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ONLINENot Just Apples and Honey: Rosh Hashanah Foods and Their Many Meanings

September 6, 2023 Free
Joel Haber (Courtesy photo: Naomi Tomky)

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 seventh program is “Not Just Apples and Honey: Rosh Hashanah Foods and Their Many Meanings.”

We all know that we “dip the apple in the honey” on Rosh Hashanah. But there are so many more symbolic foods that Jews around the world eat on the holiday. What do all of these foods mean? Why is symbolism such a big part of this holiday? How legit are newly-coined symbols at the Rosh Hashanah table? And, most importantly, what do these traditions say about our people?

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.

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