Benefits & social events

saturday | 8

“The 2003 Grand Finale: Songs and Stories.” Sponsor: YeaShOre. Bonfire and more. At Berkeley Marina. 5 p.m. Directions:

sunday | 9

Potluck. Sponsor: Bay Area Jewish Vegetarians. At private home in Oakland. 11:30 a.m. Reservations: EVENT_DETAILS.asp?ID=3231.

tuesday | 11

Women’s night cocktail hour and mixer. Sponsor: LGBT Alliance of the S.F.-based Jewi sh Community Federation. At Lalo’s Mexican Restaurant, 2247 Market St., S.F. 6 p.m. (415) 512-6279.

Dora Sorell. The author of “Tell the Children: Letters to Miriam” is honored by Berkeley Hadassah. At Congregation Beth El, 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. (510) 848-3988.

wednesday | 12

Fall luncheon. Sponsor: Brandeis University National Women’s Committee Greater East Bay Chapter. Ronnie Caplane and Elizabeth Fishel will present their book, “Wednesday Writers.” At Francesco’s Restaurant, Hegenberger Road at Pardee Drive, Oakland. 11:30 a.m. $25. (510) 482-9175.

“From R.A.G.s (Regional Aleph Godolim) to Rabbis.” Central Region West BBYO honors four past youth presidents, Rabbis Mark Bloom, Alan Litwak, Dan Moskovitz and Rick Steinberg. At San Mateo Marriott, 1770 S. Amphlett Blvd. 6:30 p.m. (415) 403-3234.

sunday | 16

“Jewish Pride Week.” Sponsor: Jewish Student Union and Hillel Student Board of U.C. Santa Cruz. Various events through Nov. 22 at U.C. Santa Cruz campus. (831) 426-3332.

Anniversary dinner. Sponsor: Chabad of Berkeley. Yosef Y. Jacobson, author of the tape series “A Tale of Two Souls.” At Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. 5:30 p.m. $125. Reservations: (510) 540-5824.