“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. www.jewishhealingcenter.org.
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. www.marinjcc.org/events.
When was your first time? In advance of the High Holy Days, Congregation Netivot Shalom and the monthly journal Sh’ma present a day of study and conversation around the themes of firsts and beginnings. Participants are encouraged to share first encounters, such as those with birth, death and God. The discussion will be facilitated by Rabbi Menachem Creditor, Rabbi Stuart Kelman, Sarah Lefton of G-dcast, Sh’ma editor Susan Berrin, J. columnist Dan Schifrin and academics Deena Aranoff and Robert Alter. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24 at Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. Free. www.netivotshalom.org
Middle East discussion group. A member-led, informal roundtable talk about current events in the Middle East. At Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. Free, but registration required. www.commonwealthclub.org.
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.
Wilderness Torah information session. Learn about fall outdoor programs for children in grades K-7 offered by the nature-based Jewish education initiative. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. Free. www.wildernesstorah.org.