Talks & workshops

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monday/11

“Modern Kibbutzim in Israel and the U.S.” Exploration of the kibbutz movement and its modern revival led by Kibbutz Mishol founder James Grant-Rosenhead and Berkeley Moshav founder Roger Studley. Sponsored by Bridges to Israel. At Jewish Federation of the East Bay, 2121 Allston St., Berkeley. Also July 12 at Congregation Emanul-El, 2 Lake St., S.F.; July 13 at Mountain View Cohousing, 445 Calderon Ave.; and July 14 at Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. 7 p.m. Free, but RSVP encouraged. www.urbanmoshav.org/events (See story, 6)

Arava Institute reception. Executive director David Lehrer and graduate Manar Sarie discuss the work of Arava Institute students alongside Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians in solving environmental problems. Co-sponsored by Jewish National Fund. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. www.tinyurl.com/jnf-arava-berkeley

wednesday/13

“Making History with Ran Levi.” Discussion with creators of the podcast “Curious Minds,” which explores science, technology and history in Hebrew and English. Presented by OFJCC Israeli Cultural Connection. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7 p.m. $23. www.paloaltojcc.org