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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.

Latest Episodes
  • Crystal Wahpepah of Wahpepah’s Kitchen and Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino of Café Ohlone talk about Native American cuisine and reflect on the future of Indigenous cultures and identities.
  • Activist Cleve Jones talks about his four decades in the center of movements for AIDS, LGBTQ, and labor rights. His memoir is, When We Rise.
  • Blondie’s Deborah Harry and Chris Stein share stories of their astonishing musical career, including touring San Francisco in early years.
  • San Francisco writer Rebecca Solnit explores people’s capacity to rise to major disasters with creativity and courage.
  • Nadine Epstein shares stories of Jewish women from biblical to modern times, selected in collaboration with the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
  • Today’s edition of Binah features an unaired interview with comedian, actor, and television host Bob Saget, who died in January at the age of 65.
  • Dr. Natan Meir discusses the complex historical relationship between Russia and Ukraine and its impact on Ukraine’s Jewry. Also, Meylakh Sheykhet, speaking from Lviv in western Ukraine, gives an update on the wartime challenges to Jewish life and the heroic struggle in the face of the humanitarian and refugee crisis.
  • Zack Bodner, CEO of the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, thoughtfully shifts from asking why be Jewish to why do Jewish, and provides a roadmap for anyone looking to live a more meaningful Jewish life.
  • Los Angeles street rat turned world-famous rock star Flea, the bassist and co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, tells his origin story.
  • Dr. Vivek Murthy, the 19th and 21st Surgeon General of the United States, warns of the dangers of loneliness and the lasting impact it can have on our health.