Michael Solomonov kicks off Jewish food series at National Museum of American Jewish History

-Courtesy of Broad Street Communications

Philadelphia’s National Museum of American Jewish History embarks on the holiday season with food. Three virtual events bring celebrity chefs, cooking demos, and thought-provoking discussions about food culture to audiences everywhere. The public is welcome to tune in online for free, with a $10 suggested donation.

Sephardi with Michael Solomonov and Hélène Jawhara Piñer
Wednesday, November 17
12 p.m. ET
Master chef Michael Solomonov, of Philadelphia’s James Beard Award winning Zahav, and Dr. Hélène Jawhara Piñer, a leading Sephardic food historian and chef based in France, discuss Sephardic Jewish culinary traditions. The program marks the release of the second edition of Jawhara-Piñer’s book, SEPHARDI, which Solomonov called “truly the only cookbook of its kind,” in his testimonial featured on the back cover.

Sufganiyot and Essential Jewish Baking with Beth A. Lee
Thursday, November 18
3 p.m. ET
Beth A. Lee, author of the newly released book “The Essential Jewish Baking Cookbook,” an LA Times Cookie Contest Winner, and popular food blogger, will lead a demonstration on making sufganiyot. These fried jelly donuts are traditionally eaten during Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights.

Bimuelo Demo with Sarah Aroeste
Sunday, November 21
4 p.m. ET
Sephardic singing sensation, Sarah Aroeste, will demonstrate how to cook bimuelos — sweet fritters traditionally eaten by Sephardic Jews during Hanukkah — during an event to celebrate the release of her new Ladino Hanukkah-themed album, called Hanuká. Participants in this family-friendly event can cook along with Sarah using a recipe that will be made available in advance. She’ll also perform music from the album and lead a sing-along.

Conversation with Michael Twitty
Thursday, December 16
1 p.m. ET
Michael W. Twitty is a Black-Jewish chef, food historian, the James Beard Award-winning author of the books “The Cooking Gene” and “Rice,” as well as his food blog Afroculinaria. He was just featured in episode two of the Netflix series “High on the Hog.” Twitty teaches, documents, and preserves the African American culinary traditions of the historic South and the wider African Atlantic world as well as parent traditions in Africa. The forthcoming “Koshersoul” will be the third book release for the author, who converted to Judaism as a young man.

Where:  Virtual on Zoom, Facebook, and the NMAJH website.

Established in 1976, and situated on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, the National Museum of American Jewish History is the only museum in the nation dedicated exclusively to exploring and interpreting the American Jewish experience. NMAJH presents educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore, and celebrate the history of Jews in America. Its purpose is to connect Jews more closely to their heritage and to inspire in people of all backgrounds a greater appreciation for the diversity of the American Jewish experience and the freedoms to which Americans aspire.

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