Lectures & workshops

saturday   |   28

Jewish orphanages. A talk by Myron Perry. Sponsored by Tri-Valley Cultural Jews. At 2466 Eighth St., Livermore. 4 p.m. Free. (925) 485-1049.

sunday   |   1

“The Whole Megillah and a Bit of Talmud.” Lectures and discussions with Merkavah instructor Dalia Davis. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. RSVP (510) 292-0175.

Lehrhaus Judaica’s Bible by the Bay. Program with speakers and workshops.

At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 12-5 p.m. After-party 5-7 p.m. $12-$15. www.context2009.org.

“One-on-One Family History Help Session.” At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 12-2 p.m. (415) 567-3327 ext. 704.

“Living at the Top of Your Lungs: Privacy, Publicity and Jewish Parenting in the 21st Century.” Erin Hyman in a conversation with novelist Ayelet Waldman. At Congregation Beth Sholom, 301 14th Ave., S.F. 2-4 p.m. www.bethsholomsf.org.

“Pre-Purim Pump Up the Joy.” Laughter yoga with Alona Jasik. At Afikomen Judaica store, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. (510) 655-1977.

Philip Spiegel. Author of “Triumph Over Tyranny: The Heroic Campaigns that Saved 2,000,000 Soviet Jews.” Co-hosted by Kol Shofar and Rodef Sholom. At Westminster Presbyterian Church, 240 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. 4-6 p.m.www.triumphovertyranny.com.

monday   |   2

“Jewish Mysticism and West Coast Kabbalah.” At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 8 p.m. $10-$12. www.jccsf.org.

tuesday   |   3

“Handeling Anxiety and Stress in Troubling Times.” At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 10 a.m. $5-$8. (925) 938-7800.

“Mitzvot and the Meaning: Approaches to Connecting with Jewish Practice and Prayer.” At Beth Jacob Congregation, 3778 Park Blvd., Oakland. 8 p.m. (510) 482-1147.

wednesday   |   4

Carl Djerassi. Author of “Four Jews on Parnassus.” At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7 p.m. Free. RSVP (415) 444-8028.

“Welcoming Your Jewish Baby… Whether You’re Jewish or Not.” Wednesdays in March. At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 1-2:30 p.m. www.ccjcc.org.

Frances Dinkelspiel. “Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California.” At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. Free. (415) 567-3327 ext. 703.

thursday   |   5

“Destination Ashkenaz: Jewish Identity and Cultural Tourism in Eastern Europe.” At Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. 2-5:30 p.m. RSVP (510) 649-2482.

“Understanding Your Options in Troubled Financial Times.” JFCS presents a panel discussion. At 600 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. RSVP (415) 419-3632.

“A Woman in Love: Love and Eroticism in Biblical Literature.” With Rabbi Benjy Segal. At Congregation Ner Tamid, 1250 Quintara St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. (415) 661-3383.

friday   |   6

“Scholar in Residence Weekend.” With Professor Chai R. Feldblum. Discussions on LGBTQ law, religion and Proposition 8. March 6-7. At Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. 8:15 p.m. www.shaarzahav.org.

sunday   |   8

“Lawrence of Arabia: Man or Myth.” Bagels, Lox and Learning. At Kehillah High School, 3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $5 donation. (650) 494-6400.

“A Call for Justice and Dignity for Workers.” Progressive Jewish Alliance’s educational workshop. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 4-5:30 p.m. (510) 527-8660.

“Mishloah Manot — Sweet Treats for Friends.” Purim foods cooking class. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 5-7:30 p.m. $50-$55. www.jcccsf.org.