Holidays & spiritual


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

Hanukkah gift fair. Holiday bazaar and bake sale hosted by the BIJC Sisterhood. At the B’nai Israel Jewish Center, 740 Western Ave., Petaluma. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free.

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


“Top Latke Chef.” Culinary teams in a race to create best latkes. Celebrity judges and latke samples. Book giveaway and signing by J. 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.


“The Moth: Chrismukkah.” Storytelling event organized by “The Moth” podcast. 21+ only. Five-minute stories about merged traditions, holiday parties, December dilemmas, etc. At Public Works, 161 Erie St., S.F. 6 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. stories.

Hanukkah holiday lunch. Traditional holiday foods and Broadway music from Jewish shows and songwriters by pianist Richard Glazier. At OFJCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 11:30 a.m. $20.


Hanukkah party. Second-night celebration with menorah lighting, Chinese dinner, arts and crafts for kids and a 24-minute animated Hanukkah film. At Congregation Chevra Thilim, 751 25th Ave., S.F. 4 p.m. $12-$20 members, $15-$25 nonmembers.


“Ladies’ Night Out.” Hanukkah event with latkes, spiritual discussion, gift exchange and making a bottle of essential oils. Jewish Women’s Circle of Oakland. Location given with RSVP. 7:30 p.m. $18 suggested donation plus a wrapped gift for exchange.

“Fourth Night Hanukkah Pop-Up.” Family event with latkes, menorah lighting, crafts, dreidel, Hanukkah stories and songs. Hosted by Kesher, PJ Library, Marin JCC Camp. At Diesel Bookstore, Marin Country Mart, 2275 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 4:30 p.m. Free, but RSVP requested.


Hanukkah Story Slam. Fifth-night celebration includes menorah lighting, latkes and attendees sharing five-minute personal stories. At the Redwood Café, 8240 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati. 6 p.m. Free.


Community Hanukkah party. All-ages celebration with latkes and sufganiyot, arts and crafts, a magic show, raffles, dreidel, mahjong, poker and black jack. Child care available. At B’nai Israel Jewish Center, 740 Western Ave., Petaluma. 6 p.m. Free.

“Spin ’Til You Win.” Dreidel tournament for cash prizes. With appetizers and drinks. At Chabad of Contra Costa, 1671 Newell Ave., Walnut Creek. 7 p.m. $50 per player, $90 for two.

Hanukkah Train. Hour-long ride on Roaring Camp Railroad that includes kosher refreshments, stories and dreidel games. Sponsored by Chabad by the Sea. Meet at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. 6:15 p.m. $25-$31.

JYP Hanukkah Celebration. Jewish Young Professionals event hosted by Chabad SF-SoMa Shul. At Positively 6th St., 496 Natoma St., S.F. 7 p.m. $15-$25.