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Binah
Thursdays at 2pm

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
  • Revered Israeli author David Grossman, shares his newest novel, More Than I Love My Life, about multigenerational and geopolitical divide and familial trauma.
  • On this encore edition of Binah, television actors, writers and producers Issa Rae (Insecure) and Justin Simien (Dear White People) talk about their work and career and the changing face of Hollywood.
  • Billie Jean King recalls the cultural backdrop during her groundbreaking tennis career, and the profound impact on her worldview from the women’s movement, the civil rights movement, and the LGBTQ+ rights movement.
  • Musician (Sleater-Kinney), actress (Portlandia and Transparent) and writer Carrie Brownstein talks about the dawn of the underground feminist punk-rock movement that would define music and pop culture, from one of its founders.
  • Author Francine Prose turns the story of the trial and execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg into an improbably funny examination of distortions in the fictionalizing of history.
  • Novelist, poet and essayist Margaret Atwood discusses her latest work of fiction, “Two Scorched Men,” her seminal novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, and writing in the time of dystopia.
  • Actress, neuroscientist, and new host of prime time specials for Jeopardy!, Mayim Bialik talks about what it means to grow up into a woman biologically, psychologically and sociologically.
  • Artist Judy Chicago discusses her life and career, from her Jewish roots, to her interest in human rights, to her search for feminist aesthetic forms and beyond.
  • Grammy-winning singer–songwriter Angélique Kidjo talks about her rise from poverty to become an international sensation and her advocacy work for the education of African girls and women’s rights.