Lectures & workshops

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sunday   |   30

“Being in Elul by Grounding Ourselves.” A workshop with Rabbi Mark Melamut. At Congregation B’nai Emunah, 3595 Taraval St., S.F. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $5 donation. www.bnaiemunahsf.org.

“The Jews of Oakland and Berkeley.” Fred Isaac’s book launch. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 3 p.m. www.afikomen.com.

wednesday   |   2

“Jewish Vocational Services Online Networking for Jobs and Careers.” At Temple Isaiah, 3800 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. 7-9 p.m. Free. www.jvs.org.

“Elul: Preparations of the Heart.” Rabbi Paul Shleffar discusses transformations in the Jewish calendar. Through Sept. 16. At Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de la Pulgas, Redwood City. 7:30-9 p.m. Free. (650) 368-8481.

thursday   |   3

Congressman Dan Lungren. Republican Jewish Coalition meeting. At Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell St., S.F. 6 p.m. $10-$25. RSVP (310) 478-0752.

“Jewish Women’s Circle Challah Club.” Making and decorating round challah, demonstrations and tips. At Richmond Torah Center Chabad, 423 10th Ave., S.F. 7 p.m. $5 donation. (415) 420-5132.

saturday   |   5

Walid Shoebat. Author of “God’s War on Terror.” At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 6:30 p.m. Free. RSVP (925) 852-1516.

“A Taste of the Prophets.” Visiting scholar Rabbi Joseph Leibowitz lectures. Also Sept. 6. At a private home in Berkeley. (510) 525-2381.