Eliyahu Ungar-SargonEli Ungar-Sargon was raised in an Orthodox household, with rabbis in the family and a Talmudic scholar father. But Ungar-Sargon, who dropped out of medical school to pursue a film career, struggled to reconcile Jewish traditions and ethical questions, especially regarding ritu ... More >>
Taylor FriedmanNo, this isn't a bris ceremony Update 1:25 p.m.: Jewish and Muslim plaintiffs file lawsuit challenging San Francisco's circumcision ban. Read more after the jump.We knew this was coming -- it was just a matter of time. The Jewish community has united with other religious groups to ... More >>
S.F. isn't the only city that wants to cut circumcision from its lawsApparently, you can find a little touch of San Francisco's bizarre in nearly every corner of the country. The city isn't the only one looking to criminalize male circumcision. This national effort to ban the "mutilation" of fore ... More >>
Ben Golub/FlickrA bagel and lox is a break-the-fast tradition. But is it rabbi-approved?Rabbis are the sages who spiritually guide us, teach us the lessons of the Talmud, officiate and celebrate with us on joyous occasions, and console us when we've lost a loved one. With Yom Kippur and its 2 ... More >>
Beau GrealyShabbat is a Jewish tradition when friends and family come together every Friday night and Saturday to relax and reflect as the workweek recedes. Some Jews are more observant than others: where there's one Jew eating a double bacon cheeseburger (totally unkosher), there's another who ... More >>
Rabbi Michael Lerner has been posterized...Rabbi Michael Lerner, the left-leaning spiritual leader of San Francisco's Beyt Tikkun congregation and editor of Tikkun magazine, is a man whose picture is on many metaphorical dart boards among what is commonly referred to as the "organized Jewis ... More >>
Roshani Dhungana, via San Francisco SentinelShalom, Pat Murphy?It's always interesting to see what stories San Francisco Sentinel founder Pat Murphy will be publishing. You never know -- it might be one you wrote. Yesterday, however, Murphy sent out a bit of a shocker. He's soliciting donations s ... More >>
The gauche band of lunatics known as the Westboro Baptist Church say they'll be gracing our fair city with a visit next week, making the rounds to several prominent centers of Jewish culture to spread their anti-gay, anti-Semitic, and often anti-grammatical gospel to anyone with ears to hear.We find ... More >>
Stacey PalevskyRabbi Joshua Strulowitz of San Francisco's Orthodox Adath Israel watches as Supervisor Carmen Chu and Police Chief Heather Fong sign papers granting Jews the right to carry objects on the Sabbath. The chances are exactly 100 percent neither Chu nor Fong ever thought they'd be called u ... More >>
In my old job of writing for the city's Jewish newspaper, the standard M.O. for banging out a problem story was "Call five rabbis and see what they think." Some rabbis picked up a reputation for saying foolish things. Others could be counted on to lose their temper. Others earned reps for happily ta ... More >>
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The Jewish Film Festival
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