Lectures & workshops

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.

Panel discussion. Rev. Matthew Fox, president of University of Creation Spirituality; Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun magazine; and Rev. P.T. Mammen of San Francisco Association of Evangelicals, are among those discussing Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.” Sponsor: Tikkun Community. At 3 p.m. March 14 at University of San Francisco, McClaren Hall, between Fulton and Golden Gate streets. Also at 7 p.m. March 18 at University of Creation Spirituality, 2141 Broadway, Oakland. (510) 644-1200.

monday | 15

“Finding Childcare.” At Parents Place San Francisco, 1710 Scott St. 5 p.m. $20. (415) 359-2454.

“Friendships in Elementary School: Laughter and Tears.” At Parents Place Palo Alto, 410 Sherman Ave. 7 p.m. $30. (650) 688-3040.

Panel discussion on Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.” Speakers include Jonathan Bernstein, regional director, ADL; Rabbi Harry Manhoff, New Testament scholar, Temple Beth Sholom; Dominic De Lay, Catholic priest and filmmaker from the Newman Center of U.C. San Diego. Sponsors: Young Adult Ministry for the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Episcopal Diocese of California. At Archdiocesan Pastoral Center, 1 Peter Yorke Way, S.F. 7 p.m. (415) 614-5595.

Pottery painting. Create a seder plate, paint a Kiddush cup or another project of your choice. Sponsor: Ruach chapter of Oakland Hadassah. At Aran’s Colour and Glaze Studio, 3330 Village Drive, Castro Valley. 7:30 p.m. (510) 728-1333.

tuesday | 16

“Golden Age of the Yiddish Theater.” Mark Levy, singer and lecturer specializing in Judaic folk music. First of three Tuesday sessions. Sponsor: Peninsula Jewish Community Center. At Peninsula Temple Beth El library, 1700 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. 10:30 a.m. $25-$35. Reservations: (650) 212-7522.

“Passing on Values and Responsibility to Children.” First of two Tuesday sessions. At Parents Place San Francisco, 1710 Scott St. 10:30 a.m. $20 a session. (415) 359-2454.

“Jerusalem to San Francisco, An Artist’s Odyssey: The Art of Ori Sherman.” Stephen Dobbs. At Brandeis Hillel Day School, 655 Brotherhood Way, S.F. 6 p.m. (415) 406-1035.

Camp Tawonga information session. For new and prospective campers. At Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St. 7 p.m. (415) 543-2267.

“Toolbox for Divorced Parents: Fundamentals of Co-Parenting.” At Parents Place Marin, 600 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 7 p.m. $25. Reservations: (415) 491-7959.

wednesday | 17

“New Mother and New Baby.” First of eight Wednesday sessions. At Parents Place San Francisco, 1710 Scott St. 12:30 p.m. $15 a session. (415) 359-2454.

“My One and Only.” Raising an only child. At Parents Place San Francisco, 1710 Scott St. 5 p.m. $20. (415) 359-2454.

“Jews and the News.” Rabbi Camille Shira Angel and Alan Karras. First of three Wednesday sessions. At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. 7 p.m. (415) 861-6932.

“Oil-oholics, the Burning World and Torah.” Rabbi Arthur Waskow. At Bureau of Jewish Education’s Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. (415) 567-3327.

thursday | 18

“God Against the Gods: The War Between Monotheism and Polytheism and How it Made the Modern World.” Jonathan Kirsch, author. Dickstein Memorial Lecture, part of the Multi-Interest Day Lecture Series. Breakfast included. Sponsors include the sisterhoods of Temple Beth Abraham, Temple Sinai and the East Bay federation. At Temple Beth Sholom, 642 Dolores Ave., San Leandro. 9:30 a.m. $5. Reservations: (510) 839-2900, ext. 233.

“Ready, Set, Go! Preparing for Preschool.” First of eight Thursday sessions. Also on Fridays, starting March 19. At Parents Place San Francisco, 1710 Scott St. 10 a.m. $20 a session. (415) 359-2454.

“Hiring In-Home Help.” Ellen Zagelow, care manager, Eldercare Services. Part of Our Aging Parents and Friends: Options for Caring Workshop Series. 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.

“When David Becomes Goliath: Israel and its Image Problem.” Hirsch Goodman, senior research associate, Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. Sponsor: South Bay Institute for Jewish Living and Learning. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 7:30 p.m. (408) 358-5918.

friday | 19

“Passover for Preschoolers.” At Parents Place Palo Alto, 410 Sherman Ave. 9:30 a.m. $25. (650) 688-3040.

saturday | 20

“Out of Egypt: Theories on Exodus.” At Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium, 1342 Naglee Ave., San Jose. 6 p.m. $10-$20. (408) 947-3636.

sunday | 21

“Bay Area Jewish Coalition for Literacy Conference.” At Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St. 10 a.m. (510) 839-2900, ext. 272.

“The American Red Cross in Holocaust Research.” Sponsor: San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. At Jewish Community High School of the Bay, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 1 p.m. Free. www.jewishgen.org/sfbajgs.

Family program. Marissa Moss, author and illustrator of the 17 “Amelia” books. At Bureau of Jewish Education’s Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 1 p.m. (415) 567-3327.

“The Power of Kabbalah.” Sponsor: The Kabbalah Centre International. At Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. $36. Reservations: (800) KABBALAH.

“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 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem. Discussion of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion” follows lecture. Sponsor: East Bay federation. At Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 7 p.m. Free. (925) 938-7800.