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Journalist Rebecca Clarren melds investigative reporting with personal family history in The Cost of Free Land to reveal the intertwined stories of her family and the Lakota. Her fascinating talk on March 5 was a reminder of the devastating cycle of loss of Indigenous land, culture, and resources that continues today.


Amos Neuser Guiora is an Israeli-American Law professor at S. J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah. On Monday, February 12, 2024, he joined the Under One Tent audience online to talk about Israel and the existing climate in the country with the ongoing war.

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On January 22, 2024, Alexander Troy joined the Under One Tent audience online to introduce his hilarious, heartwarming novel, The Academy of Smoke and Mirrors, which he co-authored with Jim Parry.

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We are all watching the current situations unfold in the Middle East with concern. The attack on Israel left us shocked and saddened. To help navigate the days’ news with expert perspective and analysis, on December 4, John Rothmann addressed the community online via Zoom.

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In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Congregation B'nai Shalom's Tikkun Olam Committee and the CCJCC, invited speakers from Shalom Bayit, Prosperity Financial Group, and JFCS-East Bay. The speakers taught the online audience what to look for if abuse is suspected and how to proceed..

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In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, on Thursday, September 12, 2023, author Uri Kaufman explored the lead-in to the war, the failure of Israeli military intelligence to recognize Egyptian and Syrian war plans, and the war’s impact on the Middle East.

Lisa Scottoline is the number-one bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author of thirty-five novels. A former president of Mystery Writers of America and published in thirty-five countries, Lisa taught a course she developed, “Justice & Fiction,” at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. On August 31st program, Scottoline talked about Italy and two of her novels Eternal and Loyalty.

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On June 15, 2023, brothers Jeffrey and Craig Weiss talked about their second book Fighting Back, where they uncovered the story of Stan Andrews, an American Jewish World War II veteran who became one of the first fighter pilots in the history of the Israeli Air Force.

Best-selling cookbook author Faith Kramer joined the Under One Tent audience online on June 11, 2023 and demonstrated Yemeni grilled chicken, z'hug and grilled corn recipes for a summer Shabbat meal. Her recipes are available here and you can contact her through her new website

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Mark Yudof, president emeritus of the University of California, presently serves with the Academic Engagement Network, an organization that challenges anti-Zionism in academic circles and unmasks the distortions about BDS articulated on many universities across the country. His talk on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, examined the campaign against Israel on university campuses and what we can do about it.

On May 18, Dr. Alla Shapiro discussed her book Doctor on Call: Chernobyl Responder, Jewish Refugee, Radiation Expert, released in 2021 on the 35th anniversary of the Chernobyl catastrophe. Trained as a pediatric hematologist in Kiev, Dr. Shapiro was one of the first physician responders to the 1986 nuclear disaster and headed the field team surveying its medical effects on children.

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On Monday, May 15, NYT bestselling author Steven Hartov talked about his newest thriller The Last of the Seven, a spellbinding novel of World War II based on the little-known history of the X Troop—a team of European Jews who escaped the Continent only to join the British Army and return home to exact their revenge on Hitler’s military.

Writing and teaching at the nexus of myth, spirituality, and popular music, Dr. Stephen Daniel Arnoff released his book About Man and God and Law in 2022 to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 81st birthday. On Sunday, May 7, Stephen joined the Under One Tent audience from Jerusalem to talk about Dylan's spiritual wisdom and his lyrics.

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On April 23, attorney, professor, and author Ronald H. Balson spoke to the Under One Tent audience on his latest novel, An Affair of Spies, and all the events that led up to writing his previous books.

On Sunday, April 16, author Meg Waite Clayton introduced us to her latest novel, The Postmistress of Paris, where she tells the powerful story of one woman’s heroic quest to save Jewish painters, intellectuals, and a motherless child in Nazi-occupied France. 


