East Bay Shorts Shabbaton set in Berkeley

Saturday services begin at 10 a.m. on Jan. 31, followed by a vegetarian potluck lunch. At 2 p.m., hosts in nearby private homes will sponsor activities.

On Saturday night, the event will move to Berkeley Hillel, 2637 Bancroft Way. A 7:40 p.m. havdallah service will be followed by an 8 p.m. cocktail hour and a 9 p.m. dance party. Adamah will perform. A midnight jam session follows.

A $10 donation is requested at the dance. Everything else is free.

The Aquarian Minyan is sponsoring the Shabbaton, organized through a coalition of members of Kehilla Community Synagogue, Nishmat Shalom, Beit Chessed, Chochmat HaLev, Jewish Discussion Group and Congregation Beth Israel. For information, call Elisabeth Kashner at (510) 655-6585, before 9:30 p.m.

Israeli scholar to teach at 2 synagogues

Two East Bay synagogues will host scholar and author Noam Zion of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem during the weekend of Feb. 7-8.

He will present programs after 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. services Saturday, Feb. 7 at Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland.

He will speak on "Family Conflict in the Bible" during lunch following morning services. After dinner he will teach a class on leading the Passover seder using "The Family Participation Haggadah" as a guide.

Both programs are sponsored by the Leo and Helen Wasserman Educational Fund. The Shabbat Hevrah program is free, although reservations are required. The evening dinner program is $8 per adult and $5 per child. Childcare will be provided at both programs. For reservations, call (510) 832-0936.

On Sunday, Feb. 8, Temple Isaiah at 3800 Mount Diablo Blvd., in Lafayette, will host Zion at 10 a.m. coffee. He again will teach a session on leading the Passover seder. There is no cost. For reservations, call the synagogue office at (510) 283-8575.

Zion has lived in Israel since 1973, where he is a teacher and curriculum writer at the Shalom Hartman Institute.