Lectures & workshops

saturday   |   25

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

“The Secret of True Right Livelihood.” Jeff Katz, creator of one-man show “Confessions of a Mensch,” on spiritual principles and laws. At Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Forest Room, Mill Valley. 7:30pm. www.myfavoriteabstracts.com.

sunday   |   26

Oran Hesterman. Author of “Fair Food.” At Books Inc., 1760 Fourth St., Berkeley. 5 p.m. Free. www.booksinc.net.

tuesday   |   28

“Farhud Commemoration, 70 Years After.” JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa event with Daniel Khazzom and Aaron Matityahu. At Congregation Anshey Sfard, 1500 Clement St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. RSVP to [email protected].

wednesday   |   29

“Lessons Learned: Jewish Philanthropy and Fundraising.” With Robert Aronson, president of the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life and of the Birthright Israel Foundation. At UpStart Bay Area, 332 Pine St., S.F. 11 a.m. $25. www.upstartbayarea.org.

tuesday   |   5

“A Taste of Hebrew.” Fundamentals of reading, writing and speaking Hebrew. Tuesdays through Sept. 6. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 6:15-7:45 p.m. $175-$185. www.jccsf.org.

wednesday   |   6

“A Taste of Melton: Focus on Family.” Exploring Jewish text to help lead a balanced life. At 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 7-8:30 p.m. $5-$7. www.siliconvalleyjcc.org.

friday   |   8

“Urban Campout.” Shabbaton retreat with songs, games, eco-education. Through July 10. At Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St., Berkeley. 6 p.m. $36. www.urbanadamah.org.

saturday   |   9

“Tea and Torah.” Cantor Meeka Simerly discusses Torah from a female perspective over tea and noshes. At Temple Emanu-El, 1010 University Ave., San Jose. 10:30 a.m. www.templesanjose.org.

sunday   |   10

“Following Reform: the New Conservative Response.” Jewish Intellectual History series lecture. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 1 p.m. www.kolhadash.org.