music & dance
Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. Musical performance celebrating Hanukkah. At farmers market at the Marin County Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 12 p.m. Free. (510) 529-8753.
Kugelplex concert brunch. The klezmer group plays during an afternoon of holiday treats and dreidel spinning. At Salle Pianos and Events, 1632C Market St., S.F. 1 p.m. $10-$20. http://www.salleevents.com.
Sam Glaser. The musician performs for the last night of Hanukkah. At Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto. 7 p.m. $3-$10. http://www.etzchayim.org.
It’ll be a scream. Celebrate forgotten mash-ups of Jewish, Latin, Yiddish and Spanish music from the early 20th century forward. The Contemporary Jewish Museum celebrates the double-CD record release of “It’s a Scream: How Levine Does the Rhumba,” featuring Latin-Jewish songs from Tito Puente, Carole King, Herb Alpert and others. The Idelsohn Society will team up with DJ Oro11 and DeeJay Theory to turn the gallery into a dance hall. With a cash bar, plus small bites provided by Wise Sons Deli. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. Included with museum admission. http://www.thecjm.org
“Hodaya Hoedown.” Jewgrass music from Tayvat Teva, plus drinks, desserts and dancing. For 18 and older. At Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St., Berkeley. 7 to 10:30 p.m. $18. http://www.wildernesstorah.org.
“Lior Tsarfaty and the Prayer Songs Project.” The Israeli musician performs music in different languages representing diverse traditions. At La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. 8 p.m. $20. http://www.lapena.org. (See story, 26)
Cellist Maya Beiser. The Israeli musician performs in “Linked Verse,” a fusion of sound and image that blends Japanese and Western styles of music. At Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. 2:30 p.m. $10-$75. http://www.mayabeiser.com.
Ariel Dance Troupe. Performance by Israeli company celebrates Jewish heritage and Israeli history. Followed by a discussion about life and politics in town of Ariel. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7 p.m. $18 suggested. http://www.tinyurl.com/mmaep6y.
“Tevye and His Daughters.” Staged reading of the play based on Sholem Aleichem’s stories. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 8 p.m. Also Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. $8-$15. http://www.svjcc.org.
“Oy Vey in a Manger.” The Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, also known as the Kinsey Sicks, presents a cappella singing, biting wit and over-the-top-drag. Also starring Congregation Ner Shalom’s spiritual leader Reb Irwin Keller. At Person Theatre, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7:30 p.m. $30-$50. http://www.shalomevents.org.
lectures & workshops
Russian Jewish literature. Svetlana Natkovich, a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford’s Taube Center for Jewish Studies, discusses the criminal characters in Russian Jewish literature in the 19th century. At Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. 12 p.m. Free. http://www.stanford.edu/dept/jewishstudies.
“The Israel Question.” Ari Shavit, correspondent for the Israel daily Haaretz and author of “My Promised Land,” discusses Israel’s history and its current internal and external threats. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $25-$35. http://www.jccsf.org. Also Dec. 3 at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Sponsored by Commonwealth Club. 7 p.m. $7-$20. http://www.commonwealthclub.org/node/67616.
“The News About the News.” Michael Krasny, author and host of KQED Radio’s “Forum,” discusses how the media conveys information. In conversation with journalist Phil Bronstein. At Outdoor Art Club, 1 W. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 8 p.m. $35-$45. http://www.commonwealthclub.org/krasny.
“Homeland.” Alex Gansa, creator of the Showtime series about terrorism based on an Israeli TV series, speaks about the complexities of fighting terrorism in a post–9/11 world. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $25-$35. http://www.jccsf.org. (See story, 26)
Anat Hoffman. Leader of Women of the Wall and the Israel Religious Action Center speaks about global human rights. At Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. 2:30 p.m. Free. http://www.oaklandsinai.org.
Year of Civil Discourse. Annual event elevates dialogue about Israel in the Jewish community. Includes discussion and an advance reading of Aaron Davidman’s play “Wrestling Jerusalem.” At Congregation Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. http://www.jcrc.org/ycd.htm.
