Deputy Consul General Gideon Lustig. Discusses Israel’s humanitarian actions around the world, following Shabbat services. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 8 p.m. Free. www.shirhadash.org.
“On the Wings of the Phoenix.” Manli Ho presents an exhibit about her father, former S.F. resident and Chinese diplomat Feng Shan Ho, who saved thousands of Jews in World War II. Exhibit through July 31. At Chinese Historical Society of America, 965 Clay St., S.F. 1 p.m. Free. (415) 391-1188 ext. 101.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier. Bay Area’s 12th District representative in conversation with the Jewish community. At College of San Mateo, 1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo. 4 p.m. Free. www.jewishfed.org.
“Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein.” Class with Bonnie Weiss, teacher of musical theater appreciation at San Francisco State and Dominican universities. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 3 p.m. Free. www.paloaltojcc.org.
Book talk by Michael Cooper. Author discusses “Foxes in the Vineyard,” his novel about a son searching for his archaeologist father on the eve of the Israeli War of Independence. At Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek.7 p.m. Free. www.mtdpc.org. Also July 29 at Copperfield’s Books, 3900 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa. 1 p.m. Free. www.copperfieldsbooks.com/stores/napa.
“Jerusalem’s Destruction and God.” Class on the Book of Eicha/Lamentations taught by Rabbi Menachem Creditor. Also July 25. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $40. www.netivotshalom.org.
Café by the Bay. Jewish Family and Children’s Services’ monthly program for Holocaust survivors. This session on JFCS’ archives and artifacts. At JFCS, 600 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 2 p.m. Free. (415) 419-3632 or BonniS@jfcs.org.
“Cultivating a Movement.” Discussion of history of California’s organic farming with panelists who were early activists in the movement. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $6-$8. www.jcceastbay.org.