In Overture of Hope, New York Post investigative journalist Isabel Vincent tells the amazing true story of two British spinsters, sisters Ida and Louise Cook, who masterminded a plan to spirit dozens of Jewish stars and personnel of the German and Austrian opera to England

On Tuesday, March 28, Fred Rosenbaum explored why Israeli voters turned towards Benjamin Netanyahu and his coalition partners at the last election, leading to his becoming the longest-serving prime minister of Israel. Rosenbaum also delved into the demographic changes that have taken place in Israel over the past decades as well as the judicial reform legislation that has led to protests throughout the country.

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In A Banker's Journey, financial journalist and historian Daniel Gross traces Edmond Safra's heritage to Aleppo, Syria, and reconstructs the public life of an intensely private man. With exclusive access to Safra's personal archives, Gross tracks the banker's remarkable journey from Beirut to Milan, Sao Paulo, Geneva, and New York--to the pinnacle of global finance. Watch the March 19 talk now on YouTube!

On Sunday, February 5, 2023, best-selling author Alan Jacobson joined the Under One Tent audience virtually from East Coast to talk about the first novel of his new mystery series, The Lost Girl, where he introduces a new character, Mickey Keller. He also discussed his research methods and gave insider tips on the literary world and the entertainment industry's inner workings.

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Cookbook author and photographer Benedetta Jasmine Guetta joined the Under One Tent audience online on January 17, 2023, to introduce her book Cooking alla Giudia. She gave us a brief history of Italian Jewish cuisine and a cooking demo of amaretti (almond cookies) and hraimi, a perfect fish dish to be a starter for any Shabbat meal. Her recipes are available here. .

Author, journalist and professor Micheline Maynard joined the Under One Tent audience virtually on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, to talk about her book Satisfaction Guaranteed: How Zingerman's Built a Corner Deli into a Global Food Community.

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On January 3, 2023, co-authors of The Thread Collectors, Shaunna J. Edwards and Alyson Richman, joined us virtually for an enlightening book talk. They shared with the audience their collaborative creative process and personal experiences writing their Civil War Era novel.

On Monday, December 12, 2022, New York Times Best Selling author and journalist Howard Blum introduced us to his latest book, The Spy Who Knew Too Much. He shared the process he had to get through to gather his information and the characters who helped him create his page-turning narrative.

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On December 8, 2022, author, freelance writer and journalist Ben Mattlin joined the Under One Tent audience virtually from Los Angeles for a Q&A on his book Disability Pride - Dispatches from a Post ADA-World.

On Tuesday, December 6, 2022, Dr. Jehon Grist took the Under One Tent audience on a virtual tour of the most informative Jerusalem area excavations confirming and illuminating ancient Israel’s presence in the city. The outline of the course and suggested reading materials are available here.

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Though her name is synonymous with elegance and chic, the iconic Coco Chanel had a complicated, dark side. Author Gioia Diliberto's fascinating book talk on November 22 gave us the not-secret-anymore details on the life of this famous fashion designer.   

On November 15, author Esther Erman joined us virtually to talk about her novel Rebecca of Salerno, and why Rebecca, this fascinating character in Walter Scott's Ivanhoe deserved her own story.

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On Sunday, October 30, 2022, author and CEO of OFJCC Zack Bodner joined the Under One Tent audience virtually, discussing his new book, Why do Jewish?. His talk focused on 21st Century Jewish peoplehood and how to be and do Jewish.

Author Dr. Saman­tha A. Vinokor-Mein­rath is a lifelong Jewish educator and learner. With the sharp rise in antisemitism, her valuable and informative talk on Monday, October 24, 2022, was a must-attend program for Generations X to Z.

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Award-winning cookbook author, Cathy Barrow, joined us virtually on Monday, September 12, 2022, and demonstrated how to bake fresh bagels with just five base ingredients and simple techniques. With advice on mixing the dough, shaping the bagels, proofing, boiling, baking, slicing, and storing, you will be a master bagel-maker in no time..

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On August 11, Rachel and David Biale joined CCJCC's Under One Tent audience online to talk about the memoir they wrote together,

Aerograms across the Ocean: A Love Story in Letters, 1970-1972.

