Talks & workshops


American Yiddish theater and culture. San Francisco State theater arts professor Joel Schechter and City College of San Francisco art history professor Diana Scott speak about Yiddish culture and satire at Kol Hadash bagel brunch. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 11 a.m. Brunch donation $10.

“How Can We Leave Our Children a Livable Planet? A Jewish Ecological Perspective.” Rabbi Yonatan Neril, director of Jewish Eco Seminars in Israel, discusses how Jewish teachings can help us address modern environmental challenges. At Congregation Beth Israel, 1630 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. Free. (510) 843-5246.


“Rabbis Roundtable: Sarah and Hagar.” Local rabbis will discuss the biblical story of Sarah and Hagar, read on Rosh Hashanah, and its relevance to contemporary issues, including surrogate motherhood and the conflicts between Muslims and Jews. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 7 p.m. Free.


Standing with Israel. Christians United for Israel meeting will include discussion about Christian Zionists who support Israel. At Congregation Ner Tamid, 1250 Quintara St., S.F. 2 p.m. Free. (650) 271-3633.


Oakland mayoral race forum. Nonpartisan forum with candidates running in the upcoming election. Hosted by Temple Sinai and the East Bay Jewish Community Relations Council. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 7 p.m. Free.

“Music and Words with Three Muses.” J. poetry editor Joan Gelfand and former Pleasanton poet laureate Deborah Grossman share their poetry, with the music of Liz Fortini. At Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living, 4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville. 2 p.m. Free.