Talks & workshops

Barney Frank at World Economic Forum in Switzerland in 2010 photo/michael wuertenberg © world economic forum

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First elected to Congress in 1980 and retiring from service just a few months ago, Barney Frank has been a leader in many high-profile issues during his political career. The Jewish Democrat from Massachusetts served as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee following the financial crisis, and he co-sponsored finance reform legislation. The first openly gay member of Congress, he also has been an outspoken advocate for equal rights, marrying his longtime partner in 2012, and also is a longtime supporter of Israel. Frank will reflect on his career in public life with KQED’s Scott Shafer.

6 p.m. Monday, May 13 at Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F. $15-$45.


Rabbi Maurice Harris. Visiting scholar and instructor at the University of Oregon speaks at 7 p.m. services. Also May 4 following morning services at 10 a.m. At Or Shalom Jewish Community, 1250 Quintara St., S.F. Free.


“Journey to the Copper Age.” Talk by U.C. San Diego professor Thomas Levy on the social and economic revolutions that took place more than 6,000 years ago in Israel. At the Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F. 2 p.m. $5 suggested donation.


“Jewish and Asian.” Panel of local Asian Jews share their experiences. At Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., S.F. 10 a.m. Free.

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 donation.

“Emma Goldman: To Dream of Becoming a Judith.” Candace Falk, director of the Emma Goldman Papers Project at U.C. Berkeley, talks about the life and work of the anarchist and feminist. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 11 a.m. $10, includes bagel brunch.

Nathan Englander. National Jewish Book Award winner in conversation with Rabbi Menachem Creditor to conclude the One Bay One Book project. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 2 p.m. $10, includes museum admission. Also May 6 in conversation with j. editor Sue Fishkoff at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7 p.m. $7-$15.


“Capitalism and the Jews.” Scholar Jerry Muller discusses the success of Jewish capitalists and the links between anti-capitalism and anti-Semitism. At Stanford University, Building 360-CCSRE. 12 p.m. Free. Also May 7 as part of “Loaded: Jews & Money” series. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. Advance reservations required at


“The Politics of Religion and Jewish Identity in Israel.” Talk by Yaacov Yadgar, professor of political science at Bar-Ilan University and visiting professor at U.C. Berkeley. At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. (415) 861-6932.


“The Moving On Dance.” Workshop on expressing loss and remembrance through dance. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. Free. Also May 14 group performance at JCC East Bay community’s Tikkun Leil Shavuot. (415) 921-3636.


Diplomat Gideon Lustig. Israeli deputy consul general for Pacific Northwest discusses Israeli current affairs. At Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 7:30 p.m. Free. (925) 937-7446.

“I Converted to Judaism, Can I Start a Tradition, Too?” Discussion group on male Jews-by-choice creating Jewish family rituals. At Temple Sinai, 2908 Summit St., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. Free. (510) 845-6420 ext. 11.


Jaron Lanier. Author of “You Are Not a Gadget” and “Who Owns the Future?” and virtual reality pioneer in conversation with Wired magazine correspondent Steven Leckart. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7 p.m. $7-$40.


“Ladino — A Jewish Language of the Middle East.” Talk by Stanford professor Aron Rodrigue. Part of the Stanford week of “Music, Culture and Languages of the Middle East.” At Bechtel International Center, Stanford University. 12 p.m. Free. RSVP to