2020 Market Hall seder plate with horseradish, shank bone and eggs. (Photo/Courtesy)
2020 Market Hall seder plate with horseradish, shank bone and eggs. (Photo/Courtesy)

UPDATED: Community Passover seders around the Bay Area

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March 24 is the last day to submit events to be included in this list!

Passover begins at sundown Wednesday, April 5, and once again many local synagogues, Chabad centers, JCCs, and other organizations are gearing up to host a variety of events, from traditional seders to themed gatherings. The following are some public offerings to consider, with most requiring reservations and/or tickets purchased in advance. Some seders are free for young children, and some promise that financial constraints will not be a barrier to participation. Certain events have deadlines for sign-ups or provide discounts for early reservations, so don’t hesitate to book your spot now — it’s never too early to secure your seat at the seder table!

If your organization is hosting a public Passover seder, please send event details to [email protected] by March 24 to be included in this list.


San Francisco

Monday, April 3

JCRC Freedom Seder — Jewish Community Relations Council Bay Area’s 27th annual Freedom Seder. Led by S.F. Supervisors Rafael Mandelman and Myrna Melgar and featuring cross-cultural exchange, singing, storytelling and a kosher-style vegetarian meal. At San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. 6-8 p.m. $72.

Wednesday, April 5

Richmond Torah Center-Chabad — Orthodox community seder. Register by March 31. At RTC-Chabad, 423 10th Ave., S.F. 8:30 p.m. Also April 6 at 9 p.m. $65.

JCCSF — First-night seder led by Rabbi Batshir Torchio and song leader Jonathan Bayer with dinner catered by Julia’s Kosher Kitchen. Menu includes haroset and beet salad, matzah ball soup, brisket, roasted baby potatoes and asparagus and broccoli kugel. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free options. At JCCSF, 3200 California St. 6-9:30 p.m. $84 adults, $67 students and seniors, $44 kids 12 and under.

SOMA Shul — Annual Chabad SF seder in the courtyard of the historic San Francisco Mint with hand-baked matzah, wine and dinner. 88 5th St., S.F. 7-11 p.m. $40-$85, advance purchase.

Chabad of Cole Valley — Community seder with meal and hand-baked matzah. Menu includes roasted sweet potato soup, roast, vegetarian quiche, potato kugel, beet salad, butternut squash and lemon meringue dessert. Register by April 4. At location provided with registration. 7:15-10:30 p.m. $45 adults, $25 kids.

Chabad of the Neighborhood — Community seder with hand-baked matzah and meal. Menu includes roasted butternut squash tomato soup, potato latke flatbread topped with pulled brisket, roasted root vegetables in sauce, garden salads and mango/peach “nice” cream. Also April 6 at 9 p.m. with different menu. At Chabad of the Neighborhood, 85 West Portal Ave., S.F. 8 p.m. $72 for first night, $80 for both nights.

Thursday, April 6

“Through the Lens of Climate Justice” — Congregation Sherith Israel’s annual second night community seder, which  doubles as a fundraiser for the synagogue’s Chicken Soupers and HaMotzi programs, which feed homebound seniors, those in need of healing and residents of local shelters. Register by April 3. At Sherith Israel, Newman Hall, 2266 California St., S.F. 6-8 p.m. $50 adults, $20 kids, under 5 free.

Congregation Am Tikvah — Second-night seder led by Rabbi Batshir Torchio and Cantor Barry Reich with meal prepared by Dina’s Kosher Catering. Menu includes eggplant baba ghanoush, roasted chicken, vegetarian shepherd’s pie and macaroons. Vegetarian option. Register by March 20. At Am Tikvah, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F. 6:30 p.m. $42 adults, $36 members, $18 kids 5-12 (kids under 5 free).

Chabad of Noe Valley — Community seder with meal. Also at 8 p.m. April 6. Advanced registration required. At Chabad of Noe Valley, 3771 Cesar Chavez St., S.F. 7:15 p.m. $49 adults, $30 kids.

