talks & workshops
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“Breaking the Silence.” Former Israeli Defense Forces commander Yehuda Shaul discusses his service in the Palestinian territories. At Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., S.F. 6 p.m. Free. http://www.sherithisrael.org/calendar. Also Nov. 23 at Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. 7 p.m. $10-$20 suggested donation. http://www.kehillasynagogue.org.
“Judaism and Psychotherapy.” Israeli educator and psychologist Nily Shiryon discusses the overlap among psychotherapy, religious freedom and Jewish history. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 7:30 p.m. Free. (707) 360-3000.
Russian Jewish literature. Svetlana Natkovich, a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford’s Taube Center for Jewish Studies, discusses the criminal characters in Russian Jewish literature in the 19th century. At Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. 12 p.m. Free. http://www.stanford.edu/dept/jewishstudies.
“The Israel Question.” Ari Shavit, correspondent for the Israel daily Haaretz and author of “My Promised Land,” discusses Israel’s history and its current internal and external threats. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $25-$35. http://www.jccsf.org. Also Dec. 3 at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Sponsored by Commonwealth Club. 7 p.m. $7-$20. http://www.commonwealthclub.org/node/67616.
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