Talks & Conversations

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At the JCCSF, we’re always on a quest for something intangible but ever-so valuable: ideas! As a community, sharing thoughts and ideas is part of our core mission. Fresh dialogue fuels our sense of discovery. And it brings us even closer together.

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Joe Biden: American Promise Tour at the JCCSF

To keep the ideas coming and the conversations going, we bring you thought leaders, entertainers, authors and innovators.

Whether in panel discussions, intimate chats or virtual workshops, these distinguished guests offer diverse perspectives and windows into other cultures and mindsets.

Over the years, we’ve welcomed many luminaries to our stage. Some are well known. Others are rising stars and ones to watch. All are making an impact and elevating our sense of purpose.

Alice Waters at the JCCSF
Neil Patrick Harris at the JCCSF
February 2024
Wed
28

Arts & Ideas

The Richness of Rossini: Operas of a Bel Canto Master

Date
Wed, February 28
Time
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Join us to celebrate the leap-year birthday of Gioachino Rossini. We’ll explore the amazing life and works of the composer of The Barber of Seville.
March 2024
Fri
1

Jewish Life

Black History & Women’s History Month Shabbat

Date
Fri, March 1
Time
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Celebrate Black History and Women’s History months at our Shabbat highlighting the delicious culinary creations by Chef Vee of Smoke Soul Kitchen.
Mon
4

Arts & Ideas

The San Francisco Symphony Presents: Klezmer at the JCCSF

Date
Mon, March 4
Time
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Join the San Francisco Symphony for a celebratory salute to Purim through music and Q&A with this talented and esteemed Klezmer quartet.
Tue
12

Arts & Ideas

Gilda Radner: Contemporary Comedic Genius

Date
Tue, March 12
Time
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Remember these eccentric characters? Roseanne Rosannadanna, Baba Wawa, Emily Litella, and Lisa Loopner. Learn about Gilda’s craft in creating them all.
Thu
14

Arts & Ideas

Among Cossacks & Commissars: A History of Ukrainian Jews

Date
Thu, March 14
Time
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Believe it or not, Crimea is the “cradle” of Eastern European Jewry. Learn more about this hotbed region from a respected local expert.
Tue
19

Arts & Ideas

Drumming Celebration: Have Fun & Express Yourself

Date
Tue, March 19
Time
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Engage in the joyous Jewish festival of Purim with play and percussion in this interactive musical program hosted by a certified RhythmALLogist.
Wed
20

Arts & Ideas

NOAH FELDMAN & SHERYL SANDBERG – TO BE A JEW TODAY

Date
Wed, March 20
Time
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A multifaceted exploration of what it means to be Jewish in our lifetime.
Thu
21

Arts & Ideas

First Light & Radiant Practices: Art Lecture at the JCCSF

Date
Thu, March 21
Time
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Discover the significance of light and its power in Jewish ritual through historic and contemporary art from the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
April 2024
Tue
16

Arts & Ideas

The Big Five: Jewish Swing & Jazz Musicians

Date
Tue, April 16
Time
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Jazz it up! Dig this insider focus on bandleaders Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, trumpeter Ziggy Elman, drummer Buddy Rich and singer Sophie Tucker
Mon
22

Arts & Ideas

J. Robert Oppenheimer: From Hero to Outcast

Date
Mon, April 22
Time
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Join us as we examine the immensely complex but fascinating life of theoretical physicist Robert Oppenheimer, the “Father of the Atomic Bomb”

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