Lectures & workshops

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saturday | 13

“The December Dilemma.” Discussion, potluck and havdallah. At Congregation Beth El, 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. 4:30 p.m. (510) 848-3988, ext. 11.

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.

“Conscience of the Community: Rabbi Saul White During the Holocaust and the Birth of Israel.” Fred Rosenbaum, historian and founder of Lehrhaus Judaica. Includes screening of two films on Rabbi White. At Congregation Beth Sholom, 1301 Clement St., S.F. (415) 221-8736.

“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.

Bar and bat mitzvah options. Presentation and discussion. Steve Friedman and Danny Zeldin, b’nai mitzvah student tutors. Sponsor: Gan Halev. At private home in San Rafael. 6 p.m. Reservations and directions: (415) 479-3040.

tuesday | 16

“Sources of Fundamentalist Islam with Implications for America, Israel and the Middle East.” Noel Kaplowitz, professor of international relations. Lunch follows lecture. At Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 10 a.m. $10-$14. Reservations: (925) 938-7800, ext. 244.

Playtime. For single mothers and their children. At Parents Place Marin, 600 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 10:30 a.m. $6. (415) 491-7959.

“The Challenge of the Holidays.” Interfaith workshop. Sponsor: Jewish Family and Children’s Services. At Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 1808 Wedemeyer St. 7:30 p.m. Reservations: (415) 449-1210.

wednesday | 17

“Honoring Your Parents Without Dishonoring Yourselves.” Rabbi Gedalia Fleer. At 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and 24 and Jan. 7. At Congregation Beth El, 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. $30 a class. (510) 848-3988.

thursday | 18

“Creating Contemporary Jewish Performance from Traditional Sources.” Daniel Hoffman of San Francisco Klezmer Experience, and Aaron Davidman, artistic director of Traveling Jewish Theatre.

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.

saturday | 20

“Chanukah with Chagall.” Gail Antokal presents a slide show, followed by dinner and havdallah. At Congregation Beth El, 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. 6 p.m. (510) 848-3988.

sunday | 21

“Rabbi’s Breakfast Club.” Study session with Rabbi Ted Alexander. At Congregation B’nai Emunah, 3595 Taraval St., S.F. 10 a.m. (415) 664-7373.

Israeli folk dancing. At Congregation B’nai Emunah, 3595 Taraval St., S.F. 12:15 p.m. $1-$5. (415) 664-7373.