Lectures & workshops


“Day of Learning.” Educational and arts workshops about tikkun olam for students and educators, presented by Bureau of Jewish Education. At Holy Names High School, 4660 Harbord Drive, Oakland. 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free. RSVP to [email protected]


Yoga and Otiyot Chayyot. Meditation and yoga based on the Hebrew alphabet. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. 10 a.m. Free. www.kolshofar.org.

“World Wide Wrap.” Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs presents a mini-course on tefillin. Includes breakfast. At Congregation Sinai, 1532 Willowbrae Ave., San Jose. 10 a.m. Free. www.sinai-sj.org.

Genealogy clinic. Researchers from the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society demonstrate how to use library resources. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 12 p.m. Free. www.bjesf.org.

“Cooking Jewish: Purim.” Kitchen workshop. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 12 p.m. $25. www.buildingjewishbridges.org.

“A Woman of Heart.” Reading by Santa Cruz writer Marcy Alancraig from her novel about Jewish chicken ranchers in Petaluma during the 1920s. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 2 p.m. www.magnes.org.


“Holocaust Survivor Cookbook.” Talk for women by author Joanne Caras. At Congregation Adath Israel, 1851 Noriega St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10. www.adathisraelsf.org.

Tallit-making workshop. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 7:30 p.m. $25-$30, includes materials. RSVP to [email protected]hirhadash.org.


Jewish Coalition for Literacy tutor trainings. At Juma offices, 131 Steuart St., S.F. 5:45 p.m. Free. www.jclread.org.


“The Rabbinic Invention of the ‘Goy.’ ” Lecture with Ishay Rosen-Zvi of Tel Aviv University. At Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Building 360. Stanford. 12 p.m. Free. www.jewishstudies.stanford.edu.

Anat Hoffman. Executive director of Israel Religious Action Center and founding member of Women of the Wall, speaks about Israeli society from a feminist perspective. At KoPa Café on Stanford University campus, 565 Mayfield Ave. Noon. Free. Also at JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$12. And at Bay Area synagogues Feb. 9-12. For complete schedule see www. rebpam.com/Anat/anattour.htm.

“Attached.” Authors Rachel Heller and Dr. Amir Levine explore the science of relationships. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7 p.m. $10-$18. www.paloaltojcc.org.

“Harvesting Life Wisdom: Empowering Seniors.” Workshop led by therapist Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores. At Santa Rosa JFCS, 1360 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa. Also Feb. 15 and 22 at B’nai Israel Center, 740 Western Ave., Petaluma. 10:30 a.m. $60. RSVP to [email protected]

“From the Ottoman Empire to the Holocaust.” Lecture by Stanford professor Aron Rodrigue about modern Sephardic history. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 5 p.m. Free. www.magnes.org.


What’s Jewish about the Occupy Movement? Interactive panel discussion with local activists from Jewish Youth for Community Action, Occupy Oakland and U.C. Davis faculty. Co-sponsored by JCC East Bay, Progressive Jewish Alliance and Jewish Funds for Justice. At JCC, 5811 Racine St., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. $11 suggested. www.jcceastbay.org.


“Help the Earth.” In honor of Tu B’Shevat, PJ Library and Congregation Emeth present a children’s educational recycling program. At Congregation Emeth, 17835 Monterey St., Morgan Hill. 1 p.m. Free. www.jvalley.org/pjlibrary.


Israeli technology. Interactive session about Israeli innovation for teens in grades 6-12. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7 p.m. Free. www.paloaltojcc.org.


“Parenting Your Teen.” Jewish Teen Alliance and Jewish Community High School of the Bay present workshop on communication, parenting and Jewish values. Includes kosher lunch. At JCHS, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $18. www.parentingyourteen.eventbrite.com.

“Jews from Afghanistan to Yemen.” Ken Blady, lecturer at the American Jewish University Whizin Center, discusses remote Jewish cultures and communities. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 9:30 a.m. Free. www.shirhadash.org.

Bay Area Jewish history conference. One of two all-day conferences on the history of the local Jewish community, with panels, lectures and performance. Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $25-$35. www.lehrhaus.org.

“The Life and Music of Arik Einstein.” Lecture about popular Israeli singer/songwriter by Stanford professor Arie Dubnov. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave, Berkeley. 10:30 a.m. $5 suggested. www.netivotshalom.org.

Hebrew storytelling. Children’s stories with Sharon Nitzan, an actor and director who works with children, in Hebrew. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 11 a.m. Free. www.bjesf.org.

Barbara Rose Brooker. Discussing her book “The Viagra Diaries,” soon to become an HBO series starring Goldie Hawn. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 1455 Elm Street, Napa. 2 p.m. Free. www.cbsnapa.org.

“Searching the 1940 Census and Ketubah.” San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society hosts a talk about Jewish marriage contracts and resources for family historians. At Oakland Family History Center, 4766 Lincoln Ave., Oakland. 12:30 p.m. Free. Also Feb. 13 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road , Los Altos Hills. 7 p.m. Free. www.sfbajgs.org.

“Responding to U.S. Anti-Semitism.” Lecture by Nancy Appel, associate director of the Anti-Defamation League. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 2 p.m. Free. www.bethamisr.org.


“David’s Poems and Prayers.” Rabbi Ronnie Weiss teaches a class on the Psalms. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 10:30 a.m. Free. www.shirhadash.org.

Nathan Englander. Lecture by author of “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank.” At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$20. www.jccsf.org. Also Feb. 15 at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. $10-$18. www.paloaltojcc.org.


Club Fed. Young Adult Division of S.F. Jewish Community Federation presents the first of five weekly sessions on Jewish identity, leadership, social justice and community. Includes dinner. At JCF, 121 Steuart St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. $75. www.jewishfed.org.


Women’s philanthropy. A celebration of Jewish women in the nonprofit world, featuring speaker Geri D. Palast of the Israel Action Network. At Hilton Hotel, 333 O’Farrell St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. $54-$125. www.jewishfed.org.

Mensch society lecture. Marc Freedman, CEO and founder of Civic Ventures, a think tank on boomers, work and social purpose, talks about life after midlife. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. www.jcceastbay.org.


Spanish Jewish history. Talk about Jews of Spain and Portugal by Marti Krow-Lucal, a lecturer on 19th-century history and Yiddish literature. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 10:30 a.m. Free. www.paloaltojcc.org.


KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival. Three-day event with workshops, music, sing-along, dance, literature and more. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 2 p.m. Prices vary. Also Feb. 19 and 20. www.jccsf.org.


Stanley Ginsberg. Discusses his book “Inside the Jewish Bakery.” At Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 2 p.m. Free. www.insidethejewishbakery.com.