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VIRTUAL “JFI WinterFest 2021”

February 25
$10 – $90

Four-day festival begins at 12:01 a.m. on Feb. 25 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Feb. 28. Seven documentaries and five narrative films available for streaming at any time, most followed by interviews with director/cast members. $10-$15 per film; $90 festival pass, $65 for JFI members, not including drive-in.

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9:00 am

VIRTUAL “Have You Made Art About It Yet?”

February 25 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Free

Jewish Studio Project in Berkeley offers a Purim-themed class for making art that explores freedom, the joy of not knowing and the silly spirit of Purim. Free, with registration.

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VIRTUAL “The Megillah: Cabaret-Style Reading in Hebrew”

February 25 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Free

Scholars read as the story’s characters and offer philosophical, sociological and theological ideas that emerge. Presented by Israeli Cultural Center at Palo Alto JCC and Alma. Free, advance registration required.

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10:30 am

VIRTUAL “Melodies of the Megillah”

February 25 @ 10:30 am
Free

Addison-Penzak JCC’s Rabbi Laurie Matzkin presents Purim music from Jewish communities around the world. Free, with registration.

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12:00 pm

VIRTUAL “Dimensions of Time and Space in Rabbinic Literature”

February 25 @ 12:00 pm
Free

UC Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies presents a conversation among Yeshiva U. professor Rabbi Richard Hidary, GTU professor Deena Aranoff and scholar Charlotte Fonrobert, author of  “Menstrual Purity: Rabbinic and Christian Reconstructions of Biblical Gender.” Free, with registration.

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4:00 pm

VIRTUAL “Spies in the Promised Land”

February 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

SFSU professor Eran Kaplan talks about the Lavon Affair, an attempt by 10 or so young Egyptian Jews in 1954 to carry out sabotage in their home country, a failed covert operation that reverberated for decades. Presented by Contra Costa JCC. Free, with registration.

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5:30 pm

“Passover Food Remix”

February 25 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Free

Kristin Eriko Posner, founder of a lifestyle company called Nourish, and social worker Faye Chao Sofaer share Jewish Asian Passover recipes, stories and traditions. Presented by Contemporary Jewish Museum. Free, with registration.

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6:00 pm

“Purim Drive-In”

February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$18

An in-your-car event presented by North Peninsula Chabad features live music with Jonathan Bayer, a Purim movie, a juggler, a masquerade event and a deli dinner. RSVP for location. $18 per vehicle, plus $8-$16 for food. Registration required.

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VIVIRTUAL “Savory Hamantaschen with Michael Solomonov”

February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

The famous Israeli cuisine chef and cookbook author demonstrates his recipe for savory feta hamantaschen. For 18 and older. Followed by optional conversation for people in their 20s and 30s, with a loneliness and connection expert Kyla Sokoll-Ward. Free, with registration.

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6:30 pm

VIRTUAL “Contra Costa JCC Purim Party”

February 25 @ 6:30 pm
Free

A community-wide virtual get-together with a costume contest, prizes, songs, games, professional storytelling and Megillah reading. Free, advance registration required

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7:00 pm

VIRTUAL Purim with Aquarian Minyan

February 25 @ 7:00 pm
Free – $20

Megillah reading and a Purimspiel featuring the Real Deal Shpielers on the theme of “Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish.” $5-$20, free for students and children, with registration.

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“WinterFest Opening Night at the Drive-in”

February 25 @ 7:00 pm
$45 – $50

S.F.-based Jewish Film Institute launches its annual film fest with 2021 thriller “Six Minutes to Midnight,” about a murder at a school for high-ranking Nazis’ daughters, starring Judi Dench. Protocols enforced. At Fort Mason Flix, 2 Marina Blvd., S.F. Lot opens at 7, film starts at 8. $45-$50 per car, advance purchase required.

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VIRTUAL “Crossing Our Red Sea: Passover Edition”

February 25 @ 7:00 pm
$18

Jewish Women’s Theater, now called Braid, presents original stories based on Exodus, including a kid pretending to be Elijah and a mom freaking out when her young son has one of the 10 Plagues. Co-presenters include Osher Marin JCC, Addison-Penzak JCC. $18, with registration.

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7:30 pm

VIRTUAL “Adult Purim on Zoom”

February 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills presents a celebration with cocktails, schmoozing a Megillah reading and Purimspiel. Costumes encouraged. Free, with registration.

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VIRTUAL “Da Whole Megillah”

February 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$5 – $10

Maggid Jhos Singer leads a Megillah reading with creative interpretations by the On-One-Foot Players, trippin’ beats and digital dance tunes. Purim cocktail/mocktail recipes will be sent after registration. Presented by several Jewish communities. $5-10, with registration.

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