Spirituality highlights sisterhood confab in San Jose

Erev Shabbat services and dinner will take place at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills. The Shabbat day program at Camp Swig will include services led by Rabbi Ariel Stone Halpern, who has traveled throughout the former Soviet Union to welcome Jewish communities into the Reform movement. The talk will be followed by workshops on new rituals, Torah study and a variety of spiritually based studies.

Sunday's highlights include discussions and panels on "Genetic Implications of Jewish Diseases," "Jews in the Wild West," "Modern Matriarchs: Valuing Older Women," and organizational nuts and bolts.

Other speakers include Dolores Wilkenfeld, past president of Women of Reform Judaism, National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods. Welcoming words will be delivered by San Jose Mayor Susan Hammer, a sisterhood member at Temple Emanu-El in San Jose.

For information, contact Sue Bachman in Oakland, (510) 531-2018; Sarah Osher in San Rafael, (415) 892-8020; and Cheri Half in the Palo Alto area, (650) 494-3464.