Talks & workshops


“Kabbalah and Society in 16th-Century Safed.” Half-hour video lecture on the work of Isaac Luria and the rise of Kabbalah. Light refreshments served. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 4 p.m. Free.


“Jewish Mad Men: Advertising and the Design of the American Jewish Experience.” Presentation by art history professor Kerri Steinberg on the contributions of Jews to American advertising. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. (See story, 18)

StandWithUs presents Kay Wilson. Israeli survivor of a 2010 terror attack talks about her experience and coexistence. At Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. Free; RSVP requested. [email protected]


“Anti-Semitism and Extremism in Europe.” Panel discussion with consul generals of France and Germany. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 6 to 8 p.m. Free, but registration required. (415) 981-3500 or [email protected]


“Shabbat Shiur: What’s Changed in the Middle East?” Lecture by Ann Saab, University of North Carolina history professor emerita. At Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto. 1:15 p.m. Free.


“Ancestor Stories: A Jewish Support Group.” First session of a monthly life-transition and loss support group for Jewish seniors. At Carlton Plaza of San Leandro, 1000 East 14th St., San Leandro. 2 p.m. Free. (866) 268-4827 or [email protected]


“Nu, You Think That’s Funny? A Century of Jewish Humor in America.” First of a four-part lecture series by singer-teacher Mark Levy on Jewish comedians of the 20th century, featuring vintage recordings and clips from vaudeville, Borscht Belt, TV and film. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $40-$50 for series.