Former Jewish Community Library librarian Jim Van Buskirk discusses how he found out he was Jewish at age 54, and how a suitcase filled with photographs, letters and documents began his family research project. Masks recommended, required for unvaccinated.
East Bay International Jewish Film Festival presents 2019 documentary “After Munich” about the Palestinian terrorist attack on Israeli athletes-staff at 1972 Olympics. Available to screens Sept. 7-11; lecture by SFSU professor Eran Kaplan on Sept. 8, 4-5:30 p.m. $10, free for IJWC year-round subscribers, registration required.
GTU scholar-in-residence Daniel C. Matt discusses his new book, which explores Elijah and how the zealot-turned–compassionate hero transformed over the years from the Bible to Rabbinic Judaism to Kabbalah and to Christianity and Islam. Presented by the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies.
Historian Michael Uhl discusses his German-language book about the tragic story of Betty Rosenfeld, a nurse who escaped from Germany to pre-state Israel, participated in the Spanish Civil War, and eventually was caught by the Nazis and murdered in Auschwitz. Followed by Q&A about pre-war Jewish society in Germany.