Lectures & workshops

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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.

monday | 8

Parenting lecture series. First of five Monday sessions. At Parents Place San Francisco, 1710 Scott St. 6 p.m. $20 a session. (415) 359-2454.

tuesday | 9

“Last Century of a Sephardic Community: The Jews of Monastir.” Mark Cohen, journalist and museum curator. At Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 10 a.m. $3-$5. (925) 938-7800.

“Teaching Your Strong-Willed Child.” At Parents Place San Francisco, 1710 Scott St. 10:30 a.m. $20. (415) 359-2454.

“Spiritual Doors to Judaism.” Rabbi Stacy Friedman. At Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 12 p.m. (415) 479-3441.

“The Balancing Act: Keeping Your Eyes on the Kids and the Marriage.” Joshua Coleman, author of “Imperfect Harmony: How to Stay Married for the Sake of the Children and Still Be Happy.” At Jewish Family and Children’s Services Marin, 600 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 7 p.m. $15. (415) 491-7959.

“The ‘Passion’ Controversy: A Catholic-Jewish Dialogue.” Amy-Jill Levine, professor of New Testament studies, Vanderbilt University, in discussion with Caryl M. Stern, ADL senior associate national director, and the Rev. Stephen Meriwether, chancellor of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. At Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, Kanbar Hall, 3200 California St. 7 p.m. (415) 981-3500.

wednesday | 10

“Arts Explosion.” Music, stories and art for preschoolers and their parents. First of eight Wednesday sessions. At Parents Place San Francisco, 1710 Scott St. $15 a session. 11:30 a.m. (415) 359-2454.

“Visiting the Anne Frank House: Interactive CD-Rom.” Jehon Grist and Dan Fingerman lead a virtual tour. First of two Wednesday sessions. Sponsors include Congregations Beth El, Beth Israel and Netivot Shalom. Bring your own lunch. At Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 12 p.m. $5 a session. Reservations: (510) 848-0237, ext. 128.

“Life Planning Issues Unique to Same-Sex Partners.” David Gellman, estate and life planning adviser for same-sex partners. At Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St. 6:30 p.m. (415) 512-6287.

“Torah on the Trails.” Rabbi Michael Lezak. Hike and Torah study. Meet at Congregation Rodef Sholom parking lot, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7 p.m. (415) 479-3441.

“Green Judaism: Emerging Jewish Ecological Action.” Panel and discussion. At Bureau of Jewish Education’s Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St. 7:30 p.m. (415) 567-3327.

thursday | 11

“Seriously Funny: Rebel Comedians of the ’50s and ’60s.” Gerald Nachman, author and critic. Multi-Interest Day Lecture Series. At Temple Beth Sholom, 642 Dolores Ave., San Leandro. 10:15 a.m. $5. (510) 839-2900, ext. 233.

“Boogie to the Bitty Beat.” Music and movement for children ages 6 to 12 months. First of eight Thursday sessions. At Parents Place San Francisco, 1710 Scott St. 12 p.m. $15 a session. (415) 359-2454.

“Path of Joy, Path of Tears: Meditation Retreat.” Rabbi Lavey Derby leads. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. 1:45 p.m. (415) 388-1818.

“Middle East Update.” John Rothmann, political commentator. For Holocaust survivors. At Jewish Family and Children’s Services, 2150 Post St., S.F. 2 p.m. Reservations: (415) 449-3843.

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

“The Highly Sensitive Child.” At Parents Place Marin, 600 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 7 p.m. $20. Reservations: (415) 491-7959.

“The Amazing Jews of Venice: The Lives, Loves and Struggles of the First Urban Jews.” David B. Ruderman of the University of Pennsylvania. Madeleine Haas Russell Institute of Jewish Learning “Scholarly Mind, Generous Heart: Celebrating Our First 10 Years with Rabbi Pearce” lecture series. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. Free. (415) 751-2535.

“The Other Half of the Jewish Musical Sky: An Introduction to Sephardic Traditions.” Francesco Spagnolo, ethnomusicologist. Sponsor: Lehrhaus Judaica. At Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. (510) 845-6420.

“The Last Days of Jesus: Ancient Texts, Contemporary Issues.” Scholar Nitzhia Shaked discusses the Jewish legal system during Second Temple days and explains who wielded power 2000 years ago in Jerusalem. Discussion of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion” follows lecture. Sponsor: East Bay federation. At Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. Free. (510) 839-2900, ext. 253.

friday | 12

“Behind the Scenes in Washington and Jerusalem.” Patti Schneider, deputy director of AIPAC’s Pacific Northwest region, speaks at Temple Beth Jacob’s Shabbat services. At synagogue, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City. 8 p.m. (650) 366-8481.

sunday | 14

“Jewish Community Advocacy Summit: A Call to Action!” Covering unemployment, poverty, services for the elderly and more in the local Jewish community. Sponsors include Jewish Community Relations Council, S.F.-based federation and Jewish Family and Children’s Services. At Jewish Community High School of the Bay, 1835 Ellis St. 9:30 a.m. Reservations: (415) 957-1551.

“Creating a Seder for Your Crowd.” Rabbi Roberto Graetz and others. At Temple Isaiah, 3800 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. 9:15 or 11:20 a.m. Free. (925) 283-8575.