Lectures & workshops

saturday | 7

Henry Winkler talk and Havdallah service. At Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 5:30 p.m. (408) 357-7501.

sunday | 8

“Smart Choices for the Second Half of Life: What You Need to Know to Care for Yourself and Those You Love.” An afternoon of workshops for seniors. Keynote speaker: Rabbi Earl Grollman. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St. S.F. 1 p.m. (415) 751-2541 ext. 138.

monday | 9

“Introduction to Kabbalah.” With Rabbi Ephraim Chaim Trakhtenberg. At Chabad of Greater South Bay, 3070 Louis Road, Palo Alto. 7 p.m. $25. First in 10-part “Kabbalah 101” series. (650) 424-9800.

tuesday | 10

“Demons, Golems and Dybbuks: Monsters of the Jewish Imagination.” First installment of the “Jewish Literature — Identity and Imagination” series. With scholar Daniel Harris. At Moraga Library, 1500 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. 2 p.m. Free. (925) 376-6852.

wednesday | 11

“Conversations with People Who Make a Difference in the World.” With Dr. W. Michael Blumenthal. At Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F. 8 p.m. $10-$15. (415) 239-3680.

thursday | 12

“Wrestling with God: A Personal Faith Statement.” With Rabbi Samuel Broude. At Temple Beth Sholom, 642 Dolores Ave., San Leandro. 10:15 a.m. (510) 839-2900.

“Jews in Civil Rights.” With Rabbi Sidney Akselrad. At Library Quad Tent, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. 11 a.m. Free. (408) 286-6669.

saturday | 14

“Between Two Worlds: Stories of Estrangement and Homecoming.” Second installment of the “Jewish Literature — Identity and Imagination” series. With Naomi Seidman of the Graduate Theological Union. At Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave., Kensington. 2 p.m. Free. (510) 524-3043.

“Modern Hebrew slang, globalism and Internet in the Hebrew Language.” With Professor Edna Aphek. At the Albert Einstein Residence Center parlor room, 1935 Wright St., Sacramento. 7:30 p.m.

sunday | 15

“Jewish Gangsters: Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky.” Speaker: Ron Arons. At Jewish Community High School, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 12:30 p.m. Free. www.jewishgen.org/sfbajgs.

“Kabbalah and (the) Madonna: It’s Nothing New.” With Rabbi Kennard Lipman. At Congregation Beth Sholom, 1455 Elm St., Napa. 3 p.m. (707) 253-7305.