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The Art of Jewish Food


Food is more than just sustenance. It’s a reflection of a community’s history, culture and values. Jewish food is a diverse cuisine that has evolved over many centuries, shaped by Jewish dietary laws (kashrut) and the economics, agriculture, and culinary traditions of the many countries where Jewish communities have existed. The J celebrates Jewish food and culture through these events.


The Art of Jewish Food Event Archive

In partnership with the J’s Special Needs Department
Jessica Fechtor
Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home
Sunday, January 31, 2015 4:15pm

At 28, Jessica Fechtor was happily immersed in graduate school and her young marriage, and thinking about starting a family. Then one day she went for a run and an aneurysm burst in her brain. Jessica’s journey to recovery began in the kitchen as soon as she was able to stand at the stovetop and stir. There, she drew strength from the restorative power of cooking and baking. Jessica writes the popular food blog, Sweet Amandine


Marrying An Ice Cream Factory
Thursday, February 11, 2015 1pm

Velvel, Ranni’s father, was a poor orphan, who married Raya Strauss and began working in the family-owned factory (which started as a small dairy farm and became one of the biggest food conglomerates in Israel). They divorced when Ranni was 10, and for him, his father remained this strict meticulous withdrawn man who tore the family apart. 8mm reels discovered after his death arouse questiones that lead Ranni to embark on a personal journey between his parents’ very different worlds, in an attempt to better understand his father and the complexities of family loyalty, trying to overcome years of alienation. Looking at his family from behind the camera, he is reshaping his memories. Documentary | Israel 2015 | 72 min | Hebrew with English subtitles
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January 31–February 15, 2015
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The inaugural The Art of Jewish Food was supported by a grant from the Jewish Food Experience (JFE), a program of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Event Partners: Susan Barocas, Dear Coco Chocolate, Israel Forever Foundation and Jewish Museum of Maryland.

Food, Film and Flory
This evening celebrates local musical icon Flory Jagoda with a screening of  the new documentary Flory’s Flame, and a special guest appearance by Flory herself! 

Tu B’Shevat Seder
In partnership with the Israel Forever Foundation
Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar, marks the “New Year” of trees in Israel. Come awaken your senses and taste buds as we share four cups of Israeli wine and exotic foods that celebrate the bounty of Israel. Special guest presentation by Susan Barocas on the Seven Species and the Biblical Shemittah Practice.

Bessie Bluefeld
A theatre performance! Arriving with her husband in 1907 from Russia, Bessie and her family started Bluefeld Catering, which became synonymous with quality and class throughout the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area. Created by the Jewish Museum of Maryland as part of the Leo V. Berger Immigrant’s Trunk Program. Featuring Terry Nicholetti as Bessie Bluefeld.

For the Love of Wine and Chocolate!
An intimate chocolate and wine tasting by Dear Coco Chocolate. Three luscious Kosher wines are paired with delectable Kosher chocolates, each meant to evoke the spirit and flavor of the locale which inspired it.

The Artists' Palette
Artwork reflecting the artist’s varied connection to the one of the great pleasures of Jewish life – food!!

Gallery: Marsha Goldfine, Watercolors | Jennifer Kahn Barlow, Painting | Diane Tesler, Food as Still Life. Showcases: Tamah Graber, Glasswork | Melanie Grishman, Fiber Artist | Elizabeth Langsfeld, Ceramics

Paula Shoyer
A make, take and bake event
Join local chef Paula Shoyer and the release of her new cookbook, The New Passover Menu

Deli Man
Regional Premiere!
The principal guide of Deli Man is the effusive and charming Ziggy Gruber, a third-generation delicatessen man, owner and maven (as well as a Yiddish-speaking French trained chef) who currently operates one of the country’s top delis, Kenny and Ziggy’s in Houston. 

Meatballs and Matzah Balls
Recipes and Reflections from a Jewish Italian Life 
After converting to Judaism, writer and home cook Marcia A. Friedman found her way to the kitchen to try to better connect with Jewish history and culture. 

Oma & Bella
A documentary film and recipe sharing.
Oma & Bella is an intimate portrait of two elderly Jewish women in Berlin with humor, powerful stories and a deep fondness for good food. Post-film discussion with special guest Susan Barocas, founding director of the Jewish Food Experience. 


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