“Contemplative Kabbalat Shabbat and Preparing Our Hearts for the New Year.” Estelle Frankel, author of “Sacred Therapy,” speaks during Shabbat services. At Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. Free. www.chochmat.org.
“HUBad SoMa Shul.” Chabad of S.F. happy hour followed by Shabbat services and dinner. 5 p.m. Free, dinner $20. Also Aug. 24 morning services followed by lunch. 9:45 a.m. Lunch $20 suggested. At S.F. School of Digital Filmmaking, 925 Mission St., Suite 108, S.F. www.chabadsf.org.
“Reboot 10Q Shabbat.” Dinner party and discussion about the new year that looks beyond guilt and mistakes of the past and instead focuses on the future. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 6 p.m. $35-$40. www.jccsf.org.
“Rockin’ Shabbat.” Jewish blues musician Saul Kaye plays during Shabbat services. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 4:30 p.m. Free. www.bethamisr.org.
“Secular Humanistic Jewish Movement.” Former president of the organization, Bert Steinberg, talks about the movement during Shabbat services. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free. www.kolhadash.org.
“The Role of Jews as Global Citizens.” Ruth W. Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, speaks during Shabbat services and leads Q&A. Followed by Kiddush luncheon. At Congregation B’nai Shalom, Walnut Creek. 9:30 a.m. Free. www.bshalom.org.
Yeashore Community bonfire. Havdallah celebration at new Berkeley location. RSVP for location. 7 p.m. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org.
The rabbi is in. The High Holy Days are just around the bend, a time of year to look inward and ask the big questions. Now’s your chance to get them answered at the “Ask a Rabbi” booth at the Osher Marin JCC. Five local rabbis will take turns answering questions and chatting about anything and everything related to Judaism. While you’re there, make sure to stop by Marshall Farm’s honey table in the JCC lobby. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Free. www.marinjcc.org