Lectures & workshops

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saturday | 21

Dead Sea Scrolls. With Hershel Shanks. At Lucie Stern Community Center Hall, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. (650) 328-2781.

sunday | 22

“Listen to the Divine Names of God and Hear the One That Calls You.” With YofiYah. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 9 a.m. $18. (707) 849-3000.

“What’s to Sing About? Jewish and Christian Approaches to Music in Service.” At Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 9:20 a.m. $10 suggested donation. (415) 479-3441.

“Telling Our Stories, Tracing Our Roots: Polish Jewish Heritage & Cultural Renewal.” At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 10 a.m. $5-$20. (415) 649-2495.

“The Jews of Tin Pan Alley.” With Lil’ Rev. At the Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 3 p.m. $22-$27. (925) 938-7800.

“Single and Seeking.” With j. columnist Rachel Sarah. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 3 p.m. (510) 848-0237 ext. 127.

Amos Guiora — Voices from Israel Series. Through Wednesday, Oct. 25. At various Bay Area locations. Visit www.israelcentersf.org/culture for more information.

tuesday | 24

Community Town Hall Forum: The Future & Politics of Stem Cell Research. Sponsored in part by San Francisco Chapter of Hadassah. At Mission Bay Conference Center, Robertson Auditorium, 1675 Owens St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. $18. (415) 771-5900.

“The Rise of Anti-Semitism, Refugees of the Middle East and Pro-Israel Advocacy.” At Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7 p.m. (415) 479-3441.

Adam Gopnik. Writer for the New Yorker. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 8 p.m. $15-$18. (415) 292-1233.

wednesday | 25

“Tome is Where the Art is: Creating an Open Book Collage with Found Materials.” With visual artist Lisa Kokin. Part of Jewish Women in the Arts. At Visual Arts department, XARTS Studio 01, USF Campus. 1:30 p.m. www.artsci.usfca.edu.

“A Taste of Judaism: Are You Curious?” With Rabbi Larry Raphael. Wednesdays through Nov. 8. At Temple Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City. 7:30 p.m. Free. (415) 392-7080.

Barney Ross. Reading and talk with author Douglas Century. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. www.bjesf.org.

thursday | 26

“Anti-Semitism in the Arab World.” With Yitzhak Santis. At Temple Beth Sholom, 642 Dolores Ave., San Leandro. 10:15 a.m. (510) 357-8505.

“Where We Came From: Our Jewish Heritage in Poland, Past Present and Future.” At Jewish Family & Children’s Services, 2150 Post St., S.F. 2 p.m. RSVP to (415) 449-3843.

League of Women Voters Forum. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 7:30 p.m. Free. (408) 257-3333.

“Finding Peace and Security in a World in Crisis.” Speakers: Adam Cole, ADL; Zack Bodner, AIPAC; Jonathan Carey, Blue Star PR and moderator Jonathan Wornick. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. Free. (510) 839-2900 ext. 256

Ari Fleischer. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 8 p.m. $15-$18. (415) 292-1233.

friday | 27

Annie Leibovitz. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 8 p.m. $15-$18. (415) 292-1233.

saturday | 28

“Is an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Still Possible?” At Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $15. (510) 525-3582.

sunday | 29

Middle East expert Yossi Olmert. At Temple Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City. 9:30 a.m. $18. (415) 677-9600.

The Music of Israel. With Mark Levy. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 10:15 a.m. Free. (408) 257-3333.