“Moving from Conflict to Commonalities.” Presentation by Judy Gussmann and Seema Dajani, co-facilitators of the East Bay Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue Group. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 1 p.m. $5 suggested. www.timewspent.org.
“The Arab Spring.” Panel discussion with Stanford journalism professor Joel Brinkley, author Laila El Sissi and San Francisco Chronicle editorial-page editor
John Diaz. At Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F. 11:30 a.m. $20, free for members and students. www.commonwealthclub.org.
“A Jewish Hero.” Talk by American-born Izzy Ezagui, who moved to Israel, joined the Israel Defense Forces, lost his left arm and stayed in the IDF. At Chabad of the Tri-Valley, 784 Palomino Drive, Pleasanton. 7 p.m. $10. www.jewishtrivalley.com.
Philosophers’ Café. Discussion of ethical issues, hosted by Tri-Valley Cultural Jews. At Café Rumi, 4799 Heyer Ave., Castro Valley. 10:45 a.m. $5 suggested. www.trivalleyculturaljews.wordpress.com.
“Lessons Learned from a Holocaust Childhood.” Talk by Hans Agress, part of the Sonoma State Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series. At Ives Hall, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 4 p.m. Free. www.sonoma.edu/holocaust.
Avivah Zornberg. Torah scholar discusses “Is It a Good Land or a Bad Land?” about the Israelites’ wilderness journey. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 10:30 a.m. RSVP required at www.jcceastbay.org. Also talk on “She Was What He Had Missed: The Loss of Women.” At Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley. 7 p.m. Free. www.gtu.edu.
Parents’ circle. Three-week seminar on topics relating to building a Jewish home, led by Rabbi Mike Rothbaum. At Beth Chaim Congregation, 1800 Holbrook Drive, Danville. 4 p.m. Also April 28 and May 5. Free. RSVP to email@example.com.
Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel. Bioethicist and brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses his life story and work. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $15-$30. www.jccsf.org.
“Jewish Life Under Islamic Rule.” Jewish Studies department chair at S.F. State Fred Astren discusses life for Jews on the Iberian Peninsula during the Middle Ages. At Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton. 7:30 p.m. $10. (925) 931-1055.
“A Holocaust Hero.” Journalist and historian Thomas Wood discusses the life of Jan Karski, a leader of the Polish resistance during World War II. Part of the Sonoma State Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series. At Ives Hall, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 4 p.m. Free. www.sonoma.edu/holocaust.
“Three Rabbis Walk into a Room.” Rabbis from different streams of Judaism discuss wealth in the U.S. and the power of tzedakah. Part of the “Loaded: Jews & Money” series. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$15. http://tinyurl.com/jews-money.
“Zionism.” Three-part series on the history and relevance of Zionism with Graduate Theological Union visiting scholar Ron Feldman. At Congregation Beth Israel, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. Free. (510) 848-3988.
Art of Aging Gracefully. Resource fair with UCSF Medical Center professionals presenting the latest on healthy living. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Advance registration preferred at www.jccsf.org.
“Women in Science.” Weizmann Institute of Science program on breast cancer research. RSVP for San Francisco location to (415) 981-4001 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 6 p.m. $35. www.weizmann-usa.org.