Lectures & workshops

friday | 5

“On Dreams, Ladders and Hopes for the Jewish Future: Reflections on Jacob’s Dream.” Rabbi Lewis Barth, dean, Hebrew Union College. Program continues at 8:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Dec. 6. Scholar-in-residence at Peninsula Temple Beth El, 1700 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. 7:30 p.m. (650) 341-7701.

sunday | 7

“Why Did More Than 500,000 Palestinian Arabs Leave Their Homes in Israel During the 1948 War of Independence?” Roberta Seid, director of historical research, StandWithUs. At Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 9:30 a.m. (415) 479-3441.

“Family History Clinic.” At Bureau of Jewish Education’s Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 12 p.m. (415) 751-6983.  

Arts and crafts. Artists provide instruction and materials. Sponsor: Congregations Shir Hadash and Beth David. At Shir Hadash, 16555 Shannon Road, Los Gatos. 1 p.m. $15-$25. Reservations: (408) 358-1751, ext. 5.

“The Concept of Forgiveness in the Abrahamic Faiths.” Rabbi Sydney Mintz, Congregation Emanu-El; the Rev. Gerard O’Rourke, Archdiocese of San Francisco; and Hina Azam, St. Mary’s College of California. Group discussion and breaking of bread follows speakers. At St. Mary’s Cathedral, Gough and Geary streets, S.F. 4 p.m. $20. Reservations: (650) 872-2578.

tuesday | 9

“Mysterious Neighbors: Jews and Asians in San Francisco from the Gold Rush to the Present.” Fred Rosenbaum, historian and founder of Lehrhaus Judaica. At Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 10 a.m. $3-$5. (925) 938-7800.

“Spiritual Doors to Judaism.” Rabbi Stacy Friedman. At Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 12 p.m. (415) 479-3441.

“Chanukah: An Emerging and Changing Story.” At Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $5. Reservations: (510) 848-0237, ext. 112.

wednesday | 10

“Interfaith Families: Dilemmas of Celebrating Holidays.” Dawn Kepler, outreach director, E.B. federation. At Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Blvd., Alameda. 7:30 p.m. (510) 522-9355.

thursday | 11

“Maxims, Magic, Myth: A Folkloristic Perspective of Pirkei de Rabbi Eliezer.” Dina Stein, assistant professor, Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union. Multi-Interest Day Adventures in Jewish Learning series. At Temple Beth Sholom, 642 Dolores Ave., San Leandro. 10:15 a.m. $5. (510) 839-2900, ext. 233.

“Jewish Genealogy and Census.” Stephen Morse, winner, International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies’ Outstanding Contributions to Jewish Genealogy for 2003. For Holocaust survivors. At Jewish Family and Children’s Services, 2150 Post St., S.F. 2 p.m. Reservations: (415) 449-3843.

sunday | 14

“What Does it Mean to Be an Educated Jew?” Irene Resnikoff, director of education, Congregation Rodef Sholom. At Rodef Sholom, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 9:30 a.m. (415) 479-3441.

“Being Sensitive Parents and Grandparents When Your Kids Intermarry.” At Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 11 a.m. $5. (510) 839-2900, ext. 347.

“How to Be a Jewish Parent: Judaism’s Secret Guide to Healthy Families.” Karen Kushner, co-author of “How to Be a Jewish Parent: A Practical Handbook for Family Life.” At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. 11 a.m. Free. (415) 388-1818, ext. 18.

“Maccabee Moments, Crafting Family Chanukah Memories.” Laurie Bellet, art specialist, Contra Costa Jewish Community Center. At Bureau of Jewish Education’s Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 1 p.m. (415) 567-3327.

“Interfaith Families: Turning the December Dilemma Into December Celebrations — A Positive Approach to the Holidays.” Rabbi Janet Marder. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 3 p.m. Reservations: (650) 493-4936.