Lectures & workshops

Hank Greenberg

The chosen pastime

Baseball has always been an important part of American Jewish life — not just because of players like Sandy Koufax and Hank Greenberg, but also because for many Jewish immigrants, becoming a baseball fan meant becoming culturally American. Lew Wolff, co-owner of the Oakland Athletics, has a unique vantage point on the game’s place in American Jewish life and will discuss “The Spirit of Baseball” at Congregation Shir Hadash.

9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. Free. www.shirhadash.org


“Baghdad and the Gaonic Age.” Video and discussion on the Gaonim, the Jewish spiritual leaders in Babylonia following the completion of the Talmud. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 4 p.m. Free. www.kolhadash.org.

“Philosopher’s Café.” Discussion of topic “Who bears the responsibility of moral education in our society?” with Tri-Valley Cultural Jews. At Café Rumi, 4799 Heyer Ave., Castro Valley. 10:45 a.m. $5 suggested. www.tri-valleyculturaljews.org.

“Educating Our Interfaith Family.” Discussion led by Barbara Gereboff, head of Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School. At school, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 10 a.m. Free. RSVP to admissions@wornickjds.org or (650) 378-2635.

Genealogy clinic. With San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. At Jewish LearningWorks, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. Noon. Free. www.jewishlearningworks.org.


“Art as Memorial: Carrying on Creativity.” Lecture and workshop led by artist Susan Duhan Felix. In conjunction with “A Retrospective: Then and Now” exhibit (see Ongoing). At Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living, 4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville. 1:30 p.m. Free. (925) 648-2800.

“Shedding Light on the Festival of Lights.” Talk by professor Steven Weitzman, director of Stanford’s Taube Center for Jewish Studies. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $10. www.paloaltojcc.org.


“Tel Aviv, Then and Now.” Scholar Ken Cohen discusses Tel Aviv from the turn of the 20th century to its current role as the business and cultural center of Israel. At Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada St., Pleasanton. 7:30 p.m. $10, free for federation Israel trip registrants. www.jfed.org/israel2013.


“Jews in the French Revolution.” Talk by Sheila Delany, professor emerita of English at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C. and author of “Chaucer and the Jews.” At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 11 a.m. $10. www.kolhadash.org.

Sunday preschool academy. With Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School teachers. Siblings welcome. At school, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 10 a.m. Free. RSVP to admissions@wornickjds.org or (650) 378-2635.

“Iran’s Regime: Israel’s Greatest Challenge.” Talk by civil engineer Yousef Moradzadeh. At Keddem Congregation, 3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. $5 suggested. www.keddem.org.