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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.

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.

For more information, contact 408.357.7411 or events@apjcc.org.

* "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 2017-18 South Bay Institute Speaker Series

September 6, 2017 at the APJCC Auditorium, 7:00-9:00pm
Join us as we launch the South Bay Institute Speaker Series with our first speaker, Professor Aaron Hahn Tapper. His book Judaisms: A Twenty-First-Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities explores the multifaceted and intensely complicated characteristics of this age-old, ever-changing community. Professor Hahn Tapper is chair of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. Tickets $12 (member discount price $8*). 

 
October 18, 2017 at Santa Clara University's Music Recital Hall, 7:30pm
You're invited to a screening of the documentary (Dis)honesty: The Truth About Lies. The New York Times writes: "No fibbing--this accessible, entertaining peek at why we lie, what the mental processes are and what such dishonesty achieves, is utterly facscinating." The evening will include a panel discussion with local faith leaders and ethicists.  Free.
 
 
November 7, 2017 at Congregation Beth David, 7:30-9:00pm
Jessica Fishman, Chutzpah & High Heels: The Search for Love and Identity in the Holy Land. A funny, dramatic, and at times heart-rending memoir by a Minnesota native who moved to Israel. Free.
 
 
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.
 
 
February 1, 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). 
 
 
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 cherie@apjcc.org.
 
 
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).
 

 

Financial assistance is available to attend these events, through the generosity of the Arnie Addison Scholarship Fund. Click here to apply.


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.

        

 

 

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