A Freedom Seder attendee holds up a piece of matzah. (Photo/Anastasiia Sapon-JCRC)
A Freedom Seder attendee holds up a piece of matzah. (Photo/Anastasiia Sapon-JCRC)

UPDATED: Where to find a Passover seder in the Bay Area in 2024

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Passover begins at sundown Monday, April 22, and once again local congregations and other organizations will host events, ranging from traditional seders to themed holiday gatherings.

Most of the events listed below require reservations or tickets purchased in advance. Some seders are free for young children, and others note that financial constraints are not a barrier to participation. Certain events have deadlines to sign up, offer discounts for early reservations or will sell out, so don’t hesitate to secure your seat at the seder table now!

If your organization is hosting a public seder, please send event details to [email protected] by April 8 to be included in this list.


San Francisco

Monday, April 22

Congregation Chevra Thilim — Community seder. Register by April 15. At Congregation Chevra Thilim, 751 25th Ave., S.F. 7 p.m. $30-$60.

JCCSF — First-night seder led by Rabbi Batshir Torchio and song leader Jonathan Bayer with kosher-style dinner catered by Mangia Nosh. Menu includes vegetarian matzah ball soup, brisket, mashed potato and acorn squash puree, sauteed spring vegetables, grilled salmon, portabella mushroom stuffed with diced vegetables and dessert. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free options. At JCCSF, 3200 California St. 6-9:30 p.m. $150 adults, $100 subsidized, $75 community access, $50 kids 12 and under.

Chabad of Noe Valley — Community seder with meal. At Chabad of Noe Valley, 3771 Cesar Chavez St., S.F. 7:35 p.m. $54 adults, $25 kids. Advanced registration required. Also second-night seder on April 23.

Chabad of Cole Valley — Community seder with meal. Register by April 21. At Chabad of Cole Valley, 1300 Shrader St., S.F. 7:30-1:30 p.m. $45 adults, $25 kids Also second-night seder on April 23.

Festival of Freedom — Community seder with meal. Menu includes roasted butternut squash tomato soup, latke flatbread topped with pulled brisket and shallot marmalade, roasted root vegetables, stuffed eggplant, salad and mango-peach “nice” cream. At Chabad of the Neighborhood, 85 West Portal Ave., S.F. 8 p.m. Free. chabadneighborhood.square.site

Chabad SF-SOMA Shul — Community seder with meal. At Storek, 155 9th St., S.F. 7-11 p.m. $65-$125. tinyurl.com/soma-shul-seder

Tuesday, April 23

Congregation Sherith Israel — 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 19. At Sherith Israel, Newman Hall, 2266 California St., S.F. 6-8 p.m. $50 adults, $20 kids, under 5 free. sherithisrael.org

Congregation Ner Tamid — Community seder led by  Rabbi Shana and Cantor Rudy with meal prepared by Dina’s Kosher Catering. Menu includes chicken and vegetarian option. Registration required by April 12. At Congregation Ner Tamid, 1250 Quintara St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. $75 adults, $35 kids 6-13, free kids under 5. nertamidsf.org

Festival of Freedom — Community seder with meal. Menu includes potato parsnip puree, roasted beet medley, vegetable quiche, salad, egg-avocado salad and apple compote. At Chabad of the Neighborhood, 85 West Portal Ave., S.F. 8:45 p.m. Free. chabadneighborhood.square.site

Thursday, April 25

Senior Passover Seder Gathering — Holiday event for seniors (60+) led by Rabbi Batshir Torchio and Maggid Jhos Singer with Haggadah reading, singing and kosher meal. Register by April 4. At JCCSF, 3200 California St. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $12.

Social Justice Passover Seder: Antiracism — 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. usfca.edu

Thursday, May 2

Mimouna: A Moroccan Jewish Celebration—Traditional festival celebrated by Moroccan Jews to mark the end of Passover. With live music, dancing and traditional Moroccan sweets. Presented by JIMENA. At JCCSF, 3200 California St. 7-10 p.m.


North Bay

Monday, April 22

Congregation Beth Ami — Community seder led by Rabbi Mordecai Miller. Menu includes fish, dairy, dessert and vegetarian option. Register by April 18. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 6:30 p.m. $36 adults, $16 youth.

Chabad of Sonoma County — Community seder with meal. At Sonoma County Chabad Jewish Center, 2461 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 8 p.m. $60 adults, $20 kids.

