Binah

Thursdays at noon

Binah features creative voices from the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. In this series, we bring you remarkable artists and thinkers who’ve come to speak at the JCCSF as part of their Arts & Ideas program.

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Binah: George Saunders with Dana Spiotta

Mar 23, 2017

Writer George Saunders shares his new novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, which tells a moving father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, and an unforgettable cast of characters.

Dr. Larry Brilliant shares his remarkable new memoir, Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible Adventure of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst Disease in History.

Top Silicon Valley venture capitalists David Hornik, Amy Errett and Hunter Walk reveal how their world works and discuss the impact of the current social and political climate.

Binah: Bill T. Jones

Mar 2, 2017

Dance choreographer and artistic director Bill T. Jones reflects on time and empathy in his current work.

Microbiologist and Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn and health psychologist Elissa Epel discuss the role of telomeres in the aging process.

Binah: Michael Chabon with Peter Orner

Feb 16, 2017

Novelist and short story writer Michael Chabon shares his latest work, Moonglow, an autobiography wrapped in a novel and disguised as a memoir.

Binah: Cleve Jones with Peter Stein

Feb 9, 2017

AIDS and LGBT activist Cleve Jones talks about his nearly four decades at the center of a movement to give voice to people who have been made invisible, in his new memoir When We Rise: My Life in the Movement.

Binah: Amos Oz

Feb 2, 2017

Novelist, essayist and journalist Amos Oz shares an exquisite love story and an allegory for the state of Israel, in his latest novel Judas.

Binah: Johnny Marr with Aidin Vaziri

Jan 26, 2017

Legendary guitarist and co-founder of The Smiths, Johnny Marr discusses his career and personal story in his new autobiography Set the Boy Free.

Binah: Masha Gessen with Sue Fishkoff

Jan 19, 2017

Journalist Masha Gessen talks about her latest book, Where the Jews Aren’t: The Sad and Absurd Story of Birobidzhan, Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Region. She also shares advice for surviving under autocratic rule, drawing from historical sources and personal experience.

Binah: Bradley Burston with Jennifer Gorovitz

Jan 12, 2017

Haaretz columnist Bradley Burston talks about America’s post-election political reality and what it means for our relationship with Israel.

Binah: Stephanie Danler with Jourdan Abel

Jan 5, 2017

Writer Stephanie Danler conjures the adrenalized world of high-end restaurant work and evokes the fragility and brutality of being young in New York, in her debut novel Sweetbitter.

Binah: Jeff Bridges with Barbara Lane

Dec 29, 2016

On the December 29th edition of Binah, actor and musician Jeff Bridges shares stories and music from his award-winning screen career.

Binah: Jonathan Safran Foer with Molly Antopol

Dec 22, 2016

On the December 22nd edition of Binah, we will feature Jonathan Safran Foer whose new novel, Here I Am, tells the story of a family in crisis and how they approach their fracturing marriage as Jewish Americans and Israelis.

Binah: Alan Schwarz

Dec 15, 2016

The New York Times correspondent Alan Schwarz exposes the roots and rise of ADHD, and reveals the powerful forces fueling its widespread diagnosis and drug treatment, in his latest book ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic.

Binah: Mike Massimino with Adam Savage

Dec 8, 2016

Astronaut Mike Massimino talks about everything NASA—from the first time he saw Earth from space, to what having “the right stuff” really means—in his new memoir Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe.

Binah: Bryan Cranston with Barbara Lane

Dec 1, 2016

Actor Bryan Cranston talks about the many roles he’s played on camera and off, and traces his journey from chaotic childhood to cult-like mega-stardom, in his new memoir A Life in Parts.

Binah: Mark Bittman with Margo True

Nov 17, 2016

Food journalist and author Mark Bittman shares his latest book, How to Bake Everything, and discusses food policy.

Binah: Emma Cline with Ellen Sussman

Nov 10, 2016

In her debut novel, The Girls, Emma Cline tells a seductive coming-of-age story inspired by the slavish young women caught up in Charles Manson’s bloody cult.

Binah: Alison Gopnik with Dacher Keltner

Nov 3, 2016

Child psychologist Alison Gopnik shares her latest book, The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship between Parents and Children

Science and culture writer Mary Ellen Hannibal traces the tech-enabled citizen science movement to the centuries-long tradition of amateur observation by writers and naturalists, in her new book Citizen Scientist.