“It Could Be Verse.” Berkeley poet Susan Duhan Felix hosts an evening of poetry with five local writers. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. www.jcceastbay.org.
“Disobedient Images.” Discussion with Norman Kleeblatt, curator of fine arts at the Jewish Museum in New York, about the boundaries of subject matter for Jewish art. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 8 p.m. Free. www.jccsf.org/arts. Also May 29 at Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. 12 p.m. Free. www.tinyurl.com/stanfordjewishart.
‘Faith Beyond Borders’ JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa) will present a panel dicussion featuring representatives of religious minorities — an Egyptian Muslim who fought for minority groups, an Iranian Jew and a Syrian Christian — who were forced to flee their native countries and will come together to share their experiences of marginalization and oppression. The discussion will be moderated by Dumisani Washington, founder of the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel and senior pastor at the Congregation of Zion in Stockton. 7 p.m. Thursday, May 29 at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. Free. RSVP required at firstname.lastname@example.org
“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. www.jewishlearningworks.org/library.
“Miko Peled: Vision for Middle East Peace.” The author, peace activist and son of a former Israeli general discusses secular democracy and the concept 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. www.tinyurl.com/mikopeled.