Come Celebrate at this year’s Beer Mitzvah!

Did you know that most beer can be considered “kosher-style” when it does not contain lactose, gelatin, spices, fruit or fruit syrups! Come celebrate this new knowledge (unless you knew already, then come celebrate this old knowledge) and Temple Israel on April 28 at 1pm, at their first Beer Mitzvah celebration.

The event comes from the partnership of Oscar Delgado, Jr., who owns CA Draft Tech and is the founder of the CA Beer Society and Kimberlee MacVicar. We wanted to find out more about this unique event and got a chance to speak with Kimberlee.

Oh, and just in case someone is wondering, no, you do not need to be Jewish to attend!

kimberleeIs this the first time you’re doing a beer fundraiser? 

This will be the third time Oscar and I are partnering up to throw a beer fest, but it will be the first time at Temple Israel. We’re excited about this unique angle and to expand these breweries’ fan bases even more.

How long has the temple been in Alameda? 

Since 1920. It was founded by a dozen couples, including my great-grandparents, David & Diana Garfinkle. 2020 marks our 100th anniversary.

Who came up with the idea and why beer? 

I was the Fundraising Chair or Co-Chair for 10 years at the temple before “retiring” and returned to the role for this fiscal year. Knowing how much fun beer fests are and how great it is to work with Oscar, I wanted to bring one to the temple. Oscar came up with the awesome name. Beer creates a casual, fun setting to hang out with friends. It’s a positive vibe and culture that I wanted to bring to the temple and open the way for more people to visit and know/remember we’re here and a part of the East Bay Community.

I hear most beer is kosher. What makes a beer kosher? 

I stumbled onto an article one day that beer is technically kosher, but only the large corporations can afford certification. There isn’t really a demand for kosher beer, so it’s not an expense many start-up or micro breweries can afford to add to their budgets. It’s a shame kosher certification is financially unattainable or not sustainable for many businesses, particularly restaurants, as those kosher certifying agencies are just limiting their own choices, but don’t get me started!

The four main ingredients in beer – water, hops, wheat and yeast – are kosher, so beer not certified is “kosher-style.” They are not kosher or kosher-style when ingredients like gelatin, lactose, fruit and fruit syrups are added. For example, no stouts, bummer.  For this event, we’ve asked the breweries to bring beer that would fit this kosher-style list of ingredients. While Maui Brewing Company is participating and will be pouring beer of those ingredients, we can encourage folks to hit the stores later to buy their Pineapple Mana one, which is super yummy.

What’s included in the ticket? 

Ticket is $36 and comes with unlimited pours. No need to get in line to buy more beer tickets or possibly be left with unused ones. A chance to interact directly with these breweries and just have fun hanging out. Food is separate as we have two pop-ups coming to help them promote their businesses.

Where do the proceeds go to? What kind of programs will it support? 

The event will benefit Temple Israel. Programs supported will include primarily, our religious and Hebrew School, called Beit Bina, holiday celebrations, and gearing up for our 100th celebration next year. Lots to do to prepare for such a big milestone.

Will there be activities for non-beer drinkers who want to support? Are kids allowed? 

Kids are absolutely allowed and can come for free. Beer festivals are very family friendly despite the name. Admiral Malting will have a demo about malts used in many beers, cornhole boards will be out and the band, The Vinyl 4, will be performing twice. 

A big piece will be for people to vote their favorite beer as “The Chosen One.” We look to grow this inaugural event into an annual one making it larger and larger, with a larger footprint for more activities.

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*** Free parking
*** No refunds
*** Must be 21 and over to receive a wristband.
*** Children can attend for free as festivals are family friendly.
*** Food and soft drinks available for purchase.

26th Annual Mama’s Day Tasting Extravaganza Fundraiser

The 26th annual Mama’s Day, benefiting Mama’s Kitchen, is scheduled for Friday, May 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine located at 3777 La Jolla Village Drive. The fundraising event has always been a favorite of ours.  The event features more than 55 chefs from San Diego’s finest restaurants, hotels and catering companies.

Check out some of the mouth watering samples that are prepared for you while supporting an amazing organization. Many of these restaurants support Mama’s Day year after year.

