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LECTURES & BOOK TALKS

Meet authors, academics and experts on a wide variety of issues.

LECTURES & BOOK TALKS

A UNIQUE PORTRAIT: RUTH BADER GINSBURG

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A UNIQUE PORTRAIT: RUTH BADER GINSBURG

Authors Jeffrey Rosen and Dahlia Lithwick share insights from their new book CONVERSATIONS WITH RBG: RUTH BADER GINSBURG…
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THE GREAT JEWISH DEBATE

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THE GREAT JEWISH DEBATE

"The Great Jewish Debate" will be a rigorous but amiable exchange between two journalists from different political perspectives.
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Q&A WITH EYTAN FOX

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Q&A WITH EYTAN FOX

Israeli Director Eytan Fox will introduce his latest movie SUBLET to the East Bay audience.
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ALAN ZWEIBEL & LAUGH LINES

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ALAN ZWEIBEL & LAUGH LINES

SNL writer Alan Zweibel will be talking on his memoir Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be…
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THE FACES OF ISRAEL

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THE FACES OF ISRAEL

An enlightening Zoom discussion with Yoseph Haddad, an Israeli Christian Arab, who is passionately dedicated to integrating Arabs…
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AMBASSADOR DENNIS ROSS LECTURE

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AMBASSADOR DENNIS ROSS LECTURE

Ambassador Dennis Ross will talk about Israel and the Middle East.
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FACEBOOK: THE INSIDE STORY

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FACEBOOK: THE INSIDE STORY

Renowned tech writer Steven Levy had unprecedented access to Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg for three years. In…
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ANTI-SEMITISM ON CAMPUS IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

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ANTI-SEMITISM ON CAMPUS IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

Join Mark Yudof and Miriam Elman, Board members of the Academic Engagement Network, as they discuss how radical…
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AROUND THE WORLD WITH FRED

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AROUND THE WORLD WITH FRED

This is a three-part series featuring 3 films from 3 different countries and speaker Fred Rosenbaum.
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AUTHOR EVENT: ARMIES OF ENABLERS

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AUTHOR EVENT: ARMIES OF ENABLERS

Law Professor Amos Guiora's new book ARMIES OF ENABLERS explores the breaches of trust that too often make…
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GENERATION FRIENDS

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GENERATION FRIENDS

Journalist Saul Austerlitz’s latest book, "Generation Friends," reveals the inner workings of the legendary TV comedy series FRIENDS.
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HOW THE SIX DAY WAR INFORMS TODAY’S MIDDLE EAST

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HOW THE SIX DAY WAR INFORMS TODAY’S MIDDLE EAST

An online presentation by Rafael Danziger that will explore how the 1967 war impacted the region.
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INDIA, ISRAEL & BERKELEY

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INDIA, ISRAEL & BERKELEY

Our distinguished panel will discuss the ties between Israel, India and Berkeley, demonstrated in the Berkeley-based Magnes Collection…
COMMUNITY GATHERINGS & CAMPS, LECTURES & BOOK TALKS

LET’S TALK ABOUT RACISM WITH DR. KATJA ANTOINE

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LET’S TALK ABOUT RACISM WITH DR. KATJA ANTOINE

Join us for a talk and discussion on what you can do to fight racism, both as an…
COMMUNITY GATHERINGS & CAMPS, LECTURES & BOOK TALKS

THE KIBBUTZ IS ALIVE!

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THE KIBBUTZ IS ALIVE!

Visit a pluralist vision for 21st century Israel on a virtual tour of Kibbutz Hannaton with Anat Harrel,…
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“THE LOST KITCHEN” AN AUTHOR EVENT

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“THE LOST KITCHEN” AN AUTHOR EVENT

Miriam Green, the author of The Lost Kitchen: Reflections and Recipes from an Alzheimer’s Caregiver, will share her…
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UNSUNG JEWISH HEROES

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UNSUNG JEWISH HEROES

Learn about lesser known Jewish heroes with Dr. Jack Cohen.
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A PORTRAIT OF BAY AREA JEWRY

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A PORTRAIT OF BAY AREA JEWRY

Acclaimed historian Fred Rosenbaum analyzes the 2018 Demographics Survey
COMMUNITY GATHERINGS & CAMPS, LECTURES & BOOK TALKS

A VIRTUAL COMMEMORATION IN LEARNING

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A VIRTUAL COMMEMORATION IN LEARNING

The Holocaust Center of the JFCS and HaMaqom present Yom HaShoah: A Virtual Commemoration in Learning
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AN UNORTHODOX DISCUSSION

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AN UNORTHODOX DISCUSSION

A look at the TV series "Unorthodox"
COMMUNITY GATHERINGS & CAMPS, LECTURES & BOOK TALKS

