Readings

sunday | 8

“The True Story of Hansel and Gretel: A Novel of War and Survival.” Louise Murphy presents her take on the fairy tale set in Nazi-occupied Poland. Sponsors: Café Europa and Black Oak Books. At Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 2 p.m. Free. (510) 848-0237, ext. 112.

wednesday | 11

“The Israelis: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land.” Donna Rosenthal presents her book. At Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. (510) 848-0237, ext. 112.