It’s time again for the High Holidays — and no, not the ones at Folsom Street Fair, although those are also this weekend, but the kind your bubbie wants you to celebrate. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins tomorrow and continues through Friday, so start the year off on a sweet note, as is traditional, with honey cake and challah from one of these bakeries, or enjoy a full supper from a classic deli. The head of the year concludes ten days later, on the 30th, with Yom Kippur, a day of repentance— and also fasting, so eat up with a festive meal beforehand. L’shanah tovah, fam.Read More
Where to Get Jewish Food for the High Holidays in the Bay Area
Start the year with sweets
1. Marla Bakery
Marla owners Amy Brown and Joe Wolf want to help out a little this year: Let them do some of the work with their raisin studded challah rounds or upside down pear honey cake. Their Rosh Hashanah menu is available for pickup Wednesday through Friday.
2. Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen
Round raisin challah and other Wise Sons seasonal favorites are back through the end of Yom Kippur at all Wise Sons locations, including their newest outpost in Marin. Fans can also pick them up at retail stores like Bi-Rite, Rainbow Grocery, and Woodlands Market. The new-school Jewish deli will also be catering away with noodle kugel, braised brisket, and so forth, and hosting dinner at its 24th Street location.
3. Frena Bakery and Café
Frena Bakery’s kosher Israeli donuts, bagels, and baked goods are already a hit after just 9 months in SoMa. This season they’ve got their usual dose of challah, but also two flavors of traditional honey cake for Rosh Hashanah: Orange honey cake and coffee honey cake. Note their reduced store hours during Rosh Hashanah: They’ll close early, at 3:30 p.m., on Wednesday the 20th, and be closed altogether on Thursday and Friday the 21st and 22nd.
4. Mariposa Baking Company
For those observing the holidays as well as a gluten free diet, Mariposa has honey cake topped with toasted almonds, vegan apple galette, and challah that’s all gluten free. The pre-order period for Rosh Hashanah is over, and offerings are now available first-come, first-served.
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5. Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen
Join in this Berkeley institution’s celebrations tomorrow, Wednesday the 20th, and Thursday the 21st. Reservations available here. Online orders are also available for turban challah with raisins, honey cake, apple and honey noodle kugel, and more.
6. Grand Bakery at The Food Mill
Oakland’s oldest kosher bakery is back just in time for the holidays with a newcomer, 27-year-old UC Berkeley grad Som Tobis, in charge. While Tobis won’t be reviving the bakery’s storefront, he is taking Grand Bakery’s challah wholesale and distributing it more widely than ever. One place it’s always available is at The Food Mill, the popular East Oakland Health Foods store.