May Community Events and Classes

Let's make challah!
Let’s make challah!

Cooking Jewish Whether You’re Jewish or Not: Shabbat! (Los Altos)
Community Yom Hashoah Commemoration (San Francisco)
Mimouna! (San Francisco)
Community Yom haShoah (Oakland)
Marin Community Yom HaShoah VeHaGevurah (Tiburon)
Shulchan Shabbat & Shabbat Unplugged (San Rafael)
Shabbat Hallelu and Concert (San Mateo)
Annual Interfaith Picnic (Lafayette)

Cooking Jewish Whether You’re Jewish or Not: Shabbat!
Shabbat (the Sabbath) is the central observance or holy day of Judaism. Just about everything gives way before Shabbat – including Yom Kippur. Because it is the day that God gave us for rest and enjoyment, it should be a day of joy. It’s a great time to put something absolutely delicious on the table for Shabbat. How about warm bread, roasted chicken, a savory kugel, and a mouthwatering dessert. We won’t stop at the food. We’ll share lots of secrets for making Shabbat something worth staying home for, even if you have teenagers.

Date: May 1
Time: noon to 4pm
Place: Beth Am Congregation, in the kitchen
Cost: $35
Sign up here

San Francisco Community Yom Hashoah Commemoration
Join us for Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, at the JCCSF. Honor the 71st anniversary of the end of World War II and commemorate the art, music, and poetry created during the Holocaust. All are welcome to this free, community day of remembrance and learning.

Date: Sunday, May 1
Time: 1:30 – 6:15 pm
Place: JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California Street, San Francisco
FREE! Registration required. Register here

San Francisco’s Sephardic and Mizrahi communities invite you and your family to enjoy an afternoon of Middle Eastern Music & Piyutim, Henna Designs, Moroccan Deserts (Mufleta!) & Drinks (Arak!), Kaftan Booth, & Children’s Art Activities.

Mimouna is a traditional festival celebrated by Moroccan Jews at nightfall on the last day of Passover and throughout the following day until sundown. Families open their homes to neighbors and friends, and fill their kitchen tables with an abundance of delicious sweets symbolizing fertility, joy, success, health, and prosperity. Mimouna is a time to celebrate friendship, luck and good fortune as well as the start of the spring season. We hope you will celebrate with us.
All are welcome!

Date: Sunday, May 1
Time: 3:00 – 6:00pm
Place: Magain David Sephardim Congregation, 351 4th Ave, San Francisco
Cost: $10/adult. Get tickets here

Community Yom haShoah
The East Bay will gather at Temple Sinai to remember those lost in the Holocaust.
Ben Stern of Netivot Shalom will share his survivor’s testimony and message.

Date: Tuesday, May 3
Time: 7:30 – 9:00pm
Place: Temple Sinai, Webster at 28th, Oakland
More info here

Marin Community Yom HaShoah VeHaGevurah
Join us in remembrance of the Holocaust and acts of courage. From generation to generation, we pass on the torch of remembrance. This is a free community event.

Date: Wednesday, May 4
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Place: Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon
For more information, call 415.388.1818 x100.

Shulchan Shabbat & Shabbat Unplugged
We hope you can all make it to the last First Friday congregational dinner before the summer hiatus! Our favorite Jewish rock star, Dan Nichols, will be joining us for a musical and celebratory Shabbat service, during which we’ll be thanking and blessing our religious school teachers. Services will be followed by dinner in the Hoytt Theatre, where we’ll feast on chicken fajitas with (fake) sour cream, rice, beans, guacamole and salsa. To wrap up the evening, we’ll spread out in the JCC Atrium for the last Shabbat Unplugged until December – you won’t want to miss this one!

Date: Friday, May 6
Time: 6:15 pm services; 7:30 dinner; 9:00 Unplugged
Place: Rodef Sholom, 170 No. San Pedro Road, San Rafael
To RSVP for the dinner, contact Sofie at

Shabbat Hallelu and Concert
with Special Guest Joe Buchanan
Welcome in the joy of Shabbat and add your voice to the last Shabbat Hallelu until the fall with Elana Jagoda Kaye and the Hallelu Band featuring special guest Joe Buchanan. Join us afterwards for an acoustic concert by Joe.

Date: Friday, May 6
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Peninsula Temple Beth El, 1700 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo
Details here

Annual Interfaith Picnic
Join us as we meet and deepen our connections with our neighbors of different faiths, enjoy each other’s foods, play and pray together in a fun, family atmosphere designed for all ages.
Arrival and check-in
10:00 to 10:30am
Casual, fun, music-filled Christian service with multi-faith teachings on harmony (everyone is welcome to participate or observe)
11:00am to 11:30am
Potluck picnic, fun, fellowship, and music
11:30am to 2:00pm

All this will take place in the large picnic area. As you face the reservoir, the large picnic area is to the left of the metered parking lot and around the bend in the path. Please bring a vegetarian dish that reflects your tradition to share with 8+ people. Extra food will be distributed to homeless and hungry. Beverages and paper goods will be provided.

Date: Saturday, May 21
Time: Begins at 10am
Place: Lafayette Reservoir, 3849 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

To attend, please register online> or contact front office at Temple Isaiah at (925) 283-8575.

Sponsored by Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N), an East Bay partnership among Christians, Jews and Muslims whose mission is to grow understanding, respect and appreciation for the religions of the world, via social initiatives that promote deep inter-relationships among individuals of all ages, generations, cultures and beliefs.