Talks & workshops


“IDF: Israel’s Modern-Day Heroes.” Two former soldiers discuss their experiences in the Israel Defense Forces. At Rossmoor Hillside Clubhouse, 3400 Golden Rain Road, Walnut Creek. 4 p.m. Free. (925) 938-4738.

Comedian Marion Grodin. The humorist and author discusses overcoming addiction, divorce and cancer. Part of “Marin Jewish Women’s Afternoon ‘Chai Tea’” series. Tea and snacks served. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 3 p.m. $18; free for members.


“Fiddler on the Roof.” Lecture by Columbia professor, drama critic and author Alisa Solomon on the play and film. At Hillel at Stanford, 565 Mayfield Ave., Stanford. 5:15 p.m. Free. Also Jan. 14 at JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $15; 10 percent discount for members.

“Fifty Years of Fiddler: A Symposium.” Local college professors discuss a broad range of the play’s themes. At Stanford University, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford. 2 p.m. Free.


“Rouhani and Iranian Deceit: The Next Steps of the Nuclear Standoff.” Mordechai Kedar, research associate at Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and lecturer in the Arabic department at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, discusses Iran and nuclear weapons. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7 p.m. $5-$10.


“Fighting Inequality Through Tax Justice.” Two-part Bend the Arc series. Part I with Rabbi Sid Schwartz, founder of PANIM and senior fellow at Clal on religion and social justice. At ACLU, 39 Drumm St., S.F. 6 p.m. Free.


“Opportunities and Challenges: The Road Ahead in the Middle East.” Eyal Naor, deputy consul general of Israel for the Pacific Northwest, discusses the future. At Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda. 10 a.m. Free. (510) 522-9355.

“Women Beyond the Wall.” Activist and author Bonna Devora Haberman discusses the history and future of the Women of the Wall movement. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 7 p.m. Free.


John Rothmann

From Truman to Obama. John Rothmann, a  political analyst for KKSF NewsTalk 910, discusses America’s presidents from Harry Truman to Barack Obama and their relationships with Israel. An author and expert on the United States, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union, he is a frequent lecturer on American politics and the presidency. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton. $10.