Lectures & workshops

sunday | 10

“Engaging With Israel: Leaders and Visionaries for the 21st Century.” Day-long symposium. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 10 a.m. $18-$40. (415) 292-1237.

“The Music of Returning: Music and Teachings to Attune the Soul for the High Holy Days’ Journey.” With Cantor Richard Kaplan. At Shomrei Torah, 1717 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. 10 a.m. (707) 578-5519.

“Understanding the High Holy Days: An Experimental Workshop for Interfaith/Intercultural Couples and Families.” At Congregation Or Shalom, 1250 Quintara St., S.F. 1 p.m. Free. (415) 292-1252.

“The Jews of Czestochowa.” With Shana Penn of Graduate Theological Union. At Judah L. Magnes Museum, 2911 Russell St., Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. $6-$8. (510) 549-6950.

“Good Grief.” A salon with mental health expert Lee Pollak. At Gordon’s Café, 6770 Washington St., Yountville. 4 p.m. $35. (707) 944-9773.

tuesday | 12

“Our Stake in the Next Election” and “The State of the American Presidency.” Lecture at Rossmoor ORT meeting. At Fireside Room, Gateway Clubhouse, Rossmoor. 12:30 p.m. Free. (925) 939-8730.

“Judaism and Awakening Joy.” With Rabbi Margie Jacobs. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation $5-$25. [email protected]

wednesday | 13

“Coffee Talk” about raising Jewish children. Building Jewish Bridges. At Contra Costa JCC Gallery, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 9:30 a.m. Free. (510) 839-2900 ext. 347.

thursday | 14

“The Israelis the Media Doesn’t Cover.” Discussion with Donna Rosenthal, author of “The Israelis: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land.” At the Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F. 6 p.m. (415) 597-6705.

“Is the Sea Drowning? ‘Global Warming’ in Light of Tashlich.” At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 7:30 p.m. Up to $5. (408) 257-3333.

friday | 15

“Jews as Global Citizens: Our Responsibility in the World.” With Ruth W. Messinger of American Jewish World Service. At Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. Free. (510) 848-0237 ext. 110.