Past Events

CLE: It's Not About the Ring: Recognition of Same-Sex Families in Israel

  • September 5, 2018

This talk by Frederick Hertz, summarized the historical background and the current law in Israel with regard to civil marriage recognition, reputed spouse benefits, and dissolution rights and obligations. It also described the laws regarding surrogacy and ART for lesbian and gay couples, and parentage recognition for non-bio parents in same-sex partnerships.

Jewish Heritage Night at the Giants

  • August 29, 2018

Thanks for watching the game with us on Jewish Heritage Night! We appreciate your joining us for our third year together at this event.

Joint Happy Hour with the South Asian Bar Association and the Iranian-American Bar Association

  • June 26, 2018

Thanks for joining us at the Joint Happy Hour with South Asian Bar Association and the Iranian-American Bar Association!

Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: from Brandeis to Kagan

  • April 15, 2018

Thanks for joining us for this lecture hosted by the Jewish Community Library with author David Dalin about his newest book, Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: from Brandeis to Kagan.

David Dalin's newest book is the first history of the eight Jewish men and women who have served or who currently serve as justices of the Supreme Court. In his presentation, Dalin discussed the Jewish background, identities, and legacies of the Jewish Justices and the changing role of Jews within the American legal profession. He also addressed the antisemitism some of the justices encountered in their ascent to America’s highest court. Alan Dershowitz called the book "A must read for anyone interested in Jewish, American, or legal history."

Dalin is an ordained rabbi and scholar of American Jewish history and Jewish-Christian relations. He is the author, co-author, or editor of twelve books, including Religion and State in the American Jewish Experience and The Presidents of the United States and the Jews. His book Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: From Brandeis to Kagan, published by Brandeis University Press, was recently selected as a finalist for the 2017 National Jewish Book Award.

Spring Happy Hour at John Collins Bar

  • March 22, 2018

Thanks for joining us to celebrate the eternal renewal of Spring and connect with fellow Jewish Bar Association members.

CLE: From Maimonides to Microsoft: The Jewish Law of Copyright Since the Birth of Print with Neil Weinstock Netanel, UCLA Law

  • February 15, 2018

Thanks for joining us for this lecture co-sponsored by the Copyright Society of the United States of America. In his new book From Maimonides to Microsoft, Professor Netanel traces the historical development of Jewish copyright law by comparing rabbinic reprinting bans with secular and papal book privileges and by relaying the stories of dramatic disputes among publishers of books of Jewish learning and liturgy. He describes each dispute in its historical context and examines the rabbinic rulings that sought to resolve it. Remarkably, the rabbinic reprinting bans and copyright rulings address some of the same issues that animate copyright jurisprudence today: Is copyright a property right or just a right to receive fair compensation? How long should copyrights last? What purposes does copyright serve? While Jewish copyright law has borrowed from its secular law counterpart at key junctures, it fashions strikingly different answers to those key questions.

“An Act Of Defiance” Film Screening

  • February 11, 2018

Thanks for joining us at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission. Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco was a community partner for this film which was part of the Jewish Film Institute's WinterFest 2018. An Act of Defiance is a riveting historical drama focused on the life of the lawyer Bram Fischer, who risked his life defending Nelson Mandela and in his circle of Black and Jewish supporters during Apartheid. Watch the trailer.

CLE: "My Experience Working with the Israeli Supreme Court to Improve Israel’s Judiciary" with 9th Circuit Chief Judge Emeritus Clifford Wallace

  • January 10, 2018

Thanks for joining us for this informative lecture.

Jewish Graduate Student Initiative’s Networking Mixer

  • November 14, 2017

Jewish Executive Leadership Connect: the Jewish Graduate Student Initiative (thejgsi.org) is the only national organization dedicated solely to Jewish grads. Their mission is to support Jewish life on graduate school campuses and to connect Jewish graduate students, alumni, and young professionals to their heritage and the greater Jewish community. Their dynamic, multidisciplinary programs are designed to instill the Jewish values of ethical leadership, lifelong learning, and communal responsibility in an atmosphere of open inquiry and mutual respect, in order to shape the next generation of Jewish and professional community leaders.

Annual Gala at Sens Restaurant

  • November 2, 2017

Thanks for celebrating with us at our Annual Gala! The Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco has had a very successful year, only our second in existence. This year we honored Jeffrey Bleich—Dentons partner, former ambassador to Australia, and current candidate for California lieutenant governor—with our "Ruth Bader Ginsburg" award for excellence by a Jewish member of the legal field.

"Adopt-a-Nazi (Not Really)" Fundraiser for the Southern Poverty Law Center

  • August 26, 2017

Thanks so much for all of the support! Our wildly successful campaign on Go Fund Me raised $157,891. We supported peaceful opposition to the "alt-right" rally planned for Crissy Field. All funds went to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a group that monitors and exposes hate groups of all kinds. See our press release.

