The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco celebrates the final nights of Hanukkah 2021 with its fourth annual Glowing Hanukkah Party on Sunday afternoon at Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point St. in San Francisco.
The free, family-oriented event takes place in person between 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday. Attendees will have the opportunity to make Hanukkah crafts, play games like dreidel, eat fresh doughnuts from Harvey’s Donuts, dine, shop and engage in other holiday activities. The Hanukkah candle-lighting and communal singing start at 4:30 p.m.
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Between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., William Cenoté will play an “LED Piano Concert” on his invention, Luminescent Grand, a piano that creates the sensation of synesthesia — or seeing sounds as colors — as various colors of LED pixel lights illuminate in correlation with the notes played.
Because of the COVID pandemic, last year’s event, Hanukkah Glow & Go, still happened outdoors at Ghirardelli Square with lights and live music from Luminescent Grand, but attendees were encouraged to pick up party kits to go.
This year as with last, attendees are encouraged to wear light-up, glittery or glow-in-the-dark outfits to help brighten the dark winter night.
Between 5 and 6 p.m. Thursday, the JCCSF’s free Zoom event “Light and Illumination: Bringing Joy Into the Winter Holidays” features teachers Maggid Jhos Singer and Rabbi Batshir Torchio and includes singing and the sharing of stories and recipes. At 7 p.m., Choir! Choir! Choir!, led by Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman, aka DaBu, hosts a night of singing, comedy and community-building in person at Kanbar Hall at the JCCSF, 3200 California St. in San Francisco. Attendees get lyric sheets when they walk in and will be taught original vocal arrangements of well-loved songs. The centerpiece will be Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and tickets are $20.
For more information about the JCCSF’s Hanukkah celebration events, visit jccsf.org.