Holidays & spiritual


“Poetry from the Sources.” Reading by poet Jake Marmer following a post-Shabbat potluck dinner. At Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City. 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. reading. Free.


“Chanukah Art & Light.” Holiday art-making followed by songs and stories in outdoor sculpture garden. Hosted by Makor Marin. At O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 10 a.m. Free, but RSVP requested.

Saturdays Unplugged: Hanukkah. Family holiday play date with dreidel games, stories, seasonal treats and a performance by Saul Goodman’s Klezmer Band. At JCCSF, 3200 California St. S.F. 3 p.m. Free.


Annual latke party and craft fair. Holiday luncheon with songs, gifts for sale, kids’ activities and a candle-lighting ceremony. At Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free.

Hanukkah Art and Service Fair. Latkes, live music and gifts for purchase. Learn about importance of community service. Co-sponsored by Camp Tawonga, Netivot Shalom, Be’chol Lashon, Kevah and Jewish Gateways. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 3 to 5:30 p.m. $12, $6 under-12.

Hanukkah Celebration and Arts & Crafts Fair. Local jewelry, art and gift items, homemade latkes, baked goods, children’s activities and Jewish Folk Chorus sings. At Congregation B’nai Emunah, 3595 Taraval St., S.F. 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free.

Festival of Lights. Family-oriented Hanukkah party with live music, food, arts and crafts, shopping and open access to pool. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free.


“FLAME: A Keshet LGBTQ Hanukkah Revue.” Pre-Hanukkah party featuring drag, comedy and musical performances by LGBTQ Jewish artists. At Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. 7 p.m. $10-$15.


Hanukkah Pop-up Shop. Reboot’s first annual holiday pop-up gift bazaar with daily events including a a screening of Tiffany Shlain’s “50/50,” a dreidel gaming night and a reading by Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown. Open through Dec. 18. At Partners in Crime, 1749 Union St., S.F. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“Menorahs & Martinis.” “Ladies Night Out” event with cocktails, a latke bar and opportunity to design and decorate a personal granite menorah. Sponsored by the Jewish Women’s Circle. At a private home in Petaluma; address given with RSVP. 7 p.m. $20, $30 for two people. [email protected]


“Latkes and Laughs.” Latke dinner followed by performances of Jewish comedians Avi Liberman, Jeff Applebaum and Mike Capazzola (appropriate for kids 13+.) At Temple Emanu-El, 1010 University Ave, San Jose. $45, $18 students age 13-21.

“Almost Chanukah Klezmer Happy Hour.” All-ages party featuring seasonal treats, artisan cocktails and “latketinis” by Maggid Jhos Singer, a reading from “Dreidels on the Brain” by Joel ben Izzy, belly dancing, the music of Kugelplex and more. At Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley. 3 p.m. $15-$20, $5 kids.


“Top Latke Chef.” Hanukkah cooking contest with celebrity chef judges. Includes free latkes sample plus book giveaway and signing by Kenji Lopez-Alt, author of “The Food Lab.” Co-sponsored by OFJCC and Jewish Study Network. At Whole Foods Market, 4800 El Camino Real, Los Altos. 7 p.m. Free.


“Chrismukkah, a StorySLAM.” Holiday-themed live storytelling-social event led by the host of The Moth podcast. 21+ only. Co-sponsored by InterfaithFamily. At Public Works, 161 Erie St., S.F. 6 p.m. opening, 7:30 p.m. storytelling.

Hanukkah holiday lunch. Community Tuesday event with traditional holiday foods and a performance of Broadway music from Jewish shows and songwriters by pianist Richard Glazier. At OFJCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 11:30 a.m. $20.

save the date

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy

Dec. 23-25 in San Francisco

Latke Ball

Dec. 24 in San Francisco


jewish calendar

Dec. 9, 2016 / Kislev 9, 5777

Light candles at 4:33 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 5:34 p.m.

Dec. 16, 2016 / Kislev 16, 5777

Light candles at 4:33 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 5:36 p.m.