Simon Schama

Tracing history. Historian Simon Schama, who has written about the Dutch Golden Age, American slavery, the French Revolution and more, discusses his new book, “Story of the Jews,” about 3,000 years of the Jewish experience beginning as a tribal people in 1000 BCE to the discovery of the New World in 1492 C.E. A five-part series based on the book will air on KQED-TV starting March 25. 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Free. Also 12 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 at Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F. Free for members and students; $20 for nonmembers. Also 7 p.m. at JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. $30-$40.

“Embodying Hebrew Culture.” Author Nina S. Spiegel discusses her book about how dance festivals helped facilitate Jewish cultural development in Israel from the 1920s to the 1940s. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free.


“Mixed-Up Love: Relationships, Family, and Religious Identity in the 21st Century.” Rabbi Michal Woll and Catholic writer Jon M. Sweeney, a married couple, discuss their book about interfaith relationships. At Congregation Beth Israel, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F. 7 p.m. Free. (415) 878-1998.


“Into the Fullness of the Void.” Israeli writer, journalist and philosopher Dov Elbaum discusses his autobiography with Rabbi Menachem Creditor. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free.