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Kosher Wine Guide 2016

‘The Sweet Spot Is $65’
A Top-Chef Passover
Toys For The Oenophile
Plus The Top 18 Lists

03/18/2016 (All day)
Kosher Wine Guide 2016

Sephardic Life (ADVERTORIAL)

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03/10/2016 (All day)

American Sephardi Federation

The American Sephardi Federation presents its epic 19th New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival from March 10th to the 17th at the Center for Jewish History. Program and tickets may be found at nysephardifilmfestival.org.

The Stuff Of Tradition

An iconic Middle Eastern meat pastry called kubbeh is enjoying a moment of mainstream popularity.

Special To The Jewish Week
03/02/2016 (All day)

In his popular cookbook “Jerusalem,” celebrity chef Yotam Ottolenghi features his own variation of a traditional dish, wherein he bakes a flat bulgur-flour base with a ground lamb topping and calls it Open Kibbeh. Superstar chef Meir Adoni features kubbeh on the menu of his upscale Tel Aviv restaurant Mizlala. At Kubbeh! The Pop Up, a sold-out, three-night event last week at Manhattan’s Grape and Grain restaurant, Melanie Shurka served beef kubbeh in Kurdish-style lemon and Swiss chard soup.

The scene at chef Melanie Shurka’s pop-up kubbeh meal in the East Village. Photos by Michael Datikash/JW

In The Name Of The Father

In a summer camp full of Appelbaums and Shulmans, an 11-year-old girl carried a heavy family burden.

Special To The Jewish Week
03/02/2016 (All day)

One Saturday afternoon in my Jewish sleepaway camp in the Berkshires, the girls in my bunk and I gathered in a gazebo to hear a Jewish “name expert” tell us the history of our names. On Saturday afternoon, the camp liked to schedule something a little intellectual to make us think, but nothing too strenuous. It was the Sabbath, the day of rest, after all.

The author, right, with her sister Evelyn, at summer camp in the Berkshires. Courtesy of Caroline Lagnado

Israel’s ‘Other Half’

The Jews of Arab lands in the Jewish state.

03/02/2016 (All day)

Growing up in Israel in the 1950s as a child of Yemenite émigrés, I learned the standard Zionist Israeli narrative. It was of the great sacrifices made by Ashkenazi European Jews — settling and cultivating the land, building kibbutzim and the city of Tel Aviv out of the sand. All of this, decades before the State of Israel won independence in 1948.

Musician Mike Karuchi, from Morocco, photographed in his home in Beersheva, 2015. Zion Ozeri

Paying Vocal Homage To His Roots

Baritone and actor David Serero is mining his Sephardic heritage by tweaking classic works by Shakespeare and Verdi.

Special To The Jewish Week
03/02/2016 (All day)

When David Serero’s great-grandfather, who was the chief rabbi of Fez, would stroll through the streets of the then-capital of Morocco, both Jews and Arabs would rise to their feet in his honor, according to Serero family lore. A century later, Serero, an acclaimed opera singer, is in the midst of exploring his family heritage by imparting an unusual Sephardic spin to productions of three classic works, “The Merchant of Venice,” “Nabucco” and “Othello,” all of which deal with relations among members of different religions. Produced by the American Sephardi Federation (ASF) at the Center for Jewish History in Chelsea, the productions incorporate Ladino songs and Sephardic Jewish costumes.

David Serero. Michael Datikash/JW

‘Not All American Jews Are Ashkenazi’

An NYU researcher studying Sephardic communities in the U.S. on Judaism’s ‘alternative narrative.’

Culture Editor
03/02/2016 (All day)

Mijal (pronounced Michal) Bitton is a doctoral candidate at New York University, where she studies the experience of contemporary Sephardic communities in the United States. She is a doctoral fellow and faculty member at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Bitton has been awarded an AVI CHAI fellowship for her studies and is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. A writer and educator, she was born in Argentina, lived in Israel and now resides in Lower Manhattan. She spoke to The Jewish Week via email.

Mijal Bitton at the American Jewish Historical Society library. Michael Datikash/JW

Sephardic Life (2016)

Kubbeh in the culinary spotlight, the Sephardic Shylock, and more.

03/01/2016 (All day)
Sephardic Life (2016)


Jewish Week Book Critic
02/17/2016 (All day)


“The Lost Book of Moses” by Chanan Tigay (Ecco) is a historical drama going back to 1883, when a Polish-born British antiquities dealer claimed to have discovered the oldest copy of the Bible, which then mysteriously vanished. The author searches around the world for clues, uncovering romance and tragedy along with truth. (March)

The Visual Arts List

02/17/2016 (All day)

Know From Where You Came And Where You Are Going: The Work of Aithan Shapira. Sculptures and paintings on the topic of hope featuring the paint the Israeli-American artist made by mixing soil from the Judean Desert, olive tree ash, and oil. Through March 2, JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave., jccmanhattan.org.

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