Bay Area Jews are planning a variety of responses to this weekend’s Patriot Prayer “freedom rally” (2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at Crissy Field in San Francisco) and “No to Marxism in America” rally (1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Berkeley).
While some will attend direct counterprotests, others, such as the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish Community Relations Council, are urging people to stay away from the rallies and instead attend one of the many unity-themed events.
Here are some of the Jewish or interfaith-sponsored solidarity gatherings around the Bay:
“We Are One” vigil and rally is set from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 at Paseo Padre Parkway and Walnut Avenue in Fremont. Co-sponsors are Compassionate Fremont and Tri-City Interfaith Council. They ask participants to bring signs that are “compassionate, respectful and nonpartisan.”
An “Interfaith Gathering Against Hate” will be held at San Francisco’s Congregation Emanu-El at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25. Organizers say the Shabbat service “is not a reaction, not a confrontation, but a response of love, community and diversity.”
Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco is hosting “CSI Stands Against Hate” on Aug. 25, with a 7:30 p.m. dinner following Shabbat services and a discussion led by the ADL’s Seth Brysk and Matt Kahn, regional director of the American Jewish Committee.
Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon will join with the Marin Interfaith Council to host community interfaith prayer gathering called “Love Lives in Marin” at 6 p.m. Aug. 25.
At 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25, a sacred chant and drum service at Beth Israel Judea in San Francisco will focus on peace and unity.
At 7 p.m. Aug. 25, an interfaith Shabbat and peace vigil will be held at Congregation Shir Shalom in Sonoma.
A “Unite Against Hate Rally” is set for San Francisco City Hall from 12 to 2 p.m. Aug. 25. Community leaders and city officials are scheduled to attend. Hosted by San Francisco Human Rights Commission.
At 11:40 a.m., members of The Kitchen will meet in front of Bill Graham Civic Auditorium before joining the City Hall rally. Everyone is encouraged to wear Jewish stars.
Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo will host the Peninsula Multifaith Coalition in a “Fellowship and Freedom” gathering at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 25.
On Saturday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m., Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland has organized “Standing Together: An Interfaith Prayer Service of Peace.” Local clergy will present brief offerings of prayer from their traditions. The service will include musical selections by Benjamin Mertz of the Joyful Noise! Gospel Singers.
Tikkun magazine, the Network of Spiritual Progressives and Beyt Tikkun Synagogue will hold an interfaith, family-friendly gathering at 3 p.m. Aug. 26 at Berkeley’s Civic Center Park. Co-sponsored by the Pacific School of Religion, it will include mincha services, songs of freedom and tikkun olam, and speakers including Berkeley’s mayor.
“Bay Area Rally Against Hate,” sponsored by Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and endorsed by Rabbi Menachem Creditor of Congregation Netivot Shalom, will meet at Addison and Oxford streets in Berkeley at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 27.
Temple Isaiah in Lafayette will host an interfaith gathering “to stand against anti-Semitism, racism and hate” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29.