Talks & workshops


Neshama women’s weekend retreat. Meet other women, learn more about Judaism and partake in outdoor activities in the Santa Cruz Mountains. At Redwood Glen Conference Center, 100 Wright Drive, Loma Mar. Through Aug. 17. Prices vary.


Israel trip presentation. Information session on 2015 Israel community trip sponsored by Jewish Federation of the East Bay. At Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 4 p.m. Free.

Jewish Heritage Tour. Motorized cable car tour of San Francisco’s historical Jewish sites and synagogues, hosted by Rabbi Moshe Langer. Starts at corner of Geary and Powell streets, Union Square.10:55 am. $22-$30.

Genealogical meeting. Experts from the S.F. Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society will provide information and suggestions to those looking to learn more about their family history. Light kosher refreshments. At Oakland FamilySearch Library, 4766 Lincoln Ave., Oakland. 1 p.m. Free.


“Depictions of Women in Yiddish Writing.” First session in four-week discussion group focusing on female characters in the works of Rachel Korn, Sholem Aleichem, Yente Serdatsky and I.B. Singer. At JCC Sonoma County, 1301 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa. 2 p.m. Free.


“Helping Our Aging Community Live Safely.” Experts from Jewish Family and Children’s Services will host presentation on elder abuse, including how to identify potential abuse and what to do about it. At Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa 12 p.m. Free. (707) 578-5519.


Jews for Dim Sum.” “Project Mah Jongg” event led by artist Imin Yeh and pastry chef Leah Rosenberg. Participants can enjoy retro-themed snacks and build a paper mah jongg set. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 6 p.m. Included with $5 museum admission. (See story, 6a)


Oneg Shabbat with guest speaker Reuven Marko. Board chair of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism will discuss how the movement in Israel is responding to the crisis. Followed by a Q&A and oneg. At Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Road, Lafayette. 8 p.m. Free. (925) 376-6892.

“Grief and Growing.” A healing weekend program for individuals or families experiencing grief from past or recent losses. Run by professional grief care specialists in a supportive Jewish environment. At Camp Newman, 4088 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa. Through Aug. 24. $500.


Members of ITC team

Holding court. The Israel Tennis Centers Foundation, a nonprofit seeking to improve the lives of children through sport, is sending a delegation of coaches and players to the Bay Area to help raise funds for the organization. ITC visitors will display their skills in a tennis exhibition and talk about the role the nonprofit has played in keeping children safe during the recent conflict. Refreshments and on-court activities also will be available. 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at Tiburon Peninsula Club, 1600 Mar W. St., Tiburon. Free. RSVP by Monday, Aug. 18 to (954) 480-6333 ext. 222.


Pop-Up Jewish Marin. Learn about Rosh Hashanah, decorate flower pots, plant bee-friendly seeds and enjoy the Folkish Festival. Presented by Osher Marin JCC and Contemporary Jewish Museum. At Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 12 to 3 p.m. Free.

“First Encounters: An Afternoon of Learning.” In preparation for the High Holy Days, Congregation Netivot Shalom and the monthly journal Sh’ma present a day of study and conversation, with an emphasis on important “first encounters” in life. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 1 to 4 p.m. Free.


Lunch and Learn in Cole Valley. Join local professionals and neighbors for a kosher lunch and group discussion of organ donation from a Jewish legal perspective. At Chabad of Cole Valley, 1336 Willard St., Apt. D, S.F. 12 p.m. Suggested donation $5-$15. (415) 598-8718.