Community Seders in the Bay Area: 2011

Looking for somewhere to go for Passover? I’ll be listing the community seders here. If you know of one but don’t see it below, please email it to me.

First Night Seders: April 18

First Night Seder
At Adath Israel in San Francisco
For details and to pay for your spot go to their website:

First Night Seder
Passover seder for Young Children – and Parents!
Led by Rabbi Bridget Wynne, this seder is especially for 2 to 7 year olds. Younger and older children are also welcome. Please join us! No Jewish knowledge or experience is necessary. The Seder will include a light, kosher, kid-friendly meal, served picnic style. Please bring a blanket or pillows to sit on.

Date: Monday, April 18
Time: 5:30 to 7pm
Place: East Bay JCC, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley
Cost: $9 per child (13 and under)
$18 per adult or teen (14+)
RSVP required by April 11. Please call the JCC Front Desk to make your reservation at 510-848-0237.

Community First Night Passover Seder
Join us for a warm, lively and interactive celebration. All are welcome and no Jewish experience or knowledge is necessary. Full Kosher dinner with wine.
Led by Rabbi Bridget Wynne. Free childcare will be provided from 7pm to 9:30pm.

Date: Monday, April 18
Time: 7:30 to 9:30pm
Place: East Bay JCC, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley
Cost: $18 per child (13 and under); $45 per adult or teen (14+); $36 seniors & college students.
RSVP required by April 11. Call the JCC Front Desk at 510-848-0237.

Passover First Night Seder
Rabbis Steve Fisdel and Tsvi Bar-David will co-lead a Kabbalistic Pesach Seder in Petaluma on the first night of Pesach, rich in the teachings of the Kabbalah on Pesach.
Food: potluck California Kosher for Pesach: hearty vegetarian, dairy, fish with fins and scales. All grain (e.g. wheat) products must be matzah or otherwise kosher for Passover. Please cook your dish at home as we have no kitchen at the facility.
No alcohol served, only grape juice.

Date: Monday night, April 18, 2011
Time: 6:00 to 10:00pm
Place: Location: Petaluma Recreation Services, Club Room, 320 North McDowell Blvd., Petaluma
Phone: 707.778.4380
Cost: $50 per person plus potluck. Scholarships available.
For scholarships contact Rabbi Tsvi Bar-David, e:, C: 415-806-2363
or Rabbi Steve Fisdel, e:, P: 510-558-6870.
Send checks made out to LightScene, Inc. to: 510 48th Avenue, San Francisco CA 94121

Questions? Call Rabbis Tsvi or Steve.
Seating is limited, so please register early by contacting Rabbi Tsvi:, C: 415-806-2363

Second Night Seders: April 19

Temple Sinai’s Annual Community Seder
Join Rabbi Steven Chester and lovely cantorial soloist, Elaya Jenkins-Adelberg, to retell the story of Passover, enjoy delicious food catered by Z Café, meet friends – old and new, and sing!

Seats are limited and last year we sold out so act quickly. No reservations taken after April 8. Tickets can be purchased online at

Date: Tuesday, April 19
Time: Doors open at 5:30pm
Place: Z Café, across the street from Temple Sinai at the corner of Webster and 28th Streets, Oakland
Cost: Non-members: $50/adult; $25/child 12 and under; Children 3 and under are free.

Temple Israel Seder
Join your Temple family in our traditional second night seder. We will read the haggadah as we dine together “family style.” The meal will include honey-glazed chicken, matzo ball soup, salad, roast potatoes, vegetables, chopped liver and dessert. (A vegetarian entree & vegetarian matzo ball soup are also available by advance reservation only.) Grape juice will be provided.
Bring your own seder plate and kosher-for-Passover wine. We will provide all the other ritual items (including bitter herbs, matzo, charoset, roasted egg etc.)

Reservations will be accepted with payment prior to the deadline. No money will be accepted at the door. Seating is limited. Please reserve early. If you have questions, call Carol Parker at 510-523-8506 or Lois Blumsack at 510-382-9522.

Date: Tuesday, April 19
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Cost: Non-members (age 13 & over) $40 each
Children age 5-12 $10 each
Children 4 and under are free but you must reserve a seat
You must indicate in advance if you require a vegetarian entrée. No substitutions at the door.
Send a check with your name, phone number, & email address with your check to: Temple Israel 3183 Mecartney Road Alameda, CA 94502.
Your check must arrive by 4/11/2011
Reservations will be accepted with payment prior to the deadline. No money will be accepted at the door. Seating is limited. Please reserve early. If you have questions, call Carol Parker at 510-523-8506 or Lois Blumsack at 510-382-9522.

