Purim: Through the Looking Glass
Sunday, February 25, 1 PM
Location: JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch
Fee: In advance online: $6; at the door: $8 Children 2 and under are free of charge
Enter a fantastical world! Join the JCC East Bay as we climb through a mirror and rappel into a peculiar and animated world. Unlock the door to all shapes and sizes.
Trick your senses, experience live magic with Magical Nathaniel, and transform your face with your very own mask. Snap some pictures at the photo booth and nosh on delicious hamantaschen. Dress up in your best costume and become part of the dream yourself.
Community Partners: Camp Tawonga, PJ Library East Bay, Sprout, Jewish Gateways
Irreverently Yours, The Shushan Queens
with Kiki Lipsett
Thursday, March 1, 8 PM
Starline Social Club, Oakland
Fee: $10 in advance/$15 at the door
Event is 21+
A raucous, brand-new musical and party for Purim (the Jewish holiday where the world turns upside down). Conceived by creative maven Kiki Lipsett and just for adults, think cabaret fun, politics, feminism, costumes (including on you), drinks, and a springtime dance party.
Featuring: Kiki Lipsett, Evan Gelfand, Brady Gill, Shana Rappaport, Kelly Rogala
Expect whoops, hollers, and kazoos sounding at every mention of Haman’s name. If the Book of Esther and Madonna had a child, it would be this hip, hilarious, feminist, political, true-to-tale story of your favorite characters in Shushan. Possibly with a few twists. And definitely with audience participation in a beauty pageant to choose the next queen Esther.
Cosponsored by The Jewish Studio Project.
Kiki Lipsett is a musician, educator, and cantorial soloist. She grew up at the intersection of music and Judaism, and she finds much joy in working on wacky musical projects. When she’s not writing songs about Vashti, you can find her leading soulful musical Shabbat services around the Bay Area, teaching voice and piano, working with teens, and leading b’nai mitzvah ceremonies.
Older Adult Holiday Community Lunch: Purim
Thursday: March 1, 12 PM
Fees: $7 Senior / $10 General / $14 Mitzvah (for your lunch and to subsidize someone's meal)
Celebrate the winter and spring holidays with a delicious and festive meal. Each holiday lunch includes singing with Achi Ben Shalom and Jewish learning with a special guest educator.