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One of the righteous

If anyone deserves to be enshrined as a hero, it’s Aristides de Sousa Mendes. The Portuguese diplomat, stationed in Bordeaux, France during World War II, saved an estimated 10,000 Jews by issuing visas that allowed them to escape to Portugal. In all, he gave about 30,000 visas, to Jews and non-Jews alike, risking his career and his life. Congregation Beth David in Saratoga will join with the Portuguese community in San Jose to honor Sousa Mendes. In addition to dedicating a plaque to the wartime hero, the event will include a screening of “Disobedience: The Sousa de Mendes Story” and a viewing of the exhibit “These Are My People!” Beth David previously has honored Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat to Lithuania who similarly saved thousands of Jews during the war.

1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. Free.


Jewish LGBTQ monthly mixer. Sponsored by Jewish LGBT Network. At Toad Hall, 4146 18th St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. Free admission, discounted wine.


Singing for women’s equality. An hour of singing outside the Israeli Consulate to promote pluralism in Israel. At the consulate, 465 Montgomery St., S.F. 12 p.m. (510) 914-1921 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Job-search coaching. Volunteer day with Jewish Vocational Service. At JVS, 225 Bush St., Suite 400, S.F. 4 p.m.

Blood drive. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 12 to 6 p.m.

Maccabi Haifa vs. Golden State Warriors. Exhibition basketball game. At Oakland Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. 7:30 p.m. $10-$275. (See story, 3a).


Sunday Streets Berkeley. “Klezmer Jam” at Cedar and Shattuck avenues. 1:30 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.

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. Various

East Bay locations. Sign-ups have ended, but email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 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.


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