The South Bay Institute Speaker Series

The South Bay Institute is an annual speaker series that presents thought-provoking lectures on a variety of topics from October through May, at various locations around  the South Bay. Most lectures are free or low priced.

The complete list of speakers for the 2018-19 season will be announced soon.

Some of the 2017-18 topics included Jewish approaches to social change, searching for love and identity in the Holy Land, fibbing and why people lie, undercover surveillance of Nazis in Los Angeles, and more.

For more information, contact 408.357.7423 or [email protected].

Kickoff Event: Congressman Steve Israel

Tuesday, October 2, 7:00-9:00pm

This year the South Bay Institute Speakers Series will focus on “Pursuing Justice in Polarized Times.” The series will launch on October 2, when former Congressman Steve Israel presents his book Big Guns, a political satire about the gun lobby. Israel was a Member of Congress for sixteen years. He left in 2016, undefeated and un-indicted. He served as the House Democrats’ chief political strategist between 2011-2015. President Bill Clinton called him “one of the most thoughtful Members of Congress.”

Tickets are $12 (member discount price $10). Click here to get tickets online. Tickets will also be available at the door.

If you are interested in underwriting this timely community conversation, please contact Allison Titley, Development Director, at [email protected].



The South Bay Institute is organized by the JCC in partnership with other local Jewish community organizations.

The APJCC is proud to be a part of the Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood, co-funded by the Koret Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, and supported further by the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and other generous supporters.

To become a donor to programs like this at the JCC, visit our Donations page.