Holidays & spiritual

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Torah scholar and philosopher Avivah Zornberg has drawn large crowds to her Bay Area talks in recent years, and will likely do so again this weekend. At Congregation Adath Israel in San Francisco, the Jerusalem-based author will discuss Moses’ speech impediment and the narrative of the Spies. The next day, she’ll again explore the narrative of the Spies at the JCC of the East Bay and later will visit the Pacific School of Religion to examine Jacob’s relations with women.

12:15 p.m. (following morning services) and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at Congregation Adath Israel, 1851 Noriega St., S.F. Daytime talk free; evening talk $10. Also 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 21 at JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. Free. Also 7 p.m. Sunday, April 21 at Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley. Free.


“HUBad SoMa Shul.” Chabad of S.F. happy hour followed by Shabbat services and dinner. 5 p.m. Happy hour and services free, dinner $20. Also April 27. Morning services followed by lunch. 9:45 p.m. Lunch $20 suggested. At S.F. School of Digital Filmmaking, 925 Mission St., Suite 108, S.F.


Lag B’Omer festival. Live concert, entertainment for kids, bounce houses. At Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $8-$10.

Siyyum to rededicate a Torah. Day of celebration culminating in the completion of Torah restoration by a sofer (scribe). At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free programs, small fees for meals.

Lag B’Omer bonfire. Nigunim Community Chorus performs. At Codornices Park, picnic area B, 1201 Euclid Ave., Berkeley. 5 p.m. $10; $15 with dinner.


Lag B’Omer celebration. Family fun with games and s’mores. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 3 p.m. Free.