Talks & workshops


“Jewbilee!” Annual day of learning with workshops, classes and performances on a variety of Jewish topics. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 1 to 8 p.m. $8-$10; children 4 and younger free.


Middle East discussion. Informal roundtable on currents events in the region, followed by an open forum. At Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. Free.


Rabbi David Saperstein

Social justice and Judaism. Rabbi and lawyer David Saperstein, whom Newsweek has called the country’s most influential rabbi, will lecture at a number of synagogues on the Peninsula, as well as the JCC in Foster City, on major issues facing American contemporary Judaism. The scholar-in-residence, who has led the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism for 30 years, will discuss a myriad of topics, including the traditions of social justice and political action in Jewish history and whether there can be a “just war.” Jan. 30-Feb. 11. Visit for details on Saperstein’s lectures in the Bay Area. 


“Israel and Palestine.” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D–East Bay) discusses his visits to the Middle East and discussions with Israeli leaders. At Beth Chaim Congregation, 1800 Holbrook Drive, Danville. 10 a.m. Free.


“Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies: Putting It in Context.” An overview of U.C. Berkeley’s program with executive director Rebecca Golbert. At Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Road, Lafayette. 7 p.m. Free.