Talks & workshops


“Israel: The Complex Road Ahead.” Andy David, Israeli consul general to the Pacific Northwest, discusses Israel’s challenges and concerns in the years ahead. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7 p.m. Free with RSVP.


“A New Psalm: A New Look at Age-Old Wisdom.” Rabbi Benjamin Segal discusses the Book of Psalms as literature. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Limmud co-founder. Clive Lawton of the worldwide grassroots Jewish educational initiative speaks. At Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto. 8:30 a.m. Free with RSVP. Also 7 p.m. at JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. Free with RSVP.


Aliyah planning workshop. Learn about moving to Israel. Presented by Nefesh B’Nefesh. At Israel Center, Jewish Community Federation, 121 Steuart St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP requested.


“BLC Panel: Israel’s Economic Success.” Corporate finance pro Daniel Frankenstein moderates a Business Leadership Council panel on Israel’s technological integration into the global marketplace. At Morrison & Foerster law firm, 425 Market St., S.F. 6 p.m. Also Oct. 11 at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Road, Palo Alto. 8 a.m. $18-$25 for BLC-level donors; $54-$65 for others.


“The Plight of the Iraqi Jew.” Revital Shiri-Horowitz discusses the life Iraqi Jews gave up when they emigrated from their homeland to Israel in the mid-20th century. Bagel brunch served. At Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond. 10 a.m. $5 suggested donation.

The Psychology of Exile, Return and Rebellion.” One-man performance by Libyan Jewish activist David Gerbi, who describes his 2011 return from exile to his native country. Followed by panel discussion by Jungian analysts on exile, immigration and political struggle. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 1 p.m. $30-$35.

Tree house multimedia workshop. Create a tree house out of milk cartons using fabrics, beads and other items with Israeli artist Neta Levi. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 10 a.m. $10. Registration required.


Israeli and Palestinian women who seek reconciliation

Coming together in understanding Bassam Aramin, a Palestinian father, and Robi Damelin, an Israeli mother, both of whom lost a child in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, speak on behalf of the Parents Circle-Families forum, made up of bereaved Israeli and Palestinians who seek reconciliation. A screening of “One Day After Peace,” a documentary about Damelin, who lost her soldier son to a sniper, will be shown Oct. 14 in Palo Alto. The Oct. 16 talk in Berkeley is followed by a Q&A. 8 p.m. Oct. 14 at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. $12-$18. . 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley. $10-$15 suggested donation.

“To Catch an Anti-Semite.” Rabbi David Nesenoff discusses his video interaction with White House correspondent Helen Thomas that forced her resignation. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7 p.m. $18-$20. Also Oct. 16 at Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 7:30 p.m. $12.