Spiritual & holidays

William Danforth III with survivor Abram Geldman at last year’s commemoration photo/rebecca meyer

Holocaust remembrance

In honor of Yom HaShoah, “The Power of the Written Word: Diaries and Memoirs from the Holocaust” will be held at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration will include a reading of names by high school students, as well as readings of Holocaust teen diaries and candlelighting ceremonies. The event is co-sponsored by the JFCS Holocaust Center, Lehraus Judaica, Jewish Community Relations Council and Bay Area schools and synagogues. For more Yom HaShoah listings, see Spiritual & Holidays.

4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22 at the Forum,Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 701 Mission St., S.F. Free. www.jfcs.org


Community dinner. Vegetarian Shabbat meal for families. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 6 p.m. $7-$13. www.jcceastbay.org.

Yom HaAtzmaut celebration. Potluck, Shabbat services and celebration of Israel. At Temple Isaiah, 3800 Mount Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. 6 p.m. Free. RSVP to www.temple-isaiah.org.


Mimouna. North African celebration to mark end of Passover. With food, henna tattoos and jamming. Bring an instrument. At Hillel at Stanford, Koret Pavilion, 564 Lane A, Stanford. Free. (415) 626-5062.


Berkeley Holocaust Remembrance. Honoring East Bay survivors, with performances by cellist Isaac Pastor Chernak and a cappella group Kol Hadov. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 12 p.m. Free. www.magnes.org.

“Yes We Sang!” Three Bay Area choruses perform pre-Holocaust songs together. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 4 p.m. $10. www.nigunim.org/Yes-we-sang.jpg.

“Choosing to Act: Stories of Rescue.” Memorial candlelighting with remembrances of rescue, including a former hidden child’s homage to those who saved him. At Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond. 10:30 a.m. Free. (510) 223-2560.

“Treasuring the Stories We’ve Inherited.” Featuring storyteller Joel ben Izzy. At Temple Beth Torah, 42000 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont. 7:30 p.m. Free. www.cwcbay.org/blog.

Yom HaShoah commemoration. Sonoma County event focuses on three communities before and after the Holocaust. At Friedman Center, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 2 p.m. Free. www.jccsoco.org.


Yom HaZikaron gathering. Readings, singing and sharing of memories in observance of Israel’s Memorial Day. At Jewish Community Federation, 121 Steuart St., S.F. 9 a.m. Free. www.jewishfed.org.


“Happy 64th Birthday Israel!” Sonoma County celebration with music, Israeli dancing, film “Israel Inside.” At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 7 p.m. Free. www.bethamisr.org.

Yom HaAtzmaut celebration. Performance by folk-rock singer Micha Biton, Israeli dancing, arts and crafts. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 5 p.m. Free. www.pjcc.org.

Yom HaAtzmaut celebration. Israeli food, ceremony, fashion show, dancing. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 4:30 p.m. Free. www.paloaltojcc.org.

Yom HaAtzmaut celebration. Music and Israeli folk dance lessons with Alan King and the Nigunim Folk Chorus. At Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley. 5:30 p.m. Free. www.bethelberkeley.org.

Yom HaAtzmaut seder. To commemorate 70 years of history in Israel. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 6 p.m. $5-$10. www.emanuelsf.org. (See story, 4)

“Celebrate Israel at 64.” Israeli comedian Benji Lovitt performs. At Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton. 7:30 p.m. $10. For 18 and older. www.bethemek.org.


Shabbat-O-Rama. Celebration with live music, workshops, book group, board games. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. Starts 5:30 p.m. Friday with Shabbat dinner and ends 7 p.m. Saturday with post-Havdallah vegetarian potluck. Free. www.oaklandsinai.org.


Israel in Marin. Festival for all ages with food, art, live Israeli music and Hump-free the camel. At Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 9:30 a.m. Free. www.marinjcc.org. (See story, 12)