Talks & workshops


Scholar-in-residence Rabbi David Saperstein. The North Peninsula visiting scholar will give a series of lectures on Israel, social justice, the environment and other major issues facing contemporary Judaism. At four synagogues, the Wornick school and PJCC. Through Feb. 11. For full schedule of lectures, visit

“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.


Genealogy clinic. Roundtable of local Jewish genealogists discussing Jewish family trees. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 12 p.m. Free.

Philosophers’ Café. Informal gathering of the Tri-Valley Cultural Jews to discuss whether Judaism can survive without a strong Orthodox community. At Café Rumi, 4799 Heyer Ave., Castro Valley. 10:45 a.m. Free; $5 suggested donation for nonmembers. (925) 240-5612.


“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.

“How the 1903 Kishinev Pogrom Changed Jewish History.” Stanford professor Steven Zipperstein discusses the event that brought the world’s attention to Jewish pogroms in the Russian empire. At U.C. Santa Cruz, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. 5 p.m. Free.


Connected to technology. Dave Pell, whose daily enewsletter NextDraft offers a widely appreciated, humorous perspective on the news, will be in conversation with Phil Bronstein of the Center for Investigative Reporting discussing how technology affects the gathering of information. Pell is the son of Holocaust survivors and brings a decidedly Jewish perspective to his analysis. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 at JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. $12-$15.


“The Concepts of Genocide.” Professor Myrna Goodman discusses genocide as part of Sonoma State’s “Never Again?” Holocaust lecture series. At Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 4 p.m. Free.

Women of the Wall. Co-founder Rabbi Pamela Frydman discusses the future of the feminist organization. Bagel brunch included. At Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond. 10:30 a.m. $5 suggested donation.