Benefits & social events


“Hanukkah in Paris.” Music from DJs Ryan Luchero, Frenchy le Freak and Josh Abrams to promote the holiday gift programs Toys for Tots and Project Glimmer. At Clift Hotel, 495 Geary St., S.F. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free, but VIP admission for guests who bring a donation. RSVP encouraged.


Lake Chabot Marina hike. Join Bay Area Jewish Singles Hiking Club for an easy seven-mile hike at Lake Chabot Park, followed by optional buffet dinner. Meet at Lake Chabot Marina trailhead, San Leandro. Also Dec. 20, hike along Penitencia Creek Canyon. Meet at Penitencia Creek–Alum Rock Park trailhead, San Jose. 2 p.m. $1. (408) 817-5686

“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. 6-10 p.m. $40. Also Dec. 20 at JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 6-10 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- 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.


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.


Tanya Solomon photo/courtesy food network

Win or fry trying. Who makes the Bay Area’s best latkes? It’s time to find out. Come cheer on local culinary masters as they compete against the clock and each other to make the tastiest and most appealing latkes and earn the title “Top Latke Chef.” Host is Tanya Solomon, kosher chef and winner of the reality cooking show “Guy’s Grocery Games.” A children’s program for ages 3 and older and a Hanukkah party will follow the competition.

7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 at Jewish Study Network, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. $10.




Light up the night.  The theme is “light” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s “Night at the Jewseum,” with a Lite-Brite station and glow-in-the-dark pingpong among the offerings (plus, of course, light refreshments). Also on the bill: Hanukkah activities, gallery tours, special cocktails, an ’80s music-video lounge and a performance by San Francisco indie rockers Happy Fangs (above).

6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18 at Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. For 21 and older. Included with museum admission, $5 after 5 p.m.

“Vodka and Latke 3.0.” A benefit for Hebrew Free Loan, with raffle prizes and music by DJs Volchegroovsky and Seba. At 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St., S.F. 7 p.m. $36-40.


Hanukkah Singles Night. Special edition of Sunday Singles Night, with holiday treats and Israeli and American music. At Jerusalem Grill & Bar, 1740 S. Winchester Blvd., Campbell. 7:30 p.m. Table reservations recommended.


Warriors Jewish Heritage Night. Golden State Warriors host Sacramento Kings. Pregame party with menorah-lighting, Jewish food and music from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Souvenir scarf for fans holding special tickets. At Oakland Arena. Game at 7:30 p.m.  (See story, 5)


Latke Ball 2014. Jewish dance party featuring two dance floors and DJs Shmumer, Polyester Pink, Miles and Seba. At Ruby Skye, 420 Mason St., S.F. 9 p.m. $30-$55. For 21 and older.

Matzo Ball. Dance party for Bay Area Jewish singles. At Vessel Nightclub, 85 Campton Place, S.F. 9 p.m. $30.

“Moo-Shu and a Movie.” Catered Chinese buffet dinner and screening of “Jumanji” starring Robin Williams. At Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Road, Lafayette. 6 p.m. $15-$25. RSVP requested.


“Sushi & Sake.” Sake and kosher sushi from L’Chaim Sushi, plus lessons on how to roll your own sushi. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 5:30 p.m. $36-$40.

Community Free Day at the CJM. Admission-free family fun day, including an arts workshop based on the “J. Otto Seibold and Mr. Lunch” exhibit, two performances by the Pop-Ups and a “meet the puppets” workshop. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.