“The Oy Way.” Harvey Gotliffe discusses his humorous guide to Yiddish. At Temple Beth Israel, 5716 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. 7:30 p.m. Free.


Marty Brounstein. Author discusses “Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust.” At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. Free.


“The House that Herring Built.” Brunch and book talk by Mark Russ Federman, third-generation owner of New York’s Russ & Daughters deli. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 12 p.m. $40-$50.


Jodi Picoult. Author discusses “The Storyteller,” about a woman who finds out her friend is a former Nazi SS guard. At Spreckles Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 7 p.m. $15, or free with purchase of book for $32.


“Hot Mamalah.” Lisa Alcalay Klug discusses her book on Jewish women and their strengths, idiosyncrasies and challenges. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 7 p.m. $5.