Benefits & social events

saturday | 11

“An Evening of Sacred Stories and Dessert.” With storyteller Jerry Falek. At Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond. 7 p.m. $18-$20. (510) 223-2560.

sunday | 12

Humanistic Judaism Sunday Brunch Program. Sponsor: Kol Hadash. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 10 a.m. $5. [email protected]

Celebration to honor Rabbi Margaret Holub’s 18th year anniversary. At Mendocino Coast Jewish Community, 15071 Caspar Rd., Caspar. 11 a.m. (707) 964-6146.

“Artisans and Authors.” Holiday fair: crafts, books, judaica and more. Contra Costa Jewish Book Festival. At Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 11 a.m. 4:30 p.m. (510) 839-2900 ext. 253.

Veggie Jews Brunch. For young adults and singles. At Greens, Building A, Fort Mason Center, S.F. 1 p.m. (415) 771-6222.

Yiddish Sing-Along. “Gasn un Vegn: Streets and Roads.” At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 1 p.m. Free. (415) 567-3327 ext. 703.

<b.Temple Emanu-El Chanukah Boutique. At Temple Emanu-El, 1010 University Ave., San Jose. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (408) 730-1965.

Annual community gathering, ritual and celebration. For Shalom Bayit community. At private home. 3:30 p.m. (510) 451-8874.

“50th Anniversary Shabbat.” Honoring Jews-by-choice and interfaith families and couples. At Congregation Rodef Sholom, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 8 p.m.

wednesday | 15

Parlor meeting for Chasdei Yosef, an Israeli charity and welfare organization. With speaker Leah Vogel. At Congregation Ahabat Torah, 1537A Meridian Ave., San Jose. 5:45 p.m. (408) 375-7770.

friday | 17

“Synaplex.” Shabbat programming with dinner and dancing. At Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. And workshops on Saturday, Nov. 18 beginning at 9 a.m. Free. (510) 832-0926.

saturday | 18

Malva Malka casino night fundraiser for Chasdei Yosef, an Israeli charity and welfare organization. With speaker Leah Vogel. At Beit Midrash Ohr HaChaim, 1380 Hopkins St., Berkeley. 8 p.m. (510) 558-0536.

sunday | 19

Chanukah Boutique. At Congregation Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way. 9:30 a.m. (415) 586-8833.