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.
Religious studies scholar Reza Aslan explores how believers have conceptualized the idea of God from the early origins of religion through present day, and why and how they tend to anthropomorphize the divine. His latest book is God, A Human History.
Author Tommy Orange discusses the plight of the urban Native American, coupled with a complex and painful history but also an inheritance of profound beauty and spirituality. His debut novel is There There.
Writer, illustrator and Instagram sensation Mari Andrew captures the feelings and comical complexities of navigating adulthood. Her new book is Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood.
On today’s encore edition of Binah, we feature writers Ayelet Waldman, Michael Chabon and Fida Jiryis, contributors to Kingdom of Olives and Ash, a 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.
On today’s encore edition of Binah, writer Armistead Maupin chronicles his odyssey from the Old South to freewheeling San Francisco, and his evolution from curious youth to groundbreaking writer and gay rights pioneer, in his memoir Logical Family.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak talks about taking the unprecedented step of proposing a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—and the lifetime that led up to it. His new memoir is My Country, My Life: Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace.
Historian Steven Zipperstein and civil rights activist and retired judge LaDoris Cordell examine a pogrom in late-Tsarist Russia and how can we understand it in our current political climate. Zipperstein’s new book is Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History.
Writer and intersex activist Hida Viloria, whose 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.
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 book Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular.