Talks & workshops


“Hebron, Israel and the Jewish People.” David Wilder, spokesman for the Committee of the Jewish Community of Hebron, discusses the city’s relevance in the Middle East peace process. At Congregation Adath Israel, 1851 Noriega St., S.F. Free. RSVP at

“Israel’s War of Independence and Its Legacy.” Michael Harris of StandWithUs discusses the founding of Israel and the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At Temple Israel of Alameda, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda. 10 a.m. Free.

Torah lecture. Israeli scholar Avivah Zornberg discusses select stories from the Torah. At JCC of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. Free. Also May 19 at Graduate Theological Union, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley. 9 a.m. Free. (510) 649-2482.


“Delicious Peace.” Multimedia presentation about more than 1,000 Christians, Jews and Muslims who grow coffee together in rural Uganda. At Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. 7 p.m. Free.


“The Man Who Gave Fiddler Its Heart.” Presentation about “Fiddler on the Roof” lyricist Sheldon Harnick. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free.

“Is Peace Possible?” Discussion of the dilemma of Jerusalem. At Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. Free.


“Faith Beyond Borders: Voices of Dissent from the Middle East.” Forum presented by JIMENA to build solidarity among Christians, Jews and Muslims in North Africa and the Middle East. At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. RSVP required at

“The Jews in France: From Exile to Emancipation.” Illustrated presentation by Renée Morel, beginning with the Jewish expulsion in the 14th century. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free.

“Miko Peled: Vision for Middle East Peace.” The author, peace activist and son of a former Israeli general discusses secular democracy and the idea of Israelis and Palestinians living as equals in one state. Followed by potluck dinner. At Mt. Diablo Peace Center, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 6 p.m. $20 suggested donation and a dish to share.