On May 22, 2022, author and filmmaker Nick Davis, Herman Mankiewicz's grandson, gave us an insider's look at the brothers Herman and Joe Mankiewicz relationship, their success in Hollywood, and their family dynamics. Co-writer of Citizen Kane, Herman became one of the highest-paid writers in Hollywood. His brother Joe was famous for writing, directing The Philadelphia Story, All About Eve, Letter to Three Wives and the financial disaster of the time Cleopatra.

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On Wednesday, April 22, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff joined us virtually for a brief but enlightening conversation on her most recent novel The Woman with the Blue Star.

Prof. Leah Garrett joined the CCJCC and Under One Tent audience virtually on Tuesday, April 26. Her book X Troop gives the first full account of the brave group of German Jewish refugees who fought against Hitler.


On April 25, 2022, lawyer, investigative journalist, and author Roxane van Iperen joined us virtually from the Netherlands for a Q&A on her bestselling book The Sisters of Auschwitz.

On Thursday, April 7, Prof. Laura Arnold Leibman joined the CCJCC audience virtually and told us the story of the main characters of her book Once We Were Slaves, the places they lived, their children, their extraordinary journeys.

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On Sunday, April 3, 2022, author Joshua M. Greene introduced us to Siggi B. Wilzig and his extraordinary life and triumphant spirit. Unstoppable: Siggi B. Wilzig’s Astonishing Journey from Auschwitz Survivor and Penniless Immigrant to Wall Street Legend is a must-read biography of a Holocaust survivor who lived life to the fullest and helped anyone he could along the way.

CEO of PEN America Suzanne Nossel joined the CCJCC audience virtually, on Monday, March 28, for a Q&A. Dare to Speak is a must-have playbook for navigating and defending free speech today. It provides a pathway for promoting free expression while cultivating a more inclusive public culture.

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On March 3, 2022, author and blogger Faith Kramer joined the Under One Tent audience to introduce her first cookbook, 52 Shabbats, and give a quick demo on making her phyllo dough spinach pie.

On Tuesday, February 15, 2022, author Deborah Copaken summed up in a special keynote address her experiences that inspired her to write her memoir Ladyparts which was published in August 2021.

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On Sunday, February 13, 2022, author Robert Alter lectured on Nabokov who was passionately concerned with the real world and its complexities, from love and loss to exile, freedom, and the impact of contemporary politics on our lives.

On Sunday, January 23, 2022, author Phyllis Chesler introduced her latest book, Requiem for A Female Serial Killer, a true account of a unique case that the author was intimately involved with. 

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On Sunday, January 9, 2022, theatre journalist Eddie Shapiro talked briefly about his book A Wonderful Guy: Conversations with the Great Men of Musical Theatre and answered audience questions in a fun and lively author event.

On Thursday, December 16, 2021, Under One Tent Program Director Riva Gambert gave a fascinating presentation on the 1976 hijacking of an Air France plane to Entebbe, Uganda, and the legendary operation that saved the hostages.

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Steven Nadler, co-author of When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People: How Philosophy Can Save Us from Ourselves joined the CCJCC audience virtually on December 9, 2021. His presentation will convince you on how essential philosophy is to lead a rational and balance life.

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On Sunday, November 14, noted author/historian Fred Rosenbaum examined the popular 2016 Israeli movie The Women's Balcony, Israel's religious communities, and the relationship between "state and synagogue" in the country.

In this program recorded on November 8, 2021, Prof. Jonathan Boyarin talked about his "Yeshiva Days" at Mesivtha Tifer­eth Jerusalem Yeshi­va on East Broad­way on New York City’s Low­er East Side, which is now the last remain­ing insti­tu­tion for tra­di­tion­al Jew­ish learn­ing in this icon­ic Jew­ish neigh­bor­hood.

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In her detailed presentation on November 4, author Annelise Heinz explained the origins of Mahjong, its history, how it arrived in America, and how it became a quintessentially American game.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Nathan Katz introduced us to the Jews of India in this fascinating program, which took place on October 26, 2021. His presentation filled with beautiful photos will take you to India even if it is for an hour. 


Genealogist Margalit Ir, who has been engaged in adult education in Congregation B'nai Shalom, gave a presentation on the Jews of China, specifically the Jews of Keifeng, on Monday, October 25, 2021.

