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Interview with Temple Sinai’s new rabbi, Andrew Strauss

2:56 pm Thursday, July 28, 2011
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Ilana DeBare is former San Francisco Chronicle writer and current j. board member.

She writes a blog titled "Midlife Bat Mitzvah."

Here is the latest entry:

In Conversation: Rabbi Andrew Straus

One benefit of writing this blog is that it gives me an excuse to sit down and talk with our rabbis at much greater length than I normally would. This is the fourth in an occasional series of interviews with the rabbis of Temple Sinai, my Reform congregation…



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Saul’s Coming to Off the Grid Berkeley

1:12 pm Tuesday, June 7, 2011
by emily savage

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Off The Grid, a popular food truck meet-up already in place in many SF locations, launched a North Berkeley version last week to much success  — we heard it was mad crowded. This sixth location of Off the Grid will feature eight to 10 mobile food trucks each week at the intersection of Shattuck and Rose in Berkeley's "Gourmet Ghetto."

While all of the vendors have their own rides (read: fully…



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Tags: off the grid, berkeley, sauls, deli, guest, chef, street food, jewish, latkes, kugel, corned beef

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Blackout on pastrami sandwiches at Saul’s in Berkeley

7:04 am Friday, May 20, 2011
by andy altman-ohr

This isn't quite a man-bites-dog story: It's more like a man-can-longer-bite-into-a-pastrami-sandwich story.


In a move that seems incongruous with everything a good Jewish deli stands for, Saul's Restaurant and Deli has pulled the plug on serving pastrami. That's right - no more pastrami on rye with hot mustard at Saul's in Berkeley.


At least for the time being.


"It's only for three weeks," Saul's co-owner Peter Levitt said Thursday night after sitting on the panel of a…



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How to use up your extra matzah in a hurry

10:25 am Monday, April 25, 2011
by rachel leibold

It is a truth universally acknowledged that no one ever runs out of matzah. It has a tendency to replicate itself until you find yourself on the last day of Passover, staring down at the three sheets of matzah left in your very first box, trying to do the math and figure out how, yet again, you ended up with way too much matzah.

There are a couple things you can do with leftover matzah besides eat it straight. You…



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Interview with Rabbi Andrea Berlin

8:35 am Friday, April 22, 2011
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Ilana DeBare is former San Francisco Chronicle writer and current j. board member.

She writes a blog titled "Midlife Bat Mitzvah."

Here is the latest entry:

In Conversation: Rabbi Andrea Berlin

One benefit of writing this blog is that it gives me an excuse to sit down and talk with our rabbis at much greater length than I normally would. This is the second in an occasional series of interviews with the rabbis of Temple Sinai, my Reform congregation in…



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Forget Santa Tracker, now we have Elijah Tracker

10:40 am Monday, April 18, 2011
by rachel leibold

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'Twas the night before Passover...

Okay, maybe not. But nerdy Jewish kids jealous that their Christian counterparts can track Santa's GPS coordinates while visions of sugarplums dance in their heads now have their answer to the NORAD Santa Tracker: Elijah Tracker.

ElijahTracker.com, a project of online Jewish congregation OurJewishCommunity.org, isn't quite the same as Santa Tracker,…



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Kosher-for-Passover Gin Cocktails

9:52 am Monday, April 18, 2011
by emily savage

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Much attention has been (deservedly) lavished upon the Sipping Seder in the past few weeks. Along with our very insightful article , there have been write-ups in SF Weekly, KQED's food blog Bay Area Bites and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The creators are local San Franciscans as are the makers of Distillery No. 209 Kosher-for-Passover Gin. So when I got the chance to try some of the locally-made kosher gin,…



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Jake Gyllenhaal on ‘Shalom Sesame’

2:21 pm Friday, April 8, 2011
by emily savage

Breaking news: Jewish actor Jake Gyllenhaal did something cute. He appeared on "Shalom Sesame" and asked all you boys and girls to help him find the afikoman (the matzah piece hidden on Passover) — and, of course, he explains what afikoman is. Watch the video above, giggle uncontrollably. Repeat.

 



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Omri Casspi an unhappy camper going into Jewish game vs. Warriors

12:56 pm Thursday, April 7, 2011
by andy altman-ohr

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Omri Casspi and the Sacramento Kings are coming to Oracle Arena in Oakland for Jewish Heritage Night on April 10 at 6 p.m. <details here>

It might be the last time he plays the Warriors as a representative of Sacramento, as it looks like the Kings will move to Anaheim next season. <details here>

What's bigger news for Israeli basketball fans, who follow Casspi's every move, however, is Casspi's lack of…



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JewishBoston.com unveils a free haggadah

3:30 pm Wednesday, March 23, 2011
by rachel leibold

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JewishBoston.com has released a free, printable haggadah called "The Wandering is Over." It can be downloaded as a PDF or Word file.

The 22-page haggadah has all the basic blessings in Hebrew, seder directions and discussion topics, such as this one for Karpas (the green vegetable): "We all have aspects of ourselves that sometimes get buried under the stresses of our busy lives. What has this winter taught us?…



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