Dr. E.M. Weitz Breakfast Club -- March 26

Enigma_(crittografia)_-_Museo_scienza_e_tecnologia_MilanoOn Sunday, March 26, at 9 a.m., please join CBS congregant Newman Fisher for a talk on Jewish cryptology.

Cryptology literally means "secret writing." More generally, the word describes the creation of protocols used to write messages that can be understood only by one’s intended audience and not by any adversaries. The history of cryptology is long because the practice is an ancient one.

Newman will examine examples of cryptology through the ages and across a variety of cultures. He will also highlight how cryptological technologies have evolved in modern times, focusing especially on the Jewish influence on current practices. No mathematical background is necessary.

The Breakfast Club currently meets four times each year on a Sunday with an informal talk on topics of interest to the Jewish community. Speakers have included many community leaders of the San Francisco Jewish Community, along with members of CBS. Meetings are held at 9:00 a.m. and start with a delicious breakfast.

Cost: $80 per couple or $40 per individual for all four meetings; $15 for single session drop-in. You can pay on the day-of or drop off your payment at the CBS Administrative Office during business hours.

Image credit: Photograph of the Enigma machine, Model "Enigma 1", by Alessandro Nassiri (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Dr. E.M. Weitz Breakfast Club -- December 11

ethicalwillOn Sunday, December 11, at 9 a.m., please join Rabbi Aubrey Glazer and CBS congregant and writer, Joan Gelfand, for a workshop on ethical wills. Bring pen and journal to be part of this interactive workshop.

"My father is not dead. My father is a book, and books do not die." What the late Elie Wiesel captured in a few words speaks to us all – the need to find a way to express our values and pass them on to the next generation through an ethical will (in Hebrew, Zava'ah).

An ethical will is a love letter from one generation to the next, hand crafted to pass ethical values l'dor va'dor. In the process of writing an ethical will, each of us is asked to confront the essential truths we have learned as individuals in a lifetime and consider what really counts. Jews from all walks of life have continued to write ethical wills during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but the practice goes all the way back to Jacob gathering his children around his bedside, trying to teach them how to live after he is gone. Each of us has wisdom of experience that is unique and worthy of passing on to the next generation.

The Breakfast Club currently meets four times each year on a Sunday with an informal talk on topics of interest to the Jewish community. Speakers have included many community leaders of the San Francisco Jewish Community, along with members of CBS. Meetings are held at 9:00 a.m. and start with a delicious breakfast.

Cost: $80 per couple or $40 per individual for all four meetings; $15 for single session drop-in. You can pay on the day-of or drop off your payment at the CBS Administrative Office during business hours.

Image credit: Photograph by Flickr user Adrian Clark (CC BY-ND 2.0)

E.M. Weitz Breakfast Club -- June 19

KupiecProfessor Martin Kupiec (Tel Aviv University), who is currently on sabbatical at UC Berkeley, will present to Ernest M. Weitz Breakfast Club attendees on Sunday, June 19, at 9 a.m.

The title of Dr. Kupiec's talk is "Coffee or beer? The choice could effect your genome." Coffee picks you up, and beer winds you down. We know that, but Dr. Kupiec and his team discovered that the beverages may also have opposite effects on your genome. Working with a kind of yeast that shares many important genetic similarities with humans, the researchers found that caffeine shortens and alcohol lengthens telomeres -- the end points of chromosomal DNA, implicated in aging and cancer.

Dr. Kupiec's presentation is as clever and fun as it is fascinating; we hope you'll join us! Special thanks to the American Friends of Tel Aviv University for facilitating this speaker.

Prof. Martin Kupiec was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and immigrated to Israel in 1977. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1979, and his PhD in Genetics in 1985 from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. Today, Dr. Kupiec leads the Applied Genetics and Microbiology group at Tel Aviv University's Faculty of Life Sciences. A hallmark of his work is his multi-disciplinary approach, which combines genetics, molecular biology, computational and systems biology, as well as cell biology and biochemistry.

The Breakfast Club currently meets four times each year on a Sunday with an informal talk on topics of interest to the Jewish community. Speakers have included many community leaders of the San Francisco Jewish Community, along with members of CBS. Meetings are held at 9:00 a.m. and start with a delicious breakfast.

Cost: $80 per couple or $40 per individual for all four meetings; $15 for single session drop-in. You can pay on the day-of or drop off your payment at the CBS Administrative Office during business hours.

E.M. Weitz Breakfast Club -- April 3

jimena_LOGORemy and Joe Pessah will share their remarkable story with Ernest M. Weitz Breakfast Club attendees on Sunday, April 3, at 9 a.m.

In the mid 1960s, Remy met Joe while learning Hebrew in an after school program. They were engaged in 1966 and planned to wed in the summer of 1968, but were forced to postpone their wedding when the Six-Day War broke out on June 5, 1967. Joe and his father, along with all Jewish men from the ages of 18 to 55, were imprisoned. Despite the circumstances, Remy and Joe managed to be married while Joe remained in the Tora Concentration Camp.

This talk is presented in conjunction with JIMENA, an organization dedicated to educating and advocating on behalf of the 850,000 Jewish refugees from the Middle East and North Africa.

The Breakfast Club currently meets four times each year on a Sunday with an informal talk on topics of interest to the Jewish community. Speakers have included many community leaders of the San Francisco Jewish Community, along with members of CBS. Meetings are held at 9:00 a.m. and start with a delicious breakfast.

Cost: $80 per couple or $40 per individual for all four meetings; $15 for single session drop-in. You can pay on the day-of or drop off your payment at the CBS Administrative Office during business hours.