Fight Against Global Anti-Semitism: What the U.S. Government Can Do to Make a Difference.” Lecture by Ira Forman, U.S. special envoy to combat anti-Semitism abroad. At Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. 7 p.m. Free, but RSVP requested. [email protected]


“Understanding BDS on College Campuses.” Educational session about boycott, divestment and sanctions efforts with Rabbi Doug Kahn of S.F.-based Jewish Community Relations Council, S.F. State professor Marc Dollinger and the student president of Bears for Israel. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7 p.m. Free, but RSVP requested. (See story, 8)


“Women in Interfaith Relationships.” A discussion for girlfriends, wives, partners, mothers, grandmothers and other women with questions about roles and expectations. Sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica and Building Jewish Bridges. At Peninsula Temple Sholom, 1655 Sebastian Drive, Burlingame. 7:30 p.m. $8 non-members. (510) 845-6420

“Answering Tough Questions About Israel.” Israel Education Committee program with Jonathan Carey of the Israeli advocacy group BlueStar. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. Free.

“Return to the Sea of Reeds.” Writer-performer Josh Kornbluth discusses the evolution of his current show. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free.

“The War in Syria and the Realigning Middle East.” Lecture on Middle Eastern conflict and its ramifications by former Israeli Intelligence official and strategist Avi Melamed. At Jewish Community Federation, 121 Steuart St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. Also May 1 lunch lecture on the Middle East. 12 p.m. Free, but RSVP required. (415) 777-3820 or [email protected]


Marin Mega Challah Bake. Jewish women and girls ages 12 and up invited to pre-Shabbat baking and learning session. Organized by Chabad centers in the Peninsula and South Bay. At Mitchell Park Community Center, 3800 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. 2 p.m. $20-$25.

“Everyone in God’s Image: A Conference on Inclusion and Disabilities in our Jewish Community.” Jewish LearningWorks event features workshops for adults and programs for kids. At Wornick Jewish Day School, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


“Jewish Perspectives on Life After Death.” Second of two discussions with Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia, exploring contemporary Jewish thought on the afterlife. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 1 p.m. $15.

Interfaith family workshop. Discussion led by Rabbi Mychal Copeland on resolving issues that arise in an interfaith family. Sponsored by Sequoia chapter of Hadassah. On Stanford campus; address given with RSVP. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. $15. (310) 721-1562 or [email protected]

Robert Alter and the Hebrew Bible. Public lecture by U.C. Berkeley professor on his recent translation of the Hebrew Bible, followed by conversation. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave, Berkeley. 6 p.m. Free.


Ari Shavit at S.F. State. Journalist and author of “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel” discusses Israel’s past, present and future as part of a Hillel North American speaking tour. At S.F. State University, Seven Hills Conference Center, 1600 Holloway Ave. 7 p.m. $18 nonstudents.