Beat the Bay Area budget blues: Create a Jewish home for $100

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So you want to create a Jewish feel to your surroundings but don't have much money to shell out for your household's spiritual makeover. An impossible task? Not to worry.

Two Bay Area Judaica stores were asked to fill a shopping cart with items totaling $100 or less, to start transforming even the blandest living quarters into a home with a distinctive Jewish flavor.

For openers, folks can make a big statement for as little as $16.

"You can start out with a mat on your front door that says, 'Shalom,'" said Jerry Derblich, owner of Afikomen in Berkeley. "You've already said to someone coming into your house that you're a Jewish house. That's a really simple thing to do."

With the tacit understanding that keeping a Jewish home carries no real price tag, Derblich and Millie Goltz, a salesperson at Palo Alto's bob and bob, came up with shopping lists for those who want the basic, advanced beginner or intermediate level of Jewish tam in their abode.