Synagogue schedules Pop-Up Shabbat among Oakland food trucks

Q. What can a person do if they want to observe Shabbat on Friday night and ALSO eat at a Friday night food truck gathering?

A. Pick one or the other, right? Not this Friday!

On May 11,  Kehilla Community Synagogue is putting on an event they are calling “Pop-Up Shabbat.”

It will take place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and will be held in the vicinity of Bites off Broadway, the food-truck gathering that has been on hiatus for awhile, but is coming back this Friday. The location is 365 45th in Oakland, at the Studio One Art Center near Oakland Tech.

According to a report in the East Bay Express, the lineup of six trucks will be Tina Tamale, Doc’s of the Bay, Nick’s Breakfast Truck, Conklin’s Catering, Go Streatery and Annakoot Indian Street Food Truck. No deli food in the bunch, but oh well.

Kehilla Synagogue is located on Grand Avenue in, well, technically it’s Piedmont, not too far from the Ace Hardware, but it feels like Oakland to me.

Here’s the “press release” from the synagogue:

“This month, we’re taking our Community Shabbat to the street! “Bites off Broadway” is an assembly of food trucks outside the Studio One Art Center at 365 45th Street, as you may have guessed, off Broadway. (

On Friday evening, May 11th, Bites off Broadway is starting its new season, and Kehilla has our monthly Community Shabbat, with special contributions from our graduating sixth grade class, Kitah Vav. So we decided to combine the two, and move our Community Shabbat celebration to Bites off Broadway!

We’ll set up a table where we’ll gather at 6pm for Shabbat candlelighting, blessings, challah, grape juice and singing. With Rabbi Dev Noily.

Then people can enjoy getting food from the food trucks, or eating something you’ve brought with you. You can also bring a camping chair or other comfy seat if you’d like.

We’ll also welcome anyone who’d like to, to light Shabbat candles, do Shabbat blessings, sing, and hang out with us.

We hope this Pop-Up Shabbat, and more to come, will be a time of celebration and sharing, a time to meet our neighbors and to make new friends, and a time to jump into the street party with our Jew flag proudly flying. Come out and have some good food, some good company, and some rockin’ shabbos fun!”


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Andy Altman-Ohr

Andy Altman-Ohr was J.’s managing editor and Hardly Strictly Bagels columnist until he retired in 2016 to travel and live abroad. He and his wife have a home base in Mexico, where he continues his dalliance with Jewish journalism.