Shorts: Bay Area

High Holy Days food drive to begin

Numerous East Bay synagogues and Jewish institutions are collecting donations of food for the Alameda County Community Food Bank during the High Holy Day period.

The food drive runs from Tuesday, Oct. 4, through Thursday, Oct. 13. Donations can be brought to Temple Sinai, Temple Beth Abraham, Oakland Hebrew Day School and the Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay, all in Oakland; Kehilla Community Synagogue in Piedmont; Congregation Beth El, Aquarian Minyan, Congregation Netivot Shalom, Congregation Beth Israel and the Hillel Foundation, all of Berkeley; the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center in Richmond; Temple Israel in Alameda; Temple Beth Sholom of San Leandro; Temple Beth Torah in Fremont; and Congregation Beth Emek in Pleasanton.

Information: (510) 635-3663 or

Tri-Valley Secular Humanists to meet

The Secular Humanistic Jews of the Tri-Valley Area will hold its first event, a potluck dinner, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1893 N. Vasco Road, Livermore.

The next event will be a sukkah party at the home of Judith Seid, a rabbi in the Secular Humanist movement who has recently moved to the Tri-Valley area. Information: (925) 485-1049 or [email protected].