Lectures & workshops

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sunday | 15

“The Jews of Singapore.” Joan Beider, senior lecturer, journalism department, U.C. Berkeley. Sponsor: San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. At Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 12:30 p.m. Free. www.jewishgen.org/sfbajgs.

tuesday | 17

“Immigration and the Future of California.” Yeh Ling-Ling, executive director, Diversity Alliance for a Sustainable America. At Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 10 a.m. $3-$5. (925) 938-7800.

“Building the Safety Net: Estate Planning for Families With Young Children.” At Parents Place S.F., 1710 Scott St. 5 p.m. $25. (415) 359-2454.

“The Church: A People Who Write and Live the Word.” The Rev. Dick Sparks. For Catholic-Jewish couples. At Newman Hall, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. (510) 848-7812.

“Gourmet Jewish Cooking.” At Congregation Beth El, 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $10. Reservations by Feb. 16: (510) 848-3988, ext. 11.

wednesday | 18

“Baby Music and Movement.” For babies between 4 and 13 months. First of four Wednesday sessions. At Parents Place Palo Alto, 410 Sherman Ave. 9 a.m. $15 a session. (650) 688-3040.

“Toddler Music and Movement.” For children between 14 and 30 months. First of four Wednesday sessions. At Parents Place Palo Alto, 410 Sherman Ave. 10 a.m. $15 a session. (650) 688-3040.

“Kabbalah in San Francisco.” Michael Laitman, author. At American West Learning Center, 22 Monterey Blvd., S.F. 3 p.m. Free. www.kabbalah-usa.org.

“Israel Awareness Week.” Consul General Yossi Amrani. At U.C. Davis campus, Wellman building, room 6. 7 p.m. (530) 756-3708.

“The ‘New’ Anti-Semitism.” Congressman Tom Lantos. Sponsors include Peninsula Temple Sholom, Jewish Day School of the North Peninsula and Jewish Community Relations Council. At Peninsula Temple Beth El, 1700 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. 7 p.m. $5. Reservations: (650) 349-1523.

“Hanoch Levin — The Labor of Life: Works of the Playwright Who Revolutionized the Israeli Theater.” Lectures with performances. Sponsor: Israeli Consulate. At 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at U.C. Berkeley, Morrison Library; 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at Stanford University, Building 200, Room 002. (415) 844-7500.

“The Kabbalahs, The Book of Radiance, The Zohar.” Commentary by Rav Michael Laitman, author of 32 books on the Kabbalah, and Daniel C. Matt, professor of Jewish spirituality, Graduate Theological Union. At Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St. 7:30 p.m. Free. (415) 334-5482.

thursday | 19

“Guarding Our Heritage: Four Decades of the Judah L. Magnes Museum.” Rose Levine, docent outreach chair, Judah L. Magnes Museum. Multi-Interest Day Lecture Series. At Temple Beth Sholom, 642 Dolores Ave., San Leandro. 10:15 a.m. $5. (510) 839-2900, ext. 233.

“Integrative Medicine: Healing the Whole Person.” Dr. Ellen Hughes provides information on alternative and herbal medicine and homeopathy. At Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St. Noon and 6 p.m. $5-$10. (415) 292-1241.

Senior programs information. Shiva Schulz, adult programs manager, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. At Jewish Family and Children’s Services, 2150 Post St., S.F. 2 p.m. Reservations: (415) 449-3843.

“The Terrific Twos and You.” First of two Thursday sessions. At Parents Place S.F., 1710 Scott St. 6 p.m. $20 a session. (415) 359-2454.

“Your One-Year-Old.” First of two Thursday sessions. At Parents Place S.F., 1710 Scott St. 6 p.m. $20. (415) 359-2454.

“Raising a Spirited Child.” First of two Thursday sessions. At Parents Place S.F., 1710 Scott St. 6:30 p.m. $20. (415) 359-2454.

Toilet training. At Parents Place Palo Alto, 410 Sherman Ave. 7 p.m. $25. (650) 688-3040.

“Distortion of Reality: Israel and the Middle East.” Dennis Prager, radio host. At U.C. Santa Cruz, Stevenson Event Center. 7:30 p.m. (831) 426-3332.

friday | 20

Scholar-in-residence. Rabbi Benay Lappe. Workshops and services Feb. 20 to 22. At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. $25-$90. (415) 861-6932.

sunday | 22

Interfaith couples workshop. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 9:30 a.m. (408) 358-1751.

“When Intermarriage is Good for the Jews: An Exploration and Evaluation of Dumb Stereotypes, Terrifying Statistics and True Stories.” Karen Kushner, director, Jewish Choice Initiative. Sponsor: Congregation Rodef Sholom. At Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 9:30 a.m. (415) 479-3441.

“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.

“Ethics of War in Judaism.” Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe. Sponsor: Chabad of San Mateo. At Bayshore Corporate Center, conference room, 1710 S. Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo. 10:30 a.m. $5. (650) 341-4510.

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

“Jewish Patrons and the Paradox of Portraiture: Paintings by Ingres, Sargent, Picasso and Klimt.” Norman Kleeblatt, Susan and Elihu Rose curator of fine arts, Jewish Museum New York. Roselyn Yellin Lecture. At Judah L. Magnes Museum’s future site, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 2 p.m. (510) 549-6950.

Volunteer training. Rabbi Miriam Senturia, community rabbi of the Greater East Bay, instructs volunteers on visiting ill people. First of four sessions. At East Bay federation building, 300 Grand Ave., Oakland. 2 p.m. (510) 839-2900, ext. 212.