Even after seven years, Jewish Heritage Night is still a hit for the San Francisco Giants, who expect to match last year’s tally and sell 2,000 tickets for the annual event on Aug. 14.
Fans who buy designated tickets will receive an orange and black kippah — a giveaway item Giants season ticket manager Craig Solomon joked is “long overdue.”
The Giants’ record in Jewish heritage games fell to 3-4 when they lost 6-1 to the Arizona Diamondbacks last season. This year, the Giants will play the first-place Washington Nationals, with the first pitch at AT&T Park slated for 7:15 p.m.
Numerous organizations will bring groups to the game, including several that purchased more than 100 tickets apiece: Congregations Emanu-El and Sherith Israel in San Francisco, and Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills. Shalom Bayit, a Bay Area agency that supports Jewish women in abusive relationships, also bought a large number of tickets, which the nonprofit has been reselling (along with an optional dinner) as a fundraiser.
Lou Seal, the Giants’ mascot, will be at the JCC of San Francisco on Friday, Aug. 3 to dance the hora with the JCCSF’s Maccabi Games’ dance team. Of course, someone will be taping it, and the plan is to put the video on the high-definition video board above center field.
As part of the festivities, the Giants and Chabad of San Francisco will host a party from 5-7 p.m. at Seals Plaza near the center field gate. There will be a klezmer band, He’Brew beer and kosher hot dogs. Also, Emanu-El will also hold a happy hour for young adults at 5:30 p.m. across from the ballpark at Pete’s Tavern (128 King St.).
Jewish heritage seats start at $46.25. For more information, visit www.sfgiants.com/specialevents or call (415) 972-2298.
— george altshuler