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“Into the Heart of the Sacred.” Shabbaton weekend with discussion, study and song. Co-sponsored by Hebrew College and the Jewish Studio Project. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. $10, registration required. Concludes March 19 at Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. Free.




“If I Had a Hamentash … The Folk Megillah.” Purimshpiel based on the coffeehouses of New York’s Greenwich Village. Followed by a party with music by the Megillah Band. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 7:30 p.m. $30. Also March 20 at 2 p.m. $10. Children under 12 free.


Purim Palooza. Family carnival with food, games, craft activities and live music. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free.

Purim parade and festival. Hamantaschen, costumes, mask-making and live music. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 4 p.m. Free.

“Purim Unmasked.” Community festival with live music, belly dancers and puppet shows. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St. 11 a.m. Free.

JCC East Bay Purim Fest. Family fun with grogger making, face painting and a Purim puppet show. Presented with Camp Tawonga and Jewish Gateways. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 2:30 p.m. $8.

Purim carnival. Afternoon of family fun with costumes, homemade food, activities and games for children and a raffle. At Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond. 12:30 p.m. Free.


Purim @ Copperfield’s Books. Storytelling and hamantaschen. Costumes encouraged. Co-sponsored by B’nai Israel Jewish Center, Gan Israel Preschool and PJ Library. At Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 10:30 a.m. Free.


“Peter Pan ’n’ Purim.” Southside Jewish Collaborative presents a Peter Pan-themed Purimshpiel, along with a Megillah reading, potluck dairy dinner and live music. Presented by B’nai Emunah, Ner Tamid, Beth Israel Judea and Or Shalom. At BIJ/Or Shalom, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F. 6 p.m. Free.

“Purim Awakens.” Costume party, breakfast for dinner, Megillah reading and Star Wars-themed Purimshpiel. At Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 5:30 p.m. Free, but RSVP requested.

Grateful Yid Purim Palooza. Kosher noshes, children’s activities, costume contest with prizes and a musical lineup. At Social Hall SF, 1270 Sutter St., S.F. 8 p.m. Free.

Gender Schmear. LGBTQ Purim celebration with hors d’oeuvres, drinks, Megillah reading and a drag show. At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. 8 p.m. $20-$25. [email protected]

Purim celebration. Megillah reading and costume pageant. Sponsored by B’nai Israel Jewish Center and Congregation Ner Shalom. At B’nai Israel, 740 Western Ave., Petaluma. 6 p.m. Free.

Beatles Purimshpiel. Performance accompanied by Beatles music. At Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 6:15 p.m. Free.

“Purim Like It’s 5776.” Puppet show and costume parade, followed by Megillah reading and dance party with music by Shamati. Co-sponsored by Urban Adamah and Kehilla Community Synagogue. At Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St., Berkeley. 6 p.m. pre-party family activities, 7:15 Megillah reading, 8:30 p.m. dance party. $6-$15.

“Megillah Gras.” Purim fundraiser with food, drinks, raffle, carnival games, dance-off and Megillah reading. At Congregation Beth Sholom, 301 14th Ave., S.F. 4:30 to 9:30 pm. Free.

Roaring ’20s Purim. Get-together for young adults featuring an open bar, live jazz band and Megillah reading. Sponsored by Chabad’s Young Jewish Professionals of Oakland. At Lakeshore Café, 3257 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. 8 p.m. $15-$25. [email protected]


Purim in the Wild West. Themed family Purim event with a western buffet dinner. At Congregation Chevra Thilim, 751 25th Avenue, S.F. 5:30 p.m. $12-$25 member, $15-$25 non-member.

Purim in the Wild West. Western-style buffet, multimedia Megillah reading, country music and raffle. Sponsored by Chabad of Petaluma. At Hotel Petaluma, 106 Washington St. 5 p.m. $5.

Purim in the Shtetl. Family event with klezmer music, Megillah reading, kugel bakeoff, petting zoo and more. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 4:45 p.m. $5, or $15 per family. (650) 341- 4510 or [email protected]

“Night at the Jewseum: Clueless.” Cocktails, craft stations, dance contests and ska band Monkey. For 21 and older. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 6 p.m. Included with museum admission, $5 after 5 p.m.

Purim in Hawaii. Hawaiian-themed party with dinner and hamantaschen, Megillah reading, kids’ activities, prizes for costumes and dancing with music by Saul Kaye. Sponsored by Chabad of Berkeley. At the Ferris home, 2942 Claremont Blvd., Berkeley. 6 p.m. $10, $36/family.

Purim in Mexico. Interactive Megillah reading,  Mexican food, live mariachi music, a margarita bar and more. At Chabad of Contra Costa, 1671 Newell Ave., Walnut Creek. 5 p.m. Free.

Purim in Africa. Chabad of Sonoma’s Purim party with themed cuisine, an African masquerade and a drum circle for all ages. At Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 5 p.m. Free.

“The Whole Megillah.” Morning Megillah reading co-presented by Congregation Beth Sholom and Congregation Chevra Thilim. At Beth Sholom, 301 14th Ave., S.F. 8 a.m. Free. [email protected]

Queen Esther’s Megillah Reading. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 11:30 a.m. Free.

Broke-Ass Stuart’s Crazy Purim Party. Food, drink and music by Matt Haze and DJ Dane. 21 and older. Portion of proceeds to benefit Coalition on Homelessness. At Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F. 8 p.m. $16.82–$32.64.

Purim dinner. Megillah reading followed by buffet deli spread catered by Touro University, with wines from Cuvée Chabad. At SpringHill Suites Napa Valley, 101 Gateway Road East, Napa. 5 p.m. Free, but RSVP required. [email protected]


Purim dance party. Prizes for costumes, live music, dancing and hamantaschen. Bring food and drinks to share. At  Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Suggested donation $10 and canned food donation for Alameda County Food Bank.