Benefits & events

friday/16

“A Walk Amongst Trees.” Hike in San Francisco’s Presidio with Bay Area Hazon director Deborah Newbrun, author of “Spirit in Nature.” Presented by Contemporary Jewish Museum. Starting location available at registration. 9:30 a.m. $15. www.thecjm.org.

“Jewish Education Is Sweet!” Fundraiser for Costa Contra Midrasha with music, dinner and a chocolate theme. At Congregation Beth Chaim, 1800 Holbrook Way,  Danville. 6:30 p.m. $36-$360. www.ccmidrasha.com.

saturday/24

Fammy Awards Gala. “Family Matters” fundraiser for Jewish Family and Children’s Services. Cocktails, dinner, auction, awards. At the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 600 Stockton St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. $200 and up. www.jfcs.org.

sunday/25

Kosher-for-Passover wine tasting. Sampling from Covenant Wines vineyard.  At Hillel of Silicon Valley, 44 S. 11th St., San Jose. 2 p.m. $10. www.hillelsv.org.

“The Creative Energy That Is Israel.” Dinner and talk by past national president of AIPAC Amy Friedkin, head of pro-Israel advocacy group Israel21C.org. Benefit for Berkeley Haddasah. At Beth Israel, 1630 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. 4:30 p.m. $80. www.berkeleyhadassah.org.

Simcha Faire. Vendors on hand for families planning b’nai mitzvah, brit milah, wedding or other special occasions. At the Renaissance Club Sports, 2805 Jones Road, Walnut Creek. 12:30 p.m. Free. www.simchasisters.com.