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The event helps to raise critical funds for Mama’s Kitchen’s mission to deliver hot, nutritious meals free of charge to local men, women and children affected by AIDS or cancer. Last year, Mama’s Day raised $165,000, which provided 51,000 home-delivered meals.

Guests enjoy food, music and fun throughout the evening.  Guests can also bid on  silent auction items and/or participate in an opportunity drawing. 

It’s an amazing event worth so much more than the ticket price. We hope you can make it! 

The event is presented by Nordstrom and hosted by Sycuan, Mama’s Day pre-sale tickets are available for just $150 per person and $175 at the door. Premium VIP tickets are available for $250 each, and include early access at 5:30 p.m. to an exclusive VIP dining area and pre-party featuring a private culinary presentation by Chef Bernard Guillas of The Marine Room before the doors open to general admission attendees at 6:30 p.m. VIPs also enjoy a full hosted bar for two hours.

Tickets may be purchased online at

About Mama’s Kitchen
Mama’s Kitchen was founded in 1990 when volunteers from the AIDS Assistance Fund discovered that many of their clients were becoming too ill to take care of themselves. They realized that a reliable home meal delivery service was needed to ensure that these individuals would continue to receive nutritious, life-sustaining food. In 2004, Mama’s Pantry was opened to provide individuals with HIV/AIDS who are able to prepare meals the opportunity to supplement their nutritional needs. During the past 26 years, Mama’s Kitchen has served over eight million meals and has never turned away a client who qualified for our services. Our commitment to our clients remains unchanged and today the organization has expanded its service to San Diegans affected by either AIDS or cancer. Mama’s Kitchen provides three meals a day, for every day of the year, free of charge, to approximately 350 men, women, and children in San Diego County. 



Watch 20th Century Women This Weekend and A24 Will Make a Donation to Planned Parenthood

A24 has announced that it will make a donation to Planned Parenthood in honor of each person that goes to see the Golden-Globe® nominated film 20th Century Women this weekend. 


Planned Parenthood consulted on the film and Planned Parenthood California Central Coast shared information and resources about Planned Parenthood health centers in the ’70s. Planned Parenthood also plays a crucial part in the lives of two of the main characters in the film. Of the collaboration, writer/director Mike Mills says, “The people at Planned Parenthood were so helpful to me with the writing and pre-production of 20th Century Women. They connected me with people who worked in PP offices in the ’70s to make sure every aspect of my scenes was correct, from the language counselors used to the very particular decor and dress of the people in those offices, to the overarching philosophy and attitude of the women who worked there. It was very important to me that we capture this moment in women’s reproductive rights accurately and they were so generous and helpful to me.”

Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig,
Lucas Jade Zumann, and Billy Crudup

Mike Mills

Writer/director Mike Mills and stars Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning reflect on those who raise us and the times that shape us in latest video ‘Modern Women’, featuring an exclusive interview with Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. 


7 Tips for Charitable Giving During the Holiday Season

by Judi Steadman,
Director of Individual & Planned Giving, Susan G. Komen San Diego

It’s that time of year again where the old adage holds true – it’s better to give than receive. When we give, especially around the holidays, it makes us feel fulfilled – like we have made a small difference in someone’s life. According to Charity Navigator, “31 percent of all annual giving occurs in the month of December and 12 percent of that annual giving occurs on the last three days of the year!”

Photo by: Evan Kirby

Navigating the waters of charitable giving can seem difficult with the hustle and bustle of the season – what organization do I donate to; what should I give; and will I get a tax receipt? So, in the spirit of giving, here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when making a charitable donation during the holidays:

