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Religion/SpiritualityRosh Hashanah Festival & Performance
In celebration of Jewish New Year, the JCC will hold a festival with food and children's activities. There will also be two performances at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. by the Firebird Dance Theatre. Sept. 21, 3-7 p.m. Free; $5 suggested donation for peformance. Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Religion/SpiritualityNational Back to Church Sunday
As part of National Back to Church Sunday, University Church in Palo Alto will hold a public event to introduce people to the services and community there. Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. University Church, 3549 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Religion/SpiritualityShofar Jewish New Year event
This event, which marks the Jewish New Year, will include people playing shofars (instruments made of horn), a reading of the story "Sounding of the Shofar," and a snack of apples and honey. Sept. 22, noon-1 p.m. Free. Stanford Hospital Atrium, 300 Pasteur Drive, Stanford.
Religion/SpiritualityInsight Meditation South Bay
Shaila Catherine and guest teachers will lead weekly Insight Meditation sittings, followed by talks on Buddhist teachings. Tuesdays, July 22-Sept. 23, 7:30-9 p.m. Donations accepted. St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View.
Religion/SpiritualityJews for Jesus presentation
The First Baptist Church will welcome Jews for Jesus to give a presentation on their beliefs, as derived from the Jewish Bible. Sept. 28, 10-11:15 a.m. Free. First Baptist Church Menlo Park, 1100 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Religion/SpiritualityUniversity public worship
Stanford's Memorial Church, a center of spiritual and ceremonial life at the university, is open to the public for services. Sundays, June 29-Sept. 28, 10-11 a.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, 94305.
Religion/SpiritualityThich Nhat Hanh talks: Second two screenings
There will be a free series of weekly public showings of DVDS of recent talks by Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen master, on "Living and Dying." The second two DVDS will be shown on two Tuesdays. The series is sponsored by the Ladera Flowing Waters Sangha. Tuesdays, Sept. 23 and 30, 7-9 p.m. Free. Ladera Church, Peabody Social Hall, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.
Religion/SpiritualityReiki 1 energy healing class
This class on Stanford campus will teach the art of Reiki, which aims to reduce stress and enhance health and happiness through gentle touch. A Reiki 2 class will be held on Nov. 1. Email the organizer for more information. Oct. 4, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $200. Stanford Health Improvement Program, , Stanford.
Religion/SpiritualityChildren's choir at First Lutheran Church
The Palo Alto Children's Choir will offer open enrollment for children ages 8 to 12. As part of the choir, participants will be taught by choir director and vocal coach Julia Simon. The choir sings once a month during morning worship. Thursdays, Sept. 18-Oct. 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free; no membership required. First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.