Holidays & spiritual


“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.



“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.


Chabad community seder. Hosted by Chabad of Contra Costa. Also April 15. At Chabad of Contra Costa, 1671 Newell Ave., Walnut Creek. 7:30 p.m. $45-$60.

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.

“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.

Passover community seder. 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.

“Passover in Pacifica.” All-ages seder with vegetarian potluck dinner hosted by the Coastside Jewish Community. At Mildred Owen Concert Hall, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica. 5 p.m. $10-$60 suggested donation.

Second-night seder. Community Passover seder hosted by East Bay Minyan. At Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $25-$50.


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.


Older adult Passover luncheon. For all ages, but with a specific emphasis on people older than 60. 11 a.m. $5-$8 suggested donation. RSVP required.


“Broadway Seder Sing-and-Eat-a-Long.” Prix-fixe meal along with Broadway show tunes. Wine included. At Saul’s Restaurant & Delicatessen, 1475 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $52 adults; $21 children under 12.

“A Modern Exodus.” Member-led community seder. Hosted by Kol Hadash. At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 6 p.m. $35-$40 adults; $15 ages 6-12. RSVP required.

Singles seder potluck. Celebrate Passover with other Jewish singles in their 40s-60s. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. $15-$20.

Potluck Passover seder. Progressive secular seder hosted by Tri-Valley Cultural Jews. At Bothwell Center, 2466 8th St., Livermore. 5 p.m. $15 suggested donation. RSVP required. (510) 888-1404.




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.

on stage


2840 Mariposa St., S.F.

“E-i-E-i-OY!” Vivien Straus’s one-woman autobiographical play about a Jewish farm girl and a Czech refugee. Through May 10.


jewish calendar

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.,

April 14

Light candles after 8:25 p.m., April 15

Holiday ends at 8:32 p.m.,

April 22

April 18, 2014

Nissan 18, 5774

Light candles at 7:30 p.m.

Shabbat ends at 8:29 p.m.