Lectures & workshops

friday   |   5

“Jewish Culture in Alexandria: The Hebrew Bible in Greek.” As part of a program of lectures on Hebrew, Persian and Babylonian cultures. Through Feb. 6. At Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F. 8 p.m. $30-$100. www.cityboxoffice.com.

saturday   |   6

Zohar class. With Daniel Matt, Zohar translator. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 7:30-9 p.m. Free. www.netivotshalom.org.

sunday   |   7

“Giving and Receiving: A Reconstructionist Inheritance.” All-day Reconstructionism workshops and lectures. At Or Shalom Synagogue, 1250 Quintara St., S.F. 9:30 a.m. $8-$18. www.orshalom.org.

“Judaism and Nature: Tribal Judaism and the Values That Come From Living Close to the Land.” Exploring the World of Judaism lecture with Rabbi Avram Davis. At Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., S.F. 10 a.m. Free. (415) 346-1720 ext. 28.

“Science in the Talmud.” With Rabbi John Fishman. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 10 a.m. www.shirhadash.org.

“One-on-One Help With Your Family Tree.” S.F. Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society meeting. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 12-2 p.m. [email protected]

“Repairing the World, Restoring Our Souls.” Study and meditation for social justice activists. At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. 2:30-5:30 p.m. RSVP to (510) 334-3747.

“Jews in Modern China.” Speakers will discuss Sephardi, Russian and Holocaust-refugee Jewish communities in China followed by the opening reception for “Images of Indochina.” At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 3 p.m. Free. (650) 223-8605.

monday   |   8

“People of the Story.” Traveling author Joel ben Izzy telling stories from biblical times to the present. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 2-3 p.m. $4. www.pjcc.org.

Effi Eitam. Former Knesset member and expert on Galilee region. At Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de la Pulgas, Redwood City. 7:30 p.m. $10. www.bethjacobrwc.org.

tuesday   |   9

“The Revolution That Was Biblical Israel.” With Ken Cohen. At the Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 10 a.m. $7-$10. (925) 938-7800 ext. 239.

“Referendum on the Jewish Deli Menu.” Panel discussion with Michael Pollan and others. At Saul’s Restaurant and Deli, 1475 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. 6 p.m. $10-$15, includes reception and snacks. (510) 848-3354.

“Hearts, Minds and Hands.” With Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies faculty member Rabbi David Levin-Kruss. At the Women’s Building, 3543 18th St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. Also 12 p.m. Feb. 10 at Taube Hillel House, 565 Mayfield Ave., Stanford. [email protected]

“Zionism and Human Rights.” With author Philip Spiegel discussing Natan Sharansky and refuseniks. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 7:30 p.m. $3-$5. [email protected]

wednesday   |   10

“Personal Genomics.” Jewish Community Federation’s Business Leadership Council panel discussion. At Koshland Theater in the Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 6-8:30 p.m. $50-$60. (415) 369-2875.

“Translating the Hebrew Bible: The Challenges and the Pleasures.” With Hebrew professor Robert Alter. At Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. Free. (510) 649-2541.

“Eating Disorders: A Mother and Daughter Tell a Story of Healing.” Eating disorders and Jewish culture. At Temple Isaiah, 3800 Mount Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. 7-9 p.m. $5. RSVP to (925) 988-9707.

“Jewish Approach to Social Justice.” With rabbi and author Jill Jacobs. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7-9 p.m. Free with canned food item. www.marinjcc.org.

“Israeli-American Cultural Differences as Reflected in ‘In Treatment’ and ‘BeTipul.’ ” At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. $8-$15.

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thursday   |   11

“Who Profits From the Israeli Occupation?” Jewish Voice For Peace discussion. At Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., Berkeley. 7-9 p.m. $5. bfuu.blogspot.com.

“Shakin’ the Blues Away: The Genius of Irving Berlin.” Cantor Roslyn Barak’s multimedia lecture and sing-along. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 8 p.m. www.jccsf.org.

“Does Age Count? The Truth About Aging in the 21st Century.” Dialogue lecture series with author Lillian Rubin. At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 7:30 p.m. $30-$35. www.ccjcc.org/dialogues.

Nathaniel Deutch. Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at U.C. Santa Cruz. Part of the Winter Speaker Series. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 7:30 p.m. Free. (408) 357-7413.

friday   |   12

Jennifer Gorovitz. Acting chief executive officer of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation. At Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de la Pulgas, Redwood City. Following 7:30 p.m. services. www.bethjacobrwc.org.

sunday   |   14

Kol Hadash Bagel Brunch. With Eric Miekle, anthropologist from the National Center for Science Education. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $7.50-$10. www.kolhadash.org.