Lectures & workshops

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friday   |   18

“Jews and Muslims: Conjunctions/Disjunctions.” Mir Tamim Ansary discusses historical roots of Islam in Judaism. Mediterranean dinner. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $30-$35. www.jccsf.org.

saturday   |   19

Tina Wasserman. Author of “Entrée to Judaism.” At Towne Center Books, 555 Main St., Pleasanton. 4 p.m. Also 2 pm. March 20 at Congregation Shir Shalom, 252 W. Spain St., Sonoma; 7 p.m. March 22 at BJE, 1835 Ellis St., S.F.; 7:30 p.m. March 24 at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. www.cookingandmore.com

sunday   |   20

“A Wider Bridge Discussion with Israeli Gay Youth.” Panel discussion with LGBT youth from Israel. At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. www.awiderbridge.org.

tuesday   |   22

“Jewish Untouchables? Caste and Racial Stratification Among God’s Chosen People in Chochin and Bombay, India.” Lecture by author Ken Blady. At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 10 a.m. $7-$10. (925) 938-7800 ext. 239.

wednesday   |   23

“Insight into the Haggadah.” Discussion about Passover with Rabbi Steven Kaplan. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP to [email protected].

thursday   |   24

“Shifting Jewish Identities.” Steven Cohen discusses Jewish community and identity among younger Jews. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 5:30-9 p.m. $15-$18. www.marinjcc.org.

“Organic Chicken Soup with Matzah Balls.” Cooking class with Alexandra Wall. Part of Wilderness Torah’s Hebrew Homesteading series. At a private home, Oakland. 6:30-9 p.m. $20-$35. www.wildernesstorah.org.

“Jews of the Historic South.” Talk and presentation by Felix and Sue Warburg. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. (415) 567-3327 ext. 703.

“Seder How-Tos.” Workshop for first-time seder hosts. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7-8:30 p.m. $5-$8. (650) 223-8602.

“What Does it Mean to Be Jewish?” Poets explore Jewish identity from “Chapter and Verse,” Jewish anthology. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. Free. www.oaklandsinai.org.

Fred Rosenbaum. Lehraus Judaica founder on various topics. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 7:30 p.m. [email protected]. Also 8 p.m. March 25 at Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. Free. www.shirhadash.org; and 11 a.m. March 27 at Congregation Beth Sholom, 1455 Elm St., Napa. $5. RSVP to (707) 253-7305.

saturday   |   26

“Laugh and Learn with Doug Brook.” Based on his humor column on Southern Jewish life, Brook discusses the lighter side of Judaism. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 1:30 p.m. beth-david.org.

sunday   |   27

“The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: A Centennial Commemoration.” Lectures by Judy Baston and Elaine Leeder. Yiddish labor songleading with Jill Tallmer. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 1 p.m. Free. (415) 567-3327 ext. 703.

Frances Dinkelspiel. Author of “Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California.” San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society meeting and lecture. At Congregation Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F. 1 p.m. Free. www.sfbajgs.org.

“What Comes After Jewish Preschool?” With Jewish education experts. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 4 p.m. Free. [email protected].

Irvin Ungar. Presenting “The Szyk Haggadah.” At Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7 p.m. Free. (415) 927-0960.