Laura Silver

Laura Silver is the world's leading expert on the knish. Her writing on food and culture has appeared on National Public Radio, in the New York Times, and in the Jerusalem Report. She has received fellowships from the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the Lilly Foundation, and the Millay Colony and is at work on The Book of Knish (forthcoming, Brandeis University Press) and a documentary about the knish.

Appetite for Disruption: Cocktails for Innovators

Joshua Avedon, Will Deutsch, Tera "Nova Jade* Greene, Esther Kustanowitz, Avram Mandell, Elai Shine, Laura Silver

Delightful. Diverse. Disruptive. This tribute to Jewish creativity, tradition and innovation features free-form schmoozing and fast-paced, entertaining multimedia presentations where connectors, innovators, educators, tech experts, creative thinkers, funders, media moguls, and enthusiastic consumers of Jewish content can all mingle. First 50 attendees get a free drink -- cash bar thereafter, snacks available throughout, courtesy of Jumpstart and the ROI community. Let the drinks, conversations and ideas flow! DJ beats provided by Bad/Wolf.

Knish and Tell

All hail the knish. The wrapped pastry stands for eternal life, cultural continuity and co-existence. Born in the Pale of Settlement, the stuffed dough arrived in the US as immigrant food. Today, it's a catalyst for community. Baked or fried, round or square, sweet or savory, the knish serves as fodder for stories and memories. Please bring yours. And come hungry for legends from the Midwest, New York's Lower East Side, and our speaker's ancestral town of Knyszyn, Poland.