  1. Give to legit charities– only donations to qualified charitable organizations are tax-deductible, this includes gifts of cash, stock, real property or cars. All gifts must be itemized and substantiated on your tax return so be sure to get a charitable receipt acknowledgement when you donate and keep your bank records, cancelled checks and credit card statements as a backup. 
  2. Do your homework– if you are unsure about the organization’s charitable status, check with Charity Navigator ( or search the IRS website ( Also, take some time to review the organization’s website and annual report to make certain your money is directly making an impact. At Susan G. Komen San Diego, we make every penny count. In fact, every dollar is earmarked to treating and curing breast cancer. 
  3. Get involved– make sure you feel connected to the organization you decide to donate to by volunteering, taking a tour of their offices or attending an event so you see firsthand how the organization is making a difference. 
  4. Small gifts can make a BIG difference– Just starting your career? It’s okay to start small. Try making a small cash donation or sign up for monthly giving. Monthly giving is a great way to try out a charity and see if it is a good fit. Each month the amount you designate will be automatically processed. It is a quick and meaningful way to help! 
  5. Explore Planned Gifts– This is one of the easiest ways to give without impacting your financial portfolio in your lifetime. By including an organization in your Will or Living Trust, you are leaving a legacy of hope without affecting your cash flow today. You can include a simple bequest with a stated amount or a more detailed bequest with a percentage of your estate. You can also make the charitable organization the named beneficiary of your life insurance or give a portion of your retirement assets. Be sure to let the organization know you have included them in your estate plans so you can be thanked properly in your lifetime. 
  6. Did you know? – If you are age 70 ½ or older you can take advantage of your Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your IRA? In legislation at the end of 2015, Congress made the QCD option permanent. You can transfer gifts up to $100,000 annually directly from your IRA to a qualified charitable organization. This type of gift can make an immediate impact for an organization and for you too as no tax is generated on the minimum distribution you are required to take. 
  7. There are so many ways to give – Gifts of outright cash, appreciated assets like stocks, or real property are always a great option to assist a charitable organization and a benefit you come tax time. Each type of gift provides charitable tax deductions and/or the alleviation of the payment of taxable gains on the appreciated value of the stocks or real property. For more detailed information on tax benefits of charitable giving or estate planning, please seek the assistance of your financial professional or tax accountant.

On behalf of Susan G. Komen San Diego, I would like to acknowledge each and every one of our generous donors who have supported us in 2016. Thank you for giving the gift of hope. We wish you and your family a very happy holiday season and a prosperous new year!    


Judi Steadman is the Director of Individual & Planned Giving for Susan G. Komen San Diego, the County’s largest funder of free breast cancer services and support and is the only organization providing qualified women the free services they need for every step of the breast cancer journey. Learn more at


Mama’s Day 2016

On the Friday evening before Mother’s Day, the Mama’s Day 2016 event kicked off its’ 26th year at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, the fundraising fete is the season’s must-attend culinary event of the year. The occasion featured over 55 chefs from some of San Diego’s most premium restaurants, hotels, and catering companies, those such as The Marine Room, Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Spa, Waypoint Public and more. 

Mama's Day 2016

The Mama’s Day event helps to raise funds for Mama’s Kitchen, a non-profit organization that prepares and delivers nutritious meals to San Diegans suffering with AIDS or cancer and who are too ill to shop and cook for themselves. Mama’s Kitchen is run by hundreds of volunteers, businesses, and community supporters, who strive to create food that is wholesome and healthy, and to help out families who are in need of this crucial assistance.

Mama's Day 2016

The event was hosted by local chef Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien, who brought his flare and love of food for the eighth consecutive year. Guests enjoyed food, tasty beverages, and music, which only added to the excitement of the night. Many of the dishes served were out of this world delightful, ranging the gambit from seared ahi tuna, ravioli’s filled with duck confit, pork belly dishes, quail eggs, uni risotto and the list goes on and on. There was a dish for every palette. On top of the savory samples were the decadent desserts, tiramisu, chocolate dipped strawberries, key lime pie and my personal favorite the honey cinnamon walnut gelato served appropriately on a cone.

Mama's Day 2016

Mama’s Day was presented by Nordstrom and hosted by Sycuan Casino. To know that the funds are going to an amazing charity and helping the lives of hundreds is extraordinary on every level. To donate and for more information on this and other events you can visit Their 21st Annual Wine Tasting event will take place on August 2! 

Photos by: Melissa Sanchez

The Uber Kittens Are Coming!

Uber along with participating shelters in over 50 cities will be delivering kittens on Thursday, October 29 for playtime and adoption. Can you think of a better way to celebrate National Cat Day?! Share your experiences with #UberKittens.

