Benefits & social events


Contemporary Jewish Museum family gala. A night of art, live performance and creative play around the theme “Mr. Lunch Throws a Party,” focusing on the art of children’s author J. Otto Seibold. Proceeds benefit family and education programs. At CJM, 736 Mission St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. Prices vary.

Rosie the Riveter exhibit and hike. Bay Area Jewish Singles Hiking Club views the Rosie the Riveter exhibit followed by a hike along the San Francisco Bay Trail. Meet at Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Park Visitor Center, 1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000, Richmond. 2 p.m. $1.(408) 817-5686


Alef Bet Trunk Show. Showing of jewelry made by Ethiopian immigrants in Israel. Proceeds to benefit the nonprofit organization Yedid. At Alef Bet Judaica, 14103 Winchester Blvd., Los Gatos. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. (See story, 35)

Hanukkah bazaar. Live music, seasonal food and local vendors selling handmade arts and crafts. At Congregation B’nai Emunah, 3595 Taraval St., S.F. 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free.

Sonoma County Israel Fair. Enjoy Israeli music, dancing and food, meet the Israeli deputy consul general, and explore opportunities to work, study and live in Israel. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free.


Casino Hanukkah party. Casino games and prizes, catered food, open bar and music. At WilmerHale, 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto. 6:30 p.m. $20-$40.

Jewish Heritage Night with the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks host the Edmonton Oilers for the team’s first Jewish Heritage Night. Ticket holders receive a commemorative T-shirt. Portion of proceeds to benefit Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley. At SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose. 7:30 p.m. $36-$72.


ORT America Hanukkah luncheon. Three-course lunch and lecture by Joan Bieder of U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. At the Club at McInnis Park, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 10:30 a.m. $45. (415) 388-8769


“Limos and Latkes.” Teens will be chauffeured in limos, enjoy a latke dinner and go on a scavenger hunt culminating in a Hanukkah party. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 6 to 10 p.m. $40. Also Dec. 20 at JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 6 to 10 p.m. $25-$35.

Café Shalom. Monthly Israeli folk dancing event. Children and dance requests welcome. At St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 1399 43rd Ave., S.F. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. $5-$8.

“Transforming the World, Transforming Ourselves.” A 30th anniversary celebration and benefit for Kehilla Community Synagogue includes catered vegetarian dinner, spiritual discussion, dancing and music by Lior Ben-Hur and Sol Tevél. At Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley. 6 p.m. $36-$360.


Latkepalooza. Community Hanukkah celebration with music by Veretski Pass, arts and crafts for kids, kosher wine tasting, a candlelighting ceremony and latkes. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 1 p.m. Free, but canned food drive donations welcome.

“The Sweetest Sounds.” Community Hanukkah show staged by residents and staff of the Jewish Home of San Francisco. At Jewish Home, 302 Silver Ave. 2 p.m. Free. (415) 406-1419

“Super Fun Sunday: Mr. Lunch’s Hanukkah Party with Isaac Zones and Shamati.” Hanukkah event for preschoolers and their families. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 10 a.m. Included with museum admission.

“Hanukkah Snowstorm.” Wintry indoor celebration featuring synthetic snow, as well as carnival games, food, bounce houses and the snowman Olaf from the movie “Frozen.” At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 12 to 4 p.m. Free. (408) 358-3636 or [email protected]

“Hanooka Fiesta.” Art, klezmer music, dance instruction, cookie-painting, dreidels, shadow puppets and a procession of “luminaria kandelikas” for Hanukkah. Presented by Open Tent Shul of the Arts. At Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley. 2 to 5 p.m. $10.

“Latkes and Laughs.” Comedy by Wayne Federman, Jeff Applebaum and Joe Nguyen, plus latkes. At Temple Emanu-El, 1010 University Ave., San Jose. 6 p.m. $18-$36.

“Almost Chanukah.” Fair with arts and crafts activities, performances by local musicians and food for sale. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free, but donations for children’s gift drive appreciated.

“Festival of Lights.” Hanukkah celebration with holiday foods, kids’ activities, swimming, live music, a holiday gift mart and dreidel playoffs. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free, but canned food donations welcome.

“Kindling Fires Within Darkness.” Daylong outdoor community event hosted by Zmanim to prepare for Hanukkah and examine the element of fire in Jewish tradition. Learn fire-building, menorah-making and beeswax candle-dipping. At Ocean Song Farm and Wilderness, 19999 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $36-$54.


ADL Gala 2014. Luncheon to honor Kelly M. Dermody with the Distinguished Jurisprudence Award for her commitment to justice, with keynote address by S.F. District Attorney George Gascón. Address given with registration. 11:30 a.m. $350.


“Night at the Jewseum: Light.” Hanukkah-themed event features gallery tours, glow-in-the-dark activities, special cocktails and music by Happy Fangs. 21 and over. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 6 to 9 p.m. Included with museum admission; $5 after 5 p.m.

“Chanukah and Chutzpah.” Bend the Arc’s Hanukkah celebration. In downtown S.F., address provided with RSVP. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free, but RSVP required.