The Scoop

Hope you are enjoying your summer!!

What’s been inspiring you lately? Here’s what’s been on my radar…


The “Mezuzah from this House” is a series of new mezuzot – bronze casts of traces that commemorate the Jewish lives of pre-war Poland from the design team at Mi Polin. These mezuzot are based on imprints from old buildings where mezuzot once hung. Behind each cast mezuzah is a slot for inserting a klaf. When you affix the mezuzah to your doorframe, you fill the emptiness and give it a second life. Touching the mezuzah activates a link between past and present. Sitting untouched for many years, these mezuzot can now fulfill their holy function again. Contact Mi Polin for more information.

Eating Delancey

Eating Delancey is a compilation of gorgeous photographs of classic Jewish food, with profiles and recipes from classic LES Jewish eateries such as Sammy’s Romanian Steakhouse, Russ & Daughters Appetizers, Katz’s Delicatessen, Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery, and Ratner’s. These are complimented by celebrity reminiscences from Bette Midler, Jackie Mason, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Don Rickles, Fyvush Finkel, Isaac Mizrahi, Lou Reed, Arthur Schwartz and Milton Glaser.


After Sir Nicholas Winston died last month at the age of 106, The New York Times asked the survivors, the original Winton’s children, and their descendants — whose numbers now exceed 6,000 to share their stories. Here’s a few of them

The Gift of Failure

In the tradition of Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed and Wendy Mogel’s The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, The Gift of Failure focuses on the critical school years when parents must learn to allow their children to experience the disappointment and frustration that occur from life’s inevitable problems so that they can grow up to be successful, resilient, and self-reliant adults. Can’t wait to read this!

Healdsburg Farmer's Market

I love shopping at the Healdsburg Farmer’s Market in the summer. We also spend time every July gleaning at many of the farms at the market. To learn more about our gleaning adventures read my post

That Jewish Moment

Are you following That Jewish Moment on Instagram? Sari’s illustrations are paired with positive Jewish moments and observations. Here’s the link She recently featured my comment about our recent Eastern European trip. ‘We loved going to Jewish museums and making a connection with the past by looking at recovered photos, preserved artifacts, and ancient texts.”

I’ve really enjoyed being a part of The San Francisco Jewish Women’s Fund. Read about our terrific first year here.

This summer berry muffin recipe is easy-to-make, super healthy and delicious, and my kids have no idea it’s gluten-free.

 Grilled Za’atar Apricots with Feta and Pistachios from Katie’s Kitchen Journal is my new super yummy summer salad.

Why is it so Hard to Get a Great Bagel in California?

The Jewish Book Council’s summer recommendations. What have you been reading this summer?

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