Lectures & workshops

sunday   |   5

“Help with Your Family Tree: Brainstorming with the Mavens.” Help from San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 12-2 p.m. (415) 567-3327 ext. 704.

Etty Hilesum. Jewish memoirist. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 3-4 p.m. $5. (650) 223-8618.

monday    |   6

“Improving Communications Between Israelis and Palestinians.” With Steve West and Iftekar Hai. At Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F. 11:30 a.m. $20. (415) 597-6705.

tuesday   |   7

“Zionism and Science.” With professor Tal Golan. At Taube Center for Jewish Studies, 450 Serra Mall, Building 360, Stanford. 12 p.m. (650) 752-0577.

Joan Nathan. Author of “Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France.” At Hayes Street Grill, 320 Hayes St., S.F. Also 6:30 p.m. at Kehilla Synagogue, Piedmont; 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto.; 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at Congregation Kol Shofar, Tiburon; 11 a.m. Dec. 12 at Berkeley Hillel. www.joannathan.com.

“Israeli-American Cultural Differences as Reflected in ‘In Treatment’/’Be’ Tipul.’ ” Beliefs and values in the two television shows. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. $8-$15. (650) 223-8664.

wednesday   |   8

“Arthur Szyk — Miniature Paintings and Illuminations.” Lecture and presentation by Szyk expert Irvin Ungar. At Burlingame Public Library, Lane Community Room, 480 Primrose Ave., Burlingame. 7 p.m. www.burlingame.org.

thursday   |   9

Sue Fishkoff. Talk and reading by author of “Kosher Nation.” At BJE Jewish Community Library , 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. [email protected]

friday   |   10

“Beit Ayin Jewish Meditation Retreat of Sonoma.” Rabbis Lavey Derby and Ethan Franzel lead Hebrew chant, Chassidic storytelling and study. At Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma. Through Dec. 12. 5 p.m. $318. RSVP to (707) 849-5844.

saturday   |   11

“What We Brought Back — Jewish Life After Birthright.” Taglit-Birthright alumni discuss their trips. With wine and hor d’oeuvres. At Dog Eared Books, 900 Valencia St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. (415) 561-9931.

sunday   |   12

“An Examination of the Writings of the Prophets.” Adult education class. At Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond. 10:15 a.m. [email protected]

“Neither Yesterdays Nor Tomorrows: Vignettes of a Holocaust Childhood.” With George J. Elbaum. Bagels, Lox and Learning event. At 3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 10 a.m. $5. (650) 494-6400.

“The Hidden History of American Yiddish Shuln.” Talk and presentation by Yiddish scholar Marti Krow-Lucal. Reception and program. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St. 1 p.m. Free. [email protected]

“Israel: The Original Wine Country.” Israeli wine tasting sponsored by Contra Costa Jewish Day School and Temple Isaiah. At Temple Isaiah, 3800 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. 7:30 p.m. $10-$18. www.temple-isaiah.org./isr.