Keeping Kosher at re:Invent 2018

So we are a little more than a month away from the yearly ascent to all things AWS - re:Invent 2018.

Last year one of my most useful posts was the Kosher perspective on the event Keeping Kosher at re:Invent 2017.

So this year - nothing much has changed - there is still no kosher food.. #boo

No Kosher Food #boo

(This is not last years graphic but taken from the current site)

So again - no Kosher food throughout the day.

Last year, I went on Sunday to one of the Kosher supermarkets, and did some shopping. Every morning I made myself lunch for every day. Better than standing in lines or going out looking for food.

Hot and cold drinks throughout the day are available at the various venues, sometimes there are fresh fruit - and some snacks here and there that have a Kosher certification (OU, OK, Star-K, and many more - depending on what are comfortable with eating)

The Supermarkets were great and they had a wonderful selection of Kosher food

There is The Jewish Visitor's Guide to Las Vegas guide (downloadable here) which has accurate information as of June 2018.

Here is a list of the Kosher restaurants as of today (please check the sites for up to date information before you go)
  • Ace of Steaks (5825 W Sahara Ave Unit M. - +1 702-899-4223). Open till 23.00 Sun.-Thurs.
    It is about a 17 minute drive from the Venetian
  • Anise Tapas and Grill (3100 S Durango Dr. - +1 702-586-4088). Open till 22.00 Sun-.Thurs.
    It is about a 20 minute drive from the Venetian

    Last year a group of us sat down for a late dinner - the restaurant was empty - but the food was good

  • King Solomon’s Table (4561 W Flamingo Rd. - +1 725-244-4034). Open till 22.00 Sun.-Thurs.
    It is about a 10 minute drive from the Venetian
  • Haifa Restaurant (900 E Karen Ave # H102 - +1 702-940-8000). Open till 21.00 Sun.-Thurs.
    It is about a 11 minute drive from the Venetian

    Place is in the middle of nowhere - was practically empty - and the food was nothing special

  • Jerusalem Grill & Bar (4825 W Flamingo Rd. Suite 10 - +1 702-341-5555).
    Open till 22.30 Sun.-Thurs. It is about a 11 minute drive from the Venetian.

    I had dinner there (twice) - and the food was really good!

  • Sababa Grille & Restaurant (3220 South Durango Dr. - +1 702-547-5556).
    It is about a 20 minute drive from the Venetian
  • Shawarma Vegas (2521 S Fort Apache Rd. - +1 702-703-7700). Open till 21.00 Sun.-Thurs.
    It is about a 25 minute drive from the Venetian

    Shawarma Place - Fast food - was great for a quick meal

  • Simon & Joe’s (3720 W Tropicana Ave. - +1 702-759-0333). Open till 21.30 Sun.-Thurs.
    It is about a 10 minute drive from the Venetian.

If you are looking for a list of Kosher products - the list from the Ahavas Torah Center has a substantial amount of information.


The conference ends on Friday at around 12:00 which means for most of us that are visiting from outside of the States - that you either leave early - to get back home on time, or fly to family / friends somewhere else in America, or you stay in Vegas for Shabbat.

The Strip is of course not a Shabbat-friendly atmosphere - and there are a number of Jewish Orthodox (I am sure there are other denominations as well - I will only list the ones that I would go to) communities in the area.

If you so wish - many of them have some option of Shabbat hospitality as well

(I have personally spent a Shabbat in at the Young Israel community a good number of years ago) There is a hotel that is quite Shabbat friendly - literally 200 meters from the shul La Quinta Inn - not the best of hotels - but OK for Shabbat, and the community was very nice to invite me for meals.

Last but not least - there is also an Eiruv - http://www.lasvegaskollel.org/las-vegas-west-side-eruv

As we did last year - we have a WhatsApp group with those who are interested in meeting up for meals after a long day, or perhaps organizing a Minyan for Mincha - or just even to say hello.



Currently there are about 20 people (mostly Israelis - open to all!)

Looking forward to see some old faces and new ones as well next month!


How Long Until you Get the New Shiny Toys from re:Invent?

re:Invent is coming - and the frenzy of releases that will build up to the event is just around the corner.

I have always had in the back of my mind that all the products announced at re:Invent are great for the press releases and the small digs at other vendors, but sometimes it takes a while until we actually get what was announced on stage in front of ~20,000 people and the rest of the world.

And I went out to look for some data. It is obvious that not everything that we heard about on stage was baked and ready for production use.

Andy Jassy - re:invent 2017 keynote

Here are some examples from last years re:Invent

re:Invent 2017

EKS (188 days)

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-eks-now-generally-available/ (June 5, 2018)

Bare Metal (170 days)

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2018/05/announcing-general-availability-of-amazon-ec2-bare-metal-instances/ (May 17, 2018)

Serverless App repo (83 days)

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/now-available-aws-serverless-application-repository/ (Feb 21, 2018)

Neptune (183 days)

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-neptune-generally-available/ (May 30, 2018)

Aurora Multi-master (Still not released)

Yet to be released (Oct 14, 2018)

Aurora Serverless (254 days)

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aurora-serverless-ga/ (Aug 9, 2018)

IOT 1-click (169 days)

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2018/05/aws-iot-1-click-generally-available/ (May 16, 2018)

Translate (127 days)

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-translate-now-generally-available/ (Apr 4, 2018)

Transcribe (127 days)

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-transcribe-now-generally-available/ (Apr 4, 2018)

Appsync (137 days)

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2018/04/aws-appsync-now-ga/ (Apr 13, 2018)

S3 Select (126 days)

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2018/04/amazon-s3-select-is-now-generally-available/ (Apr 3, 2018)

re:Invent 2016

Lex (141 days)

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-lex-build-conversational-voice-text-interfaces/ https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-lex-now-generally-available/ (Apr 19, 2017)

PostgreSQL for Aurora (329 days)

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/now-available-amazon-aurora-with-postgresql-compatibility/ (Oct 24, 2017)

GreenGrass (190 days)

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-greengrass-run-aws-lambda-functions-on-connected-devices/ (Jun 07, 2017)

X-Ray (140 days)

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-x-ray-update-general-availability-including-lambda-integration/ (Apr 19, 2017)

Batch (36 days)

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2017/01/aws-batch-now-generally-available/ (Jan 5, 2017)

Lambda Edge (229 days)

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2017/07/lambda-at-edge-now-generally-available/ (Jul 17, 2017)

At a glance it looks like the average amount of time from the list above was about 5 months.

Now don’t get me wrong. For all of the above items that were not actually available at re:Invent - I would estimate that there were the same number of products (if not more) that were available (at least in a limited number of regions) the same day they were announced. Above and beyond - the problems that AWS is trying solve and really complex - and a almost all of them have never been done before - so please AWS take your time in developing the game changing technology that you have been giving to the world.

So when Andy Jassy and Werner Vogels get up on stage at the end of November, and announce whatever wonderful stuff they are going to announce - we should all take into account that it could take anything from 1 day to almost a year until we can actually use it in all the AWS regions that we are consuming today.

Werner Vogels - re:invent 2017 keynote

How can this / does this affect you? I can give an example from the EKS announcement. We were actively looking at a kubernetes deployment on AWS and were contemplating whether we should deploy our own or wait for the managed solution that was announced at re:Invent.

Since we did not have an official release date - we decided to roll our own - and not wait for some some unknown time in the future.

It is nice to know what is coming. You will need to evaluate how long you can wait - are you ready to go with a version one product (that could / will probably have a good number of limitations) or come up with a contingency plan to solve your issues.