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12:00 am

VIRTUAL “HanukkahFest”

November 28 @ 12:00 am
$15 – $70

Jewish Film Institute presents eight days of cinema featuring films from SFJFF 41, a tribute to Ed Asner and several new releases. Streaming available Nov. 28–Dec. 5. Festival pass $70, individual tickets $15.

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1:30 pm

“Hanukkah Farm Festival”

November 28 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Urban Adamah, 1151 Sixth St.,
Berkeley, CA United States
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In-person event includes workshops on making apple cider and beeswax candles, baking tutorials, music, menorah lighting and more. For kids 6-12 and their parents. Presented by Urban Adamah and Eden Village West. Sliding scale. 

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3:00 pm

San Francisco Yiddish Combo: Hanukkah

November 28 @ 3:00 pm
SandBox, 440 Ortiz Ave.
Sand City, Monterey, CA
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$35

Concert in a warehouse-district arts center by a group of classically trained musicians who put a fresh spin on klezmer by blending jazz, blues, folk and hip-hop.

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Bay Street in Emeryville

November 28 @ 3:00 pm
Bay Street Mall, 5636 Bay St.
Emeryville, CA
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Free

Chabad of Emeryville presents a giant menorah lighting at 4:45 p.m. preceded by arts and crafts, face painting, balloon art, live music, latkes, doughnuts and a magic show. Near the Apple store.

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3:30 pm

“Rock of Ages Hanukkah Celebration”

November 28 @ 3:30 pm
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Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Rd.
Aptos, CA United States
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Free

Performance by the Rock Shabbat Band of Temple Beth El of Aptos, giant-menorah lighting, crafts for kids and “a special treat at the end.”

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4:00 pm

“Sonoma County Hanukkah Festival”

November 28 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Montgomery Village Shopping Center, 911 Village Court
Santa Rosa, CA
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Free

Outdoor event with live music, latkes, kosher concessions, dreidels and more.

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VIRTUAL “The Broken Mishkan”

November 28 @ 4:00 pm
$18 – $36

Marin-based artist Sara Nesson performance explores themes of wilderness, blessings, darkness/light and using imagination to transcend loss/ illness. Followed by discussion, menorah lighting. Presented by Aquarian Minyan.

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“Light Up The Night”

November 28 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

Hanukkah festival includes live music, latkes, large ice menorah lighting, prizes and more. Presented by Joseph Weingarten Chabad Jewish Center of Sonoma County.

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“Walnut Creek Grand Menorah Lighting”

November 28 @ 4:00 pm
Broadway Plaza, 1275 Broadway Plaza
Walnut Creek,
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Free

Chabad of Contra Costa kicks off Hanukkah by lighting the tallest menorah in the county. Includes bubble show, S.F. acrobatics troupe, crafts, latkes, doughnuts and hot chocolate.

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4:30 pm

Chabad of Alameda Hanukkah celebration

November 28 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Rittler Park, 1400 Otis Drive
Alameda, CA
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Free

A public, first-night lighting with a 9-foot Lego menorah, latkes, fresh doughnuts, chocolate gelt, inflatable gym and slides, crafts, music, dancing and a fire-juggling show. Registration required.

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“Petaluma Hanukkah Celebration”

November 28 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Petaluma Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Drive
Petaluma, CA
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Free

Includes grand menorah lighting, jelly doughnuts, latkes, live DJ, crafts, activities, prizes, dreidel carving, fire-juggling show and drone gelt drop. Presented by Chabad of Petaluma.

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5:00 pm

VIRTUAL “Jewish Collegiate a Cappella Holiday Program”

November 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

Singing groups from U.S. colleges vie in the annual KOLedge competition, with Jewish- and/or Israel-themed songs performed in English, Ladino, Yiddish and Hebrew. Viewing hosted by Congregation B’nai Shalom.

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“Bill Graham Menorah Day”

November 28 @ 5:00 pm
Free

46th annual menorah lighting in Union Square San Francisco,  in-person and livestreamed. Virtual lighting each night of Hanukkah through Dec. 6. Presented by Bill Graham Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. 5 p.m., earlier on Dec. 3. 

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Hanukkah Train

November 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Roaring Camp, 5401 Graham Hill Road
Felton, CA
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$27 – $31

Chabad by the Sea (Santa Cruz) and Roaring Camp Railroads present a train ride with dreidels, kosher refreshments, stories and a menorah lighting 15 minutes before departure. Adults $31, kids $27. 

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7:00 pm

“The MeshugaNutcracker”

November 28 @ 7:00 pm
3Below Theaters & Café, 288 S. Second St.
San Jose, CA
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$12.50 – $15

Screening of a taped, 131-minute, onstage musical comedy about the fictional town of Chelm, with klezmer version of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” and Hanukkah-ized lyrics and tales. Also 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at and 2 p.m. Dec 12.

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