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It’s one of the most joyous holidays on the Jewish calendar, a commemoration of the Jews’ victory over Haman in ancient Persia, told in a suspenseful, good vs. evil, read-aloud story. Events in the Bay Area will mark the holiday in creative ways, from Keshet’s LGBT Purim celebration in San Francisco for the over-21 crowd to Chabad of Sunnyvale’s family-friendly “Purim in the Lower East Side,” where New York comes to the South Bay. Expect plenty of hamantaschen and a good time.
Gender Schmear  photo/larry utley
Gender Schmear photo/larry utley


Purim party for tots. Storytelling, games and light snacks for children ages 2 to 6 and their families. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. $6-$9.


Older adult Purim luncheon. All ages welcome. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F.  11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation ages 60 and older; $8 suggested donation ages 59 and younger. RSVP required.


“Gender Schmear.” Keshet’s LGBT Purim party with music, dancing, food, drink and a Jewish drag show. At 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$20 in advance; $10-$25 at the door.


Shabbat Purim celebration. Music, grape juice and challah. At JCCSF,  3200 California St., S.F. 4:30 p.m. Free.


Purim celebration. Costume parade for young children, live music and party. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. 5:30 p.m. Free. (415) 388-1818.

“Purim Extravaganza.” Megillah reading followed by 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 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 at the JCCSF last year
Purim at the JCCSF last year


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 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.


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