Holidays & spiritual


“100 Years of Sinai in Song.” Sampling of musical worship styles with Cantor Ilene Keys and the adult choir during Shabbat service. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. Free. 7:30 p.m.


“Purim Extravaganza.” Megillah reading followed by performance by the satirical theater troupe Purim Shpielers. Adama finishes the night with live music and klezmer dancing. At Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $15-$20.

“Purim Palooza.” Celebration for grades 6-8. Dance to a live DJ, play air hockey, Wii games, pinball. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15; $25 at door.

Adult Purim party. Come in costume, listen to the Megillah and have a drink. At Chabad Jewish Center of Novato, 7430 Redwood Blvd., Ste. D, Novato. 9 p.m. $10.

“Purim Extravaganza.” Potluck vegetarian dinner, Megillah reading and klezmer performance. At Congregation Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F. 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. (415) 664-7373.

“Purim Extravaganza.” Costume and dance party plus a puppet show. At Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley. 5 p.m. $5-$15.

“Purim Palooza.” Open bar, live band and DJ. Presented by Chabad of S.F. At San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking, 925 Mission St., S.F. $15-$20. 9 p.m.

A ‘Simpsons’ Purim.” “Simpsons”-themed Purim celebration with Homer’s favorites: beer and doughnuts. At Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton. 7 p.m. Free.


“Purim Palooza.” Costume parade for young children, live music and party. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free.

Purim carnival. Special party for Israelis and Hebrew speakers that includes a costume parade, bouncy house and a show about the story of the holiday. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 12 to 3 p.m. Free; some activities require small fee.

Purim carnival. Food, bounce house for kids and carnival games for everyone. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free.

Purim carnival. Come in costume, play games and enjoy hamantaschen. At Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond. 12:30 p.m. Free.

Purim celebration. Come in costume, hear the Megillah and exchange food gifts. At Chabad of Napa Valley, 18 Lodestar Lane, Napa. 3 p.m. Free.

“Purim at the Circus.” Circus-themed celebration. At Chabad of the Tri Valley, 784 Palomino Drive, Pleasanton. 4 p.m. Free.

Megillah reading and Purim play. Middle-school production followed by Queen Esther banquet and dairy potluck. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 9:30 a.m. Free.

“Purim in the Lower East Side.” New York deli–style feast, pickle making, klezmer music and children’s entertainment. At Chabad of Sunnyvale, 540 Utica Drive, Sunnyvale. 3:30 to 6 p.m. $16-$22, RSVP required.

“Purim in Outer Space.” Space-themed dinner, arts and crafts for kids and performance by a mind reader. Hosted by Chabad of the Greater South Bay. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 4:15 p.m. $20-$40.

“Purim Palooza.” Carnival with live music and food from Miller’s East Coast Deli. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 11:30 a.m. to  2:30 p.m. Free.

Purim party. Celebration for children. Make your own chocolate hamantasch, enjoy music and kids’ activities. At Chabad of Cole Valley, 1336 Willard St., #D, S.F. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Free.

“Purim in the Sports Zone.” Ballpark-style buffet, bounce house for kids and raffle prizes. At Congregation Chevra Thilim, 751-25th Ave., S.F. 4 p.m. $25-$35.

“Purim Unmasked.” Festival and parade with music, activities for kids and food. Bring a new blanket, book or plush animal to donate to Project Night Night. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free.

“Purim in the Wild West.” Live country music and Western cuisine. At Sonoma County Chabad Jewish Center, 2312 Bethards Drive, Ste. 2, Santa Rosa. 5 p.m. $15 adults, children free.




Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission St., S.F.

“Arthur Szyk and the Art of the Haggadah.” Paintings from the famous Szyk haggadah. Through June 29.

“Frog and Toad and the World of Arnold Lobel.” Exhibit featuring art from the iconic children’s book series. Through March 23.

“Jason Lazarus: Live Archive.” The Jewish artist’s first West Coast museum exhibition featuring the role of photography in contemporary art and identity. Through March 23.


3200 California St., S.F.

“The Whimsical World of Hanoch Piven.” Israeli artist’s colorful, witty collages of famous people. Through April 30.

Jewish Heritage Museum at the Reutlinger

4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville

“Eight Nights of Hanukkah.” Showcase of menorahs from around the world and different eras. Through March 30.

Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

“Saved by the Bay.” Collection of letters, photographs, film, travel documents and other artifacts from scholars and intellectuals who fled fascist Europe in the 1930s. Through June 27.

Osher Marin JCC

200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael

“Sacred Words: Finding Common Ground.” Interfaith exhibit of pieces that feature sacred words in English, Hebrew, Arabic, Farsi, Greek and Chinese. Through April 7.

Peninsula JCC

800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City

“My Judaism Unlocked.” Paintings incorporating paper by Ronni Jolles, inspired by her Jewish upbringing. Through March 26. 

on stage

The Marsh

1062 Valencia St., S.F.

“Feisty Old Jew.” Actor and writer Charlie Varon’s one-man play about an 83-year-old curmudgeon living a 20th-century life in the 21st-century Bay Area. Through March 16.


jewish calendar

March 14, 2014

Adar II 12, 5774

Light candles at 6:57 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 7:55 p.m.



March 16, 2014

Adar II 14, 5774


March 21, 2014

Adar II 19, 5774

Light candles at 7:04 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 8:02 p.m.