Join us for an online exploration of Jewish food traditions and the historical connections between Jews and food with Jewish food researcher Joel Haber in our eight-part series, “The Taste of Jewish Culture.” The third program is “Crackers, Crepes and Cheese: Jewish Culinary Traditions from Passover to Shavuot.”
As our most food-connected holiday, Passover features symbolic foods with clear—yet sometimes curious—meanings. On Shavuot, conversely, the most widespread gastronomic custom grows out of mysterious origins. Add in the peculiar traditions of the Mimouna holiday that comes at the end of Passover, and we have a host of culinary questions to answer. This talk addresses them all, and reveals the Jewish values at play in these festival foods.
About our presenter:
Joel Haber researches, writes about and lectures on the topic of Jewish food history, with a focus on understanding Jewish culture and history via our foods. His writing appears on his blog, along with articles in such publications as The Nosher, Tablet, Tradition and The Jewish Journal (Los Angeles). He has lectured extensively on the topic, in both online and in-person venues in multiple countries. Joel is currently writing a book that examines Shabbat stews from around the world, using them as a way of tracing the routes of Jewish migrations throughout history. In connection, he recently published the cookbook, “Chulent & Hamin: The Ultimate Jewish Comfort Food.”
Additionally, Joel has worked as a licensed tour guide in Israel for nearly a decade. In addition to hundreds of tours of a general nature, his most popular single tour is a culinary tasting and history tour in Jerusalem’s famous outdoor market, Shuk Machane Yehuda. Approximately 3,500 individuals have already joined him on that tour, along with countless others who have joined a virtual version via Zoom.
Joel was born and raised in New Jersey, lived for many excellent years in both New York City and Los Angeles, and immigrated to Israel in March 2009. He is proud to live in the special city of Jerusalem.
This series is made possible by a grant from the Congregation Ahabat Shalom Religious Fund.+ More... - Less...
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