We also received tremendous media attention, including the following news articles: ABC 7 News, JWeekly, SFist, Forward, San Francisco Magazine, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, The Times of Israel, Cleveland Jewish News, Think Progress, NBC Bay Area, Fox News U.S., Bustle, ABA Journal, New York Post, Al Jazeera, Sinovision (Chinese TV), and TheGrio. Thanks so much for your continued support of the Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco.

Kozinski’s Favorite Jewish Flicks - “Skokie”

  • August 23, 2017

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Emeritus Alex Kozinski, noted film buff, hosted the second of a series of Jewish themed movie showings. Skokie is about the legal and philosophical debates surrounding the ACLU's representation of a neo-Nazi group seeking to march in the predominantly Jewish town of Skokie, Illinois, in the late 1970s. This deeply moving film is still very relevant and timely due to current political events.

The showing took place at the Jewish Film Institute, 145 9th Street.

Jewish Heritage Night at the Giants

  • August 21, 2017

Thanks for sharing a great game with the San Francisco Giants on Jewish Heritage Night! We appreciate your joining us for our second year together at this event.

Alon Sachar, co-author of A Path to Peace, on: “Prospects for Arab-Israeli Peace In the Trump Era”

  • June 27, 2017

Thanks for joining us for a lecture by Alon Sachar who has worked to advance Middle East peace under two US administrations. He served as an adviser to the US Ambassador to Israel, Daniel B. Shapiro in Tel Aviv from 2011-2012, and to President Obama’s Special Envoys for Middle East Peace, George J. Mitchell and David Hale, from 2009 to 2011.

Ephraim Margolin on “54 Years of Lawyering and Thoughts on the New President”

  • May 18, 2017

Thanks for joining us for a lecture by local attorney, activist and scholar, Ephraim Margolin. Born in Poland; raised in Tel Aviv (where one of his house guests was a young Polish refugee named Menachem Begin); served in Israel’s War for Independence as the Irgun’s secret radio announcer; and has taught and practiced law in the Bay Area.

Volunteering at SF Marin Food Bank

  • March 25, 2017

What a mitzvah! Thanks for spending your Saturday morning at the SF Marin Food Bank. We sorted and packaged food for neighborhood pantries, soup kitchens, and children’s snack programs.

Purim Mixer at John Collins Bar

  • March 9, 2017

Thanks for joining us this year to celebrate Purim!

Annual Gala at Taverna Aventine

  • November 30, 2016

Thanks for celebrating with us at our Annual Gala! It was a great opportunity for Jewish and non-Jewish lawyers and judges to mix, mingle, and build the valuable friendships that form a vibrant legal community and make the practice of law so much more enjoyable.

Jewish Lawyers on Television

  • October 18, 2016

Thanks to all attendees of an informative elimination of bias CLE program presented by Professor Michael Asimow of Stanford Law School at Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Rooftop Mixer at the Jewish Community Federation

  • September 27, 2016

Thanks to all of you who attended the great mixer we held at the Jewish Federation. We had more than 60 guests, terrific weather, and an amazing view.

Jewish Heritage Night at the Giants

  • August 30, 2016

Thanks for sharing a great game with the San Francisco Giants on Jewish Heritage Night!

Kozinski’s Favorite Jewish Flicks - “The Band’s Visit”

  • August 23, 2016

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Emeritus Alex Kozinski, noted film buff, hosted the first of what we hope will be a series of Jewish themed movie showings. This film, one of his favorites, is "The Band's Visit." Here’s Roger Ebert's four-star review of the film.

The showing took place at the Jewish Film Institute, 145 9th Street.

Purim Happy Hour at Press Club

  • March 23, 2016

The Talmud commands that Jews drink on Purim, and who are we to argue with the Talmud? Thanks for joining us this year at the Press Club to celebrate Purim!

MCLE Breakfast on Establishment Clause — Religious Freedom in America: Sword or Shield?

  • March 10, 2016

The Anti-Defamation League’s Western States Counsel, Michelle Deutchman lead an interactive discussion about ADL’s Establishment Clause matters.

Joint Happy Hour with IABA NorCal

  • January 27, 2016

Thanks for joining us at the Joint Happy Hour with IABA NorCal at Barbarossa. What a great turnout!

Financial District Happy-Hour Gala

  • September 30, 2015

We had an outstanding turnout at Taverna Aventine for the JBA's Happy-Hour Gala -- more than 60 folks joined and mingled together.

Inaugural Happy Hour

  • June 25, 2015

We were delighted and humbled that so many folks came out for our happy hour inaugural event at the Royale.

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