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A time to clean

When the Israelites were high-tailing it out of Egypt, they didn’t exactly have time to clean up after themselves in the desert. Our ancestors were messy, and thus we are messy. But Passover is almost upon us, and redemption is at hand. Whether you clear your house of all hametz, or just do a thorough spring cleaning, the time is now: Pesach starts at sundown Monday, March 25.


East Bay community seders. For people of all religious backgrounds. At both branches of JCC of the East Bay in Oakland, 5811 Racine St., and in Berkeley, 1414 Walnut St. Both at 7:30 p.m. $20-$60. Seders for young children at 5 p.m. $15-$

Marin County Freedom Seder. Interfaith vegetarian dinner. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 6:30 p.m. $15-$25. RSVP to (415) 444-8000.


Seder for singles. Potluck for young adults. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7 p.m. $15-$20.


Older adult Passover seder. With kosher meal and music. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 11:30 a.m. $10-$13.

“Passover in the Desert.” Five-day Wilderness Torah retreat with ceremonies, storytelling, learning. Through April 1. In Southern California’s Panamint Valley. $325-$475.


“Out of Order Seder.” Seder as seen through a “hip-hop lens.” At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 7 p.m. $100-$125.


Freedom Seder. Honoring anniversary of the March on Washington for Soviet Jewry. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 3 p.m. $10, children free. Registration required at

Passover seder in Russian. Interactive seder conducted in Russian, aimed at parents and their children ages 5-11; separate programming for children younger than 5. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 5 p.m. $40 per family, includes meal and wine; $45 at the door. RSVP to Natalia Tsvibel at [email protected] or (650) 493-4661.


“Food Justice Passover.” A discussion-based “non-seder” Passover celebration with dinner and wine. At San Francisco Friends School, 250 Valencia St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. $25-$36.