Benefits & events

Are you a ‘Hot Mamalah’?

Lisa Alcalay Klug’s new book, “Hot Mamalah: The Ultimate Guide for Every Woman of the Tribe,” is a celebration of Jewish women — their strengths, challenges and triumphs. A companion to her earlier “Cool Jew,” the new collection includes humorous essays, illustrations, how-tos and more, covering such diverse subjects as “The Guilt Bank,” “Woulda Shoulda Prada” and “Mikveh: Foam Fatale.” The author will appear in Berkeley to talk about her book.

5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 at Congregation Beth Israel, 1630 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. $5-$15.


Israeli folk dance party. Café Shalom presents monthly dancing and munchies. At St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 1399-43rd Ave., S.F. 7:30 p.m. $5-$8.


“Knishes, Kugel and Cabernet.” Third annual wine country Jewish winemakers’ tasting and nosh. At Veterans Memorial Hall, 126 First St., Sonoma. 1:30 p.m. $40.

Anniversary celebration. Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay celebrates its 135-year history with a performance directed by Joy Carlin and the klezmer band Veretski Pass. At Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland. 5:30 p.m. $75-$135.

“Teen Scene.” Friendship Circle event for teens with special needs and volunteers. Also Nov. 4 at Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. 6 p.m. Free.

“Jerusalem: A Cookbook.” Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi celebrate their cookbook of cuisine from Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities in Jerusalem. At Williams-Sonoma Union Square, 340 Post St., S.F. 2 p.m. Also at Omnivore Books, 3885 Cesar Chavez St., S.F. 6 p.m. Also Oct. 29. Family-style meal. At Bar Tartine, 561 Valencia St., S.F. $95. For reservations, visit


“Caring for an Older Parent.” Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay workshop. At 1001 Golden Rain Road, Walnut Creek. 6 p.m. Free. RSVP by Oct. 27 to or (510) 558-7800 ext. 352.


Chanukah shuk. Arts and crafts fair with more than 40 artists from East Bay synagogues. With live klezmer music. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 10 a.m. Free.


“Mishpacha: An Evening to Celebrate Our Israel Connections.” Talk by Israeli Consul General Andy David, celebration of Taglit-Birthright Israel, presentation from Dror Israel kibbutz and stories of a rescue operation to bring Ethiopian Jews to Israel. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP required. (510) 318-6467 or