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No Purim is complete without hamantaschen. (Photo/Faith Kramer)

UPDATED: Purim fun around the Bay Area for all ages

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Put on a silly costume and grab a grogger. It’s time to party, Purim-style. Synagogues, Chabads and Jewish organizations across the region are hosting holiday activities, with family-friendly or adult-only options including costume and dance parties, hamantaschen baking workshops, an “ecstatic dance” ritual and a “Come As You Aren’t” extravaganza with an open bar and performances by San Francisco Jewish drag queens. Did we miss any? Email [email protected].


San Francisco

Sunday, March 17

SF Family Hamantash Bake—Chabad of the Neighborhood presents a workshop on baking hamantaschen. Baked treats can be taken home or donated to those in need. At Chabad of the Neighborhood, 85 West Portal Ave., S.F. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. $12, registration required. 

Purim Extravaganza—Jewish Baby Network and Or Shalom present holiday event for families with kids 3 and under with puppets, storytime, hamantaschen and Purim-themed craft. Wear a costume. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 10-11:30 a.m. $18 suggested donation. 

Tuesday, March 19

Hamantaschen Baking Class—Online workshop to bake hamantaschen led by Alex Ingersoll and Martin Tannenbaum. Presented by Congregation Sha’ar Zahav. Online. 7 p.m. Free, registration required. 

Saturday, March 23

“Mamma Mia! …Here We Go Again!”—ABBA-themed Erev Purim celebration with Megillah reading and vegetarian dinner. Bring a beverage to share and boxes of mac and cheese to use as groggers and then to donate. Presented by The Southside Jewish Collective, Am Tikvah, Beth Ohr of Studio City and Kehillah SF. At Congregation Am Tikvah, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F. 6-9 p.m. $10, $5 kids 6 and under. RSVP by March 15.

Sha’ar Zahav Purim—Holiday celebration with Barbie-themed Megillah reading, costumes, cocktails and food. Livestream option. At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. 6:15-9 p.m. Free, registration required. 

“Purim Kids Zone”—Holiday celebration for families with games, songs, stories, puppets, crafts, costume parade and pizza dinner. At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. 4:30-7 p.m. Free, registration required.

“Come As You Aren’t”—Holiday celebration for adults ages 21-40 with Megillah reading, music, dancing, costumes and performances from Jewish drag queens. Presented by Congregation Sha’ar Zahav and Congregation Beth Sholom. At Manny’s, 3092 16th St., S.F. 8-10:30 p.m.

“Megillah and Martinis”—Adult Purim party with Megillah reading, food, martinis, trivia and costumes. At Jewish Enrichment Center, 85 West Portal Ave., S.F. 9 p.m. $18.

Sunday, March 24

“Purimpalooza”—Purim party with costumes, hamantaschen, crafts, games, mishloach manot making, photo booth, live music, dancing, magic show, Barbie-themed shpiel and more. Presented by JCCSF, Congregation Emanu-El, King Knish, Melita & Friends, PJ Library, Repair the World and others. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free, registration required.

Purim Glow Party—Holiday event for families with Megillah reading, collaborative art mural, raffle and black light. Wear white or glow-themed costume. At Jewish Enrichment Center, 85 West Portal Ave., S.F. 3 p.m. $18.


North Bay

Sunday, March 17

Petaluma Family Hamantaschen Bake—Chabad of Petaluma presents workshop to bake hamantaschen and create collaborative Purim joke book to bring joy to Ukrainian children. At Chabad Jewish Center of Petaluma, 205 Keller St. No. 101, Petaluma. 10:30 a.m. $5. 

Wednesday, March 20

“Dance ‘Til You Don’t Know”—Rabbi Zac Kamenetz of Shefa: Jewish Psychedelic Support facilitates an “ecstatic dance” ritual for Purim, in which participants release themselves and move freely as the music takes them. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 6 p.m. $25 suggested donation, registration required.

Saturday, March 23

“Midnight Megillah”—Purim celebration with Megillah reading, hamantaschen and snacks. At Chabad Jewish Center of Petaluma, 205 Keller St. No. 101, Petaluma. 8:30 p.m. Free, registration required.

Sunday, March 24

“It’s a Barbie Purim Spiel”—Congregation Rodef Sholom presents Barbie-themed Purim service and spiel. With dinner. Wear a costume. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 5:30-7 p.m. Free, registration required. 

“Purim in Outer Space”—Holiday celebration with “zero-gravity jumping shoes,” science activities, face painting, “ha-moon-tashen,” groggers, space-themed Megillah and costumes. At Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 4 p.m. $15 adults, $10 kids. 

