An enchanting tale
Maggie Anton, the award-winning author of the immensely popular Jewish historical fiction series “Rashi’s Daughters,” is back with a new series, starting with “Rav Hisda’s Daughter.” In the new book, Anton, a Talmud scholar and authority on Jewish women’s history, writes about the daughter of one of the authors of the Talmud in third-century Babylonia. The young woman’s journey covers arranged marriage and sorcery amid epic battles. Anton will discuss her work at three Bay Area locations, all on the same day.
Sunday, Oct. 28, 9:30 a.m. at Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos; 1:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Torah, 42000 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont; 7 p.m. at Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto. www.maggieanton.com
“Nuclear Weapons Proliferation and ‘Rogue’ States.” With Martin Hellman, professor emeritus of electrical engineering at Stanford. At Kehillah Jewish High School, 3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 10:30 a.m. $5. email@example.com or (650) 494-6400.
“Harry and Zion.” Riva Gambert, director of the Israel Center and Community Programs at the Jewish Federation of the East Bay, discusses Harry Truman and the creation of the State of Israel. At Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 4 p.m. Free. www.jfed.org/israel2013.
“War and Peace: Jewish Perspectives.” All-day workshops and text study. Keynote speaker Rabbi Reuven Firestone, author of “Holy War in Judaism: The Fall and Rise of a Controversial Idea.” At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $25-$35. www.jccsf.org.
“Parenting for Authentic Success.” Book talk by educator Madeline Levine. Part of Contra Costa Jewish Book Festival. At Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane. 10 a.m. Free. www.jfed.org/bookfestival.
“Aging at Home.” Senior care expert Ada Burko discusses the decision about whether seniors should live at home. At Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley. 10 a.m. $5. www.bethelberkeley.org.
“How to Nurture Unconditional Love.” Class taught by JLI Torah Studies. At Richmond Torah Center Chabad, 423 10th Ave., S.F. 8 p.m. $10. (415) 386-8123.
Alan Dershowitz. The Harvard professor (by video) joins Thane Rosenbaum of Fordham University and Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal to discuss American Jews and Israel on the eve of U.S. elections. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $15-$30. www.jccsf.org.
“Three Rabbis Walk Into a Room.” Local Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist rabbis discuss religious questions. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$15. www.jccsf.org.
“The Life and Legend of Moshe Dayan.” Book talk by Mordechai Bar-On, Dayan’s chief of staff and a founder of Peace Now. Part of Contra Costa Jewish Book Festival. At Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Road Lafayette. 7:30 p.m. Free. www.jfed.org/bookfestival.
“Psychedelics Today: On Stage and Under the Microscope.” Playwright Lynne Kaufman and actor Warren David Keith discuss and read excerpts from their new production “Acid Test: The Many Incarnations of Ram Dass.” At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $6-$8. www.jcceastbay.org.
“Creating and Protecting Your Personal Brand.” Panel discussion with the Business Leadership Council of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation. At Goodwin Procter, 135 Commonwealth Drive, Menlo Park. 6 p.m. $18-$72. (415) 369-2875.
“Portraits of Jewish Composers in Music and Art.” Course on classical composers who also painted. Taught by composer and Stanford lecturer Nurit Jugend. Three classes through Nov. 15. At Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto. 7 p.m. $25 per class or $60 for series. www.nuritjugend.com.
Parent info night. For parents of children ages kindergarten and bridge-K. At Tehiyah Day School, 2603 Tassajara Ave., El Cerrito. 7 p.m. Free. www.tehiyah.org.
Scholar-in-residence Nily Shiryon. Israeli educator and psychologist gives four days of talks and sermons on subjects such as women who created Israel, Jewish humor, the Days of Awe and Jerusalem. Through Nov. 4. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. Free. www.bethamisr.org.
“Returning to Jewish Cuba.” Book talk by anthropologist and filmmaker Ruth Behar. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$15. www.jccsf.org. (See story, 29)
“Transgender in the Jewish Community.” Reading and conversation with “Balancing on the Mechitza” editor Noach Dzmura and contributing writers. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $5-$7. www.jcceastbay.org.
“Shanghai — A Miraculous Life.” Talk by Leah Jacob Garrick, a Sephardic Jew who grew up in Shanghai. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. www.bjesf.org/adults_events.htm.
Judy Klitsner of the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. Scholar-in-residence gives two talks at Shabbaton. Dinner at 7 p.m. followed by 8 p.m. talk, “Preparing to Be Surprised: Noah, Abraham and Jonah on the Human Capacity for Change.” Also Nov. 3 at 4:45 p.m. “The Tower of Babel and the Midwives of Egypt: Comparing an Unlikely Pair.” At Emek Beracha, 4102 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. RSVP for dinner; $12-$18. Talks free. www.emekberacha.org.
“Two Paths to Awakening.” Rabbi Burt Jacobson and Buddhist teacher Sylvia Boorstein in conversation with Naomi Newman, co-founder of A Traveling Jewish Theater. At Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. 7 p.m. $12-$36. www.kehillasynagogue.org.
Michael Krasny. Host of KQED-Radio’s “Forum” discusses his recent book “Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Quest.” At Burlingame Hall, 501 Primrose Road, Burlingame. 7 p.m. $8-$10. www.shir-shalom.org.
“Funny: The Book.” Book talk by comic and screenwriter David Misch on the history of comedy. Part of Contra Costa Jewish Book Festival. At Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 7:30 p.m. $15 (includes wine and dessert reception). www.jfed.org/bookfestival.
“The Search for Jewish Identity.” Workshop with Rabbi Daniel Landes. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 4 p.m. Free. www.jccsf.org.
“Remembering Soviet Yiddish Culture.” Conference with performance by the Yiddish chorus Nigunim. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 2-6:30 p.m. Free. www.magnes.org.
“The Best of My Story.” Readings from book celebrating the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society’s 130-year anniversary. With refreshments and musical interlude. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 2 p.m. $18 suggested. www.paloaltojcc.org.
Rabbi Harold Kushner. Bestselling author discusses his book “When Bad Things Happen to Good People.” At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7 p.m. Free. www.marinjcc.org.
“How to Get Up When Life Is Down.” Class taught by JLI Torah Studies. At Richmond Torah Center Chabad, 423 10th Ave., S.F. 8 p.m. $10. (415) 386-8123.
Deborah Strobin and Ilie Wacs. Book talk by authors of “An Uncommon Journey,” on how the two siblings escaped the Holocaust and fled to Shanghai. At Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F. 6 p.m. $7-$20, members free. www.commonwealthclub.org.
“Understanding Israel.” Three-part class examines Israel from pre-state era to now. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 7 p.m. $30. www.pjcc.org.
“The Aleppo Codex: A Sacred Book’s Scandalous History.” Book talk by Matti Friedman, Associated Press correspondent in Israel, on the story of a 10th-century Hebrew bible. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$15. www.jccsf.org.
Book talk by Alex Kershaw. Author discusses his book “The Liberator,” which follows a Word War II soldier’s journey from the beaches of Sicily to Dachau. Part of Contra Costa Jewish Book Festival. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. Free. www.jfed.org/bookfestival.
“Literary Death Match.” Read-off judged by comedian Nato Green, author Ayelet Waldman and monologist Josh Kornbluth. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10 (includes museum admission). www.thecjm.org.
“Women in Interfaith Relationships.” Group discussion. At Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley. 6:15 p.m. $7, free for members. www.buildingjewishbridges.org.