Benefits & events

Israel amid turbulence

Middle East expert David Makovsky, who co-wrote the recent strategic report “Preventing an Iranian Nuclear Breakout” for the Washington Institute (where he is a fellow), will speak at Stanford on “Israel in a Turbulent Middle East.” He will draw on his extensive knowledge of the region as a former leading journalist for the Jerusalem Post and U.S. News & World Report, and co-author with Dennis Ross of “Myths, Illusions, & Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East.”

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Hewlett Teaching Center, Room 201, 370 Serra Mall, Stanford. Free.


Shechinah dance. Cosmic dance that closes with a meditation. At Studio 16, 2525 Eighth St., Berkeley. 10 a.m. $15. www.

Dedication ceremony and art exhibit. Congregation Beth David and the Portuguese community of San Jose honor Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who saved thousands of Jews and others during World War II. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 1 p.m. Free.

Sunday Streets Berkeley. Klezmer bands Hernandez Hideaway and Klezmer Jam, at Cedar and Shattuck avenues. Starting 12:30 p.m. Open house at Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.

“Room for Rent.” Puppet performance for children ages 2 to 6 and their families based on author Leah Goldberg’s book “Dira Le’haskir.” At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 10:30 a.m. Free.

“Teen Scene.” Friendship Circle event for teens with special needs and volunteers. At Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. 6 p.m. Free.

East Bay Chessed Day. Volunteer with the Alameda County Community Food Bank, cook a meal at the Berkeley Women’s Shelter, decorate bags for Shabbat Meal delivery or beautify Redwood Regional Park. Email for available spots.

Golf tournament and silent auction. Fundraiser for Congregation B’nai Israel. At Foxtail Golf Club, 100 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park. Golf from 1 to 5:30 p.m. $125. Silent auction 6 p.m.


“Schmooze.” East Bay Jews young adults’ mixer. At Prizefighter, 6702 Hollis St., Emeryville. 6 p.m. $8-$10. 21-plus.


“Parents’ Night Out.” Drop off the kids for Havdallah, games, arts and crafts for kids in kindergarten through seventh grade. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 5 to 10 p.m. $15-$20.


Discussion group for children of Holocaust survivors. At Max’s Opera Café, 1250 Bayshore Hwy., Burlingame. 2 p.m. Free. (650) 773-1009 or


“Café by the Bay.” For Holocaust survivors. Music by Rita and the Cosmos. At Jewish Family and Children’s Services, 600 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 2:30 p.m. Free. or (415) 419-3635.