Lawson Inada, recent poet laureate of Oregon, will conduct a poetry reading and writing workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 6, at Lidgate Hall, Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. From 1 to 3 p.m., Kurt Katzmar, pastor, will lead a program on "Poetry as a Spiritual Practice." Childcare will be available. Lunch will be provided at a cost of $5. To register, call the church at 541-772-8860. For more information, visit www.medforducc.org.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, Rabbi David Zaslow will host a free screening of the film, "A Case For Israel" at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland.
Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law School professor and champion of human rights, presents evidence in this 77-minute film from leading diplomats, historians, legal experts and government officials on both sides of the political spectrum to make the case for Israel's legitimacy and right to self-defense. For more information, call 541-488-7716.
"The Jews of Jacksonville, 1851-1885 history," another presentation by the Jacksonville Sesquicentennial Celebration series, will be presented by Jeffrey Levin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at MacLevin's, 150 W. California St., Jacksonville. Topics include the merchants, the holidays, the families and their civic life — what they did, how they worshipped, the seven families and how they served the city of Jacksonville and Jackson County. For more information, call 541-899-1251.
Every Thursday from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. the community is invited to First Congregational UCC church for a time of Centering Prayer. The Ashland First Congregational UCC is at 717 Siskiyou Blvd. at the corner of Morton St. near Safeway. For more information, call 541-482-1981.
Dr. Robert Harrison will speak on the current Mideast situation at the next meeting of the Wisdom Seekers group at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Dr. Harrison is a professor in the Middle Eastern Studies Department at Southern Oregon University. Call 541-488-7716 for more information.
The Cornerstone Lecture Series presents, "The Making of the American Jesus," with Dr. Stephen Nichols, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Cornerstone Christian Church, 608 N. Bartlett St., Medford.
Nichols will offer four sessions, "My Own Personal Jesus," "When the Man Comes Around," "God With Us" and "For Us and For Our Salvation." Preregistration is $15 for students, $25 for nonstudents. At the door, admission is $20 for students and $30 for nonstudents. Lunch and refreshments are included. To preregister, call 541-773-8163 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.