Talks & workshops


“What’s a Secular Jew?” Informational meeting and bagel brunch led by the Tri-Valley Cultural Jews discussing what it means to be a Jew without being religious. At Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 Eighth St., Livermore. 10:30 a.m. Free. RSVP recommended. (925) 485-1049.


“The Middle East Turmoil and Israel.” Discussion of Israel’s geopolitical situation in the Middle East with Andy David, consul general for Israel in the Pacific Northwest, and Janine Zacharia, former Middle East correspondent for the Washington Post. At Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. $20; members free.


“Stigma of Mental Illness.” U.C. Berkeley professor Stephen Hinshaw discusses mental health. At Congregation Beth Am, 26970 Arastradero Road,

Los Altos Hills. 7 p.m. Free.


“Sukkot 101.” Learn about the holiday with other young adults. At Hillel of Silicon Valley, 44 S. 11th St., San Jose. 12:30 p.m. Free.


Futurist Ray Kurzweil. The son of Jewish parents who escaped Austria prior to World War II, today a director of engineering at Google, Kurzweil speaks about artificial intelligence’s impact on humanity. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $25-$40.

“Taste of Judaism.” Introduction to Jewish perspectives and culture for people with limited or no Jewish background. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 7 p.m. Free; RSVP suggested.