Bar mitzvahed atop a water tower on a kibbutz in Israel at age 52 after a lifetime of nonobservance, comic monologist Josh Kornbluth tells his story on stage in an ensemble in “Sea of Reeds,” and explains what playing the oboe has to do with the Book of Exodus.
Opens 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 2 at Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley. $8-$35. Through Aug. 4. www.shotgunplayers.org
“The Role of Arab Local Governance for Reaching Civic Equality in Israel: Opportunities and Obstacles.” Discussion hosted by Ghaida Renawie-Zoabi, director of Injaz Center for Professional Arab Local Governance in Israel. At Jewish Community Federation, 121 Steuart St., S.F. 12 p.m. Free. www.jewishfed.org.
“Jewish Newspapers Today.” J. editor Sue Fishkoff speaks to Middle East Education and Information Council of Rossmoor. At Hillside Clubhouse, 1300 Golden Rain Road, Walnut Creek. 4 p.m. Free. (925) 938-4738.