Shorts: Bay Area

Sherith Israel hosting identity symposium

Congregation Sherith Israel’s third annual symposium, “Mine, Yours, Ours: Ad-venture into Jewish Identity,” will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 19 at the synagogue, 2266 California St., San Francisco.

The symposium will examine how Jews form a religious or cultural identity in an America with so many blended, step-, mixed, interfaith and alternative families.

Keynote speakers are Ari Y. Kelman, assistant professor of American Studies at U.C. Davis, and Daniel Handler (better known as Lemony Snicket). There will also be four interactive breakout sessions.

Tickets cost $85-$95 for congregation members and $105-$118 for non-members. Lunch is included. For reservations, contact Gabi Moskowitz at (415) 346-1720 ext. 24 or [email protected]

Author Naomi Wolf to speak in Bay Area

Jewish author Naomi Wolf, promoting her latest book, “Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries,” will give a talk 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12 at Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. For more information on the free event, call (707) 578-5519.

She will make two Commonwealth Club appearances on Tuesday, Oct. 14: 12 p.m. at the Building E Conference Center, 2900 Semiconductor Drive, Santa Clara; and 6:30 p.m. at 595 Market St., San Francisco. Tickets $12 to $20. For details: (415) 597-6705 or

Sukkot beckons in Albany, El Cerrito

Saffron Gourmet Market and Deli is inviting the public into its indoor sukkah. The store is located at 1007 Solano Ave., Albany. For more information, call (510) 528-8282.

Jewish Gateways will celebrate Sukkot with bagels, songs and stories for pre-schoolers up to age 5 and their parents from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Oct. 18 at 409 Liberty St., El Cerrito. RSVP to Rabbi Bridget Wynne at (510) 559-8140 or [email protected]

Sukkot begins on Monday, Oct. 13 and continues for seven days.


The Oct. 3 article “From soup to Jews” included an image created by Andy Warhol of Albert Einstein. The caption should have read: Andy Warhol, Albert Einstein from “Ten Portraits of Jews from the Twentieth Century,” 1980, synthetic polymer paint and silk-screen ink on canvas, 40 x 40 in. (101.6 x 101.6 cm) © 2008 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/ARS, New York. Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York.