Talks & workshops


“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. How will the re-election of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party affect the country’s economy, internal politics and international relations? And what’s next? Israel Democracy Institute president and former Knesset member Yohanan Plesner shares his insights with author and former KGO Radio host John Rothmann.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10 at Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. Free, but registration requested.


“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 18. 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. Continues June 18. $42 for all three evenings. (415) 878-1998 or


“Fighting Back Against the New Anti-Semitism.” French author and intellectual critic Bernard-Henri Lévy discusses his experiences in other countries and the rise of anti-Semitic violence worldwide. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $35.

“Being Jewish in Paris Now.” Visiting Rabbi Tom Cohen talks about being Jewish amid rising anti-Semitism across Europe. At Or Shalom Jewish Community, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F. 7:30 p.m. Free, but donations to Kehilat Gesher USA are welcome. (415) 469-5564 or [email protected]