Benefits & social events

Bob Dole gives a speech during the 1987 March for Soviet Jewry. photo/courtesy of national conference on soviet jewry

Let my people go

Twenty-five years ago, 250,000 people marched in Washington, D.C., to demand that the Soviet Union allow Jews to leave the country without restrictions. This unprecedented show of solidarity drew participants from all over the United States, including a 130-member delegation from San Francisco. An event at Congregation Sherith Israel will commemorate those involved with an evening of storytelling, music and hors-d’oeuvres.

6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., S.F. Free.


Wine and cheese fundraiser. Benefits Congregation Beth Sholom. At synagogue, 301-14th Ave., S.F. 3 p.m. $100-$125.

“Chanukah at the Jewish Home.” Visit seniors as a volunteer with the Young Adult Division of the S.F.-based federation At Jewish Home, 302 Silver Ave., S.F. 10:30 a.m. RSVP to

“Almost Chanukah Fair.” Jewish rock, Sephardi/Mizrachi music, crafts, latkes and book talks by Joshua Buchin, author of “Tefilat HaDerech: The Traveler’s Prayer” and artist Debra Brand, author of “Arise! Arise! Deborah, Ruth and Hannah.” At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free.

“Chanukah Faire and Boutique.” Crafts, silent auction, Chanukah food. At Congregation Shir Ami, 4529 Malabar Ave., Castro Valley. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free for adults, $5 for children (includes face-painting and crafts).


Blue Monday. Social event with Young Adult Division of S.F.-based federation. At Monroe, 473 Broadway St., S.F. 6 p.m. $10.


“Shine Your Light.” Wilderness Torah holiday benefit party with dinner, acoustic Jewish music and reggae-soul-funk band. At David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. $36 and up.


Israeli folk dance party. Café Shalom presents monthly dancing and munchies. At St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 1399-43rd Ave., S.F. 7:30 p.m. $5-$8.


“Kugel Nosh Down.” Food tasting, prizes, drinks. Benefit for Congregation Sha’ar Zahav Hebrew school. At synagogue, 290 Dolores St., S.F. $12.50.

Chanukah celebration honoring the Israel Defense Forces. Featuring Israeli singer Eddie Grimberg and the Sunlight Orchestra and singer Mira Stroika. At Mark Hopkins Hotel, One Nob Hill, S.F. 5:30 p.m. $250 and up. RSVP required at


Jewish community volunteer day. With Project Homeless Connect. Lunch and T-shirt provided to volunteers. At Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St., S.F. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. RSVP at www.