Talks & workshops

friday/16

“Hanukkah FRYdays.” Weekly program in December presents chef Jason Dominguez from JCCSF cafe, with recipes for lumpia and banana lumpia. At JCCSF, 3200 California St. 4 p.m. Also Dec. 23 with fried piroshki from S.F. Russian food favorite Cinderella Bakery & Café. 4:30 p.m. Free. www.tinyurl.com/jccsf-fridays

sunday/18

“Israel’s Environmental Challenges and the Relevance of Jewish Teachings.” Presentation by Rabbi Yonatan Neril, founder of Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development. Includes Israeli appetizer buffet. At Congregation Beth Sholom, 301 14th Ave., S.F. 3 p.m. $10. www.bethsholomsf.org

“A Narrow Bridge: Supporting Refugees and Immigrants.” Speakers and panels provide a post-election briefing on issues facing immigrants and refugees. Hosted by JFCS East Bay; 13 co-sponsors including JCRC. At Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Road, Lafayette. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free, registration requested. www.jcrc.org

monday/19

“Spinoza and Me: Are We Heretics?” Seminar by Rabbi Ari Cartun, educator and Etz Chaim rabbi emeritus, on the philosophy of Spinoza and the place of secular Judaism today. At PJCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 2 p.m. $4. www.tinyurl.com/spinoza-pjcc

wednesday/21

“Advanced Hanukkah for Beginners.” One-hour adult education class covering history and meaning of the holiday. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 12 p.m. Free, but registration required.  www.tinyurl.com/jccsf-advanced