Author Moriel Rothman-Zecher discusses his book about an American Jew poised to enter the Israeli army, in conversation with Stanford professors Vered Shemtov and Steven J. Zipperstein. Presented by Stanford’s Taube Center for Jewish Studies. Free, with registration.
Literarian Jim Van Buskirk leads a discussion of real family secrets and those in James McBride’s “The Color of Water,” Dani Shapiro’s “Inheritance” and Evan Imber-Black’s “The Secret Life of Families.” Presented by Jewish Community Library. Free, with registration.
Congregation B’nai Shalom in Walnut Creek offers a talk with prison-reform activist and co-author of “Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women.” Free, with registration.
UC Berkeley professor Ron Hassner addresses the city’s significance to Jews, Christians and Muslims, its religious and political tensions and possible resolutions. Contra Costa JCC event. Free, with registration.