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.
We feature representatives from various women’s organizations to discuss the challenges they face during the new administration, including Clare Winterton, Global Fund for Women; Rebecca Griffin, NARAL Pro-Choice California; Amy Whelan, National Center for Lesbian Rights; Lourdes Martinez, Mujeres Unidas y Activas. The moderator is Kanishka Karunaratne.
On the July 6th edition of Binah, we feature writers Ayelet Waldman, Michael Chabon and Fida Jiryis, contributors to Kingdom of Olives and Ash, a new collection of essays on the human cost of fifty years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and Yehuda Shaul of the Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence. They’re joined in conversation by Daniel Sokatch of the New Israel Fund.
Journalist Masha Gessen reveals the complex, strange and heart-wrenching truth of Jews in twentieth-century Russia that begins with pogroms and ends with emigration. She also shares advice for surviving under autocratic rule, drawing from historical sources and personal experience.
On the June 15th edition of Binah, Peter Hook, musician and co-founder of the seminal bands Joy Division and New Order, discusses his latest memoir Substance: Inside New Order, a no-holds-barred account of his 27-year history in the band.
Actress, writer, neuroscientist and founder of GrokNation.com, Mayim Bialik shares what it means to grow from a girl to a woman biologically, psychologically and sociologically, from her new book Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular.
Writer and intersex activist Hida Viloria, whose new memoir is Born Both: An Intersex Life, discusses fighting for human rights and equality for intersex people everywhere, and embracing identity that doesn’t fit standard definitions of male or female.
David Mandel takes us inside Veep, the hottest comedy on television, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, for which he is showrunner and executive producer. He also shares stories about writing for Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Journalist and staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, Ariel Levy discusses her new memoir, The Rules Do Not Apply, which tells the story of how she built an unconventional life and then watched it fall apart with astonishing speed.
Join us for a new series of community panels on the state of the nation, the challenges we will encounter, and how ordinary citizens can affect change, presented in partnership with the Women’s March of San Francisco.
Join us for a community forum on the recent Executive Order on Immigration with legal and immigration experts in the field, featuring Jonathan Blazer, American Civil Liberties Union; Grisel Ruiz, Immigrant Legal Resource Center; Madihha Ahussain, Muslim Advocates; Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan, Lehrhaus Judaica.
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.
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.
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.