Pennies for Israel adding up

A Palo Alto teen’s campaign to collect 1.5 million pennies for Israeli victims of terror is at 900,000 pennies and counting.

Emily Dubois, an 18-year-old high school senior, began her campaign last fall, placing collection jugs in synagogues and day schools throughout the Bay Area.

Her drive generated broad media coverage and she now has a Web site for the effort at

Workshop tackles issues, joys of gay parenthood

A class for gay parents and parents-to-be will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20 at Parents Place in Palo Alto.

The two-hour workshop will explore how to create a healthy alternative family, overcome homophobia and build family pride.

Led by Cathy Hauer, the class costs $20 and takes place at 410 Sherman Ave., Palo Alto. Information: (650) 688-3040 or

D.A. hopefuls will debate at

Sherith Israel

A trio of candidates for the San Francisco district attorney’s job will debate on Friday, Oct. 24 at Congregation Sherith Israel.

The 8 p.m. event features incumbent Terence Hallinan and challengers Bill Fazio and Kamala Harris. It is free and open to the public.

The debate will follow a 6 p.m. Shabbat service and dinner at the synagogue, 2266 California St. For information or to make reservations for dinner, call (415) 346-1720, ext. 22 or

Rabbis to address

domestic violence this weekend

Rabbis at some 30 Bay Area synagogues will speak out during sermons tonight and Saturday morning about the problem of domestic abuse in Jewish households. The discussions, coordinated by Shalom Bayit, the Oakland-based domestic violence prevention center, are in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Congregants will be encouraged to declare a zero tolerance for abuse and will get information on where to seek help. Shalom Bayit also will distribute purple ribbons, a symbol of domestic violence awareness, to local congregations and other Jewish organizations.

Information: (510) 451-8874.