Lectures & workshops

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friday | 27

“The Healing Power of Psalms.” Weekend of programs with Samuel Chiel, author of “For Thou Art With Me — The Healing Power of Psalms,” and concert by Voices of Musica Sacra. At Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. (925) 934-9446.

saturday | 28

“Life Under Construction: Learning to Fix What is Broken in Our Lives and in Our World.” Rabbi Naomi Levy. At Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 1 p.m. (415) 479-3441.

“Pirkei Imahot: Wisdom of Our Mothers.” Rabbi Naomi Levy. At Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7:30 p.m. (415) 479-3441.

sunday | 29

“Children’s Circle.” Sponsor: The Friendship Circle. Volunteers work with Jewish children with special needs, using art, music, sports and more. At Community Center of Mitchell Park, 3800 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. 2 p.m. (650) 424-9800.

“Families at the Magnes: Picture Book Circle.” First of six Sunday sessions. For children ages 4 to 8 and their families. Examining classic illustrated books and the Jewish values at the heart of the stories. At Judah L. Magnes Museum, 2911 Russell St., Berkeley. 2 p.m. $50-$60. (510) 549-6950.

“The History and Myths of Anti-Semitism.” Yossi Offenberg, director of Jewish programs at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Sponsor: Schindler’s Ark. At St. James Fellowship Hall, Park Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 4101 Park Blvd., Oakland. 3 p.m. Free. (510) 533-1202.

“Celebrate the Hidden Cook in the Bible: An Evening of Food, Facts and Fragrance.” At Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 5 p.m. $18-$22. Reservations: (510) 848-0237, ext. 112.

monday | 1

“Handling Anger.” First of two Monday sessions. At Parents Place Marin, 600 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 6:30 p.m. $50. Reservations: (415) 491-7959.

“Ashkenazi Genetic Cancer Risk.” Panel discussion with Drs. Alan Glassberg, C. Bethan Powell, Mary S. Beattie and others. Sponsors: Cancer Risk Program of UCSF Comprehensive Cancer, Mount Zion Health Fund and Hadassah’s San Francisco chapter. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 7 p.m. (415) 751-2535.

“Preparing a Sample of Jewish Holiday Foods.” Sponsors: Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and Congregation Sherith Israel. At JCC of S.F., 3200 California St. 7:30 p.m. $20. (415) 292-1200.

tuesday | 2

“Boogie to the Beat.” Music and movement class for children ages 18 to 36 months and their parents. First of eight Tuesday sessions. At Parents Place San Francisco, 1710 Scott St. 10 a.m. $15 a session. (415) 359-2454.

“The Quest for Identity.” Jack Drori, lecturer on the history and politics of the Middle East. At Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 10 a.m. $3-$5. (925) 938-7800.

Play group. 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.

“Boogie to the Bitty Beat.” Music and movement class for children ages 12 to 18 months and their parents. First of eight Tuesday sessions. At Parents Place San Francisco, 1710 Scott St. 11:30 a.m. $15 a session. (415) 359-2454.

“Learned Optimism.” Keys to a child’s self-esteem. At Parents Place San Francisco, 1710 Scott St. 12 p.m. $20. (415) 359-2454.

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

“Choosing a Preschool.” At Parents Place Palo Alto, 410 Sherman Ave. 7 p.m. $25. (650) 688-3040.

“Israel as Viewed by its Minority Populations.” Zeidan Atashi, former Knesset member. Sponsor: Bridges to Israel-Berkeley. At Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $8-$10. (510) 848-0237.

wednesday | 3

“Positive Discipline with Children.” Lee Ann Slaton, education coordinator, Parents Place. At Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St. 6 p.m. $10-$15. (415) 292-1200.

“Anger management.” First of nine Wednesday sessions. At Parents Place Marin, 600 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 7 p.m. $45 a session. Reservations: (415) 419-3632.

“Chinese Jews on the Banks of the Yellow River: The Jews of Kaifeng.” Rena Krasno, author and former Shanghai resident. A Conversations in Jewish Learning lecture. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 7:30 p.m. (408) 366-9117.

“Torah, Texts and Our Profound Connection with Earth.” At Bureau of Jewish Education’s Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. (415) 567-3327.

thursday | 4

“Raising Your Only Child.” For parents of children ages 2 to 6. First of two Thursday sessions. At Parents Place Palo Alto, 410 Sherman Ave. 9:30 a.m. $30 per session. (650) 688-3040.

“The Tastes and Flavors of Purim.” Chef Roberta Des Bouillons. Sponsor: Peninsula Jewish Community Center Senior Adult Department. Brown bag lunch. At Peninsula Temple Beth El, 1700 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. 12 p.m. Reservations: (650) 212-7522.

“The Dads’ Connection.” Play group for stay-at-home dads and their children up to age 4. First of four Thursday sessions. At Parents Place San Francisco, 1710 Scott St. 3 p.m. $20 a session. (415) 359-2454.

“New Father and New Baby.” First of two Thursday sessions. At Parents Place San Francisco, 1710 Scott St. 6 p.m. $20 a session. (415) 359-2454.

“Introduction to the Digital Camera.” At Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St. 7 p.m. $30-$35. (415) 292-1200.

“Our Aging Parents and Friends: Options for Caring Workshop Series.” First of seven Thursday sessions. Sponsors include Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay, Millman Respite Center and Family Caregiver Alliance. At Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 7 p.m. (925) 938-7800.

“That Makes Me So Mad!” For parents of children ages 3 to 8, examining child anger and coping strategies. At Parents Place Palo Alto, 410 Sherman Ave. 7 p.m. $30. (650) 688-3040.

friday | 5

“The Flying Camel Takes Off: A Retrospective Look at a Decade in the Making.” Loolwa Khazzoom, editor of “The Flying Camel: Essays on Identity by Women of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage.” Lunch followed by talk. At Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 12 p.m. $7-$9 for lecture and lunch; $3 for lecture only. (415) 444-8000.

“Look! I Can Cook!” Food preparation course for children ages 2 to 4. First of eight Friday sessions. At Parents Place San Francisco, 1710 Scott St. 12 p.m. $18.75 a session. (415) 359-2454.

sunday | 7

“One on One Help With Your Family Tree.” At Bureau of Jewish Education’s Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 12 p.m. (415) 567-3327.

“The Forgotten Middle East Refugees: A Jewish Woman from a Muslim Society Speaks.” Gina Malaka Waldman, co-founder of Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa. Sponsors: Jewish Historical Society of Napa Valley and the Life Long Learning Committee of Congregation Beth Sholom, Napa. At Grandview Mansion, 1915 Main St., St. Helena. 4 p.m. $10. Reservations: (707) 259-5332.

“1948: The Birth of Israel and the Origins of the Palestinian Refugee Crisis.” Fred Rosenbaum, historian and founding director of Lehrhaus Judaica. Sponsor: East Bay federation’s Center for Jewish Living and Learning. At Temple Isaiah, 3800 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. 7:30 p.m. (925) 283-8575.