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Shabbat Dinner/Ramaz choir and Joel Haber

Friday, November 12, 2021 8 Kislev 5782

5:30 PM - 9:00 PM



We are excited to announce our first community Shabbat dinner in over eighteen months!

We will be featuring a performance from the Ramaz Upper School Chamber Choir and hosting guest speaker Joel Haber, who will speak on the following topic:

A Land of Milk and Mufletta: At the Crossroads of Israel’s Cuisine and Culture
Israeli chefs have recently conquered the culinary world, but what about all those foods they left behind at home? What do these dishes say about Israel itself? From falafel to petitim, me’orav Yerushalmi to mufletta, Joel reveals the culture behind the distinctive foods that make Israel so deliciously...Israeli.

Joel Haber researches, writes about and lectures on the topic of Jewish Food history, with a focus on understanding Jewish culture and history via our foods. His writing appears on his blog ( along with articles in such publications as The Nosher, The Forward, Tradition and The Jewish Journal. He has delivered around twenty-five lectures on the topic, in both online and in-person venues in multiple countries. Joel is also currently writing a book that examines Shabbat stews from around the world, using them as a way of tracing the routes of Jewish migrations throughout history.

Additionally, Joel has worked as a licensed tour guide in Israel for nearly a decade. In addition to hundreds of tours of a general nature, his most popular single tour is a culinary tasting and history tour in Jerusalem’s famous outdoor market, Shuk Machane Yehuda. Nearly 3,100 individuals have already joined him on that tour, along with countless others who have joined a virtual version of that tour via Zoom.

Dinner will be catered be Sova catering. 

Some important notes about the dinner:

  1. Registration will be limited to 40 guests, plus choir members. A maximum of 60 people will be able to dine in the social hall.  
  2. All attendees must be vaccinated. Anyone who attended High Holiday services at CRO has already provided proof of vaccination and can simply sign up for dinner. All others will be asked to upload a copy of their vaccination card when they register. 
  3. Because eating dinner requires mask removal for a sustained period of time, we anticipate that children under 12 will not be able to attend. If a pediatric vaccine becomes approved in time, we will welcome children as long as they have had a first vaccination dose by November 5. 
  4. Masks will be required at all times except when seated for the meal. Tables will be limited in capacity to 4-6 people (unless a group requests a large table) and spaced far apart. 
  5. No walk-ins will be permitted. If someone wants to attend, they must sign up in advance and provide a copy of a vaccination card. 
  6. Anyone attending should ensure that they are symptom free on the days leading up to the dinner. If you have any concern that you may be ill - or are awaiting the results of a COVID test - please stay home! 


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