Rabbi Arik Ascherman. The co-founder of Rabbis for Human Rights and former spiritual leader of Temple Beth Hillel in Richmond speaks about the links among historical Jewish teaching , human rights and modern Israel. At Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. Free. http://www.bethelberkeley.org.
benefits & social events
“#GivingTuesday.” Help assemble kits for San Francisco’s Project Homeless Connect. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. Choose from two sessions, 10 a.m. to
1 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free. http://www.jccsf.org.
“Vodka and Latke 2.0.” Enjoy latkes and drinks. Ticket gives access to the latke bar, one vodka drink and a raffle ticket. Presented by Hebrew Free Loan. At the Cellar, 685 Sutter St., S.F. 7 p.m. $30-$36. http://www.hflasf.org/vodkaandlatke.
“Enticing, Entertaining and Enlightening.” Fundraiser for Or Shalom Jewish Community features a vegetarian dinner and a talk by Marc Dollinger, author, historian and professor of Jewish studies at S.F. State who will discuss the history of Jews in California. At 1250 Quintara St., S.F. S.F. 6 p.m. $60. http://www.orshalom.org.
“Second Saturday.” Night for Jewish young adults with dancing, drink specials and appetizers. At the Cellar, 685 Sutter St., S.F. 8 p.m. $15 includes four drinks. http://www.cellarsf.com.
Jewish Volunteer Day. Join the Jewish Community Relations Council and help the city’s homeless and low-income population get needed services. Sign up for a half or full day of service. At Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St., S.F. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. http://www.jcrc.org.
spiritual & holiday
Bill Graham menorah lighting. Special guests will help light the Union Square menorah every night of Hanukkah. Also Dec. 4 at the Westfield San Francisco Centre. For times and details, see http://www.billgrahammenorah.com.
Hanukkah at the JCCSF. Events throughout the holiday include menorah lightings, a family dinner, a meditation retreat, music and dancing. Through Dec. 4. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. http://www.jccsf.org.
Adult dreidel party. Hors d’oeuvres, drinks and dreidel play, including a knock-out tournament with prizes. At Chabad of Contra Costa, 1671 Newell Ave., Walnut Creek. 7 p.m. $25 for nonplayers, $50 for players. http://www.jewishcontracosta.com.
“Color and Light.” Hanukkah card workshop where you can create your own “Frog and Toad”–inspired cards with transparent collage materials, watercolor paints and stamps. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 1 to 3 p.m. Included with museum admission. http://www.thecjm.org.
“Chanukah Train.” Light the menorah with Chabad by the Sea at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and then take a train ride with Roaring Camp Railroad. At 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz. Train departs at 5 p.m. $22-$28. Discount code available at http://www.chabadbythesea.com.
Family Hanukkah celebration. Wine, dinner, arts and crafts, music and dancing. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 4 p.m. $18; $5 children 4 and younger. http://www.jccsf.org.
“Fifth Night Initiative.” Hanukkah celebration for families with children younger than 5 and their siblings. Includes communal candlelighting, pizza and potato latke dinner and an opportunity to create a stuffed animal for donation. At Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton. 4:30 p.m. $12 per family. (925) 461-3591.
“Kick-Tuchus.” Hanukkah party. Enjoy latkes and applesauce and watch a public menorah lighting. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 12 to 5 p.m. Lighting at 4:30 p.m. Free. http://www.afikomen.com.
Menorah lighting. Congregation Rodef Sholom and Chabad of Marin lead candlelighting. At the Village at Corte Madera, 1618 Redwood Highway, Corte Madera. 5 p.m. Free. http://www.rodefsholom.org.
Menorah lighting. Featuring a fire juggler. Hosted by Jewish Contra Costa Chabad. At Broadway Plaza, 1275 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek. 7:30 p.m. Free. Also Dec. 3 at Whole Foods Market, 3502 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. 7:30 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishcontracosta.com.
Menorah lighting. Chabad Berkeley’s candlelighting features latkes, hot spiced cider, chocolate gelt and a sing-along with the Ferris Wheels Band. At CB2, 1730 Fourth St., Berkeley. 4:30 p.m. Free. http://www.chabadberkeley.com.
Menorah lighting. Chabad of Oakland leads a candle lighting with the city’s largest menorah. At Splash Pad Park, Grand and Lake Park avenues, Oakland. 5:30 p.m. Also Dec. 3 at 711 Highland Ave., Piedmont. 6 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishoakland.com.
