Chanukiot will light up cities throughout Bay Area

Entertainers will include D.J. Peretz, also known as Perry Farrell; an all-star jam band featuring Greg Anton, Martin Fierro, Merl Saunders, Melvin Seals, members of the David Nelson Band & Henry Kaiser; plus the Moshav Band from Israel, Mozaik, RebbeSoul, the Happy Minyan Band, Well and Soul Noise.

For sale will be food, beverages and Judaica. Children's activities will include demonstrations on how to make olive oil with a hand press, similar to the way oil was extracted for the menorah in biblical times.

Rabbi Yosef Langer will climb into a cherry picker and touch his torch to the third candle at 5 p.m. For information, call (415) 362-6355.

Chabad House of Berkeley will sponsor public menorah lightings in four locations. The first will be at noon Friday, Dec. 3 at U.C. Berkeley's Sproul Plaza.

The second is planned for 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 at Barnes & Noble in Oakland's Jack London Square, where Mayor Jerry Brown will appear.

The third will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 at Piedmont Park at Excedra Plaza. Mayor Patty White will participate.

The fourth will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 at Cody's Books, 1730 Fourth St., Berkeley. Mayor Shirley Dean will make an appearance.

Berkeley Chabad's chanukiah is made of aluminum and is 11 feet tall. "Since it has eight arms, we call it 'aluminate,'" said Rabbi Yehuda Ferris.

Berkeley Chabad's public menorah lightings have been taking place for the past 18 years. On the average, 200 participants attend at each location, said Ferris. This year he will ask a child or an emigre to light a candle each night.

Ferris will play guitar with his band Yidden, which also features his son Yossi on bass and drummer Levi Ziprin.

Clowns and fire jugglers will entertain. Latkes and dreidels will be available. For information, call (510) 540-5824.

In downtown Walnut Creek, Rabbi Yaakov Kagan of Chabad of Contra Costa will light a giant menorah Sunday, Dec. 5 at the Broadway Plaza Promenade fountain (across the street from Nordstrom).

Festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will include live music, distribution of Chanukah gifts and doughnuts, and a children's choir. Daily lightings will take place at 6 p.m. from Saturday, Dec. 4 through Thursday, Dec. 9. For information, call (925) 937-4101.

Congregation Beth Chaim of Danville will sponsor its second annual public lighting at 7 p.m. each night of Chanukah beginning Friday, Dec. 3 and concluding Dec. 10 in the main rotunda area at the shops at Blackhawk.

The exception will be 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 when the 7-foot mahogany chanukiah will move to the Home for Jewish Parents, 4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville.

Last year the inaugural event attracted several hundred people. This year during the first and last nights of Chanukah, the Beth Chaim choir will perform, as will the children from the Beth Chaim Sunday school. For information, call Gayle Israel at (925) 648-7206.

In Marin, a Chanukah party will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 at Chabad of Marin, 1150 Idylberry Road, San Rafael. There will be live music, arts and crafts, latkes, balloons and dinner for a price of $5 to $8.

Public lightings will take place each night from Friday, Dec. 3 through Dec. 10 in the center of Northgate Mall (opposite Gap) in San Rafael. Friday lightings will be at 3:15 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m. and the remaining nights at 6 p.m.

Chabad of Marin has been publicly lighting a chanukiah for 14 years, according to the program director, Rabbi Hillel Scop. The white menorah is 6 feet tall and "not curved," but rather with arms protruding at "90 degree angles from the stem," he said.

One of Chabad's members will light a candle each night and participants will sing traditional Chanukah songs. For information, call (415) 492-1666.

In the South Bay, the blue and gold lights of Los Altos' eight-foot tall aluminum menorah once again will be ablaze.

Kathleen Byrne, executive director of the Los Altos Village Association, which will sponsor the second annual event, said public lighting will take place at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 at Los Altos Community Plaza, corner Main and State streets downtown.

Entertainers will include 120 singers from Palo Alto synagogue Kol Emeth, plus the Yiddish Choristers. For information, call Byrne at (650) 949-5282.

Chabad of Greater South Bay plans its annual public menorah lighting at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 at City Hall Plaza, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.

There will be music and dancing, hot latkes and cider, plus dreidels for the kids.

Before the lighting will be "Chanukah on Ice," ice-skating for children ages 6 to 12 at Ice Oasis Ice Skating Rink, 3140 Bay Road, Redwood City. Cost is $8 and includes skates. Reservations needed. Call (650) 424-9800.