“After Auschwitz: A Love Story.” Brenda Webster will discuss her book in which a man with Alzheimer’s deals with his past. Proceeds benefit Aquarian Minyan in Berkeley. At St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $10-$20 recommended. (510) 301-4282.
“Shabbat Ha’aretz.” Rabbi Julian Sinclair of Jerusalem discusses his English translation of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook’s 1909 treatise on the practice of shmita, the biblical sabbatical year and agricultural cycle. At Jewish Community Federation library, 121 Steuart St., S.F. 3:45 p.m. Free. www.hazon.org/shmita-project.
“From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace.” Rabbi Amy Eilberg will discuss her new book and her work in peace building. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 10:30 a.m. Also Sept. 7 at Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Drive, Palo Alto. 10 a.m. Free. www.rabbiamyeilberg.com.
How do you like them apples? In the spirit of Rosh Hashanah, the JCC of San Francisco is filling up with apples. James Beard Award–winning chef Rowan Jacobsen will discuss “Apples of Uncommon Character,” his new book showcasing his appreciation for this versatile fruit and its myriad varieties, qualities and recipes. The event will include a farm stand featuring 30 varieties of local heirloom apples for tasting and purchase, as well as samples of warm, farm-direct apple cider. 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8 at JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St. $15. www.jccsf.org