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 eighth program is “Oil, Almonds, and…Ears?! The Customary Foods of Chanukah, Tu B’Shvat, and Purim.”
These three holidays all have popular foods associated with them, and plenty more that may be less familiar. By diving deeper into the dishes we eat to celebrate, we’ll answer such perplexing questions as, “Would we still eat latkes if there were no miracle of the oil?” “What the heck is bokser, anyway?” and “Did Haman actually have pointy ears?”
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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