Talks & workshops

sunday/31

“Jewish Astrology and the Month of Elul.” Torah-based astrologer Lorelai Kude will discuss astrology from a Jewish perspective. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 11 a.m. Free. (510) 655-1977.

sunday/7

American Yiddish culture. San Francisco State theater arts professor Joel Schechter and City College of San Francisco art history professor Diana Scott speak about Yiddish culture and satire at Kol Hadash bagel brunch. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 11 a.m. Brunch donation $10. www.kolhadash.org.

wednesday/10

“Rabbis Roundtable: Sarah and Hagar.” Local rabbis will discuss the biblical story of Sarah and Hagar, read in many synagogues on Rosh Hashanah, and its relevance to contemporary issues, including surrogate motherhood and the conflicts between Muslims and Jews. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 7 p.m. Free. www.pjcc.org.