Talks & workshops

Through the looking glass As a pioneer of virtual reality research, author and futurist Jaron Lanier is an expert on technology’s impact on society. One of the current challenges he sees in the rise of digital networks is their strain on the middle class. Lanier will discuss “Who Owns the Future?” with Wired magazine correspondent Steven Leckart. 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. $7-$40.


Barney Frank. The former member of Congress and longtime supporter of Israel discusses his career in public life with KQED’s Scott Shafer. At Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F. 6 p.m. $15-$45.

Panel on LGBT marriage. Panelists include Jon Branfman (American Jewish Committee), Arthur Slepian (A Wider Bridge), Rabbi Camille Angel (Congregation Sha’ar Zahav) and David Robinson (Keshet). At Jewish Community Federation, 121 Steuart St., S.F. 6 p.m. Free.

“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


“Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly.” Multimedia presentation on Irving Berlin by musical-theater historian Bonnie Weiss. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 2 p.m. $12-$15.

“Moses Maimonides’ Philosophy of Judaism.” Video lecture on the pre-eminent thinker, followed by discussion. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 4 p.m. Free.


“Creative Reuse Workshop.” Make tote bags using colors and fabrics inspired by landscapes of Israel. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 6 p.m. $10-$12.


Israeli Consul General Andy David. Talk on “Israel in a Changing Middle East.” At Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. Free.

“The True Value of Jewish Community.” Discussion with sociologist Robert Bellah; Hebrew Union College president Rabbi David Ellenson; UpStart’s Toby Rubin; and Stanford professor Ari Kelman. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$15.