Talks & workshops


“A Brief History of Jerusalem.” U.C. Berkeley professor Ron E. Hassner, whose research focuses on political science and religious studies, discusses the city’s past and its politics. Presented by Temple Israel’s Men Club. At 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda.10 a.m. $5 suggested donation.

“Navigating Difference, Embracing Inclusion.” One of four workshops every month through June at a different synagogue to talk about issues around inclusion. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 2 to 4:30 p.m. $18; or $54 for all four workshops.

“Teaching from Our Jewish Traditions: Life Cycle Transitions.” Discussion with local rabbis on aging and end-of-life practices. At Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 9:30 a.m. Free.

“Urban Gardening 101.” David Gardella demonstrates how to grow food even in very small spaces, and how this aligns with Jewish values. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 1 p.m. $18-$20.


“Lessons Learned from a Holocaust Childhood.” Holocaust survivor Hans Angress lectures in Sonoma State’s “Never Again?” series on the Holocaust and genocide. At Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 4 p.m. Free.

Susannah Heschel. Jewish studies professor at Dartmouth College discusses “Redefining 21st Century Jewish Identity.” At Congregation Emanu-El , 2 Lake St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. Also Feb. 26, leading “The Monotheistic Triangle,” a class on Christianity and Islam from the Jewish perspective. Part of Lehrhaus’ 40th anniversary celebration. At Congregation Beth Am, 26970 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 7 p.m. Free; RSVP required. (See story, 4)


Golda Meir

One for the history books. Mark Raider, a professor of modern Jewish history at the University of Cincinnati, will discuss two prominent Zionists — Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and American Rabbi Stephen S. Wise — and their impact on modern Zionism and Jewish identity following World War II. 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 at Marin Luther King Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose. Free. RSVP to

“From Kuwait to Jerusalem.” Mordechai Halawa, who grew up in a secular Muslim family in Kuwait, discusses finding his matrilineal Jewish roots. At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 7:30 p.m. $12.


“Dialogue, the Centerpiece of Jewish Culture: Why Can’t We Live Without It?” Discussion led by four local Jewish professors. Part of Lehrhaus’ 40th anniversary celebration. At Lehrhaus Judaica, 2736 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. 4 p.m. Free. (See story, 6)

Mitzvah cooking. Learn how to bake traditional Jewish holiday items. At Congregation Kol Shofar, Tiburon. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $25. RSVP by Feb. 25.

“Remember the Holocaust: A Memoir of Survival.” Author Helen Farkas discusses growing up in fascist Hungary and being deported to Auschwitz. Hosted by Sharone Hadassah. At private residence in Saratoga. 11 a.m. $25 suggested donation. RSVP at (408) 859-8927.


“A Conversation Across Time.” Discussion with Rabbi Ed Feinstein about the rebirth of ancient Israel and redemption. Part of Lehrhaus Judaica’s 40th anniversary celebration. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free.


“Essential Practice of Open Dialogue.” Lehrhaus Judaica’s founding director Fred Rosenbaum and Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan discuss Jewish philosopher Martin Buber and his study of Hassidism. Part of Lehrhaus’ 40th anniversary celebration. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7 p.m. Free.