Holidays & spiritual


“HUBad SoMa Shul.” Chabad of S.F. happy hour followed by Shabbat services and dinner. 5 p.m. Free, dinner $25. Also March 29 morning services followed by lunch. 9:45 a.m. Lunch $20 suggested. At S.F. School of Digital Filmmaking, 925 Mission St., Suite 108, S.F.

“Opening the Gates of Freedom: Estelle Frankel’s Contemplative Shabbat on Passover.” Meditation and chant service with singers, musicians and poets. At Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. Free. (510) 704-9687.


“Kabbalat Shabbat on the Farm.” Chanting, meditation, poetry and dinner. At Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St., Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. Free.


Preschool Passover party. Celebration for families with preschool age children. Learn about Moses’ journey through the desert and enjoy a petting zoo. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 10:30 a.m. $14 adults; $7 children 3-12; Free children 2 and under.


“The Downtown Seder.” More than 20 artists, politicians and comedians offer their interpretation of the ancient Passover story. Includes kosher vegetarian dinner and the obligatory four glasses of wine. Produced by City Winery Napa. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $95-$115.


“San Francisco Multicultural Passover Freedom Seder.” Annual Passover dinner focusing on the historic fight for freedom for all. Kosher dinner served. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. $35-$40 adults; children under 12 $15.





Addison-Penzak JCC

14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos

“The Yiddish Alphabet.” Original drawings from the classic book by Palo Alto resident Frederica Postman. Through April 29.

Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission St., S.F.

“Arthur Szyk and the Art of the Haggadah.” Exhibit of 48 paintings from the famous Szyk haggadah. Through June 29.

“To Build & Be Built: Kibbutz History.” Exhibit on the history and cultural aspects of the kibbutz in Jewish life. Through July 1.


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.

on stage

Intersection for the Arts

925 Mission St., S.F.

“Wrestling Jerusalem.” Aaron Davidman’s one-man play about his personal relationship with Israel through a dozen characters, all composites of the Israelis and Arabs he’s met on his many trips to the Holy Land. Through April 6.


jewish calendar


March 28, 2014

Adar II 26, 5774

Light candles at 7:10 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 8:08 p.m.


April 4, 2014

Nissan 4, 5774

Light candles at 7:17 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 8:15 p.m.