Lectures & workshops

friday   |   19

“Portraiture and the Making of Gertrude Stein.” Co-curator Wanda M. Corn examines the legacy of artistic portraits and Gertrude Stein. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 12 p.m. $15 general, free to members and youth under 18. www.thecjm.org.

sunday   |   21

“Breaking in Order to Become Whole.” Rabbi Hillel Lester and Chaya Kaplan-Lester present a Torah workshop for personal growth and a one-woman play, “Babel’s Daughter: From the Bible-Belt to the Holy Land,” about one woman’s spiritual journey from the Mississippi Delta to Jerusalem. At Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley. 2 p.m. $18. (510) 704-9687.

“Why We Seek Peace and Pursue It.” J Street S.F. Bay Area and Kehilla Community Synagogue present a discussion with five J Street representatives. At Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. 3 p.m. Free. RSVP to [email protected].

“Stealing in the Digital Age.” Summer Hot Topics class taught by Rabbi Shaye Guttenberg. At Jewish Study Network, 3626 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $15 includes dinner. [email protected].

monday   |   22

“G-d Creates Worlds and Destroys Them.” Dr. Moshe Podolak, professor of planetary sciences at Tel Aviv University, will give a presentation about science and the Torah. At Ahabat Torah, 1537A Meridian Ave., San Jose. 7:30 p.m. Free. (408) 266-2342.

wednesday   |   24

San Francisco Mayoral Debate. Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club will host and ask questions of mayoral candidates that are of particular concern to the Jewish community. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. Free. (510) 504-2235.

“Legal Notes and Stuffed Cabbage.” Café Europa’s Holocaust survivors’ social and educational group presents an afternoon of food and law with attorney Charles Drexler, who will discuss the importance of durable power of attorney for health care and advance health care directives. At JFCS/East Bay Contra Costa Office, 1855 Olympic Blvd., Walnut Creek. 12 p.m. Free. Also Thursday, Aug. 25. RSVP to (510) 558-7800 ext. 702.

friday   |   26

Jewish Chorus weekend retreat. Nigunim Chorus presents a retreat open to the Bay Area Jewish community. Includes classes in drumming, Jewish folk songs, choreography, music therapy and more. Through Aug. 28. At River’s Bend Retreat Center, 18450 Ray’s Road, Philo. $180. (510) 504-2235.

saturday   |   27

“Christians Stand With Israel.” StandWithUs presents a workshop about how to support Israel and know which activities are anti-Israel. At First Baptist Church, 22 Waller St., S.F. 2 p.m. Free. RSVP to (415) 823-1478.

sunday   |   28

“East Bay Disaster Readiness Conference.” Three-hour training session on what to have ready, how to use it and how to keep safe in a major earthquake. Presented by the Jewish Federation of the East Bay with the American Red Cross, John Muir Health and the United Way. At John Muir Hospital, 1601 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. 9 a.m. Free. (510) 318-6453.

“Lowdown on the High Holy Days.” Annual Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur workshop led by Rabbi Andrea Berlin and Rabbi David Katz. Lunch available. At Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton. 9 a.m. Free. (925) 931-1055.

“Moving Forward to Two States.” J Street S.F. Bay Area featuring speaker Joel Silberman, former assistant to New America Foundation policy analyst. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 11 a.m. Free. (510) 524-1993.

“Who Do You Think They Were?” San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. A panel offers guidance on researching your family history. Includes kosher refreshments. At Oakland Regional Family History Center, 4766 Lincoln Ave., Oakland. 1 p.m. Free. www.sfbajgs.org.

“Torah & Tea with Maayan Rabinovich.” Meet Merkavah Torah Institute’s new instructor and find out about upcoming classes for ‘Women in Talmud and Prophets.’ At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 3 p.m. Free. (510) 292-0175.