Lectures & workshops

sunday   |   12

Jewish Culture School introduction. Tri-Valley Cultural Jews Sunday school for children ages 5-14. Meet-and-greet with activities for children. At Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 Eighth St., Livermore. 10:30 a.m. (925) 485-1049.

“All Rise!” Artist Helène Aylon will discuss Judaism and women’s voices with author Ayelet Waldman. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 2-4 p.m. Free with admission. www.thecjm.org.

“The Future of U.S.-Israel Relations.” With Abe Sofaer. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 2-4 p.m. Free. (650) 223-8661.

Addison-Penzak JCC annual meeting. Honoring volunteers and voting on new board of directors. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 7 p.m. dina@svjcc.org.

tuesday   |   14

“Highlights from Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decisions.” With Jesse H. Choper, U.C. Berkeley law professor. Lunch follows. At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 10 a.m. $17-$20. RSVP to (925) 938-7800 ext. 239.

thursday   |   16

“Can Liberal Democracies Triumph Over Islamic Extremism?” With author Abigail Esman. Co-sponsored by the Israel Peace Initiative and Hillel of Silicon Valley. At San Jose State University, Engineering Building, One Washington Square, San Jose. 5:30 p.m. Free. www.sjsu.edu/depts/jwss.

Rebecca Solnit. Author of “Wanderlust” and “A Paradise Built in Hell.” At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$20. www.jccsf.org.