Benefits & social events

Allan Richards (aka Richard Aptekar, left) and Lauren Mayer

Eat, drink, laugh, and save the world

A benefit show for victims of Hurricane Sandy will bring together three dozen comedians, musicians, singers and other performers to an Italian restaurant in San Francisco’s Lakeside Village (it’s not next to a lake and it’s not really a village, but we digress) for an afternoon of belly laughs and warm hearts. Jewish performers will include comedian Allan Richards (aka Richard Aptekar, one of the organizers), singer-entertainer Lauren Mayer and comedian Jeff Applebaum.

2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6 at Villa D’Este Restaurant, 2623 Ocean Ave., S.F. $20 entry and $20 food minimum.


Marin women’s brunch. With talk by Lisa Alcalay Klug on her book “Hot Mamalah: The Ultimate Guide for Every Woman of the Tribe” and performance by Maxine Epstein, who debuts her one-woman show “Pushin’ the Pushke: A Case for Giving.” At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 11 a.m. $18; free to members. RSVP required to (415) 444-8089.

Master puppeteer Jen Miriam. Part of Under One Tent Contra Costa Jewish Book Festival. At Contra Costa Jewish Day School, 955 Risa Road, Lafayette. 3 p.m. Free.


Jews’ Next Dor. Young adults’ group sponsors meet and greet. At Pasta Q, 160 Castro St., Mountain View. 7 p.m. $15-$20.


Israeli folk dance party. Café Shalom presents monthly dancing and munchies. At St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 1399 43rd Ave., S.F. 7:30 p.m. $5-$8. [email protected]

“Second Saturday.” Night for Jewish young adults with dancing, drink specials and appetizers. At the Cellar, 685 Sutter St., S.F. 8 p.m. $15 includes four drinks.


“Spa for the Soul.” Spa day celebrating Jewish women with keynote talk by Miriam Lipskier, director of the Chabad Student Center at Emory University. At Piedmont Community Hall, 711 Highland Ave., Piedmont. 6 p.m. $36. Advance registration required by Jan. 7 at