Napa Valley’s L’Chaim Jewish Food & Wine Festival Returns to CIA COPIA

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Sunday, August 27 brought  2023 L’Chaim, a family-friendly Jewish food and wine festival. The Napa Valley’s Jewish culture, vintner and food event is the key fundraising event for and presented by Congregation Beth Shalom (CBS Napa), the spiritual center of Jewish life in Napa Valley for over 70 years.

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The CBS Napa's, Rabbi Niles Goldstein, could not wait to meet more of the Napa community.

"Food and drink, particularly wine, have been a huge part of Jewish culture and religion for millennia. They are present at weddings, funerals, and other sacred events. We are thrilled that Congregation Beth Shalom will be celebrating this fact later this Summer at Copia at our L'Chaim festival, and we hope that both Jews and non-Jews will attend and join us as we honor and celebrate this important aspect of Jewish life, vitality, and perseverance,” said Rabbi Niles.

Taking place at CIA at Copia, the Culinary Institute of America’s food and beverage hub in the heart of Napa, this year’s event contained a true festival atmosphere with regional wineries that have Jewish owners or winemakers, live music from Bay Area bands, over fifteen different wines representing the best of the best from Jewish Vintners from Napa and surrounding areas and Napa craft breweries. There were also be kids’ activities including face painting, a clown and hands on experiences, and philanthropy. This year Chef and Dietitian Micah Siva conducted a kid-friendly cooking demonstration of Jewish favorites. One of the entertainers led Jewish folk songs with the children in attendance. There is reserved parking for handicapped attendees only.


L’Chaim Festival event Chair, Ellyn Elson exclaims “L’Chaim 2023 was bigger and even more exciting with a greater variety of ethnic foods and more wineries than last year.  This community-wide event brings together not only the Jewish community but the entire North Bay community to enjoy the ethnic foods representing Ashkenazi, Sephardic, and Mizrahi cuisines that never go out of style, from potato latkes to lox and bagels, brisket, pastrami, hummus and much more."


L’Chaim took place from 3:30-7PM Aug. 27 at CIA at Copia, using both indoor and outdoor spaces at the Culinary Institute of America. Tickets are priced from $45-$145 (early bird $120), includes wine tasting and food tickets redeemable from local and Bay Area Jewish themed restaurants spread throughout the event grounds. Find ticket information at and purchase your tickets here: 


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About Congregation Beth Shalom

Congregation Beth Shalom Napa Valley, the only Synagogue in Napa County, had its beginnings during World War II as “The Napa Jewish Group”, meeting in member’s homes. They organized as Congregation Beth Sholom (CBS) in 1953. The synagogue purchased the old Chamber of Commerce Building, which was moved through the streets of Napa to its present site at 1455 Elm Street, near Old Town Napa. In 1963 a newly remodeled synagogue was dedicated on the present site and a swimming pool was constructed in the early 1970’s in order to serve as the Jewish Community Center of Napa. In 2014 CBS completed construction of the new Synagogue which still sits on its original site at 1455 Elm Street. The entryway to the building is constructed from the beams found in the attic of the original Chamber of Commerce building. The Ark and the Ner Tamid were remodeled from those that were in the Sanctuary from the 1963 remodeling project.

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Journey along with our CITYPEEK Publisher, Patti Neumann, as she nibbles, sips and shares her taste buds as she travels


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