Talks & workshops


“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.


3 Davids and a king. Local educators and leaders — all “Davids” — share perspectives about their not-always-kingly namesake. Part of One Bay One Book. At Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto. 6:30 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 E. 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. Also June 11. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $40-$50 for series.

“Love and Religion Over Dinner.” Three-part workshop for interfaith couples to discuss challenging mealtime topics, led by Rabbi Mychal Copeland and William O. Selig. At San Mateo restaurant (to be determined). 7 p.m. Also June 11 and June 18. $42 for all three evenings. (415) 878-1998 or


“Help With Your Family Tree: Brainstorming With the Mavens.” Bring genealogy questions for one-on-one guidance with experienced genealogists. At Jewish Community Library, 1825 Ellis St., S.F. 12 p.m. Free, but registration encouraged.


Aftermath of Israeli Elections. Israel Democracy Institute president and former Knesset member Yohanan Plesner discusses recent events with lecturer and former KGO radio host John Rothmann. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. Free. Registration requested.