The bagels of Boichik Bagels. (Photo/Alix Wall)
The bagels of Boichik Bagels. (Photo/Alix Wall)

Boichik Bagels opening soon; kosher challah delivery; Mizrachi heritage dinners

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Insiders knew that the doors of Boichik Bagels would open on Halloween to trick-or-treaters, and many stopped by for a sampling of bagels and a shmear (the cheddar, scallion and horseradish variety is particularly tasty). The long-awaited grand opening, which owner Emily Winston says will happen later this month, moved a step closer when Boichik passed its health department inspection, allowing it to start making bagels. She’s now test-baking batches and perfecting the bagels before the big day arrives.

A new kosher challah delivery service has launched in the East Bay and South Bay. ChallahFresh was started by Deborah Yuster, a mom of three who found that sometimes she was too frantic on Fridays to remember to buy the challah.

ChallahFresh is now doing Friday home deliveries of Irving’s Premium Challah for $7 a loaf, plus a $5.99 delivery fee.

“We are excited to team up with ChallahFresh to bring our challah directly to people’s homes for their Sabbath and holiday tables,” said Irving Greisman of Irving’s Premium Challah.

One percent of all proceeds will go to local Jewish organizations, which will be chosen by ChallahFresh’s board of rabbis.

For more information, visit

Mizrachi Heritage Month events are being held in November and December, and JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa) and OneTable have teamed up to sponsor local Shabbat dinners inspired by Mizrachi and Sephardic culture.

Young adults can attend a Nov. 22 dinner at the Russian speakers’ Moishe House, or two events in the South Bay (Nov. 15 and Dec. 6) co-sponsored by the Addison-Penzak JCC. A Nov. 15 Shabbat dinner in the city’s Mission District will spotlight Yemen and include discussion of how the Yemenite Jewish experience relates to the human rights abuses happening in Yemen today. Full list of dinners here.

JIMENA and OneTable have also prepared a Shabbat supplement, complete with recipes from the different countries and suggested readings, available here.

Alix Wall
Alix Wall

Alix Wall is a contributing editor to J. She is also the founder of the Illuminoshi: The Not-So-Secret Society of Bay Area Jewish Food Professionals and is writer/producer of a documentary-in-progress called "The Lonely Child."