Congregation Beth Sholom — Community seder led by Rabbi Amanda Russell, Lifelong Learning Moreh Derech Adam Lowy, David Katz and Shira Rutman with meal and wine. Register by April 2. At Congregation Beth Sholom, 301 14th Ave., S.F. 5-9 p.m. $54 adults, $36 teens, $18 kids under 12, free kids under 4.

Sunday, April 9

Shupin Social Club — Family-friendly Passover seder open to families of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Proof of vaccination required. Presented by JFCS Shupin Community, sponsored by the Berke Family. Register by March 31. Location provided with registration. 5-8 p.m. $15 single adult, $25 two adults, $35 family of three or more.

Tuesday, April 11

“Social Justice Passover Seder: Racial Justice” — Thirteenth annual social justice Passover seder focused on connections between the ancient story of moving from slavery to freedom and contemporary anti-racist activism. Presented by the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, USF. At the USF McLaren Complex, 2130 Fulton St., S.F. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. 


South Bay/Peninsula

Wednesday, April 5

Oshman Family JCC — Annual community seder with kosher-style Passover buffet dinner and wine. At Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall (Bldg F), 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 5-7 p.m. $20.

Chabad of Sunnyvale — Outdoor community seder in a tent with meal and hand-baked matzah. Location provided with registration. 7:45 p.m. $55 adults, $30 kids 12 and under.

Thursday, April 6

Congregation Beth Jacob — Second-night community seder. Menu includes matzah ball soup, Moroccan chicken, roasted veggies and parve dessert. Vegetarian option. Register by March 31. At Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City. 5:45-8 p.m. $75 adults, $35 kids 12 and under.

Temple Beth Torah — Congregation’s first in-person community seder in three years. Register by March 24. At Temple Beth Torah, 42000 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont. 6 p.m. $25 adults, $10 kids 13 and under.

Congregation Emeth — Family-friendly community seder. Register by April 3. At Congregation Emeth, 17835 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. 6 p.m. $55 adults, $15 kids under 13.

Friday, April 7

Coastside Jewish Community—Community seder led by Rabbi Moshe Heyn and Lissin Lev Chaya with vegetarian potluck dinner. At Half Moon Bay Odd Fellows, 526 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 5:30 p.m. Free. 


East Bay

Wednesday, April 5

Chabad of Oakland — Community seder in English and Hebrew with meal, international wine selection and hand-baked matzah. Register by April 1. At Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 3014 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. $50.

Chabad of Fremont — Community seder with a four-course meal and hand-baked matzah. At Chabad of Fremont, 4251 Peralta Blvd, Fremont. 6:45 p.m. $65 adults, $40 kids. Subsidized option.

Chabad of Berkeley — Community seder with meal and handmade matzah. Also at 8 p.m. April 6. Advanced registration required. At Chabad of Berkeley, 1710 University Ave., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $36 adults, kids free.

Chabad of Contra Costa — Community seder with meal and hand-baked matzah. Menu includes gefilte fish, marinated eggplant salad, mango avocado spring salad, potato salad, Israeli salad, brisket, yams, caramelized onion chicken, potato kugel, fresh fruit and assorted Pesach pastries. Also in Russian. At Chabad of Contra Costa, 1671 Newell Ave., Walnut Creek. 7:15 p.m. $50 adults, $36 kids.

Chabad of Emeryville — Community seder. Also April 6 at 8:30 p.m. At Chabad of Emeryville, 1300 55th St., Emeryville. 7 p.m. $36.

Thursday, April 6

Congregation B’nai Tikvah — Community seder led by Rabbi Jennie Chabon and centered on themes of rebirth and renewal. At B’nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek. 6-9 p.m. $105 adults, $50 kids under 12. Members: $200 family, $85 adults, $40 kids under 12.

