Jewish Community Center of Orange County: Sat., Nov. 3, 8 p.m. Author Yossi Klein Halevi kicks off the Orange County JCC Festival of Books, going through Nov. 18. The festival features presentations by 12 different authors, including Jenna Weisman Joselit, author of "A Perfect Fit: Clothes, Character and the Promise of America," Tues., Nov. 6, 11:30 a.m., and David A. Samson, author of "Mensch or Shlemiel ??? Is He For Real?", Fri., Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m. $8-$14 (each event). 250 E. Baker St., Costa Mesa. For more information, call (714) 755-0340.
Congregation Shaarei Torah: Sun., Nov. 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Annual fundraising rummage sale, with clothing, furniture, appliances, books and costumes. 550 S. Second Ave., Arcadia. For more information, call (626) 445-0810.
Ezra Center: Tues., Nov. 6, 9:45 a.m. Breakfast, lunch and a lecture, "Jewish Current Events," for seniors. $5 (members); $6 (nonmembers). Temple Ner Tamid, 10629 Lakewood Blvd., Downey. For more information, call (562) 861-9276.
Orange County Performing Arts Center: Tues., Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. Opera Pacific program features Verdi's "Rigoletto" and conductor John DeMain. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, call (800) 346-7372.
Chapman University: Thurs., Nov. 8, 4 p.m. Author and Holocaust survivor Thomas Blatt lectures about his escape from the concentration camp of Sobibor. Argyros Forum, room 209, 1 University Drive, Orange. For more information, call (714) 628-7377 or visit www.chapman. edu/holocaust
Downey B'nai Brith Lodge: Sat., Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m. "Just for the Fun of it Nite," event with a klezmer band, silent auction and dinner. $15 (general admission). Temple Ner Tamid, 10629 Lakewood Blvd., Downey. For reservations or more information, call (562) 861-9276.
Congregation Shir Ha-Ma'alot: Sat., Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. Meeting of the On Our Own Single Women's Group at the home of Rabbi Richard Steinberg. For more information, call (714) 964-0121. Also: Sun., Nov. 11, 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. "How to Celebrate Chanukah in Your Own Home," event with instructions for parents on how to make holiday food and children play Chanukah games. $5 (per family). 3652 Michelson Drive, Irvine. For more information, call (949) 857-2226.
Temple Menorah: Sun., Nov. 11, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. South Bay Jewish Festival, celebrating Jewish culture. $1 (each person over the age of 12). 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach. For more information, call (310) 316-8444.
Temple Ner Tamid of Downey: Sun., Nov. 11, noon. Children ages 6-13 meet for a Pizza, Pasta and Bubbly Party, as part of the Lunch Bunch program. 10629 Lakewood Blvd., Downey. For more information, call (562) 861-9276.
The Jewish Geneology Society of Orange County: Sun., Nov. 11, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Free workshop teaching how to trace your roots, using the library, maps, Ellis Island records and more. For reservations or more information, call (949) 855-4692.
Temple Beth Emet: Sun., Nov. 11, 2 p.m. Comedian Archie Barken graces the meeting of the Men's Club, along with the Golden State Klezmer Band. Also: Wed., Nov. 21, 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day service. 1770 W. Cerritos Ave., Anaheim. For more information, call (714) 772-4720.
Temple Beth Ohr of La Mirada: Sun., Nov. 11, 4 p.m. "The World of Yiddish Music," concert presentation featuring cantor Susan Caro. 15721 Rosecrans Ave., La Mirada. For more information, call (714) 521-6765.
Temple Beth Shalom Sisterhood: Tues., Nov. 13, 10 a.m. Editor of the Orange County Jewish Heritage Stan Brin will discuss "Jews in Very Strange Places." Brunch will follow. $5. 3635 Elm Ave., Long Beach. For reservations or more information, call (562) 426-6413.
Jewish National Fund Sapphire Society: Thurs., Nov. 15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Event at the Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Center in Costa Mesa. For more information, call (818) 704-5454.
Congregation Ner Tamid of South Bay: Thurs., Nov. 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch Bunch program presents Rev. Reinhard Krauss's lecture regarding German professor Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his fight against the Nazis. $8 (in advance); $12 (at the door). 5721 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information, call (310) 377-6986.
Jewish Federation of Orange County: Mon., Nov. 19, 7 p.m. "Conversations on Israel," discussion with elected officials. For more information, call (714) 755-5555.
Congregation Tifereth Jacob: Tues., Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m. Interfaith Thanksgiving Day service at American Martyr's Church in Manhattan Beach. For more information, call (562) 426-6413.
Congregation B'nai Tzedek: Wed., Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day service with congregants of the temple and a variety of churches. Sts. Simon and Jude Church, 20444 Magnolia St., Huntington Beach. For more information, call (714) 963-4611.
University Synagogue: Fri., Nov. 23, 8 p.m. Rabbi Arnold Rachlis and Cantor Ruti Braier will lead a discussion, "White House Report." Also: Fri., Nov. 30, 8 p.m. Shabbat services features speaker and U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone. (D-Minn.) 4915 Alton Parkway, Irvine. For more information, call (949) 553-3535.
Khaverim Yiddish Language Club: Thurs., Nov. 29, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meets every Thursday. Temple Menorah, 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach. For more information, call (310) 371-9940.
A Jewish Federation of Orange County delegation of Jewish community leaders and residents will join the United Jewish Communities (UJC) Solidarity Mission to Israel. Participants will have the opportunity to attend top-level briefings and hear analysis of the current situation. Cost is $1454 including airfare from LAX, deluxe Inbal hotel in Jerusalem (double occupancy) and most meals, including Shabbat dinner overlooking the Western Wall. A $500 minimum gift to the Jewish Federation 2002 Annual Campaign is expected. For more information, call Bunnie Mauldin, Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Orange County, (714) 755-5555 ext. 231 or email email@example.com