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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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.

Binah: Kingdom of Olives and Ash

Jul 6, 2017

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.

Binah: Masha Gessen with Sue Fishkoff

Jun 29, 2017

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.

Binah: Esther Perel

Jun 22, 2017

Psychotherapist Esther Perel offers personal and professional insights and the complex science behind human interaction in modern relationships.

Binah: Peter Hook with Aidin Vaziri

Jun 15, 2017

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.

Binah: Mayim Bialik with Jourdan Abel

Jun 8, 2017

Actress, writer, neuroscientist and founder of, 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.

Binah: Mary Gaitskill with Michael Ray

Jun 1, 2017

Novelist, essayist and short story writer Mary Gaitskill shares insights on a variety of topics ranging from pop culture and politics to dating and rape debates.

Binah: Ronald Leopold

May 25, 2017

Executive Director of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, Ronald Leopold discusses moral dilemmas in the appropriation of Anne Frank in representing a wide range of social and political causes.

Binah: Stephen Tobolowsky

May 18, 2017

Character actor, author and podcaster Stephen Tobolowsky shares stories about love, catastrophe and triumph from his new book My Adventures With God.

Binah: Hida Viloria with Sam McConnell

May 11, 2017

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.

Binah: David Mandel with Tim Goodman

May 4, 2017

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.

Binah: Ariel Levy with Kerry Corrigan

Apr 27, 2017

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.

Binah: We Marched, We Rallied, Now What?

Apr 20, 2017

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.

Binah: Craig Packer

Apr 13, 2017

Lion conservationist Craig Packer offers a timely, humorous and brutally honest account of lion behavior, ecology and conservation.

Binah: The Executive Order on Immigration

Apr 6, 2017

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.

Binah: Stosh Cotler

Mar 30, 2017

Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc, discusses the prophetic role the Jewish community must play in advancing social justice in 21st century America.

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.