Talks & Conversations

Ages 18+

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
November 2022
Tue
29

Arts & Ideas

Claire Saffitz – WHAT’S FOR DESSERT

Date
Tue, November 29
Time
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
America’s favorite “dessert person” and New York Times bestselling author is back with a love letter to dessert...just in time for the holidays
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$35 Includes signed book
December 2022
Tue
6

Arts & Ideas

The Road to Prosecuting Vladimir Putin

Date
Tue, December 6
Time
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Online
Retired attorney and legal expert Oak Dowling virtually examines the facts to determine whether war crimes were committed by Russians in Ukraine in 2022.
Tue
13

Arts & Ideas

Leaders of the Pack: 1st Generation Jewish Rock Songwriters

Date
Tue, December 13
Time
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
A celebration of early Jewish composers, featuring film clips and discussion of hits penned by Carole King, Burt Bacharach, and other luminaries.
January 2023
Tue
10

Arts & Ideas

The Velvet Underground: Rock’s Greatest Hitless Band

Date
Tue, January 10
Time
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Relish rare film and audio clips of the Velvet Underground, one of the most innovative 60’s rock groups who were initially associated with Andy Warhol.
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Free
Thu
19

Arts & Ideas

Deb Perelman – SMITTEN KITCHEN KEEPERS

Date
Thu, January 19
Time
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Get ready for a collection of essential recipes for meals you’ll want to prepare again and again. Deb will be in conversation with Samin Nosrat, author of Salt Fat Acid Heat.
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$35 Includes signed book
Thu
26

Arts & Ideas

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE – SECRETS OF THE WHALES

Date
Thu, January 26
Time
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dive deep into the groundbreaking science of whale families – and their startlingly human parallels – through the awe-inspiring work of legendary underwater photographer Brian Skerry.

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