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A clever way to resolve sibling rivalry is to encourage your kids to compete — just not at the same things. That was what happened with the Emanuel brothers, and they all came out on top. Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago and former White House chief of staff, pursued politics. Ari Emanuel, a successful Hollywood agent who saw a character in TV’s “Entourage” based on him, chose entertainment. And the eldest brother, bioethicist and oncologist Zeke Emanuel, devoted himself to medicine.  Zeke Emanuel will appear at the JCC to discuss his memoir “Brothers Emanuel,” about growing up in this unique Chicago family.

7 p.m. Monday, April 22 at JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. $20-$30.


“Hearing Beyond Sound.” Bay Area author, book editor and instructor Elaine Starkman discusses her book of poems. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 10:30 a.m. Free. (510) 655-1977. Also April 23 at Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek. 6:30 p.m. Free. (925) 938-1481.


“A Rabbi’s Path to Palestinian Solidarity.” Rabbi Brant Rosen reads from “Wrestling in the Daylight,” about becoming a Palestinian solidarity activist. At Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. 7 p.m. $10-$20.


“The Golem and the Jinni.” Helene Weckler presents her book about mythical creatures in turn-of-the-century New York. At Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F. Free. (415) 863-8688. Also April 28 at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Drive, Corte Madera. 1 p.m. Free. (415) 927-0960. Also April 29 at Stage Werx Theater in conversation with comedian Nato Green. 7 p.m. $10-$15.


“Legacy of Rescue: A Daughter’s Tribute.” Bay Area author Marta Fuchs discusses her book about her father’s life during World War II Hungary and the Righteous Gentile who saved him. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free.


Robert Alter. The U.C. Berkeley professor of Hebrew and comparative literature discusses his book “Ancient Israel: The Former Prophets—Joshua Judges, Samuel and Kings.” At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free.


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