Mendocino Coast Jewish Community — Community seder with Rabbi Paige Lincenberg. At location provided with registration. 5:30 p.m. Email [email protected] to RSVP.

Chabad of Marin — Community seder with meal. Register by April 14. At Chabad of Marin, 1150 Idylberry Road, San Rafael. 7:15 p.m. $54 adults, $18 kids. chabadofmarin.com

Chabad of Novato — Community seder with three-course meal. At Chabad of Novato, 695 De Long Ave., Novato. 7:30 p.m. $54 adults, $50 kids. jewishnovato.com

Tuesday, April 23

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 19. At Congregation Beth Shalom of Napa Valley, 1455 Elm St., Napa. 5:30 p.m. $65 adults, $35 teens, kids 12 and under free.

B’nai Israel Jewish Center — Community seder with meal. Menu includes gefilte fish, matzah ball soup, roasted chicken with lemon olive oil, potatoes, roasted vegetables, quinoa cake, almond and coconut macaroons and fresh fruit. Register by April 8. At Petaluma Woman’s Club, 518 B St., Petaluma. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $100.

A Half-Cup Seder — Congregation Ner Shalom presents community seder led by Rabbi Irwin Keller centered on the concept of diminished joy while others are suffering. With music. Fish or vegetarian dinner. Register by April 15. At Congregation Ner Shalom, 85 La Plaza, Cotati. 5 p.m. $43-$53 adults, $29-$34 kids.

Congregation Shomrei Torah — Community seder focused on the ongoing struggle for freedom, justice and equality. With meal. Register by April 16. At Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 6:15-9 p.m. $44 adults, $36 kids.

Women of Exodus Seder — Community seder celebrating the matriarchs and foremothers who resisted Pharaoh and led the Israelites out of Egypt. Led by women and non-binary folks. Will include transformation ritual, counting of the omer and vegetarian potluck. Bring spring flowers in a vase or jar. All genders welcome. Presented by Menodcino Coast Jewish Community. 6 p.m. Email [email protected]

Wednesday, April 24

B’nai Israel Jewish Center — Abridged family and preschool community seder with kosher for Passover meal. Register by April 19. B’nai Israel Jewish Center, 740 Western Ave., Petaluma 5:30-7:00 p.m. $10-$20 suggested donation per family.

 


East Bay

Monday, April 22

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. Register by April 18. At Chabad of Contra Costa, 1671 Newell Ave., Walnut Creek. 7:30 p.m. $50 adults, $36 kids.

Seder in Solano — Chabad of Solano’s 15th annual community seder with four-course meal, comedy, children’s program and performance. Also April 23. At Chabad Solano Center for Jewish Life, 730 E. Main St., Vacaville. 7:30 p.m. $40 adults, $20 kids.

Chabad of Oakland — Community seder with meal. Also April 23. Register by April 17. At Chabad of Oakland, 3014 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Chabad of Berkeley — Community seder with meal. With seder meal takeout option. Menu includes roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables. At Chabad of Berkeley, 1710 University Ave., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $36 adults, $18 kids.

Tuesday, April 23

Congregation Beth David — Second-night community seder. Menu includes gluten-free matzah ball soup, brisket, vegetable kugel, roasted potatoes and parve desserts. Vegetarian option available. Register by April 19. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. $50.

Congregation B’nai Shalom — Community seder led by Rabbi Daniel Stein and Hazzan Sandy Bernstein with full-course seder meal. Menu includes roasted chicken, vegetable sides, matzah ball soup and chicken tenders for kids. Non-matzah dishes are gluten free. Register by April 18. At Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 6:30 p.m. $58 adults, $22 kids, free under 6.

Congregation Beth El — Outdoor second-night community seder led by Rabbi Rebekah Stern, Cantor Elaya Jenkins-Adelberg 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 April 15. At Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley. 5 p.m. $54 adults, $36 seniors, $25 25 and under.

Temple Beth Torah — Family-friendly community seder with kosher style meal. Register by April 15. At Temple Beth Torah, 42000 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont. 5:30 p.m. $25 adults, $10 kids 13 and under.

Congregation B’nai Tikvah — Community seder with meal centered on themes of rebirth and renewal. Menu includes matzah ball soup, lamb meatball tagine, chicken and apricot tagine, chicken schnitzel, potato kugel, rainbow carrot salad, quinoa and butternut squash, pistachio pavlova, coconut macaroons and flourless brownies. Bring flowers to add to vases on the tables. At B’nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek. 6-9 p.m. $110 adults, $50 kids under 12.