Adopt KittensHow it Works

  • Open your Uber app between 11am and 3pm and click on the kittens request button.
  • Once the kittens arrive, you’ll have 15 minutes of playtime with them for a $30 fee. 100% of the proceeds will go to their respective shelter.
  • In most cities, kittens will be eligible for adoption. The shelter representative can answer your questions and help with the next steps in the process.

Availability is limited so make sure to put in your request early! If you miss out, make sure to donate and/or visit the shelters when you can. A kitten will be waiting for you to take them to their forever home!National Cat Day

*** Most shelters prefer deliveries to offices only.

Is your city participating?


Athens Area Humane Society


Atlanta Humane Society


Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter


Morgan County Humane Society


Simply Cats


Champaign County Humane Society


Frances R. Willis SPCA


League for Animal Welfare


Cleveland Animal Protective League

Colorado Springs

Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region


Colony Cats & Dogs


PAWS (Pet Animal Welfare Society) (Available only in Fairfield County)


Operation Kindness


Denver Dumb Friends League

Des Moines

Animal Rescue League of Iowa


All About Animals Rescue, Macomb County Rescue, Guardian Angel Rescue

El Paso

Humane Society of El Paso


Cats Cradle Shelter

Fort Collins

Larimer Humane Society

Grand Rapids

Humane Society of West Michigan

Green Bay

N.E.W. PAWSibilities




Humane Society of Indianapolis

Kansas City

Great Plaines SPCA

Las Vegas

Nevada SPCA

Los Angeles

Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, Society For the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles, Heaven on Earth Society for Animals


Angel’s Wish


Elmbrook Humane Society


Animal Ark


PetitsPawz Cat Refuge of Montreal


Williamson County Animal Center

New Jersey

Liberty Humane Society

New Orleans

Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

New York City

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Oklahoma City

Central Oklahoma Humane Society


Nebraska Humane Society

Orange County



Pennsylvania SPCA


Arizona Humane Society


Oregon Humane Society


SPCA of Wake County


Richmond Animal League

Salt Lake City

Nuzzles & Co.

San Antonio

San Antonio Pets Alive!

San Diego

San Deigo Humane Society

San Francisco—East Bay

East Bay SPCA, Tony Larussa’s Animal Resuce Foundation

San Francisco—North Bay

Marin Humane Society

San Francisco—South Bay

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA Adoption Center


Seattle Humane


Spokane Humane Society

St. Louis

Animal Protective Association of Missouri


Annex Cat Rescue, Just Paws Animal Rescue, Team Cat Rescue


Humane Society of Southern Arizona

Washington, DC

Washington Humane Society — Use promo code ‘DCKITTENS’ to unlock

West Lafayette

Almost Home Humane Society



92 and breaking records – Harriette Thompson

Harriette Thompson does it again and this time she breaks another record. On Sunday, May 31, 2015 at San Diego’s Rock N Roll Marathon at the age of 92, she became the oldest woman to finish a Marathon. She also set the world record for fastest time by a woman over 90 at 7 hours, 7 minutes and 42 seconds. She is a two-time cancer survivor and has raised over 90,000 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She started running at the age of 76 and missed one race when she was undergoing cancer treatment. Her husband passed away in January from cancer and she is battling a staph infection in her legs. Her determination has made her an inspiration to many.



Mama’s Day 2015: An Extraordinary Culinary Evening

Touted as San Diego’s best culinary event, Mama’s Day, never ceases to amaze us with signature dishes from over 55 top local chefs, restaurants, and caterers. It’s one of the annual fundraising that we look forward to. Now in it’s 25th year, the event is held the Friday evening before Mother’s Day. The event was held at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine and is often sprawled out around the pool area. The Hyatt staff did a wonderful job accommodating everyone indoors this year due to a couple of showers that hit San Diego throughout the day.




























Mama’s Kitchen delivers three nutritional meals a day, seven days a week at no charge to men, women and children living with AIDS or cancer. Additionally, Mama’s Kitchen provides pantry services (Mama’s Pantry) and nutrition education to people affected by AIDS. Through these services, they are able to provide food, compassion and hope to over 1,400 people annually living throughout San Diego County.

