The 2018 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 September through May, at various locations around  the South Bay. Most lectures are free or low priced.

Some of this year’s topics include 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 408.357.7413 or [email protected].

January 10, 2018 in the APJCC Auditorium, 7:00-9:00pm

David Jaffe, Changing the World from the Inside Out: A Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change. An inspiring and accessible guide, drawn from Jewish wisdom, for building the inner qualities necessary to work effectively for social justice. Jaffe is a rabbi and social worker. Hosted by Yavneh Day School. Tickets $36 (member discount price $24). Includes dinner (catering by Lucy P Fried at Deliciously Yours, menu includes breads, poached salmon with dill sauce, penne pasta with garlic & olive oil, tomato salad, fruit platter).

March 18, 2018 in the APJCC Auditorium, 3:00-5:00pm

Beth Kobliner, Make Your Kid A Money Genius (Even if You’re Not). How should parents handle allowance? Should your child work while in school? Are credit cards a good idea in college? Kobliner helps us think through these small yet important questions that lead to a life of financial literacy. Tickets $12 (member discount price $8).

April 8, 2018 in the APJCC Auditorium, 10:30am-1:00pm

Laura Rosenzweig will present her book Hollywood’s Spies: The Undercover Surveillance of the Nazis in Los Angeles. This event is hosted by the Silicon Valley Holocaust Survivors Association (SVHSA). Tickets $5. Includes brunch. Please sign up in advance so that we can make sure we have enough food. To sign up, email [email protected].

April 22, 2018 in the APJCC Auditorium, 7:30pm

Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman will discuss “Global Judaism and Israel: Navigating Democracy in the Jewish State.” Issues around pluralism and democracy have significantly strained the Diaspora-Israel relationship.  At the same time, rising anti-Semitism in the U.S. and around the world raises up our need and desire for unity. Rabbi Hartman brings his expertise and that of the Shalom Hartman Institute to this essential question of how the Diaspora-Israel relationship can navigate these challenges and strengthen our mutual support. Hartman is president of the Shalom Hartman Institute, one of Israel’s most prestigious research institutions. He is a prominent essayist, blogger, and lecturer on issues of Israeli politics and policy, Judaism, and the Jewish community. Co-hosted by the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley. Tickets $12 (member discount price $8).The Hartman Jewish Leadership Project:Transformative Education for Change Agents and Institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area is made possible through generous funding from the Koret Foundation.


April 24, 2018 at Congregation Sinai, 7:00-9:00pm

Abigail Pogrebin, My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew. Can a 50-something neophyte glean meaning about herself and the world from observing all 18 annual Jewish holidays in a year of personal exploration? Pogrebin finds out. Tickets $12 (member discount price $8). This event was originally scheduled for February 1.

April 29, 2018 at Congregation Shir Hadash, 9:30am-12:00 noon

Marissa Moss, Last Things: A Graphic Memoir of Loss and Love. This graphic memoir is the true and intensely personal story of how one woman coped with the devastating effects of a catastrophic illness in her family. Free.

May 8, 2018 at Temple Emanu-El, 7:00-9:00pm

Jessica Zitter, Extreme Measures: Finding A Better Path to the End of Life. An ICU and Palliative Care specialist offers a framework for a better way to exit life that could change our medical culture at the deepest level. Tickets $12 (member discount price $8).

* “Member discount price” means members of any South Bay Institute partner organization: the APJCC, Congregations Beth David, Shir Hadash, Sinai, and Temple Emanu-El, the Community Relations Council of Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, the SVHSA, Yavneh Day School, and the Digital Filmmaking Program at Santa Clara University.

The South Bay Institute is organized by the JCC in partnership with Congregation Beth David, Congregation Shir Hadash, Congregation Sinai, Temple Emanu-El, the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, the Silicon Valley Holocaust Survivors Association, Yavneh Day School, and the Digital Filmmaking Program at Santa Clara University.

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.