Talks & workshops


“The Latke and Civilization.” Chef and cookbook author Joan Nathan gives the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund Lecture. Co-sponsored by Stanford Hillel and the Jewish Student Association. At Stanford Taube Center for Jewish Studies. 7:30 p.m. Free, but reservations required.


“Yiddish Theater in the City of Light.” Nick Underwood, Jewish studies teacher at Sonoma State, shines a light on early 20th-century Yiddish theater in Paris. At the Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 12 p.m. Free.

“Is Israel Stuck Forever with Its Political Fault Lines?” Eilon Schwartz, founder of Israeli think tank Shaharit, and Nissim Mizrachi, Tel Aviv U. professor, on creating a new political space in Israel. Sponsored by Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies. At Warren Room, Boalt Hall, Berkeley. 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. lecture. Free, but registration required.


“Double Roots: A Film and Discussion.” Documentary on children of interfaith marriages, followed by group discussion led by Dawn Kepler. Co-sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica and Building Jewish Bridges. At Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. 7 p.m. Free.


“Inequality and the Politics of Inequality in Israel.” Lecture by Hebrew University professor emeritus Michael Shalev. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 10 a.m. Free.

“Help with Your Family Tree: Brainstorming with the Mavens.” Bring genealogy questions for one-on-one guidance with experienced genealogists. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 12 p.m. Free, but registration encouraged.

 “Walking the Path of the Jewish Mystic.” Seminar on improving quality of life through kabbalistic teachings led by Jewish meditation teacher Rabbi Yoel Glick. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 4 p.m. $13.

“Italian Illustrated Ketubot.” Lecture by Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan, sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Napa Valley. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 1455 Elm St., Napa. 4 p.m. $5 public.

“Current Anti-Semitism in Europe.” Panel discussion focusing on the rise of anti-Semitism in Germany, France and Sweden, three countries most heavily impacted by the refugee crisis. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 10:30 a.m. Free.

“Humanistic Judaism and the Enlightenment, Part II.” Second in Kol Hadash’s lecture series with guest speaker Michael Prival of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 4 p.m. Free.

“How Time Matters to Jews.” Study session led by Rabbi Daniel Landes, former director of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 4 p.m.


“Shakespeare’s Shylock and the (Legend of the) Wandering Jew.” Hebrew University literature professor Galit Hasan-Rokem gives the Taube Center’s David S. Lobel Visiting Scholar Lecture. In Building 200, Stanford University. 7:30 p.m. Free.

“Jewish Superstition/Symbolism Through Arts.” Joshua Horowitz, co-founder of the Old Country musical group Veretski Pass, traces the history, meaning and embodiment of Jewish superstitions. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd. Foster City. 2 p.m. $4.

“A Dangerous Neighborhood: Regional Threats, the Palestinians and Israel’s Security.” Post-election talk by retired Israeli Shin Bet director Carmi Gillon. Co-sponsored by J Street. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 7 p.m.


“Sephardi Piyyutim, Spirituality, and Movement.” Seminar by Rivka Amado on the structure and themes of classic Sephardic liturgical poetry, followed by group singing and movement exercises. Co-sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $20-$30. (510) 845-6420


“Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” Discussion on the conflict across generational lines with Shalom Hartman Institute’s Elana Stein Hain. Facilitated by New Israel Fund. At Jewish Community High School of the Bay, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. $18, free to members of sponsoring organizations.

“Protecting our Families, Communities and First-Responders from Terrorism.” Safety seminar led by Israeli security expert Marc Provisor. Sponsored by ZOA. At Chabad of Fresno, 1227 E. Shepherd Ave., Fresno. 6:45 p.m. Free.