On Sunday, October 24, 2021, SFSU Jewish Studies Professor Rachel B. Gross spoke on the revival of deli cuisine and how it reflects the longing of American Jews for authentic Jewish pasts and is a means to pass on Jewish values to future generations.

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Author Tracy Walder's memoir The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World's Most Notorious Terrorists is a fascinating read. Her October 19th talk is a must-watch!

Author, political commentator, foreign policy consultant, professor and KGO talk show host John Rothmann discussed what Jew hatred is and how to defeat it. You can now watch the Sunday, October 10th talk here.  

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On Sunday, October 3, 2021, author Ben M. Freeman joined us virtually to answer questions on his book Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People. Inspired by his experiences with LGBTQ+pride, author Freeman aims to educate, inspire and empower Jews to reject the shame of antisemitism imposed on them by the non-Jewish world.

On Thursday, August 26, 2021, Jerusalem-based political analyst, human rights pioneer, and expert commentator on Arab and Palestinian affairs Bassem Eid talked about the prospects for peace and the two-state solution. Sponsors partnering with CCJCC were Cong. Beth Emek, Cong. B'nai Shalom and Cong. B'nai Tikvah.

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On August 22, 2021, ADL’s regional director Seth Brysk, university student Micah Bloom and educator Matthew Levin from StandWithUs tackled the changing types of antisemitism and gave valuable tools on how adults, teens and young adults can respond to hate. Website links to resources they provided are available here

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On Thursday, August 5, author, speaker, parenting expert, and artist Rachel Biale introduced us to her book "Growing Up Below Sea Level" and talked about her childhood living in a kibbutz by the Jordan River.

On July 22, 2021, Under One Tent Program Director Riva Gambert gave a lecture on Lawrence of Arabia vs. Nili, whose efforts in Palestine against the failing Ottoman Empire helped shape the region during World War I.The bibliography on the "Lawrence vs. Nili" lecture is now available here

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On June 17, 2021, UC Davis Professor David Biale presented the history of Hasidism, a movement that began in southeastern Poland and spread after the death of Israel Ba'al Shem Tov in 1760. 

During the immediate post-WWII period, President Truman was confronted with many issues concerning British-controlled Palestine. On May 27, 2021, Under One Tent Program Director Riva Gambert examined his responses and his ultimate policy decisions.

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On April 26, 2021, journalist Rachel Levin took us through the chapters of her laugh-out-loud cookbook "Eat Something" which she co-authored with her friend Evan Bloom. 

On April 7, 2021, Sari Greenberg joined us in concert to commemorate the Holocaust through music. You can watch the evening's program here including author/historian Fred Rosenbaum's introduction.

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Bess Kalb joined us for a Zoom interview on March 23, 2021. She answered questions about her grandmother Bobby Bell, who inspired her to write the Book that is now in the works to be a feature film. 

Following the signing of the Abraham Accords, our three panelists Thani Al Shirawi, Michal Cotler-Wunsh and Arsen Ostrovsky discussed the current developments in UAE-Israel relations and the efforts to build a future together. This March 7, 2021 panel was moderated by George Revutsky.


A glass ceiling-shattering writer/director, Jan Eliasberg answered questions about her first novel "Hannah's War" on January 24, 2021. Soon-to-be a motion picture, "Hannah's War" is an unforgettable love story about an exceptional woman and the dangerous power of her greatest discovery.

On Sunday, November 22, 2020 we had the pleasure of attending "A Jewish Journey through Music" with internationally acclaimed cellist Amit Peled. If you missed this program or would like to watch it again, here is the recording of the concert. Enjoy!

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Author, journalist & WIRED magazine editor at large Stephen Levy joined us on Sunday, November 15, 2020 for an interesting Q&A on his book Facebook: The Inside Story, and Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg.

On Sunday, October 25, 2020 author, playwright,

screenwriter Alan Zweibel shared with us how he got into the business, his time in SNL, his friendships with the cast and more. Now, you can watch this wonderful talk again and again.
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Prof. Amos Guiora discussed his latest book ARMIES OF ENABLERS on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.


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