Israel talk. Dan Klein, East Bay director of AIPAC, speaks at event hosted by the Middle East Information Council of Rossmoor. At Hillside Clubhouse, 3400 Golden Rain Road, Walnut Creek. 4 p.m. Free. (925) 938-4738.
“The Jewish Woman Writer in the World.” Kitty Millet, Jewish studies professor at S.F. State, speaks about the contributions of Jewish female writers to 20th-century world literature. Bagel brunch. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 11 a.m. $10 suggested donation. www.kolhadash.org.
“Remembering Vilna.” Author Ellen Cassedy discusses the Jewish history of the Lithuanian ghetto. Sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 10:30 a.m. Free. www.afikomen.com.
“Roots of the Ancient Halakha Jewish Law.” Israeli professor Samuel Wolfman will discuss the relationship between halachic and secular Israeli law. At Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda. 10 a.m. $5 suggested donation. (510) 747-8808.
The great taste debate. One is round, one is pointy. One is savory, one is sweet. Both recall Jewish suffering. So which is better, the latke or the hamantasch? The humorous debate conducted under the guise of academia dates back to 1946 at the University of Chicago and has been an annual tradition at schools across the country ever since. Professors from U.C. Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union will take opposing sides in front of a panel of judges and attempt to settle the case once and for all.
6 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 at Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. Free. www.gtu.edu/events
Hazon Israel Ride. Learn about the five-day Jerusalem-Eilat ride in November. RSVP for San Francisco location. 11 a.m. Free. www.tinyurl.com/mslw4v2.
“Israeli Startups.” Panel discussion about Israel’s fast-growing high-tech sector. At Lafayette Veterans Building, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. 3 p.m. $5-$15. www.tinyurl.com/imagineisrael2.
“Jewish Views on the Power of the Spoken Word.” Rabbi Shlomo Zarchi discusses honesty, free speech and copyright issues. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. $30-$36. www.jccsf.org.
“Bridges to Israel.” Rabbi Brian Lurie, New Israel Fund president, discusses democracy and equality in Israel. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. 7 p.m. Free. (415) 388-1818.
“Who Speaks for American Jews?” Discussion with Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder and president of J Street, and S.F. State Jewish studies professor Marc Dollinger. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. Free. (510) 451-3263.