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Eve Jochnowitz

Eve Jochnowitz, Yiddish instructor at Workmen’s Circle and the The Eldridge Street Synagogue, is a lecturer in Jewish Culinary History at Living Traditions Klezkamp. She recently completed a doctoral dissertation on the subject of Jewish culinary ethnography in the department of Performance Studies at New York University She has lectured on food in Jewish tradition, religion, and ritual as well as the Yiddish language in performance and popular culture. Ms Jochnowitz is the Chocolate Lady.

Would That I Were Gefilte Fish: Geography and Dialectology of a National Dish

Global History & Culture

This presentation surveys tanakhic (biblical), rabbinic, and modern sources to trace the relevance of fish to Jewish life and the special historic and geographic role of one particular preparation, gefilte fish, in the Ashkenazic world.

Miraculous Meals: From Manna to Metabolites

Global History & Culture

Jewish tradition sees all food as a divine gift, but where is the line between natural sustenance and supernatural intervention understood to lie? Is it ever a mistake, or even a transgression, to describe abundance as a miracle?

The Yiddish Bakers’ Union is My Eternal Monument

Culinary Resistance to Mortality in Jewish Practice

Global History & Culture

Food, cooking, and recipes are inextricably linked with life and vitality. The dead do not praise the Lord, said the psalmist, and they certainly do not eat or cook, but traditional and improvised Jewish practices related to eating and cooking bring a special awareness and immediacy to the rituals and processes associated with the end of life. We will explore some of the more surprising, including food-related inscriptions on Yiddish and Hebrew tombstones.

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