Talks & workshops


“LGBT Rights in Israel: 25 Years of Progress and Challenges.” Arthur Slepian, executive director of A Wider Bridge, and Donny Inbar of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation‘s Israel Center discuss Israel’s anti-discrimination protections. At Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F. 12 p.m. $20.


Some treats from last year’s festival at JCCSF

Eat and learn. The Hazon Jewish Food Festival returns this year to offer up not only good food, but also talks on the topic. Foodies, rabbis, nutritionists, chefs and farmers will be on hand to teach a number of workshops — from dumpling-making to beekeeping — to provide a greater knowledge of the foods we enjoy. There will be plenty of fare to sample, plus He’Brew beer to wash it down. A number of merchants will also have food for sale in the central marketplace. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27 at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. $15-25, $5 children ages 8-13, free children 7 and under.

“The Crisis of Zionism.” Journalist Peter Beinart discusses his opposition to Israel’s occupation policies. At Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. 6:30 p.m. Free.

“Patterns of Jewish Learning: German Pietism (Hassidism).” Discussion of the emergence of the movement in the 18th century and its influence on Jewish life today. Sponsored by Kol Hadash. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 11 a.m. $10.

“Philippe Karsenty: Never Again.” The French media commentator discusses the Muhammad al-Durrah incident during the Second Intifada. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. Free. Also April 29 at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose. 7 p.m. Free.


“Israel Society Through Literature: The Image of the Other.” Jewish educator Rachel Korazim discusses portrayal of Arabs in Israeli literature. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $12-$15.


“Eco-Reverence: Is Your God Green?” Rabbi Stephen Pearce discusses the link between faith and environmental preservation. At Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. Free.

“The Two-State Solution: Is It Possible?” Panel discussion on whether a two-state solution is feasible. At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free.


“Negotiated Mass Crime: The Germans in France and the Final Solution.” Visiting professor Wolfgang Seibel discusses France’s role in collaborating with Germany in the Holocaust. At Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. 5:30 p.m.


“Ignite Your Mind: A Day of Jewish Learning.” Series of classes in two sessions exploring a number of Jewish topics. Sponsored by the JCC of Sonoma County. At Finley Community Center, 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. 1 p.m. Free.

“Israel in World Relations.” Preview of a new course introduced in high schools and colleges. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 11 a.m. Free; RSVP to