Pomella and Bishulim SF — Second-annual 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. $95.

Saturday, April 27

Temple Israel of Alameda — Community seder grounded in ethics, mysticism and feminism. With “Welcome to the Seder: A Passover Haggadah for Everyone,” coloring pages, appetizers and gluten-free and vegetarian dinner options. At Temple Israel of Alameda, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda. 4:30 p.m. $50, $40 members, $15 youths, free 9 and under. Register by April 15.

Temple Beth Hillel — Community seder with meal. Vegan option available. At Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond. 6 p.m. $10-$55.

Tri-Valley Cultural Jews — Secular and humanist Passover potluck seder. Register by April 25. At Livermore address provided with registration. 5 p.m. $25. Email [email protected]

Kehilla Community Synagogue — Community seder led by Fresh “Lev” White, Oreget Adamah (Earth Weaver) Ore Ganin-Pinto and Rabbi Sam Luckey with Sephardic-inspired seder meal catered by chef Jesse Bloom’s Sacred Kitchen SF. With vegan, fish and gluten-free options. At Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. 4:45-8 p.m. $55-$98.

Sunday, April 28

Kids Freedom Seder — Community seder for families with kids 12 and under with singing, dancing, learning, dinner, discussion and afikomen scavenger hunt. At Urban Adamah, 1151 Sixth St., Berkeley. 3-6:15 p.m. $25-$54, sliding scale.

Kol Hadash Community for Humanistic Judaism —  Member-led seder with a “Modern Exodus” theme. Catered meal includes smoked fish pate, matzah ball soup, braised beef brisket, poached salmon, grilled vegetables, vegetable kugel and dessert. Vegetarian option. Register by April 10. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 7 p.m. $50 adults, $20 kids under 12.


South Bay/Peninsula

Saturday, April 13

“Coming out of Egypt: Women’s Seder” — Oshman Family JCC presents pluralistic and women-centered seder with potluck and music by singer Sigal Verdi. In Hebrew. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $18.

Sunday, April 14

Indonesian Meal for Pesach — Lunch and learn with Rabbi David Kunin, featuring Indonesian foods and customs for Pesach. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 12:30-2:30 p.m. $20 adults 18 and up, $15 teens, $10 kids, free 4 and under. RSVP by April 9.

Thursday, April 18

Jewish Silicon Valley JCRC — Community seder addressing the homeless crisis, co-hosted with Santa Teresa Catholic Parish. At Santa Teresa Catholic Church, 794 Calero Ave., San Jose. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $25 suggested donation.

Monday, April 22

Chabad Palo Alto — Community seder with meal. Advanced registration required. At Chabad Palo Alto, 3070 Louis Road, Palo Alto. 7 p.m. Also, second-night seder at 8:30 p.m., April 23.

Oshman Family JCC — Community seder with kosher-style Passover buffet. At OFJCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 5-7 p.m. $30.

Tuesday, April 23

Congregation Kol Emeth — Community seder with meal. Register by April 15. At Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto. 6-10 p.m. $72 adults, $36 kids, free preschool and younger.

Congregation Shir Hadash — Family-friendly and accessible community seder featuring activities for kids, hearing assist sound system, Haggadah projected on large screens and multicourse meal. Register by April 19. At Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 6 p.m. $65 adults, $35 youth, free babies under 12 months.

Congregation Emeth — Family-friendly seder with menu featuring chicken, salad, vegetables, matzah ball soup, potato kugel and charoset. Register by April 17. At Congregation Emeth, 17835 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. 6 p.m. $60, $50 members, $15 kids 13 and under.

Temple Emanu-El — Community seder led by Rabbi Dana Magat and Cantor Leah Shafritz with meal. Menu includes matzah ball soup, gefilte fish, roasted lemon chicken, roasted vegetables, salad and fruit. Vegan option available. Register by April 16. At Temple Emanu-El, 1010 University Ave., San Jose. 6 p.m. $70 adults, $35 kids, free kids 5 and under.

Congregation Beth Am — Family-friendly community seder with singing, discussion and family-style meal catered by Haute Cuisine. Menu includes chicken or vegetatarian options. Register by April 16. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 6-8 p.m. $72 adults, $54 12 and under.

Thursday, April 25

Dessert Seder: From a Woman’s Perspective — Seder for women and girls led by Cantor Jaime Shpall. With singing, wine and potluck desserts. Register by April 21. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 6-9 p.m. $18.