People of the (comic) book
Superman is an alien in a foreign land. Spider-Man is plagued with guilt for not having saved his family. The X-Men are outsiders persecuted for being different. If any of these plot lines sound like part of the Jewish American experience, University of Northern Iowa philosophy professor Harry Brod would say that’s intentional. In his book “Superman Is Jewish? How Comic Book Superheroes Came to Serve Truth, Justice, and the Jewish-American Way,” Brod explores the ways in which popular comic books (many written by Jews) reflect the story of Jewish life in America.
7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 at Books Inc., 74 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto. (415) 931-3633. Also 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14 at Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. Included with admission. www.thecjm.org
“Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust.” Talk by author Marty Brounstein to honor Yom HaShoah. At Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F. 12 p.m. $7-$20. www.commonwealthclub.org. Also April 9 at St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church, 600 Columbia Drive, San Mateo. 7 p.m. Free. (650) 347-0701.
“Dinosaur Goes to Israel.” Author and librarian Diane Levin Rauchwerger talks about her children’s book. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 10:30 a.m. Free. www.jewishlearningworks.org.
Alan Kaufman. Author discusses his memoirs, “Jew Boy” and “Drunken Angel,” with psychologist Orit Atzmon. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. www.paloaltojcc.org.
Robert Alter. The U.C. Berkeley professor discusses “Ancient Israel,” his commentary and translation of “Former Prophets.” At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 5 p.m. Free. http://tinyurl.com/alter-talk.
“Mishkan R’fuah: Where Healing Resides.” Presentation by Rabbi Eric Weiss on the collection of readings and poems he edited on illness, addiction, forgiveness and more. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. www.jewishlearningworks.org.