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Rugelach alert: Where can you get a good one in Santa Rosa?

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 | Posted by

Michael McCauley of Santa Rosa wrote in with this request:

This past August, there was a Jewish Food Festival at Congregation Shomrei Torah. One item was rugelach. Can you help me find a bakery in Santa Rosa that sells rugelach. I haven’t had poppy seed rugelach since I moved from New York City in 2002. HELP, please! 

Geyserville Towns Correspondent Deborah Mitchel Serval offered this advice, but if you have better information, share it below. A good rugelach is worth the search.


I have done quite a bit of research on the topic of rugelach, fondly called rugels in my family, but I have never seen them with poppy seeds, always just currents and chocolate chips. 

First let me tell you that you can buy the Congregation Shomrei Torah cookbook, which has all the recipes from the Jewish Food Fest, at shomreitorah.org.

In Santa Rosa, my first choice for Jewish/European specialty products is European Market, 2790 Santa Rosa Ave., 527-0319. This is the closest place I can get “goodies” from my childhood and my grandparent’s Eastern European background. They have a poppy seed cake roll, like a coffee cake, that is heavenly.

From here I would move south to House of Bagels in San Rafael, houseofbagels.com. Though owned by Asians, it is very authentic with a terrific whitefish salad.

There is a new Jewish style deli in San Rafael, on Second in the Trader Joe’s shopping center, millerseastcoastdeli.com. I have eaten there twice, and enjoyed both times. They had Kishka on the menu, and it was so good I ordered it both times.

Other than that I would go online and have them delivered. I am sorry my sister does not live closer, or I would ask her to make you some.

Hope this helps,



  • Stephen Gross

    Thanks so much for this critically important information. When I think about the Bubka, cheese danish and rugelach from my NYC childhood, symptoms of withdrawal grab me all over again.
    I’ve heard to feed a hungry person a fish is a good thing to do, but to teach that person to fish is a greater thing to do. And so it is with buying rugelach, or learning how to make it yourself. The cookbook sounds like a good idea.

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