Talks & workshops


“Creating a Havdallah Garden.” Parents and children can learn about traditional Jewish culinary and medicinal herbs and create and plant their own self-watering container garden to take home. At Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St. Berkeley. 2 p.m. $8; family discounts available.

“Interfaith Jewish Relationships”.  Rabbi Mychal Copeland, director of InterfaithFamily Bay Area, leads a discussion about interfaith relationships. Dinner provided. At 309 Fernando Ave., Palo Alto. 6 p.m. Free.


Middle East discussion group. A member-led, informal roundtable discussion about current events in the Middle East. At Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. Free, but registration required.


“Essential Jewish Knowledge: The Making of the Jewish Family.” Rabbi David Kasher leads discussion on what constitutes “essential” Jewish knowledge and practices. At Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St. Berkeley. 7 p.m. $10-$15.

“Shabbat in Morocco.” Two-part event presented by JIMENA and S.F. Moishe House. Young adult participants will learn to create a traditional Moroccan dinner to be served the next night. 7 p.m. $8-$12. Also Aug. 1 Kabbalat Shabbat dinner, prayer, songs and henna painting. 7:30 p.m. Free, but RSVP required. At S.F. Moishe House, 1250 Fell St., S.F. RSVP to Dyanna Loeb at [email protected]


Mitzvah Cable Car at Haas-Lilienthal House

All aboard. Learn about San Francisco’s Jewish history in a uniquely San Francisco way with Chabad Rabbi Moshe Langer on the Mitzvah Cable Car. Starting in Union Square, the 21⁄2-hour tour will wind through the city with visits to synagogues and Jewish heritage sites, such as the Haas-Lilienthal House and Concordia-Argonaut Club, ending at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Kosher box lunches from Epic Bites will be available for purchase during the tour. 10:55 a.m. Aug. 3. Meet at Union Square, corner of Geary and Powell streets, S.F. $22-$30. Group discounts available.

Remembering a visionary. Kehilla Community Synagogue will host a 30-day shloshim memorial to commemorate the July 3 passing of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, rabbi, teacher and co-founder of the Jewish Renewal movement. The event will include sharing of
stories and remembrances, concluding with a potluck meal. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3 at Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. Monetary donations and vegetarian/dairy potluck contributions are welcome.


“Talkin’ Baseball and Judaism.” Rabbi David White and KNBR broadcast host Marty Lurie talk about baseball and take questions. Kosher ballpark-style food and drinks available. At Congregation B’nai Israel, 1256 Nebraska St., Vallejo. 6 p.m. $24 suggested donation. For reservations, contact Sue Barush at (707) 312-1624.