“Menorah on Main.” Chabad of Solano County menorah lighting. With greetings from the mayor, arts and crafts, latkes and music. At Town Square, downtown Vacaville. 4:30 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishsolano.com.
Menorah lighting. Jewish chaplaincy at Stanford University Medical Center will hold a menorah lighting in the hospital’s atrium. A special celebration with songs, food and reflections about what it means to be in the hospital during Hanukkah. At 300 Pasteur Drive, Stanford. 4 p.m. Free. (650) 723-3808.
“Hanukkah for Adults.” Candlelighting followed by discussion groups and workshops with chocolate and port. For 21 and older. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. http://www.jcceastbay.org.
Lego menorah. Bring children to help build a giant Lego menorah. Followed by a menorah lighting. At Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. 5:15 p.m. Free. http://www.chabadmidpen.com.
Menorah lighting. Chabad of Napa Valley hosts lighting featuring live music from songwriter-rapper Ari Lesser. At Napa Town Center, near McCaulou’s department store, 5 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishnapavalley.com.
Menorah lighting. Chabad of Sunnyvale’s lighting features a 3-D dreidel printing station. At Mountain View Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. 4 p.m. Free. http://www.chabadsunnyvale.com.
“7th Night Open Mic Hanukkah Farm Fest.” Dreidel spinning, food, community candlelighting and open mic. At Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St., Berkeley. 7 to 10 p.m. $10-$12. http://www.urbanadamah.org.
“Chanukah on Ice.” Join Jewish Contra Costa Chabad for a night of ice skating, a menorah lighting and Jewish music. At 1365 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. 7 p.m. $15-$18. http://www.jewishcontracosta.com.
“Lights, Launch and Latkes.” American Jewish World Service’s Hanukkah party highlights its new campaign in San Francisco to advance the rights of women, girls and LGBT people. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served. At Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. (415) 593-3283.
Menorah lighting. Activities include dreidel decorating and Jewish story time. Co-hosted by the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and PJ Library. At Santana Row, San Jose, in the park in front of Maggiano’s restaurant. 4 p.m. Free. http://www.santanarow.com.
“Hanukkah Hootenanny!” Latke bar, libations and surf-rock from the Meshugga Beach Party. At Judd’s Winery, 2332 Silverado Trail, Napa. 12 to 2:30 p.m. $50; free for club members. http://www.juddshill.com.
2 Lake St., S.F.
“A Line Can Lead Anywhere.” Paintings, drawings and sculptures by Helen Breger and her mother, Esther Hamerman. Through Jan. 26. http://www.emanuelsf.org/museum.
Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission St., S.F.
“Frog and Toad and the World of Arnold Lobel.” Exhibit featuring art from the iconic children’s book series. Through March 23. http://www.thecjm.org.
“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. http://www.thecjm.org.
“To Build & Be Built: Kibbutz History.” Exhibit on the history and cultural aspects of the kibbutz in Jewish life. Through July 1. http://www.thecjm.org.
“Work in Progress: Considering Utopia.” New works (video, photos, sculpture and interactive painting) by three artists. Considering the concept of utopia from Jewish and contemporary perspectives. Through Jan. 20. http://www.thecjm.org.
JCC of San Francisco
3200 California St., S.F.
“Raoul Wallenberg 1912-2012.” Exhibit about the Swedish diplomat whose actions helped save tens of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. Through Nov. 30. http://www.jccsf.org.
JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square
“Refusalon” exhibit. Glass, metal, paper and recycled objects from a number of artists, including Israeli Uri Tzaig. Through Dec. 12. http://www.refusalon.com.
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison St., Berkeley
“The Pianist of Willesden Lane.” Mona Golabek stars as her mother who escaped Austria prior to World War II. Through Jan. 5. $29-$79. http://www.berkeleyrep.org.
Nov. 29, 2013
“How Prison Set Me Free: The Story Behind Free Spirit.” Author and attorney Joshua Safran talks about “Free Spirit,” his book about his childhood with a single mother and his legal representation of an imprisoned domestic violence victim. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishlearningworks.org/library.