Talks & workshops


“Now What? After the Election.” Weekend summit and strategy conference for liberals/progressives, combined with celebration of Tikkun’s 30th anniversary and presentation of annual Tikkun awards. At Northbrae Community Church, 941 the Alameda, Berkeley. 8 a.m. Saturday through 6 p.m. Sunday. $10 Saturday, $20 Sunday, $25 weekend. (See story, 3)

“Freedom and Anxiety: French Jewry in an Era of Extremism.” Historian Fred Rosenbaum talks about his fact-finding tour of Paris and current dangers facing French Jews. Part of Under One Tent. At Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton. 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation.


“Humanistic Judaism and Its Enlightenment Roots.” Part 1 of talk about “Haskalah,” the Jewish enlightenment movement that began in early 19th century. Kol Hadash Bagel Brunch. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 11 a.m. $10.

BRCA Foundation panel discussion. Significance of BRCA genes and how specific Ashkenazi gene mutations impact the odds of breast cancer. Co-sponsored by Congregations Kol Emeth and Etz Chayim. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 7 p.m. Free.

StandWithUs Leaders of Tomorrow. Program focusing on Zionism in the 21st century. Keynote speaker Muhammad Zoabi, and three guest speakers, including Israeli Consul General Andy David. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 6 p.m. $18-$25.

“Embracing the Journey: End of Life Resource Fair.” Day of seminars and presentations on how to handle death practically, spiritually and financially. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free, but advance registration recommended.

Colma’s Jewish cemeteries. Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society’s two-hour walking tour of three Jewish cemeteries in Colma, following a 10-minute historical film. Rain cancels. At Colma Historical Association Museum, 1500 Hillside Blvd., Colma. 10 a.m. Free.

“What’s ‘Nu’ with Yiddish.” A look at Yiddish and its integration into American English, with Yiddish teacher Jon Levitow. Part of a Jewish LearningWorks series. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 9:30 a.m. Free.

Syrian refugees passing through Slovenia in 2015 photo/wikipedia

Fleeing oppression, then and now: An impressive lineup of historians, activists and journalists will be examining refugee situations throughout history — including the current global crisis — from a Jewish perspective in a four-hour symposium titled “The Refugee: Fleeing Oppression From the Exodus to Modern Times.” Breakout session topics range from “What Happened in 1948?” to helping resettle refugees in the Bay Area in 2016. Co-sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica.

1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 at Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. Free.



“Religious Pluralism in Israel.” Rabbi Donniel Hartman, president of the Shalom Hartman Institute, in conversation with Rabbi Brian Lurie. At Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7 p.m. Free, but RSVP required.


“Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice.” Speakers are authors Suzanne Brown-Fleming and Dina Gold. Moderated by Edna Friedberg of U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free, advance registration requested.

“The Israel Forum: The Battle for Israel’s Soul.” Left-wing vs. right-wing debate on the future of Israel between J.J. Goldberg, editor-at-large of the Forward, and Jonathan S. Tobin, senior online editor of Commentary magazine. At Wornick Jewish Day School, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 7 p.m. $15-$20.


Women in the Workforce conference. All-day symposium on global and domestic women’s issues, hosted by National Council of Jewish Women and consulates of Israel and Mexico. Lunch provided. At African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., S.F. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $20-$80.

“Coat of Many Colors.” Program about the history of the diversification of Bay Area Jewish community from 1849 onward. In conjunction with exhibit “This Is Bay Area Jewry.” At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. Free.

“Bubbie, Who Are You?” How to find the maiden names in your family tree, with Janice M. Sellers of Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. At Oakland FamilySearch Library, 4766 Lincoln Ave., Oakland. 6:30 p.m. Free.


“A World of Jewish Soups.” Cooking class includes recipes for Moroccan lentil and rice soup, Czech borscht and matzah ball soup. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $55-$60.


“The Buddha and the Ba’al Shem Tov.” Conversation of spiritual exploration between Rabbi Burt Jacobson (Kehilla’s founding rabbi) and Zen Buddhist priest Zoketsu Norman Fischer. At Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. 7:30 p.m. $18-$36.