Put your High Holiday plans into action–join this family-friendly creek cleanup at Vasona County Park and make a difference in the environmental health of our local community. Meet at the Blossom Valley Picnic Area. Gloves, bags and special high holiday snacks will be provided. This cleanup is part of the California Coastal Cleanup held on Saturday, September 17, specially arranged for the Jewish community on Sunday, September 18. RSVP is required: email@example.com. Park entrance is free to cleanup participants.
Posted by challahbackgirl on September 15, 2011
Posted by Oyster on September 7, 2011
12 Tribes Food is not only delicious, but it is kosher, organic, and locally-sourced. You can feel good about eating it on multiple levels. And don’t mess with the rabbi-chef, as she slices and dices while toiveling. She even tried turning on her immersion blender in the Pacific Ocean!
Hi everyone -
The Fall season of Community Supported Dinnerculture starts on Wednesday, 9/7. Dinner will be ready and available for pick-up after 2:30 pm until 6 pm. Remember that we’re now cooking in the kosher kitchen at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St. (at Presidio).
When you enter the JCCSF building, ask for 12 Tribes or me at the front desk.
I’ve attached a photo taken this afternoon at Ocean Beach as we were toveling (ritually purifying) knives and utensils in anticipation of preparing the first meal in our new home – it’s your dinner.
Look forward to great eating all fall!
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Posted by Oyster on August 26, 2011
I have a stack of Jewish-related books (some fiction, some non fiction) that I am looking to donate somewhere in the SF area. Where can I drop these off? BJE? JCC? JCHS? Any hints would be appreciated!
Posted by Oyster on August 26, 2011
Steve Jobs’ biological father is Egyptian. Steve Jobs takes a leave of absence from Apple just as the Arab Spring is getting started. Apple is rumored to have more cash at its disposal than the US government. Steve Jobs steps down as CEO just as Tripoli falls.
Coincidence? Plausible? Let me know!
Posted by Oyster on August 24, 2011
Posted by challahbackgirl on August 23, 2011
Be part of an upcoming exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum by sharing how you’re Jewish in the Bay Area.
Here’s more about it in their own words:
From Shabbat taco trucks to Torah study on Mt. Tam. From lighting Menorahs in Union Square to Star of David surfboards. How do you represent being Jewish in the Bay Area? Contribute your photographs of what being Jewish in the Bay Area means to you by Friday, September 2 and be featured in the CJM’s upcoming exhibition, California Dreaming: From the Gold Rush to the Present, opening on November 17. This participatory exhibition tells the story of how Jews settled in the area and made lives for themselves in the spirit of independence, renewal, and entrepreneurialism and explores how these characteristics have remained unique to the Bay Area and its diverse Jewish community.
California Dreaming will provide an unprecedented opportunity for community members to share their family and personal histories, and to take pride in their cultural heritage.Share your important Jewish Bay Area moments and help us create this yearlong exhibition.
Posted by Oyster on August 22, 2011
Thanks to everyone who already contributed to the campaign to send another Marla Bennett Fellow to learn at Pardes next summer in honor of Marla’s yartzeit this year. Many of you have asked if it is still possible to donate and still have your funds matched, so our campaign sponsors have agreed to offer matching support for another 48 hours before ending this year’s campaign!
(Don’t forget to put Marla’s name in the comments section.)
Thanks for your help in honoring Marla’s memory through this meaningful project,
Hilla, Alana, Josh, Lesley and Eileen
PS- Learn more about Berkeley Hillel’s Marla Bennett Jewish Learning Fellowship at Pardes by reading the original letter here.
Posted by Oyster on August 21, 2011
I do enjoy the lamb bacon at Kitchen Table, but I was not expecting to taste bacon when I was eating some mac & cheese at a treif restaurant in Berkeley. Evidently, oyster (yes, I am a cannibal) mushrooms, smoked gouda, and bread crumbs come together deliciously to fool me into tasting bacon. I had to ask the waiter to confirm that it was a vegetarian dish. Enjoy!
Posted by challahbackgirl on August 17, 2011
Jews’ Next Dor is gearing up for Jewish holiday season with their annual Apples & Honey Cook-off open to all Jewish 20 & 30 somethings. Come to judge (this means eat) or enter your sweet and/or savory dish to win the coveted titles for the next year and prizes too.
Be sure to check out the official rules to make sure your dish is eligible. Hint: recipes must be submitted in advance
4th Annual Jews’ Next Dor Apples & Honey Cook-off
When: September 25th, 2011, 5pm-7pm
Where: Private Home in Cupertino, RSVP to JewsNextDor@beth-david.org for the address.
Show off your culinary talents. Enter Jews’ Next Dor’s 4th annual Apple and Honey Cook-off to be held on Sunday, September 25, 2011, 5pm at a private home in Cupertino. RSVP for the address to JewsNextDor@beth-david.org.
Be sure to the read the rules http://wp.me/p3HcM-MZ in advance and carefully, to ensure your dish qualifies for judging. No competition would be complete without prizes, but you must enter to win.
Of course, you’re welcome to come wish your fellow Jews’ Next Dor friends (Jewish 20 and 30 somethings) a sweet new year, without entering a dish. Please bring drinks (doesn’t have to be apple and honey theme).
All those present will be judges.
Looking for inspiration? Check out past entries on the Jews’ Next Dor Recipe Exchange.
As if meeting your male mohel years later wasn’t awkward enough: Feminist Mohel Offers Unique Perspective on Circumcision Ban
Posted by Oyster on August 16, 2011
Let’s just hope they don’t learn about "metzitzah b’peh"!
A recent article from The Jewish Daily Forward was sent to me: ‘Elissa Strauss, of the site’s “The Sisterhood” blog, recently sat down with feminist mohel, Emily Blake, to discuss her views on the recent San Francisco circumcision ban debate. She said the proposed ban, which was recently struck down, infringed on everyone’s rights, including those who just wanted the procedure performed on their child, in addition to those who do so for religious reasons. She said, “I don’t believe that we do our children any service to force them to make such a physically painful decision down the line to feel comfortable living as a Jew.”
As a feminist, Blake has struggled with the concept that circumcision is a fundamental element of Judaism limited to men. However, she said Judaism is a matrilineal religion, so without females the religion would not continue. While women have been mohels for a very long time, Blake said they are a minority today.
Here is the link to the article: http://blogs.forward.com/sisterhood-blog/140879/