Thursday night: Local gatherings to support Israel

Two emergency community gatherings will take place Thursday evening, Jan. 8 to express solidarity with Israel during the Gaza crisis. Gatherings will include prayers for peace, a briefing on the Gaza situation and information about ways to support Israel.

In San Francisco, a solidarity gathering will begin 5:30 p.m. at Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St. At 6:30 p.m., workshops offered by the Jewish Study Network and Jewish Community High School of the Bay will address the power of prayer in an emergency, and other topics. For more information, contact jbernstein@jcrc.org.

On the Peninsula, a gathering will begin 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Am, 26792 Arastradero Road in Los Altos Hills. For more information, contact kstiller@jcrc.org.

The gatherings are sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council and S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation. Co-sponsors include AIPAC, BlueStarPR and the Board of Rabbis of Northern California.