Theres no single reason to light Chanukah candles alone

Karen Roekard believes no one ought to light the Chankah candles with a lonely heart. She’s right, of course, and, even better, she’s swung into action.

“Ugh, no one wants to light candles on their own. And with all this Christmas and New Year’s hoopla, I don’t want to do that on my own either,” said Roekard, a Berkeley resident who founded the “Mishpacha Group” for Jewish singles 10 years ago when she was the program director at Tiburon’s Congregation Kol Shofar.

This year Roekard is making certain someone will have a light for every Jewish single in the vicinity.

She’s put out a list of a wide swath of events across the Bay Area aimed at singles 35 and up (“Younger people have energy! They just go out!”)

A full listing:

• On Sunday, Dec. 25 the Jewish Singles Hiking Club will undertake a four-mile march to Tennessee Valley Beach in Marin. If it rains, it’s movie time. Information: (415) 731-2243 or (408) 922-0362.

• Also on Dec. 25, Kol Shofar and the Southern Marin Hot Meal Coalition can use help in serving the homeless a Christmas lunch. Information: (415) 472-6075.

• More on Dec. 25: a Chanukah candlelighting and “shmooze potluck” at Kol Shofar (you can’t fail when “shmooze” is in the title). Information: (415) 388-1818.

• On Monday, Dec. 26, a second candlelighting in San Francisco, complete with a “harpsichord jazz” concert. Information: (510) 843-4952.

• On Tuesday, Dec. 27, don’t forget the

all-important third candlelighting and study with Berkeley’s Aquarian Minyan and Coastside Torah Circle. Information: (510) 848-5579.

• On Wednesday, Dec. 28, guess what? They’re lighting the fourth candle in San Anselmo. More shmoozing and latkes. Information: (415) 456-4354.

• On Thursday, Dec. 29, it’s candle No. 5 in Fremont. This is a “kid-friendly” event, so bring yours or someone else’s. Information: (510) 795-0607.

• On Friday, Dec. 30, light the candle and sing, sing, sing with the Aquarian Minyan. Information: (510) 459-3208.

• On Sunday, Jan. 1, light that last candle at Palo Alto’s Congregation Etz Chayim. Latkes aplenty, if you can stand them by this point. Information: (650) 813-9094.

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi is the managing editor at Mission Local. He is a former editor-at-large at San Francisco magazine, former columnist at SF Weekly and a former J. staff writer.