“Breaking the Silence.” Former Israeli Defense Forces commander Yehuda Shaul discusses his service in the Palestinian territories. At Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., S.F. 6 p.m. Free. www.sherithisrael.org/calendar. Also Nov. 23 at Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. 7 p.m. $10-$20 suggested donation. www.kehillasynagogue.org.
“Judaism and Psychotherapy.” Israeli educator and psychologist Nily Shiryon discusses the overlap among psychotherapy, religious freedom and Jewish history. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 7:30 p.m. Free. (707) 360-3000.
Russian Jewish literature. Svetlana Natkovich, a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford’s Taube Center for Jewish Studies, discusses the criminal characters in Russian Jewish literature in the 19th century. At Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. 12 p.m. Free. www.stanford.edu/dept/jewishstudies.
“The Israel Question.” Ari Shavit, correspondent for the Israel daily Haaretz and author of “My Promised Land,” discusses Israel’s history and its current internal and external threats. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $25-$35. www.jccsf.org. Also Dec. 3 at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Sponsored by Commonwealth Club. 7 p.m. $7-$20. www.commonwealthclub.org/node/67616.
What’s really going on. In “The News About the News,” Michael Krasny, KQED Radio’s “Forum” host for 20 years, English professor at San Francisco State University and author, will discuss his thoughts about how the media conveys information and news in the modern world. In conversation with journalist Phil Bronstein of the Center for Investigative Reporting. 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at Outdoor Art Club, 1 W. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. $35-$45. www.commonwealthclub.org/krasny