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Happy Purim! Celebrations around the Bay

How does the Bay Area do Purim? Fittingly, by celebrating diversity and technology. The JCC of San Francisco will host “Megillah 3.0” in conjunction with its “online Purim experience” of the same name. Video booths, an open bar, comedy performances by the improv group Killing My Lobster (pictured above) and, of course, a Megillah reading all are on tap. Another high-tech event will take place at S.F. Congregation Beth Sholom’s “Megillah Texter and Purim Party,” in which participants will use their cellphones to chime in on the Megillah reading. Look for information on these and other events in the Purim listings below.


Young adults’ Purim ball. Costume contest, face painting, open bar, dance floor. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 9 p.m. $15-$20. www.paloaltojcc.org.

“The Peatot Purim Party.” Israeli cover band the Peatot, costume competition, dancing. At the Fox Club, 2209 Broadway St., Redwood City. 8:30 p.m. $20-$25. http://tinyurl.com/bgzzl6h.

Family Purim party. Megillah reading, live music. 7:15 p.m. Free. Also Feb. 24 Dinner, magic show and Megillah reading. 5 p.m. $25. Both at Richmond Torah Center Chabad, 423 10th Ave., S.F. www.rtchabad.org.

“The Ultimate Purim Party.” Megillah reading, klezmer fusion and Middle Eastern music by Adama, with dancing led by Bruce Bierman. At Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $15-$20. http://ashkenaz022313.eventbrite.com.

“Megillah 3.0.” Videos, sketches by comedy group Killing My Lobster, beatboxer and Purim carnival. In conjunction with online exhibit. At Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission St., No. 109, S.F. 7 p.m. $20. 21 and older. www.jccsf.org.

“Purim Comedy Jam.” Comedian and Jewish educator Aurora Simcovich headlines the show. At Congregation Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F. 8 p.m. open bar, snacks and shmoozing; 9 p.m. comedy show. Free. www.bnaiemunahsf.org.

“Purim in the Jungle.” Party, Megillah reading, dancing in costume. 7:30 p.m. Free. Also Feb. 24 Megillah reading and feast of African cuisine. 4:30 p.m. $10-$20. Both at Chabad of the East Bay, 2730 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley. www.chabadberkeley.com.

“Hilarity Headquarters.” Purim party with puppet show, costume parade and dance party. At Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley. 5:30 p.m. $5-$30. www.chochmat.org.

Mission Minyan Purim parties. Megillah reading and dance party. 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Also Feb. 24 Megillah reading followed by feast. Noon to 3 p.m. Both at Royce Gallery, 2901 Mariposa St., S.F. $20 suggested. www.missionminyan.org.

“Megillah Texter and Purim Party.” Interactive Megillah reading. Bring a cellphone. At Congregation Beth Sholom, 301 14th Ave., S.F. 6:30 p.m. Free. RSVP at www.bethsholomsf.org. (See story, 8)

Multilingual Megillah reading. Languages include ASL, Aramaic, Greek and Zulu. At Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. Free. www.bethelberkeley.org.


Giants-themed Purim party. Comedy magic show, ballpark-style buffet, Megillah reading. At Grattan Elementary School, 165 Grattan St., S.F. 3:30 p.m. $10-$15. www.chabadcv.org/2124499.

Purim carnival. Community-wide celebration with costume parade, masks and games. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 2 p.m. Donation requested. www.jcceastbay.org.

“Purim Unmasked: An Off the Street Festival.” Bounce house, book fair, performers, capoeira, food trucks. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 11 a.m. Free. www.jccsf.org.

Purim carnival. Costumes, hamantaschen, games for all ages. At Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond. 12:30 p.m. Free. www.tbhrichmond.org.

“Purim Palooza.” Carnival with games, activities, bounce house and live music. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 11:30 a.m. Free. www.marinjcc.org.

Purim party for young children. Carnival games, food, face painting. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4675 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 1 p.m. $5 per child. www.bethamisr.org.

Megillah reading. Chanting from a kosher scroll of Esther in costume. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 11:30 a.m. Free. www.afikomen.com.

Purim carnival. Booths, games, sundaes. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 11 a.m. Free. www.netivotshalom.org.

“Purim in the Ballpark.” Megillah reading, games, ballpark food. At Chabad Noe Valley, 3771 Cesar Chavez St., S.F. 4 p.m. $10-$15. www.chabadnoevalley.org.

“Purim in Color.” Purim party with Megillah reading, clown, adult game show and costumes. At Hamilton Community Center, 503 S. Palm Drive, Novato. 4:30 p.m. $5-$10. www.jewishnovato.com.


“The Megillah Goes to Nashville.” Purimshpiel with dancing and live country music. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 8 p.m. $24. www.bethamisr.org.

Hamantaschen Ball. Music from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 7 p.m. $18-$25. www.beth-david.org.