Spiritual & holiday

Down on the farm for Chanukah

Where better to celebrate the eighth night of Chanukah than on a farm? Urban Adamah will host a dinner built around hearty soups, followed by an open mic for music, poetry, spoken word and whatever other talents people wish to share. Don’t forget to bring a menorah and Chanukah candles for candlelighting, and be sure to come early to sign up for the open mic.

7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St., Berkeley. $10. www.urbanadamah.org/events/2012chanukah

public menorah lightings


Menorah lightings at Union Square. Singer Matisyahu will help light the first candle at 7 p.m. Also Dec. 9 with Chanukah skating party starting at 3 p.m., menorah lighting at 5 p.m. Also Dec. 10-13 at 5 p.m., Dec. 14 at 3 p.m., Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. At Union Square, S.F. Free except skating. www.billgrahammenorah.com.

“Chanukah Under the Stars” in Livermore. Mayor John Marchand and other dignitaries help light a menorah. Latkes, live music and dancing. At Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St. 7:30 p.m. Free. www.jewishtrivalley.com.

“Light the Menorah at Ghirardelli Square.” Crafts, live music and “Orthodox Chews” salt-water taffy sampling. At Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point, S.F. 4:30 p.m. Free. www.ghirardellisq.com/events.

St. Helena menorah lighting. Every night of Chanukah through Dec. 15. At Lyman Park, 1460 Main St. 6 p.m. Free. www.cbsnapa.org.

Chanukah candle lighting. Through Dec. 14 in the JCC atrium. Also celebration with storytelling, grape juice and gelt on Dec. 14. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 4:30 p.m. Free. www.jccsf.org.   


Oakland menorah lighting. With music, doughnuts and hot drinks. At Splash Pad Park, across from Grand Lake Theater, Grand and Lake Park avenues, Oakland. 5:30 p.m. Free. www.jewishoakland.org/chanukah2012.

“Menorah on Main” in Vacaville. With Jeremy the Juggler, arts and crafts, greetings from Mayor Steve Hardy. At Vacaville Town Square, Main and Merchant streets. 4 p.m. Free. www.jewishsolano.com.

Corte Madera menorah lighting and celebration. With latke bar, music and gelt. At Village at Corte Madera, 1618 Redwood Highway. 5 p.m. Free. www.villageatcortemadera.com/events.

Novato menorah lighting. First public menorah lighting, with city officials and radio host Gil Gross. Latkes, raffle and music. At Whole Foods Market, 790 De Long Ave., Novato. 5 p.m. Free. www.jewishnovato.com.

Sonoma menorah lighting. At Whole Foods Market, 201 W. Napa St. 5 p.m. Free. www.jewishsonoma.com.

San Jose menorah lighting. Booths with treats, games and crafts for kids followed by storytelling and music and then menorah lighting. At 377 Santana Row. Free. 4 p.m. www.santanarow.com/events/all_events.

“Darkness & Light: A Hanukkah Meditation Retreat.” Sitting and walking meditation as well as prayer and study. No experience necessary. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $50-$60. www.jccsf.org.


East Bay community menorah lightings. Every day at 5:30 p.m. through Dec. 14. At both branches of JCC East Bay: 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley, and 5811 Racine St., Oakland. www.jcceastbay.org.

Santa Rosa menorah lighting. With Mayor Ernesto Olivare. At Montgomery Village, 911 Village Court. 5 p.m. Free. www.jewishsonoma.com.

“Chanukah Wonderland” in Pleasanton. Lighting of 9-foot menorah, entertainment for all ages. At 1 Stoneridge Mall. 5:30 p.m. Free. www.jewishtrivalley.com.

Redwood City menorah lighting. With professional fire juggler, live DJ, crafts, food. Broadway Street will be closed. At Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. 5:15 p.m. Free. www.chabadmidpen.com.

Festival of Lights in Stanford. Menorah lighting and celebration. At Stanford University Hospital, Atrium, 300 Pasteur Drive. 4 p.m. Free. [email protected]

Berkeley community menorah lighting. With youth choir and treats. At CB2, 1730 Fourth St. 4:30 p.m. Free. (510) 540-5824.


Piedmont menorah lighting and “Candy Land.” Build a candy menorah together, decorate doughnuts. Outside Piedmont Community Hall, 711 Highland Ave. 5:30 p.m. Free. www.jewishoakland.org/chanukah2012.

Berkeley menorah lighting and Chanukah party. With music and nosh. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave. 4 p.m. party, 5:30 p.m. menorah lighting. Free. www.afikomen.com.

