Talks & workshops


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.

“Raising a Mensch: Ethical Children.” Discussion about the importance of Jewish views and traditions in raising ethical children. Co-sponsored by Building Jewish Bridges. At Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda. 10:30 a.m. $9.

“Poland: A New Jewish Frontier.” Multimedia presentation on the Jewish cultural revival in modern Poland by Ellie Shapiro, who spent a year there as a Fulbright fellow. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 2 p.m. Free.


“A Polish Perspective.” Sebastian Rejak, the Polish Foreign Ministry’s envoy to the Jewish diaspora, discusses challenges facing minorities in Europe and rising Jewish emigration. At Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F. 12 p.m. Free.


“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.


“Exploring Khazones.” Musician Jeremiah Lockwood explores the Ashkenazi cantorial tradition, using samples from classic recordings and his own performances. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. (See story, 27)


“Israeli Media: Agent for Equality?” Israeli film producer and LGBT activist Gal Uchovosky discusses the role of film and media in achieving LGBT equality. Presented by A Wider Bridge. At Congregation Beth Sholom, 301 14th Ave., S.F. 7:30 p.m. $8-$15. Also May 13 at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $8-$15.

“Is It Good for the Jews? — Poland and Ukraine, Past and Present.” San Francisco State Jewish studies professor Marc Dollinger discusses the complex dynamics of Jews in Eastern Europe, with observations from his travels with his daughter. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. $15.


“Appropriately Subversive: Traditional Religions Meet Feminism.” Discussion with Bar-Ilan University lecturer Tova Hartman, a visiting scholar at Stanford. At Margaret Jacks Hall, Bldg. 460, Terrace Room, Stanford University. 12 p.m. Free.