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Naama Shefi, "The Jewish Holiday Table" in conversation with Loren Sterman

Savoring Traditions: An Evening with Naama Shefi


Join us for a captivating evening with author Naama Shefi where will discuss her book The Jewish Holiday Table. Co-sponsored with Temple Beth Tikvah, this event invites you to explore the diverse and delicious traditions that bring families together during Jewish holidays.

For many Jews, the meal is the holiday

The Jewish Holiday Table book cover

Collected by the Jewish Food Society, an organization dedicated to preserving Jewish cuisine around the world, the 135 recipes and accompanying stories in The Jewish Holiday Table are a dazzling expression of all the ways we celebrate through what we bring to the table.

Discover menus for a Persian Rosh Hashanah feast, a Ukrainian-Mexican Seder, an Iraqi spread for Purim. And a memorable Hanukkah tale of grandmothers competing in a doughnut duel, with one’s Moroccan sfenj recipe challenging the other’s Egyptian zalabia. Reflecting three thousand years of love and loss, culture and change, each dish captures the soul of what’s served in a Jewish home on a Jewish holiday.

Naama Shefi is a kibbutznik and New Yorker whose work sits at the intersection of food, culture, community building, and art. In 2017, she founded the Jewish Food Society, a nonprofit organization, which preserves and celebrates Jewish culinary heritage through a digital recipe archive and dynamic events. In the summer of 2021, she launched Asif: Culinary Institute of Israel, a center in Tel Aviv dedicated to exploring the diverse and creative food culture of Israel. She lives on the Lower East Side with her husband, Ilan, and their daughter, Ella.

Naama Shefi

In her younger days, Loren Sterman created and ran a retail business called Cookworks. She had stores in Hamden and New Haven where they offered prepared foods for carryout as well as housewares and gifts. Feeding people is all about nurturing them and after almost 10 years of welcoming people into her space and hearing their stories, she realized she wanted to nurture in a different way and went back to school at 40 for a degree in social work. She currently works as a therapist in private practice.

Loren Sterman

As a board member at Temple Beth Tikvah, she is co-chair of the women’s group, Kol Ami, and leads a special interest group called Cooking the Books, where they take a deep dive into the repertoire of well-known cookbook authors, bloggers and chefs. Each month they prepare a meal of their works.


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Temple Beth Tikvah is a Reform Jewish congregation with a commitment to inclusion, diversity, inspiring worship, youth and adult education, and meaningful social justice activities. TBT serves as the focus of Jewish community life on the shoreline.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 6:30pm EDT
Event address: 
RJ Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
The Jewish Holiday Table: A World of Recipes, Traditions & Stories to Celebrate All Year Long By Naama Shefi, Devra Ferst Cover Image
ISBN: 9781648290978
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1-2 Days
Published: Artisan - March 12th, 2024

SKU: s9781648290978