“Torah of Reconciliation.” Rabbi Emeritus Sheldon Lewis of Congregation Kol Emeth discusses his book about Torah. Dinner served. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 7 p.m. $9-$22. (707) 360-3000.
“The Two Austrians of North Beach.” Author Alan Kaufman moderates a conversation with two Austrian poets , both of whom are sons of former Nazi soldiers. At San Francisco Goethe Institute, 530 Bush St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. (415) 459-2573.
“The Spoon from Minkowitz.” Author Judith Fein discusses her book about trying to discover her ancestry in Ukraine. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $8-$10. www.jcceastbay.org. (See story, 22)
Poetry reading. Poet Jack Hirschman will read from a number of his works, as well as read English translations of works by Yiddish poet Hirsch Glik. At B’nai Israel Jewish Center, 740 Western Ave., Petaluma. 4 p.m. Free. www.bnaiisrael.net.
“Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust.” Author Marty Brounstein discusses the story of a Dutch couple who saved the lives of at least two dozen Jews during the Holocaust. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $12-$15. www.jccsf.org.