Purim in the Shuk—Holiday celebration with Israeli-style dinner, drum circle, Israeli music, henna artist, freshly squeezed juices and Megillah readings. At Chabad of Contra Costa, 1671 Newell Ave., Walnut Creek. 5-7 p.m. $18 single, $60 family. 


East Bay

Sunday, March 10

Purim Playdate Party—Jewish Baby Network, Jewish Gateways, PJ Library Bay Area and Honeymoon Israel present Purim celebration with holiday treats, gift bags, crafts and a costume parade. At Dracena Quarry Park, 130 Dracena Ave., Piedmont. 3:30-5 p.m. $18 suggested donation. 

Sunday, March 17

JCC East Bay Purim Carnival—Holiday event with crafts, face painting, hamantaschen, talent show for kids and more. Wear a costume. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 2-5 p.m. $18 per family. 

Hamantaschen Baking Parties—Workshop for adults to bake hamantaschen. Bring filling options. Presented by Jewish Gateways. Albany location provided with registration. 2-4 p.m.

Thursday, March 21

Ta’anit Esther Tent of Mourning Actifest—The Shalom Center presents full day actifest (activist festival) of sessions, teachings and ritual to support attendees in deepening and expanding their grief, with public Tent of Mourning to grieve both Gazan and Israeli lives lost since Oct. 7. At Urban Adamah, 1151 Sixth St., Berkeley. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Free, registration required.

Saturday, March 23

Family Purim Celebration—Urban Adamah, Chochmat HaLev, Kehilla Community Synagogue and Berkeley Moshav present holiday event for families with kids 12 and under with themed crafts, music, stories, games, puppet show and community dinner. Costumes encouraged. At Urban Adamah, 1151 Sixth St., Berkeley. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $12-$36 sliding scale, under 2 free. 

“The Whole Megillah”—Urban Adamah, Chochmat HaLev, Kehilla Community Synagogue and Base Bay present Purim festival with community dinner, Megillah reading, dance party, live performances, mystical tea lounge, costumes and more. At Urban Adamah, 1151 Sixth St., Berkeley. 7:30-11 p.m. $24-$72, sliding scale. 

Purim in the Palace—Chabad of Tri-Valley presents holiday event with banquet, cocktails, Megillah reading, masquerade and horse-and-buggy rides. At Chabad of Tri-Valley, 3370 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton. 4:30 p.m. $20, $60 per family.

Sunday, March 24

Temple Beth Hillel’s Purim Carnival—Holiday celebration with megillah reading, games, prizes, food, bouncy house and more. Wear costumes and masks. At Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central St., Richmond. 12-2 p.m. Free, $5 for games and bouncy house.

“¡Cantamos!”—Mexican Jewish singer and children’s educator Aviva Jinich leads Purim edition of a monthly music event featuring songs in Spanish, music from Latin cultures, movement, stories, puppets and multicultural connections to Jewish culture and community. With snacks. For families with kids 6 and under. Presented by Olamim and JCC East Bay. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 3:30-5 p.m. $18 per family.

Temple Israel Purim Celebration—Megillah reading and holiday celebration with bouncy house, face painting, clown, costume contest, games, prizes, buffet lunch and adult beverages. At Temple Israel of Alameda, 3183 MeCartney Road, Alameda. 10:30 a.m. $15, includes buffet lunch.


South Bay/Peninsula

Sunday, March 17

Purim Palooza—Jewish Baby Network and Honeymoon Israel present holiday event for families with kids 3 and under with music, dancing, hamantaschen, themed snacks and Purim goodie bags. Wear a costume. At Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City. 3:30-5 p.m. $18 suggested donation. 

Friday, March 15

Tot Shabbat Purim Edition—Purim-themed program for families with children 5 and under with story time, songs and food. Bring unopened packs of diapers, wipes and formula to donate to Ayudando Latinos A Soñar, an organization in Half Moon Bay that works directly with individuals and families. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 5:15-6:15 p.m. Free, registration required. 

Sunday, March 17

Purim Family Parade and Party—Jewish Silicon Valley presents event for families with fitness warm-up, costume parade, games, photo-ops, refreshments and hamantaschen. Optional “Israel Quest Purim Adventure” for kids aged 8-13 to solve clues, complete puzzles and learn the story of Purim. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 3-5 p.m. $5-$10, kids under 2 free.

Friday, March 22

“Stand Up” Kabbalat Purim Party — Holiday celebration with spoken word performances, Purim parody songs and personal accounts from folks who felt called to “stand up” against antisemitism. Presented by Coastside Jewish Community. At Cameron’s Pub & Restaurant, 1410 S. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 5-7 p.m. Free.

Lea Loeb
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Lea Loeb

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