Less shmaltz

It took three long years to come to fruition, says Gail Koff, chair of Temple Isaiah’s “Food Mavens,” but the Lafayette congregation’s new cookbook, “The Chosen Ones: Favorite Recipes from the Women of Isaiah,” finally has been published and is on sale. The committee — Koff plus Gayle Goldman, Donna Green, Judy Matzkin, Meredith Olson and Cherri Shiffman — sifted through some 2,000 recipes to come up with the 600-plus included in the cookbook. Many have been passed down from mothers and grandmothers, says Koff, and lots have a Jewish flavor. The new cookbook replaces “From Our Kitchen,” put together by Isaiah women 25 years ago with recipes that featured traditional shmaltz and Crisco — forbidden, though some consider irreplaceable, ingredients in contemporary cuisine.

According to the cookbook’s Facebook page, the “9 Chapters of Deliciousness” in the new edition — with titles such as “Nosh & Nibble,” “Love in a Bowl,” “The Best Part” and “Dayenu” — offer a huge salad section, vegetarian dishes and kosher-style selections. The cookbook is $36 — double chai — and available from the synagogue. Call the temple office, or Google the title to order electronically.


Your photo here!

Your photograph can hang at the Contemporary Jewish Museum! In conjunction with its current exhibition “The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951,” the CJM is having a contest — a “creative scavenger hunt” inspired by the street photographers featured in the exhibit. Called #SFphotohunt, it provides a chance for ordinary folks to submit their photographic interpretations of a theme. A new photo theme will be issued every two weeks through Jan. 3, 2013, and selected photos will be displayed after each challenge ends. Plus, there are prizes. Visit thecjm.org, the museum’s website, for details on the contest and the next challenge.


Installing a new rabbi

Rabbi Aderet Drucker will be installed at Walnut Creek’s Congregation B’nai Shalom on Sunday, Nov. 11. She was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York last May. A native of Los Angeles, Drucker has served as the rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Torah in Tallahassee, Fla., a rabbinic intern-in-residence at Temple Israel Center of White Plains, N.Y., and with a Masorti community in northern Israel. Her background also includes community organizing.


Short shorts

Lonnie Darwin

Carol Roseman

Happy birthday to Lonnie Darwin! The San Francisco Jewish community activist (since the late 1930s) and member of Congregation Emanu-El celebrated her 100th birthday on Oct. 29 … San Francisco multimedia artist Carol Roseman’s “38 Degrees” and “Fragile” were recognized with merit awards at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts’ recent juried exhibition, “The Art of Light.” Roseman is the founding director of the Jewish Home’s creative arts program, reports Sherie Koshover, chief advancement officer of the Jewish Senior Living Group … Jane E. Kahn, an attorney with Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP, is the recipient of the 2012 Fay Stender Award from California Women Lawyers … Daniel Lurie, founder of Tipping Point Community, is heading the committee to bring the Super Bowl to San Francisco in 2016, the 50th anniversary of the game. Joining him on the bidding committee are former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, investment broker Charles Schwab and former S.F. Mayor Willie Brown. San Francisco is a finalist, as is South Florida … Paul Schwarzbart of San Rafael writes that a DVD of his documentary “Shattered Dreams, A Child of the Holocaust” is now available. Contact him at paschwarzbart@comcast.net.

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Suzan Berns