After a summer of bombing and fighting between Israel and Gaza, Jewish leaders in Oakland are grappling with how to address the violence and ongoing Middle East tension within more traditional thoughts about the fall’s Jewish High Holidays, which focus on starting new and letting go of the past.
Vegan burgers and soul food and burritos (oy vey!) … This week, Oakland’s plant-based eaters add another nosh to the list. Sarah Kagan, 26, launched Kosher* vegan catering business, Sarah Sunshine, just in time for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana.* Rosh Hashana, which fell on September 24, 2014, celebrates the start of the Jewish new year, 5775. It is followed by ten days of atonement, which ends in one of the holiest days under Jewish tradition, Yom Kippur. Fish-free…
About 3,000 Tibetans and curious East Bay residents gathered at the Berkeley Community Theater early Sunday morning to hear the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, give a talk entitled “How To Achieve Happiness.”
In a black-and-white photograph, John Caybut stands in front of Oakland’s Saint Augustine Catholic Church with his mother, father, sister, and brother. The picture was taken in 1965. Caybut passed away in February. Today, his sister is the photograph’s only surviving subject. Caybut’s widow, Sabina, has placed the picture on a colorful altarcito in the nave of the church on Alcatraz Avenue. There, John and his family join others who have passed on but survive in pictures, placed among bright…
Families and volunteers in colorful dresses filled the galleries and gardens at the Oakland Museum of California on Sunday afternoon for the 19th Annual Day of the Dead Community Celebration.
In its 25 years, Ancient Ways has grown beyond a metaphysical supermarket of crystals, candles and Tarot readings, into an anchor of its Temescal neighborhood. Owner Glenn Turner celebrates her durable store’s quarter century in business, and credits her ability to “outlast most people.”
Totally Radical Muslim zine’s just-released second volume focuses on poetry and art reflecting the experiences of queer and transgender people within Islam.
Roughly 70 firefighters battled in vain to save a nearly century-old house of worship in West Oakland late Monday after the Zion First Church of God in Christ erupted into flames.