VIRTUAL COMMEMORATION: REMEMBRANCE & RENEWAL

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VIRTUAL COMMEMORATION: REMEMBRANCE & RENEWAL

A virtual commemoration to remember those who fought and those we lost during the Holocaust.
LECTURES & BOOK TALKS, CLASSES & MULTI-WEEK COURSES

VIRTUAL COURSE: FACING THE GLASS BOOTH – THE CAPTURE OF ADOLF EICHMANN

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VIRTUAL COURSE: FACING THE GLASS BOOTH – THE CAPTURE OF ADOLF EICHMANN

Sixty years after the capture of Adolf Eichmann in May 1960, we will explore his escape from Europe,…
LECTURES & BOOK TALKS, CLASSES & MULTI-WEEK COURSES

THE LONGEST HATRED: ANTISEMITISM THEN & NOW

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THE LONGEST HATRED: ANTISEMITISM THEN & NOW

Poway. Pittsburgh. Paris. These three cities are just a few of the places where recent attacks reveal escalating…
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ISRAELI ELECTIONS: DEJÀ VU?

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ISRAELI ELECTIONS: DEJÀ VU?

Prof. Eran Kaplan of San Francisco State University will provide an insightful look at Israel’s political landscape.
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ISRAEL & THE WORLD: ECONOMICS & POLITICS

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ISRAEL & THE WORLD: ECONOMICS & POLITICS

Israeli Consul General to the Pacific Northwest Shlomi Kofman will present an overview of Israel’s position in the…
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NAVIGATING THE CHALLENGE TO JEWISH IDENTITY: LOYALTY, TRIBALISM, AND RELIGION

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NAVIGATING THE CHALLENGE TO JEWISH IDENTITY: LOYALTY, TRIBALISM, AND RELIGION

Beth Chaim Congregation brings renowned Jewish thinkers into our community to engage particular challenges modernity poses to the…
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REMEMBERING THE LESSONS OF KRISTALLNACHT

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REMEMBERING THE LESSONS OF KRISTALLNACHT

Award-winning journalist Marc Weitzmann’s latest book, HATE: The Rising Tide of anti-Semitism in France (and what it means…
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THE CHALLENGE OF PLURALISM: HOW DOES A MINORITY SURVIVE?

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THE CHALLENGE OF PLURALISM: HOW DOES A MINORITY SURVIVE?

Beth Chaim Congregation brings renowned Jewish thinkers into our community to engage particular challenges modernity poses to the…
ART & MUSIC, LECTURES & BOOK TALKS

LIBRARY SHABBAT WITH CANTOR BARBARA OSTFELD

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LIBRARY SHABBAT WITH CANTOR BARBARA OSTFELD

In her memoir, Cantor Ostfeld, the first ordained woman cantor in Jewish history, describes herself as having been…
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A PORTRAIT OF BAY AREA JEWISH LIFE

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A PORTRAIT OF BAY AREA JEWISH LIFE

Julie Golde, Director of Community Impact of the Jewish Community Federation, will explore the Bay Area’s Jewish social…
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REFUGEES IN AMERICA: STORIES OF COURAGE, RESILIENCE AND HOPE IN THEIR OWN WORDS WITH AUTHOR/RABBI LEE BYCEL

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REFUGEES IN AMERICA: STORIES OF COURAGE, RESILIENCE AND HOPE IN THEIR OWN WORDS WITH AUTHOR/RABBI LEE BYCEL

It’s not an easy road — but hope is the oxygen of my life. These insightful words of…
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HEALING INTERGENERATIONAL JEWISH TRAUMA

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HEALING INTERGENERATIONAL JEWISH TRAUMA

Beth Chaim Congregation brings renowned Jewish thinkers into our community to engage particular challenges modernity poses to the…
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ONE READ: LIONESS: GOLDA MEIR AND THE NATION OF ISRAEL

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ONE READ: LIONESS: GOLDA MEIR AND THE NATION OF ISRAEL

Francine Klagsbrun’s acclaimed book on the late Israeli Prime Minister has
been called the “definitive biography of the iron-willed…
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MYSTERY AUTHOR EVENT: MARGALIT FOX AND CONAN DOYLE FOR THE DEFENSE

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MYSTERY AUTHOR EVENT: MARGALIT FOX AND CONAN DOYLE FOR THE DEFENSE

Mystery writer Margalit Fox takes us step by step inside the investigation by Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes’ creator,...
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AUTHOR EVENT: TIFFANY SHLAIN ON HER LATEST BOOK “24/6”

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AUTHOR EVENT: TIFFANY SHLAIN ON HER LATEST BOOK “24/6”

In 24/6, The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week, Internet pioneer, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and author Tiffany Shlain…