benefits & social events
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“Nirkoda!” Monthly Israeli dance party hosted by DJ Aaron Alpert. At Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto. 8:30 p.m. $10; students free. http://www.nirkoda.com.
Karaoke with EastBayJews. Space limited to 20 people. At Jaguar Karaoke, 4390 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. 9 p.m. $5. http://www.eastbayjews.org.
Oneg Shabbat. Read a book, listen to live music, play in a pickup basketball game and more. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. http://www.jccsf.org.
“Bees and Honey.” Learn what the shofar has to do with buzzing bees while you learn about the flying insects and taste honey. For families with children ages 2 to 16. At Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto. 1 p.m. Free. http://www.etzchayim.org.
“Bowling for Babka, not Bupkis!” Fundraiser for Coastside Jewish Community. Bowl, eat babka and win prizes. At Sea Bowl, 4625 Highway 1, Pacifica. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. $18 in advance; $25 at door. http://www.coastsidejewishcommunity.org.
Honey tasting. Congregation Beth Emek sponsors gourmet honey tasting. At Gene’s Fine Foods, 2803 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton. 3 p.m. Free. http://www.bethemek.org.
Rosh Hashanah Expo and Volunteer Day. Help pack Jewish new year gifts for seniors, decorate cookies and taste Rosh Hashanah dishes. Sponsored by Chabad of Cole Valley. At Park Branch Library, 1833 Page St., S.F. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. (415) 598-8718.
“Tzedakah: A Jewish Heritage.” Learn the meaning behind tzedakah and make your own charity box with your children with local artist Marina Tselner. Breakfast included. At Alligator Studios, 1555 43rd Ave., S.F. 10 a.m. to noon. $10 for individuals; $15 for families. RSVP at http://www.jsn.info.
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