Temple Beth Hillel’s Annual Community Seder
Open to everyone, the family friendly Seder will be held at Temple Beth Hillel on Tuesday, April 19th, at 5:30 pm. Join us in the telling of the story, eating ritual foods, drinking wine/grape juice and singing Passover melodies led by Cantor Howard Cohen and Rabbi Dean Kertesz. A delicious feast, with vegetarian option upon request, is included.
Tickets are $30 each for non-member adults, $18 each for children ages 7-12, and $8 each for children 3-6. Participants are asked to bring a kosher-for-Passover dessert to share. Seating is limited so reserve early. For more information, call 510-223-2560. We hope you will join us!

Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond
Information here:
Send payment to:
Temple Beth Hillel
P.O. Box 20910
El Sobrante, CA 94820-0910
Location of the Seder:
Temple Beth Hillel
801 Park Central (located off Hilltop Drive, I-80)
Richmond, CA 94803

Community Seder
Please join together as we celebrate the second night of Passover as a community. Rabbi Winer will lead us in reliving the Passover story in blessings, rituals and songs, and of course a festive meal!

Date: Tuesday, April 19
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton
Dinner Costs:
Adults $18
Seniors & Active Military $15
Children, 12 & under $10
Please RSVP as soon as possible and mail in your payment to the CBE office no later than Thursday, April 14.
Questions? Contact Martha Bunch 925.270.7951

There are two Second Night Seders at Netivot Shalom in Berkeley

Second Night Kids Seder
Led by Rabbis Daniel Kohn & Shalom Bochner
For children ages 2 – 8 and their families.
We’ll re-create a desert encampment in our Sanctuary for a family seder experience on a picnic blanket! The Kid’s seder this year will feature a catered feast and the “greatest hits” of the Haggadah. Join us for a meaningful family Passover celebration of freedom and matzah!

Date: April 19
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Place: Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Avenue, Berkeley
$36/adult; $10/ ages 2 and under; and $18/ 2yrs – 10yrs; $96 /maximum per Family

Second Night Community Seder
Led by Rabbis Menachem Creditor and Shalom Bochner
Join together as we leave the narrows and celebrate our expansive freedom with a Seder! We’ll enjoy a catered feast, fine kosher wines, and deep teachings and conversations about the Exodus and it’s meanings for us today on this birthday of the Jewish people.

Date: April 19
Time: 7:30pm
Place: Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Avenue, Berkeley
$50/adult; $12/ ages 2 and under; $36 / ages 2 yrs-10 yrs; $150 maximum per Family

RSVP for your choice of Seder by Monday, April 11 to: There are 2 options to make payment- either pay online at and use the “Make a Donation” tab and enter “Kids Seder” or “Adult Seder” in the description field or send your check to Congregation Netivot Shalom and write “Kids Seder” or “Adult Seder” on the memo line.

There are Three Second-Night Seders at Etz Chayim in Palo Alto
The Magical Mystery Tour Seder led by our Education Director Melissa Rogoway features songs from Jewish communities around the world and lasts about one hour before dinner.

The GLEE Seder led by Rabbi Ari Cartun will combine a bounty of modern and traditional songs and lasts around 2 hours before dinner.

The Musical Tot Seder is geared to families with pre-schoolers and lasts about 30 minutes before dinner.

All seders are catered by the incomparable Wendy Kleckner of Too Caterers and are strictly kosher for Passover.

Date: April 19
Time: varies by seder you choose
Place: Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto
To register, print out this form:
Deadline for registration is April 12

Sherith Israel’s Annual Community Seder
Celebrate freedom and family
The crunch of matzah, the four questions, jumping frogs, wine and songs… join us as we retail the story of our people’s journey from Egypt to the Promised Land.
Rabbi Larry Raphael, Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller and Cantor Rita Glassman, accompanied by song-leader Joel Siegel, lead us through the family-friendly Hagaddah from bondage to freedom. The celebration continues with a wonderful dinner catered by Town’s End Restaurant.

Date: Tuesday, April 19
Doors open at 5 pm
Celebration starts at 5:30 pm
Place: Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., San Francisco
Cost: Adults (13 and up): members $45; nonmembers $65.
Children’s tickets: $20. Children under 5: free. Reserve your place as soon as possible and, please, no later than Friday, April 15.
RSVP: Ben Marrone, 415.346.1720, x 24 or