San Francisco menorah lighting. With fire show, live music, latkes and arts and crafts. At Grattan playground, Stanyan and Alma streets. 5:30 p.m. Free. www.chabadcv.org.

Burlingame menorah lighting. With fire juggler, live music, latkes. At Burlingame Avenue and Park Road. 6 p.m. Free. www.chabadnp.com.

Healdsburg menorah lighting. At Oakville Grocery, 124 Matheson St. 5 p.m. Free. www.jewishsonoma.com.

Napa menorah lighting. With latkes, music and jelly doughnuts. At the Napa Town Center Rotunda, 1290 Napa Town Center. 5 p.m. Free. www.jewishnapavalley.com.


“Chanukah on Ice” in Walnut Creek. Ice skating, menorah lighting, Jewish music and crafts. At the Walnut Creek Civic Park Ice Rink, 1365 Civic Drive. 7 p.m. $14-$16. www.jewishcontracosta.com.

Cotati menorah lighting. At Oliver’s Market, 546 E. Cotati Ave. 5 p.m. Free. www.jewishsonoma.com.


“Chanukah Wonderland” at the Jelly Belly factory. Lighting of a giant menorah, factory tour and face painting. At Jelly Belly Visitor Center, 1 Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield. 4 to 7 p.m. Free. www.jewishsolano.com/jellybelly.

Sebastopol menorah lighting. At Pacific Market, 550 N. Gravenstein Highway. 5 p.m. Free. www.jewishsonoma.com.

“Chanukah on Ice” in San Jose. Skating and menorah lighting, kosher food and Jewish music. At 120 S. Market St. $8-$15 individuals, $55-$60 max per household. 5 p.m. Menorah lighting at 6:15 p.m. www.chabadgsb.com.


chanukah celebrations


Chanukah celebration at Art Murmur. Music, activities, giveaways. Meet on Broadway just north of 23rd Street, Oakland. 7:30 p.m. [email protected] or www.facebook.com/events/484604148250281.


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

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

“Young at Heart.” Chanukah party for adults. Latkes and beer. Bring an instrument. At Chabad Jewish Center, 2312 Bethards Drive, Suite 2, Santa Rosa. 8 p.m. Free. RSVP at www.jewishsonoma.com.

Chanukah party. Kehilla Community Synagogue event with candlelighting, music and potluck. At synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. 5 p.m. $5-$20 max per family. www.kehillasynagogue.org.

Old World Food Truck pop-up dinner. Also Dec. 9. At 1890 Bryant St., S.F. Seatings at 6 p.m. $55. www.hanukkahpopup.eventbrite.com.

Jewish singles’ Chanukah dance party. 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. www.jffhanukkah.eventbrite.com.

Saul’s latke tent and beer garden. With microbrews, latkes and live music from 12 to 2 p.m. Also Dec. 9. At Saul’s Restaurant and Delicatessen, 1475 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. 12 to 4 p.m. www.saulsdeli.com.


“Chanukah Wonderland.” Menorah lighting, music, arts and crafts, latkes. At South Peninsula Hebrew Day School, 1030 Astoria Drive, Sunnyvale. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Free. RSVP at www.chabadsunnyvale.com.

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

Chanukah Festival of Lights. 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. www.jcceastbay.org.

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 for sale. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. www.jcceastbay.org.

“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. RSVP required at chabadberkeley.org 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 N. 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. www.marinjcc.org.

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

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. www.tbhrichmond.org.

“Torah of Miracle.” Singing, candlelighting, music with Blue Hills Band. At Congregation Beth Sholom, 301 14th Ave. S.F. 4:30 p.m. Free. RSVP at www.bethsholomsf.org.


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 at www.jcceastbay.org.

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


Chanukah celebration for adults. Includes candlelighting, latkes, workshops and dancing. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 to 9 p.m. $5-$10. 21 and over. www.jcceastbay.org.

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

“ ‘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.


Moroccan Chanukah dinner. Shabbat and Chanukah celebration. At RTC Chabad, 423 10th Ave., S.F. 7 p.m. $25. www.rtchabad.org.

Older Adult Hanukkah Lunch. Program and lunch. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 11 a.m.$5 over 60, $8 under 60. www.jccsf.org.

Chanukah Shabbat celebration. Families gather to light the last Chanukah candle and schmooze over grape juice and gelt. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 4:30. Free. www.jccsf.org.


Tri-Valley Cultural Jews’ Chanukah celebration. Latkes and menorah lighting. Bring potatoes as a donation for a family in need. At Bothwell Center, 2466 Eighth St., Livermore. $15 donation for nonmembers. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. www.tri-valleyculturaljews.org.