Readers’ Choice 2022: Judaica

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Contemporary Jewish Museum

(415) 655-7800
Tucked inside the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the gift shop — making its first appearance in Readers’ Choice — specializes in Judaica, including Kiddush cups, with a range of prices, holiday gift items, children’s books and toys, candles and candlesticks, greeting cards, mezuzahs, menorahs and more. Also, check out the tote, bandanas, patches and pins that celebrate the museum.   

Dayenu Gifts and Books

JCC of San Francisco
(415) 563-6563
Conveniently located on the ground floor just inside the JCC of San Francisco (with easy, underground parking), Dayenu offers a wide selection of Judaica, including “ritual items, locally crafted items, fair trade items, handmade items, heirloom pieces, gag gifts, prayers and politics, talismans of protection and candles to honor memory.” Purchases made here support a local family and the local economy.  



Afikomen Judaica

(510) 655-1977
The Mahgel-Friedman family’s shop Afikomen provides expansive offerings of Judaica, including for Shabbat, Hanukkah, Passover and other holidays as well as general gift items for the home or for simcha events. Jewish books and wearable are here, plus  the shop offers a complete line of wedding supplies and rents chuppahs. “At Afikomen Judaica,” they say, “we understand about Jewish traditions.”   



Peninsula Temple Sholom 

(650) 697-2279
The Starr*Stevens Judaica Shop, a new winner in Readers’ Choice, carries mezuzot, tallitot, menorahs, dreidels, jewelry, candlesticks, books and toys, and accepts orders for special events. Located just off the synagogue foyer, this full-service Judaica shop serves the North Peninsula and beyond. Purchases support Sholom Women, which ultimately benefits PTS youth “camperships” and scholarships for trips to Israel.



Women of Rodef Sholom Gift Shop

(415) 444-8098
The Women of Rodef Sholom operate the well-stocked Judaica shop in the lobby of the Osher Marin JCC to help support synagogue and Jewish community projects. The shop favors made-in-Israel merchandise and fair trade Judaica, and has many ritual objects, jewelry, candles and holiday items. Yair Emanuel Tallits, designed and woven by the Jerusalem Judaica artist, include a tallit, bag and kippah. 

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