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10:30 am

VIRTUAL “Purim Parade, Puppets and Stories”

February 21 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Free

Jewish Baby Network, East Bay JCC and PJ Library present a Purim parade with costumes, music, dance, an interactive Purim story and noisemaker making. Free, with registration.

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VIRTUAL “Purim, Puppets and Play”

February 21 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Free

HaMaqom, PJ Library and Oshman Family JCC present a family Purim event with songs, games and storytelling. Free, with registration.

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VIRTUAL “Israel’s Most Important Archaeological Finds”

February 21 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
$10

Archaeology professor David Ilan talks about how archaeology has played a role in Israel, Jewish identity, and global perceptions of Israel/Palestinian lands. $10, with registration.

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11:00 am

VIRTUAL “The Jewish Sound”

February 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:45 pm
Free

Musician Cookie Segelstein of Veretski Pass talks about techniques for making music sound Jewish. Aimed at string players but all are welcome. Donation suggested. Presented by KlezCalifornia and Chochmat HaLev. Free, advance registration required.

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1:00 pm

VIRTUAL “Prairie Sonata”

February 21 @ 1:00 pm
Free

Bay Area author Sandy Shefrin Rabin talks about her debut historical novel about a girl growing up in a rural Canadian Jewish community and her relationship with her new, young Yiddish teacher. Free, get Zoom link via email. sandyshefrinrabin@gmail.com

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2:00 pm

VIRTUAL “The Making of ‘Megillat Esther’”

February 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Author-illustrator JT Waldman talks about his 2005 graphic novel adaptation of the Book of Esther. Presented by Jewish Community Library and SFSU Dept. of Jewish Studies. Free, with registration.

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VIRTUAL “Shmita and Reparations in Occupied America”

February 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Urban Adamah presents a text study and discussion of the connections between a year off from farming the land and monetary restitution for racist harms. Sliding scale, with registration.

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VIRTUAL “Let’s Bake Hamantaschen”

February 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$35

Chef Andrea Quinn leads a class on how to make buttery, vanilla hamantaschen with a black sesame seed and coconut filling. No experience needed. Will be videotaped and emailed to participants to refer to later. Jewish Gateways program. $35, with registration.

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3:00 pm

VIRTUAL “Musical Freedom Seder”

February 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$12 – $18

Oshman Family JCC and other organizations present the multi-style, uplifting musical group Afro-Semitic Experience in a concert celebrating what unites the Black, Jewish and Black-Jewish communities. Part of Amplifying Voices series. $12-$18, with registration.

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3:30 pm

VIRTUAL “Purim Costume Party”

February 21 @ 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Free

Jewish Baby Network staffers and Congregation Sherith Israel Cantor Toby Glaser lead an interactive Purim story for kids with songs, music and dance. Wear a costume, bring a noisemaker. Also presented by Marin CC and Or Shalom. Free, with registration.

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4:00 pm

VIRTUAL “We Rise: Building an Anti-Racist Jewish Community”

February 21 @ 4:00 pm
$5 – $18

Educator-spiritualist Yavilah McCoy joins with Kehilla leaders who are Black, indigenous and/or people of color in exploring how to create Jewish communities that center the lives of Jews of color and dismantle white supremacy and structural racism. Fundraiser for Kehilla Community Synagogue’s racial justice initiative. $5-$18, with registration.

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VIRTUAL “Purim Puppet Party”

February 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Octopretzel members Melita and Jen lead a musical puppet show of the Purim story. Wear costumes and bring puppets and noisemakers. Presented by PJ Library, Honeymoon Israel and Be’chol Lashon. For families. Free, with registration.

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5:00 pm

VIRTUAL “Hillel of Silicon Valley’s L’dor V’dor”

February 21 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

Fundraiser and awards ceremony honoring community and student leaders. Guest speaker is former New York Times op-ed staff editor Bari Weiss, with comedian Jeff Applebaum as emcee. Donations encouraged. Free, with registration.

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7:00 pm

VIRTUAL “Hasidic Superwoman of the Court”

February 21 @ 7:00 pm
Free

North Peninsula Chabad presents a program featuring Judge Ruchie Freier, a New York criminal court judge and reportedly the first Hasidic woman elected to public office in U.S. history. Free, with registration.

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