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Jewish marchers in the 2014 San Francisco Pride Parade (Photo/Wikimedia-Sarah Stierch CC BY 4.0)

Jews head to S.F. Pride; French Jewish comic in San Jose; and other best bets

Need an antidote to the bad news of the day? Start your weekend on a high note with comedian Gad Elmaleh, who’s doing stand-up at the San Jose Improv. Only one of his five shows is not yet sold out, on Friday, June 23.

The New York-based French comedian of Moroccan and Jewish heritage has been compared to Jerry Seinfeld — and in fact recently announced that he will join Seinfeld at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal in July. Elmaleh has drawn huge crowds in Europe; here’s your chance to see him locally.

Grab a ticket while you can. Four of the five shows are already sold out.

Join fellow Jews and all manner of people at the San Francisco Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25. The march starts at 10:30 a.m. and will include contingents from the JCCSF and other Jewish groups. Or just join the thousands of spectators for the parade and celebration at Civic Center Plaza, where the march ends and the party begins. Register to march with the JCCSF or Union for Reform Judaism delegations. For information about the parade, celebration and rally, see

If you have an appetite for learning, try “Taste of Limmud” on Sunday, June 25. You’ll get a four-hour sampler of speakers and workshops on all things Jewish, and a little nosh as well. Or, you can make a day of it, because sessions are offered at three locations from morning till eve. Topics run the gamut, from “Taxes, Charity and the Wealthy Few” to “Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes: Serving God With Our Whole Bodies.” It’s happening at Kevah, 2095 Rose St., Berkeley, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F., 12 to 4 p.m.; and Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, 4 to 8 p.m.

Liz Harris

Liz Harris is a J. contributor. She was J.'s culture editor from 2012-2018.