benefits & social events
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“The Big Mitzvah.” Giant dance party with the theme “adult bar/bat mitzvah,” with multiple Jewish bands and DJs, open bar and VIP lounge. Ticket sales support local Jewish organizations. At Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F. 8 p.m to 12 a.m. $36. http://www.sfjcf.org.
A three-hour tour of Rosh Hashanah. Get ready for the new year at the Rosh Hashanah Expo, sponsored by Chabad of Pacific Heights. The educational event will feature a honey tasting, a holiday cooking demo by kosher chef Isaac Bernstein, a shofar-making workshop and a synagogue tutorial for insight into holiday prayers and customs — everything you ever wanted to know about the holiday but were afraid to ask. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 at JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. $5-$15. http://www.jewishpacheights.org
Israeli folk dancing at the Ashkenaz. With teacher Allen King. At Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. $8. http://www.ashkenaz.com.
“An Evening of Mikvah Celebration for Women.” The Berkeley Mikvah celebrates its reopening with a speech by Rohr Chabad education director Rivkah Slonim, buffet dinner and raffle prizes. At Krutch Theater, 2601 Warring St., Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. Prices vary. http://www.berkeleymikvah.org.
Russian-American Fair. An afternoon of Russian culture including dance and music, ethnic cuisine and crafts, cultural activities for children and vodka tasting for adults. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 3 to 7 p.m. Free. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.
“L’Chaim Chabad.” Chabad of the Tri-Valley celebrates its 10th year with the release of the 2012 Livermore Valley Kosher Cabernet Sauvignon. At Castlewood Country Club, 707 Country Club Circle, Pleasanton. 6:30 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishtrivalley.com.
New Israel Fund Guardian of Democracy dinner. Includes keynote speech by Israeli Bedouin civic activist Amal Elsana Alh’jooj. At Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market St., S.F. 6 p.m. Prices vary. http://guardian2014.nif.org.
“Peninsula JCRC Civic Connection.” Jewish Community Relations Council reception with San Mateo County public officials and candidates. Wine and hors d’oeuvres. At Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 6 to 8 p.m. Free, but RSVP by Sept. 9 required. http://www.tinyurl.com/CCPen2014.
“Alight.” The Jewish Federation of the East Bay celebrates with an evening of music, light fare and sampling of Israeli wines. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 7 p.m. $25. http://www.jfed.org.
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