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I scream, you scream

Deb Phillips
Deb Phillips
Deb Phillips, who has been a youth group adviser, teacher and the director of communications at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette for the past dozen years, is launching a new and different enterprise — an ice cream store featuring organic artisanal ice cream. Lottie’s Creamery in downtown Walnut Creek is targeted for an early November opening. In the meantime, says Phillips, she’s busily fine-tuning autumn flavors such as pumpkin spice and maple with candied nuts in a commercial kitchen in Berkeley.

“I wanted to do something creative and tactile,” Phillips explained about her change in direction. She loved making ice cream, so she went to culinary school and honed her skills, found a business partner — Ceasar Angobaldo — and the plan was in motion. Lottie’s promises to feature unique flavors such as Sephardic Honey (crème fraîche, honey and rum raisins) and, according to the website, it is the only “Bay Area microcreamery pasteurizing ingredients on site for maximum control over the texture and balance.” Phillips named Lottie’s for her grandmother, who lived next door when she was growing up, and with whom she spent many hours baking and cooking. “Ice cream brings back wonderful childhood memories,” she notes.


Generations of Eagle Scouts

Noah Israel Gottesman
Noah Israel Gottesman
Proud dad Jim Gottesman of Greenbrae reports that his son Noah Israel Gottesman, 16, is the first in a third generation of Gottesmans who have earned Eagle Scout awards. Noah, who completed a whopping 44 merit badges (just 21 are needed), follows in the footsteps of his late grandfather, Robert S. Gottesman, his dad (Jim) and uncle Michael J. Gottesman of Redwood City. Noah received the award last January. His brother and three cousins — the children of his uncle Michael and aunt Nancy Mann, of Greenbrae, also are scouts and plan to continue the family legacy. Noah’s Eagle Scout project was the construction of four horseshoe pits at Stafford Lake Park in Novato.


Short shorts

Tracy Salkowitz has moved to Arizona to become the new executive director of the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona. She worked in the Jewish community for 20 years here, including stints at the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation and American Jewish Congress … Abby Snay, executive director of Jewish Vocational Service, and JVS board member Nathan Nayman of San Francisco have been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Workforce Investment Board … Rachel Nilson, assistant director of Jewish student life at San Francisco Hillel, was selected to participate in the Harrison Leadership and Professional International Development Initiative (LAPID) … Jewish Community High School of the Bay junior Jake Rosenberg will have his original play produced by the Thunderbird Theatre Company at the Exit Theater in San Francisco. “The Scotland Company,” which is reported to have “mature themes,” will run Oct. 12-27.

On a personal note, next week my friend Phyllis Wollins Zisman from Albany and I will be back in Akron, Ohio, visiting with very old (in a good way) friends. It’s our (yikes!) 50-year high school reunion. We’ll get together with the class at the big events, and hopefully remember one another. But we’ll also spend special time with the “girls” from Lazari, the club we formed for high school night at the Akron Jewish Center. Through the Lazari (named for Emma Lazarus, who wrote the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty) and our JCC, we formed bonds that have lasted all these years and across the country. Sometimes you can go home again.

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