Photos below by: Ana Pines

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Timken Museum’s Art of Fashion

The Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park showcased a rare exhibition of fashion inspired by fine art at the eighth annual Art of Fashion 2015 fundraiser on April 20, 2015. More than 200 fashion enthusiasts from throughout Southern California attended the event, led by honorary chair Dame Zandra Rhodes, international fashion icon and designer.

Ten graduate student costume designers from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s (UCLA TFT) David C. Copley Center for Costume Design have created half-scale costumes inspired by Claude-Joseph Vernet’s 1749 “A Seaport at Sunset” from the Timken collection.

Original costume designs ranging from classic to wildly dramatic will showcase the talents of the students. Each student performed extensive research and infused a certain element of the masterwork in their one-of-a-kind designs, from the unusually large sky, the lighthouse, the ships in the harbor, the tradesmen and their families to the distinctive landscape of the mountain range.

Prior to the evening’s soiree, Rhodes and an honorary committee of fashion-forward and civic-minded female philanthropists will judge the designs at an exclusive private luncheon in the museum, which includes remarks by Academy Award-nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Ph.D., professor and founding director of the UCLA TFT Copley Center.

Attendees were able to to see the winning designs from last year’s gala as well as those from previous Art of Fashion events: Masterworks on display will come to life as guests examine the remarkable costumes up close and speak with the designers about their creations. “Art of Fashion is one of the most important events to the Timken,” says Anita Crider, chief operating officer, Timken Museum of Art. “It’s a brilliant way to construct a creative and interdisciplinary educational opportunity for extremely talented costume design students and it allows us to raise funds for our programs to keep the love of fine art alive in San Diego.

Organizers aim to raise $100,000 at this year’s Art of Fashion, with proceeds supporting the museum’s outreach programs.


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Intelicare Direct (ICD) “Pancakes and Pajamas” day benefitting StandUp For Kids

Intelicare Direct Pancake and Pajama Day

On Thursday, January 29, Intelicare Direct (ICD), a leading customer service solutions company with offices in San Diego and Las Vegas hosted its second “Pancakes and Pajamas” day benefitting StandUp For Kids, a non-profit organization that works to put an end to youth homelessness.

ICD donated hygiene kits, up to 35 sleeping bags and 20 tents for every employee that came to work in their pajamas. Gabriel Bristol, CEO of ICD has first hand experience of what it’s like to live on the streets, “I know how these kids feel—to not know where their next meal is coming from or the next time they will have a roof over their head.” His experience has lead him to do all he can to help others not go through the same thing as him.

There are over 2,000 homeless youth on the streets in San Diego. StandUp For Kids provides services for homeless youth 21 and under in downtown San Diego. It gives them a place where they can have a meal, shower, laundry, phone, Internet and participate in recreational activities. They also provide valuable services to help the youth change their situations like housing, career and legal counseling. StandUp For Kids also sends teams of volunteers to do outreach four nights a week to provide kids on the street with food, hygiene, socks and some larger items such as tents and sleeping bags.

Intelicare Direct Pancake and Pajama Day

“Given that our organization is run entirely by volunteers, we rely heavily on contributions from individuals and companies like Intelicare Direct,” said Terilyn Burg, volunteer executive director of StandUp For Kids San Diego. “We are honored that they chose us as their beneficiary for a second year. A donation as simple as a sleeping bag or tent can drastically improve the quality of life for these children.”

Intelicare Direct Pancake and Pajama DayAbout Intelicare Direct: Intelicare Direct is a leading customer service solutions company based in America, offering businesses effective ways to improve customer satisfaction, sales and quality assurance. Intelicare Direct increases companies’ bottom lines by catering to their number one asset–the customers. Intelicare Direct’s services include Inbound Customer Service, Technical Support,

Outbound Sales, Lead Generation, and Reporting.  A core component of Intelicare Direct’s corporate culture is its desire to reach into the community and make a positive impact by supporting important causes such as youth homelessness, the LGBT community, military and more, many of which have directly affected Bristol and Intelicare Direct’s employees.

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