Benefits & social events

tuesday | 6

“University Outreach Program.” Santa Clara Valley Chapter of Brandeis University’s National Women’s Committee fund-raiser. Featuring lunch and lecture, “What is Modern Art?” by Joseph D. Ketner. At Chai House, 814 St. Elizabeth Drive, San Jose. 10 a.m. $28-$30. (408) 268-8935.

wednesday | 7

“Peninsula Café.” Informal gathering for those with conversational Hebrew skills. Facilitated by educator Ayelet Daliot. Sponsor: Israel Center of the S.F.-based federation. At 5150 El Camino Real, suite D-15, Los Altos. 8 p.m. $5. Reservations: (415) 512-6424.

thursday | 8

“First Thursday.” S.F.-based federation’s LGBT Alliance cocktail-hour mixer. Singles and non-singles welcome. At Hotel Monaco, 501 Geary St., S.F. 6 p.m. Reservations: (415) 512-6279.