Holidays & spiritual


“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.


“Haggadah Unplugged.” Feast, Passover stories, comedy, queer tales and chocolate-covered matzah, featuring Lynn Gottlieb, Alicia Dattner, David Rosenfeld, Bruce Bierman and Selena Polston. Hosted by Open Tent Shul of the Arts. At Subterranean Arthouse, 2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. 8 p.m. $10-$15. (323) 590-7786.


“The Omer Project.” The group celebrates the first day of the seven-week period of Sefirat HaOmer, or counting of the Omer. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 8 p.m. Free.


Bay area seders

Commemorating the Jewish liberation from ancient Egypt, Passover is one of the most observed Jewish holidays throughout the world. To ensure that all those who wish to celebrate have a place at the table, a number of Bay Area organizations are hosting public community seders, including those listed below. (See story, 8)


“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.

Women’s Passover seder in Hebrew. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. $12-$15.


“Chocolate Seder.” Dessert event for middle-schoolers in partnership with BBYO Connect. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 12 p.m. $10-$15.


“First Night Community Seder.” Join in the 35th annual telling of the journey from slavery to freedom with songs, questions and a search for the afikomen. Kosher seder meal served. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 6 p.m. $25-$65.

Community Passover seders. Meal includes chicken, matzah ball soup and wine. Interactive celebration. At JCC East Bay branches in Berkeley, 1414 Walnut St., and in Oakland, 5811 Racine St. 7:30 p.m. $20-$60.

Passover at the Concordia. Hand-baked matzah, dinner and wine. Sponsored by Chabad of S.F. At Concordia-Argonaut Club, 1142 Van Ness Ave., S.F. 7 p.m. $36-$54.

Passover seders for young children. For children ages 2-7. Light, child-friendly meal served. At JCC East Bay branches in Berkeley, 1414 Walnut St., and in Oakland, 5811 Racine St. 5 p.m. $25 adults; $15 children.


“Liberation Seder.” For people of all faiths. Sponsored by Beyt Tikkun Synagogue-Without-Walls and Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists. At Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 1606 Bonita Ave., Berkeley. 6:15 p.m. $20-$35.


Émigré Passover seder. For Russian immigrants. Includes dinner and dancing. Sponsored by Sinai Memorial Chapel. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 3 p.m. $25.

Passover for older adults. Kosher seder lunch served. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 11:30 a.m. $10-$13.




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.

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

April 4, 2014
Nissan 4, 5774
Light candles at 7:17 p.m.
Shabbat ends at 8:15 p.m.

April 11, 2014
Nissan 11, 5774
Light candles at 7:23 p.m.
Shabbat ends at 8:22 p.m.

April 14-22, 2014
Nissan 14-22, 5774
Holiday begins at 7:26 p.m.
Holiday ends at 8:32 p.m.