Lectures & workshops

friday | 23

“Conflict and Dissension: Is it Jewish?” Reb Mimi Feigelson, scholar-in-residence. Workshops at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23; 2 p.m. Jan. 24; 9:15 and 11:30 a.m. Jan. 25. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. $36 for the series. (415) 388-1818, ext. 18.

saturday | 24

“Compassionate Listening: Healing Our World From the Inside Out.” Leah Green, director of The Compassionate Listening Project, leads workshop events. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 24; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 25; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 26. At Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. $210-$340. (415) 444-8000.

“Tearing Down Fences: Queer Activism in Israel/Palestine.” Dalit Baum, activist and teacher in a community school for women in Israel, and Mazen Nassar, activist and member of International Solidarity Committee. At New College Theatre, 777 Valencia St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. (415) 437-3400.

sunday | 25

“The Biblical Encounter with God: The Real Roots of Jewish Spirituality.” Rabbi Alan Lew, Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco. Part of Exploring the World of Judaism series. At Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 9:30 a.m. $10. (415) 479-3441.

Interfaith couples group. Rabbi Melanie Aron and Eleanor Intrator. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 9:30 a.m. (408) 358-1751.

“Beginning Prayerbook Hebrew.” Aliza Walker. 9:15 a.m. Sundays through May 9, or 4:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 3 through May 11. At Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. $60-$80. (415) 479-3447.

“Continuing Prayerbook Hebrew.” Aliza Walker. Sundays through May 9. At Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 10:30 a.m. $60-$80. (415) 479-3447.

“Women in the Talmud.” Dvora E. Weisberg, assistant professor of rabbinics and director of beit midrash at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. First event of scholar-in-residence weekend. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 12:30 p.m. $18. Reservations: (408) 366-9117.

“A Human Genetic Perspective on Jewish History.” Neil Risch, professor of genetics, Stanford University School of Medicine. At Congregation B’nai Emunah, 3595 Taraval St., S.F. 2 p.m. (415) 664-7373.

“Re-Imagining Collections.” Panel discussion with three Bay Area museum curators. At Judah L. Magnes Museum, 2911 Russell St., Berkeley. 2 p.m. (510) 549-6950.

“From a Six Day to a Three Year War — What the Ongoing Violence Has Done to Israel: How it Will End and Where Do We Go From There?” Herb Keinon, diplomatic correspondent, The Jerusalem Post. At Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $8-$10. (510) 848-0237, ext. 112.

monday | 26

Toddler and parent play group. First of eight Monday sessions. At Parents Place San Francisco, 1710 Scott St. 10 a.m. $15 a session. (415) 359-2454.

“The View From Jerusalem: How Perceptions of an Implacably Hostile World Shape Israeli Policy.” Herb Keinon, diplomatic correspondent, The Jerusalem Post. At Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St., S.F. 12 p.m. Reservations: www.commonwealthclub.org.

“Choosing a Preschool.” At Parents Place San Francisco, 1710 Scott St. 5:30 p.m. $20. (415) 359-2454.

“Learned Optimism.” Find the keys to a child’s self-esteem. At Parents Place San Francisco, 1710 Scott St. 6 p.m. $20. (415) 359-2454.

tuesday | 27

“A Salute to Vaudeville, Operetta and Ziegfield Follies.” Part one of a two-part series. Focusing on Vaudeville, Ziegfield, Cohan and Victor Herbert. With Bonnie Weiss, musical theater historian. At Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 10 a.m. $3-$5. (925) 938-7800.

Gay civil rights panel discussion. Tamara Lange, ACLU’s LGBT rights division, and Courtney Joslin, National Center for Lesbian Rights, with moderator Adam Berman of the S.F.-based federation’s LGBT alliance board. At Ceremonial Room, LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. $5. (415) 512-6279.

“Raising Children Multilingually.” For parents of children up to 6 months old. At Parents Place Palo Alto, 410 Sherman Ave. 7 p.m. $25. (650) 688-3040.

“Exploring Judaism.” First of six sessions. At Beth Jacob Congregation, 3778 Park Blvd., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. (510) 482-1147.

“How to Save for Your Children’s or Grandchildren’s Education: College Planning 101.” At Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $5. (510) 848-0237, ext. 112.

“Tu B’Shevat: An Awakening.” At Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $5. (510) 848-0237, ext. 112.

“Judaism Up Close.” Rabbis Steve Chester and Suzanne Singer and Lori Abrahamson, Temple Sinai educator. Sponsor: Lehrhaus Judaica. Tuesdays through May 11. At Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 8:20 p.m. $135. (510) 451-3263.

wednesday | 28

“Jews of the Bay Area.” Fred Rosenbaum, author and historian. Bring your own lunch. At Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 12 p.m. $5. (510) 848-0237, ext. 112.

“Positive Discipline.” At Parents Place San Francisco, 1710 Scott St. 5:30 p.m. $25. (415) 359-2454.

“Choosing a Preschool.” At Parents Place Marin, 600 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 7 p.m. $25. Reservations: (415) 491-7959.

“Raising Sons.” For parents of boys ages 3 to 8. At Parents Place Palo Alto, 410 Sherman Ave. 7 p.m. $30. (650) 688-3040.

“U.S. Middle East Diplomacy Post-Saddam: An Update from Washington.” Janine Zacharia, Washington bureau chief, The Jerusalem Post. At Peninsula Temple Beth El, 1700 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. 7 p.m. $5. Reservations: (650) 349-1523.

“Hunger: Community Discussion About Local Problems.” At Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Blvd., Alameda. 7:30 p.m. (510) 522-9355.

thursday | 29

“Charleston and Savannah: The Jewish South.” Sue and Felix Warburg, Western Jewish history and travel consultants. Multi-Interest Day Lecture Series. At Temple Beth Sholom, 642 Dolores Ave., San Leandro. 10:15 a.m. $5. (510) 839-2900, ext. 233.

“Press and Camps: World War II.” Examines American media coverage of the Holocaust and concentration and internment camps. 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 18. At San Jose State University, Dwight Bentel Hall 213. (408) 924-3246.

“Mothers of Sons.” First of two Thursday sessions. At Parents Place San Francisco, 1710 Scott St. 6 p.m. $20. (415) 359-2454.

friday | 30

Play group. For adoptive families with children up to age 5. At Parents Place Palo Alto, 410 Sherman Ave. 9:30 a.m. $5. (650) 688-3040.

Song and dance hour. For children ages 1 to 3. At Parents Place Marin, 600 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 10:30 a.m. $10 a family. Reservations: (415) 491-7959.

Scholar-in-residence. Marcia Falk, Jewish scholar and author of “Book of Blessings: New Jewish Prayers for Daily Life.” Workshops and lectures at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30, and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 31. At Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos. Reservations: (831) 479-3444.

sunday | 1

“Encountering Judaism.” Rabbi Sam Broude focuses on Jewish holidays and lifecycle events. Sundays through May 2. Sponsor: Lehrhaus Judaica. At Temple Isaiah, 3800 Mount Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. 10 a.m. $110. (510) 845-6420.

“Jewish Camps and Summer Programs Fair.” At Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center, Gym A, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (650) 941-6532.

“Shabbat Family Art Workshop.” For all ages. At Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 2 p.m. $5-$10. (510) 848-0237, ext. 112.