Temple Israel of Alameda

Come support local artists and businesses while getting all your holiday shopping done before Thanksgiving!

Holiday Fest 2017, a Holiday shopping expo, has been set for Sunday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

A huge variety of handcrafted and specially made items will be on sale in one convenient place: Temple Israel and the Community Center
of Harbor Bay Isle at 3183 and 3195 Mecartney Road in Alameda.

Plenty of free parking is available nearby at Bay Farm's Harbor Bay Landing. Overflow parking is available at CVS and Safeway.


By chance, someone asked me last Tuesday evening, “Why do people hate Jews?”

The person asking was Bill Schwartz of San Francisco; he is Jewish. Although I am proud to say that I belong to Temple Israel of Alameda, I am not by definition Jewish yet I have studied the Torah at the Temple for the past two years.

My response to Bill was, “People sometimes hate successful cultures, perhaps it is cognitive dissonance or envy dressed up as self-righteousness.”