Pomella and Bishulim SF — First-ever community seder hosted by Oakland Israeli restaurant Pomella and Bay Area Israeli caterer Bishulim SF (aka chef Aliza Grayevsky Somekh) with kosher wine from Covenant Wines. At Pomella, 3770 Piedmont Ave., Unit B, Oakland. 5:30 p.m. $85.

Congregation Beth El — Outdoor second night seder led by Rabbi Ira, Cantor Elaya and the Beth El Chorus with kosher-for-Passover meal that includes matzah ball soup, roast chicken, potatoes, green beans and dessert. Gluten-free and vegan options. Register by March 29. At Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley. 5-8 p.m. $54 adults, $36 seniors, $25 25 and under.

Congregation B’nai Shalom — Community seder led by Rabbi Daniel Stein and Hazzan Sandy Bernstein with full-course seder meal. Vegetarian option, BYOB kosher wine. At Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 6-8 p.m. $40.

Sunday, April 9

Kol Hadash Community for Humanistic Judaism —  Seder with a “Modern Exodus” theme. Meal is both catered and potluck. Register by April 4. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 6-9 p.m. $50 adults, $20 kids under 12.

Monday, April 10

The Deadhead Seder — Grateful Dead-themed seder led by Wendy Garf-Lipp featuring meal prepared by chefs from Terrapin Crossroads followed by performance by musicians. At Golden Gate Bistro, 803 Wright Ave. #Suite 101, Richmond. 5-10 p.m. $95, babies in arms are free.


North Bay

Wednesday, April 5

Chabad of Novato — English-friendly community seder led by Rabbi Menachem and Adina Landa with kabbalistic insights, three-course meal and hand-baked shmurah matzah. Register by April 1. At Chabad Jewish Center of Novato, 695 De Long Ave., Suite 101. 7 p.m. Early bird: $45 adults, $40 kids. After March 25: $54 adults, $50 kids.

Chabad of Petaluma — English-friendly community seder with gourmet meal and hand-baked shmurah matzah. At Chabad Jewish Center of Petaluma, 205 Keller St., #101. 7:30 p.m. Early bird: $54 adults, $36 kids. After March 29: $60 adults, $40 kids.

Chabad of Napa Valley — Community seder with meal and hand-baked matzah. Register by April 2. Location provided with reservation. 7 p.m. $42 adults, $18 kids 12 and under (kids under 2 free).

Chabad of Solano County — 14th annual seder with four-course meal, hand-baked matzah and a children’s program. Also April 6. At Chabad Solano County, 730 East Main St., Vacaville. 7:30 p.m. both nights. $40 adults, $20 kids. 

Chabad of Tiburon — Community seder with a catered three-course meal and hand-baked matzah. At Belvedere Community Center, 450 San Rafael Ave., Belvedere. 7:30 p.m. $100 family, $54 adults, $18 kids.

Joseph Weingarten Chabad Jewish Center — Community seder. At Chabad Jewish Center, 2461 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Thursday April 6

Congregation Beth Shalom — Second-night seder catered by Blossom Catering. Menu includes chicken matzah ball soup, braised chicken thighs, glazed baby carrots and coconut macaroons. Register by April 1. At Congregation Beth Shalom of Napa Valley, 1455 Elm St., Napa. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $65 adults, $35 teens, kids 12 and under free.

Congregation Rodef Sholom — Second-night seder led by Rabbi Stacy Friedman and Cantor David Margules with live music and dinner. Menu includes soup and brisket. Vegetarian and gluten-free options. Register by March 24. At Rodef Sholom, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 5 -7:30 p.m. $85 adults, $75 kids 12 and under. Members: $75 adults, $65 kids 12 and under.

Congregation Beth Ami — Community seder led by Rabbi Mordecai Miller with fish, dairy and vegetarian meal. Register by April 3. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 6:30 p.m. $90 family, $36 adults, $16 kids. 

Lea Loeb
(Photo/Aaron Levy-Wolins)
Lea Loeb

Lea Loeb is engagement reporter at J. She previously served as editorial assistant.