Benefits & social events


Friends of the IDF. Authors, political analysts, Israeli soldiers and a survivor of a terrorist attack discuss their experiences on the front lines of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces annual gala dinner. Funds raised benefit the social, economic, cultural and spiritual needs of IDF soldiers. At InterContinental San Francisco, 888 Howard St., S.F. 5:30 to 9 p.m. $300.

“Grow Justice: Fight Hunger.” Local political and Jewish community leaders will help to celebrate the Peninsula JCC’s success in growing more than 500 pounds of food for people in need in San Mateo County. At PJCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 3 p.m. Free.

“Raising the Bar on Your Mitzvah.” Fair includes vendors and nonprofits that emphasize ecological sustainability and workers’ rights. At Beth Chaim Congregation, 1800 Holbrook Drive, Danville. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free.


“Schmooze.” EastBayJews–sponsored event with private bar, noshes and karaoke. At Legionnaires Saloon, 2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. 6 p.m. $10; free drink for those who register online.


“Yiddish Culture Festival.” KlezCalifornia presents its annual Yiddish celebration with live music, dance classes, lectures and food. Also Oct. 27. At multiple locations in Berkeley; details on website. 8 p.m. $10-$60. (See story, 23)


“Art for Shaare Zedek.” Silent auctions of art donated to benefit the Jerusalem hospital. At Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos. 5 p.m. $50.

“EastBayJews Volunteer.” Volunteer watering crops, mulching and weeding. At Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St., Berkeley. 2 p.m. Free.

“Jewish Winemakers’ Tasting and Nosh.” Annual event with more than 20 winemakers. At Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall, 126 First St. West, Sonoma. 1 p.m. $45-$50.

“Pink Ribbon Day.” Fundraiser for breast cancer research with fitness classes, a marketplace and a viewing of the Emmy-nominated documentary “In the Family.” At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $20 suggested donation per activity or class. Boxed lunch available for $10.

Temple Israel of Alameda Harvest Festival. Annual fall event to support the synagogue with vendors, artisans, live music and food. At Temple Israel of Alameda, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda. 10 to 4 p.m. Free.


New Israel Fund’s Guardian of Democracy dinner. Annual benefit for the organization, with keynote speaker Ethan Bronner of the New York Times. At Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market St., S.F. 6 p.m. $300.


“Day of Philanthropy.” Larry Baer, president and CEO of the San Francisco Giants, gives the keynote address with Daniel Lurie for a day of philanthropic round tables. At Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market St., S.F. 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. $75-$180.