Lectures & workshops

friday | 30

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.

“Intermarriage: Accepting the Challenges and Discovering the Opportunities.” Joel Crohn, author of “Mixed Matches.” Sponsor: Temple Sinai Outreach Committee. At synagogue, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 11:30 a.m. Reservations: (510) 865-9173.

“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.

monday | 2

“Passing on Values and Responsibility.” First of two Monday sessions. At Parents Place S.F., 1710 Scott St. $20 a session. (415) 359-2454.

“Parenting a Child with Learning Differences.” At Parents Place S.F., 1710 Scott St. 6:30 p.m. $25. (415) 359-2454.

“Parenting Your Child with ADD/ADHD: Discipline and Limit Setting.” For parents of children in second through fifth grades. First of three Monday sessions. At Parents Place Palo Alto, 410 Sherman Ave. 7 p.m. $25 a session. (650) 688-3040.

“Shabbat Shalom Workshop.” Make your own Shabbat candlesticks, Kiddush cup and plate. For ages 21 through 35. At Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St. 7 p.m. $45-$50. (415) 292-1241.

“Talking to Kids About Adoption.” For parents of children ages 2 to 6. At Parents Place Palo Alto, 410 Sherman Ave. 7 p.m. $30. (650) 688-3040.

“We Are Planning a Wedding.” For interfaith couples. At Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St. 7:30 p.m. $20 a couple. (415) 292-1267.

tuesday | 3

“Parenting the Strong-Willed Child.” For parents of children ages 2 to 6. First of two Tuesday sessions. At Parents Place Palo Alto, 410 Sherman Ave. 9:30 a.m. $30 a session. (650) 688-3040.

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

“Parenting Tune-Up.” First of two Tuesday sessions. At Parents Place S.F., 1710 Scott St. 6 p.m. $20. (415) 359-2454.

“Meditating Mama Seminar Series.” First in a series. At Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St. 7 p.m. $27-$30 a session, $125-$140 for series. (415) 346-6040.

“Taking Care of Your Elderly Parent.” First of four Tuesday sessions. At Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $35-$40. (510) 848-0237, ext. 112.

“Hasidic Tales.” First of three Tuesday sessions. At Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $30-$35. (510) 848-0237, ext. 112.

“Kabbalah Unplugged: The Secret Power of Prayer.” Seven remaining sessions at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Chabad of Mill Valley, 16 Valley Circle Road, and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Chabad of Marin, 1150 Idylberry Road, San Rafael. (415) 381-3794.

wednesday | 4

“Italian Renaissance Art: 1400-1550.” Art history class sponsored by West Valley Older Adult Program, Addison Penzak Jewish Community Center Senior Adult Program and Congregation Beth David. 1 p.m. Wednesdays through April 28. At Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. Free. (408) 257-3333.

“No More Diapers.” At Parents Place S.F., 1710 Scott St. 5:30 p.m. $20. (415) 359-2454.

“Science Symposium.” Bay Area Region of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science will present awards for outstanding projects by Jewish Community High School of the Bay students. At school, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. (415) 543-2267.

“Feeding Your Child: Nutrition and Survival Strategies.” For parents of children ages 1 to 8. First of two Wednesday sessions. At Parents Place Palo Alto, 410 Sherman Ave. 7 p.m. $25 a session. (650) 688-3040.

“The Building Blocks of Judaism.” Lehrhaus Judaica class at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through March 31. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. $110. (510) 845-6420.

“Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State: Political Identity, Ideology and Law.” Ruth Gavison, professor and founder of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. Sponsor: Israel Center of the S.F.-based federation. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. (415) 512-6203.

“Jewish Genealogy.” First of four Wednesday sessions. At Congregation Beth El, 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $36. (510) 848-3988, ext. 11.

Kabbalah. Ira Steingroot, Judaic scholar, examines history and meanings of Kabbalah. At Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Blvd., Alameda. 7:30 p.m. (510) 522-9355.

thursday | 5

“Women and Sin in the Bible.” Nitzhia Shaked, Judaic scholar. Multi-Interest Day Lecture Series. At Temple Beth Sholom, 642 Dolores Ave., San Leandro. 10:15 a.m. $5. (510) 839-2900, ext. 233.

“Mothers of Sons.” First of two Thursday sessions. At Parents Place S.F., 1710 Scott St. 12 p.m. $20 a session. (415) 359-2454.

“Handling Anger.” First of two Thursday sessions. At Parents Place S.F., 1710 Scott St. 6:30 p.m. $20 per session. (415) 359-2454.

“Camp Tawonga Teen Summer Opportunities.” Information about Adventure Quests, Leadership Training and Service Learning and Travel programs. At Jewish Community High School of the Bay, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. (415) 543-2267.

“Introduction to Jewish Life.” Lehrhaus Judaica class at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through March 25. At Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St. $85. (510) 845-6420.

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“Counter-Transference Issues and Practical Approaches: A Developmental Model for Working with Adoptive Parents.” At Parents Place Santa Rosa, 1360 N. Dutton Ave., Suite C. 9 a.m. (707) 571-2048.

“What Do We Know About Children?” Paula S. Fass, author and professor. At Congregation Beth El, 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. (510) 848-3988, ext. 26.

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“Palestinian Views on the Solution to the Refugee Problem.” Beshara Doumani, history department, U.C. Berkeley, with a response by Yitzhak Santis, director of Middle East affairs, Jewish Community Relations Council. Sponsor: Congregation Rodef Sholom. At Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 9:30 a.m. (415) 479-3441.

“Jewish Comedians from Molly Picon to Mel Brooks.” Sponsor: Arbeter Ring/Workmen’s Circle of Northern California. Lecture and awarding of the Maury Savin Memorial Scholarship for community service. At Congregation Beth Israel-Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F. 2 p.m. (650) 349-6946.