Benefits & social events

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thursday | 11

“Connections 2004: Tapestry of Life — Women Weaving the Fabric of Community Together.” Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Greater San Jose. At Fairmont Hotel, 170 S. Market St., San Jose. 6 p.m. $65. (408) 358-3033, ext. 33.

“Food for Thought.” Ayelet Waldman, author of “Daughter’s Keeper,” reads at a benefit for the Alameda County Community Food Bank. At The Atrium at Verbena, 1111 Broadway, Oakland. 7 p.m. $40. Reservations: (510) 834-3663, ext. 328.

saturday | 13

Family bingo and silent auction. At Congregation B’nai Emunah, 3595 Taraval St., S.F. 7 p.m. (415) 664-7373.