Gelt, dreidels, doughnuts and so much more

As an addition to all the menorah lightings listed on page 10, this list includes other Chanukah events scheduled to occur throughout the greater Bay Area through Dec. 13. Events beyond that date will be included in our calendar next week. Chanukah begins on the night of Dec. 8, and the final candles will be lit the night of Dec. 15.


sunday/dec. 2

Chanukah bazaar and crafts fair. With performance by Jewish folk chorus. Children’s games and activities and raffle. Interfaith event. At Congregation B’nai Emunah, 3595 Taraval St., S.F. 11:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free.

“Hanukah Palooza.” Holiday vendors, games and bounce houses. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 12 to 4 p.m. Also Dec. 3. 8 a.m. to noon. Free.

monday/dec. 3

Friendship Circle Chanukah party. Latke lunch, candlelighting and entertainment. With singer/songwriter Lauren Mayer. For seniors ages 55+. At Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 11 a.m. $10. RSVP to (707) 528-1182 or [email protected]

friday/dec. 7

Community Chanukah celebration at Art Murmur. Music, activities, giveaways. Meet on Broadway just north of 23rd Street in downtown Oakland at 7:30 p.m. [email protected] or

The 2011 menorah lighting at Santana Row in San Jose photo/courtesy santana row

saturday/dec. 8

“Light It Up: Casino Royale.” Young adult Chanukah party. At Hillel at Stanford, 565 Mayfield Ave., Stanford. 9 p.m. $15-$20.

“Latkes, Lider & Labor.” Workmen’s Circle of Northern California’s Chanukah celebration. At SFSU Library Room 121, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F. 2 p.m. Free. (415) 566-7235.

“Young at heart adults” Chanukah party. Latkes, beer, bring an instrument. At Chabad Jewish Center, 2312 Bethards Drive, Suite 2, Santa Rosa. 8 p.m. Free. RSVP at

Chanukah party. Kehilla Community Synagogue’s party with candlelighting, music and potluck. At Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. 5 p.m. $5-$20 max per family.

Old World Food Truck pop-up dinner. Also Dec. 9. At 1890 Bryant St., S.F. Seatings at 6 and 8:45 p.m. $55.

Chanukah dance party for Jewish singles. For singles “45ish to 70.” With music by ’60s-style rock ’n’ roll band the Rip Tides. At Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto. 8 p.m. $20-$45. [email protected] or [email protected]

Jews for Fun group Chanukah party. Young adults’ party with DJ. At Payne Mansion, 1409 Sutter St., S.F. 8 p.m. $25-$40.

sunday/dec. 9

“Toast of the Town.” The Jewish Home’s annual Chanukah show in the style of “The Ed Sullivan Show.” At the Jewish Home, 302 Silver Ave., S.F. 2 p.m. Free. (415) 469-2248.

Chanukah festival of light. Latkes, storytelling, menorah making, and concert by Isaac Zones at noon. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $5 suggested.

Community Chanukah celebration. Candlelighting followed by performances by the Nigunim Community Chorus, Veretski Pass, Yiddish singer Diane Wirtschafter and the Adama Duo. Traditional Chanukah food will be sold. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $10-$15.

An inflatable menorah was part of the festivities at Splash Pad Park in Oakland in 2009.

“Chanukah Wonderland.” Bounce house, learn to grow your own plant (and make latkes from it next year), crafts. At Chabad of the East Bay, 2730 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley. 12 to 2 p.m. $8-$10 per child. Must RSVP by Dec. 7 at or to [email protected]

Festival of lights. Local crafts for sale, bounce house, latkes, holiday stories, puppet performance and music. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Also gathering for families with infants to 3-year-olds from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. RSVP for children’s event to [email protected] Free.

“Latkepalooza!” Learn how to make candles and dreidels. Live music, wine and olive oil tasting (for adults) and latkes. Concludes with a candlelighting and sing-along. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 1 p.m. Free.

Chanukah luncheon and artisan fair. With children’s activities. At Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond. Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Free.

monday/dec. 10

Chanukah kosher lunch. With musical and holiday program led by Achi Ben Shalom and Ron Feldman. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 12 p.m. $10-$13. RSVP info at

Community Chanukah party. With magic show by Dan Chan, cotton candy, dreidels and a choir. At the Novato Recreation Center, 950 7th St., Novato. 6:30 p.m. $10-$20.

thursday/dec. 13

“Light up the Bay!” Chanukah party to celebrate the community of LGBTQ Jews, family, friends and allies. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. Free.

“‘Iluminando El Camino:’ Lighting the Way.” Chanukah celebration focused on sharing different immigration stories. At Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F. 6 p.m. Free. RSVP to [email protected] or (415) 957-7418.