Holiday of Holidays

The Holiday of Holidays Festival will run for its 27th year in Haifa, city of religions, cultures, food, and views.

The festival is an initiative of Beit Ha’Gefen – Arab-Jewish Cultural Center, and the Haifa Municipality, which was founded in 1993 and takes place in Beit Ha’Gefen and Wadi Nisnas and the German Colony in Haifa.

The aim of the festival is to promote and foster tolerance and mutual respect through culture and art.

The festival presents art exhibitions, artist meetings, and various performances with an emphasis on cultural diversity in Haifa and Israel.

The works are displayed both in the public space – the alleys of the Wadi Nisnas neighborhood coming to the German Colony, Haifa, and in the Beit Hagefen Gallery and this year also on billboards throughout the Hadar neighborhood – a special exhibition by Haifa artists!

This year we will celebrate together from 10-20 December – and due to this year’s unique circumstances we will have most of our events On Line.

The Holiday of Holidays festival is the culmination of the year of activity at Beit Ha’Gefen, and is designed in the spirit of the values of Beit Ha’Gefen.
Our activities are based on the belief that interpersonal acquaintance and encounter with another culture, its stories, cultural and spiritual assets, are important for breaking down barriers and building trust between different nationalities, ethnic and religious groups in Haifa and Israel.

Photo credit: Shaula Haitner Pikiwiki Israel

Hanukkah Cooking Class

Hanukkah is almost here! As days grow cold and dark, everyone begins to dream of comfort food. How about adding homemade kreplach to your repertoire?

Back by popular demand, Chef Andrea Quinn will show us how to make these delicious Jewish dumplings. There will be meat and cheese fillings to choose from (or try both if you’re feeling ambitious). Kreplach can be fried to fit the Hanukkah theme, or served in soup. This will be a fun and cozy way to spend an afternoon together.

Get your recipe and shopping list with ticket purchase, and come cook with the Jewish Gateways community. All levels of experience are welcome.

QUESTIONS: Contact Jewish Gateways at info@jewishgateways.org or 510-545-9977.

Chef Andrea Quinn is a Bay Area native with over twenty years of experience as a pastry chef, small business owner, and most recently Resident Chef at Sur La Table.
She has owned and operated bakeries specializing in custom cakes in California and Hawaii and worked in restaurants large and small. Chef Andrea’s core principles are her commitments to quality, sustainability, and team leadership. Her satisfactions working in the industry range from the simple to the grand — from creating a perfect dessert to improving ethics related to food.

We so enjoyed her Rosh Hashanah baking class with Jewish Gateways that we are continuing a holiday-related series of classes with her.

Virtual Israeli Cultural Evening and Chanukah Celebration

Although Chanukah begins Thursday the 10th, tonight the celebrations begin with a special cultural evening.  Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or even just New Year’s Eve, tonight we are embracing the Holy Land and celebrating the holiday season with a virtual visit to Israel.

On December 9th, embrace the historic spirit of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, and Tel Aviv in a multi-faceted cultural Israeli evening.

VIRTUAL HISTORIC TOUR OF CHANUKAH

An expert tour guide will join us for a historical tour of the origins of Chanukah.  The Festival of Lights this year begins on the evening of December 10 and runs through the evening of the 18th. This eight-day celebration commemorates the Dedication of the Temple after Judah the Maccabee and his comparatively tiny army led a revolt against the occupying Syrian-Greeks forces.

Through images and discussion, we will revisit the times of the  Maccabees and the miracle of the eight nights. We also get a special virtual tour of how the Jewish people celebrate the holiday in Israel and different parts of the world.

ISRAELI COOKING DEMONSTRATION

An Israeli chef will demonstrate how to make special dishes in time for the holidays.

ISRAELI WINE VIRTUAL DEMONSTRATION

An Israeli wine expert will showcase some special brands, discuss their origins, the proper way to enjoy them, and will offer secrets on how to best get them.

ISRAELI MUSICAL AND DANCE PRESENTATION: 

Get off your chairs and dance along to an Israeli musical presentation and dance presentation from native performers. (Pre Recorded from the Embassy of Israel).

IMAGES FROM ISRAEL

Discover the historical and artistic highlights of Israel– the more you see, the more you’ll seek!

VIRTUAL TOUR OF BETHLEHEM:

Our virtual guide will rejoin us for a tour of modern Bethlehem and show us the sites relevant to the upcoming Christmas celebration.

CHANUKAH CELEBRATION

We will finish the evening with some virtual games, traditions, and mingling.

TISH Jewish Food Festival

Third edition of the TISH* Jewish Food Festival is going to be unique: it will be held both in-person and online, with audiences all across Poland and the globe in mind. POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews invited famous chefs and renowned culinary experts from the United States, Poland and Israel to join in debates on Jewish food, to discover its history together and also to learn how to prepare it. ‘CLOSENESS’ is the key word of this year’s TISH Festival edition.

The experience of the past few months of the pandemic and the need to keep two-metre distance from another human being made us rethink the meaning of the word “close.” TISH Jewish Food Festival provides an opportunity to build a community, despite physical distance, and to seek things—such as food—which bring us all together. Yet again, we will point to close links between Polish and Jewish cuisine, and to the ways they permeate and inspire each other. POLIN Museum also invites you to explore the history of the area it is located in by touring the current temporary exhibition titled Here Is Muranów. For “closeness” may also refer to being part of one’s local environment and immediate neighbourhood.

POLIN Museum has planned various activities for the five Festival days: cooking together without the need to leave your home, sharing family stories connected to food, embroidering a unique Festival tablecloth together at the Museum as well as culinary walks through old Jewish Warsaw where languages, flavours and fragrances intermingled. Festival guests will find out what dishes they could fix based on a pre-war Yiddish cookbook and they will realise that barley and pasta actually go well together. During workshops, children and their parents will learn how to make a Shabbat challah and will find out why a tree growing sweet yellow fruit has become a protagonist of a book. POLIN Museum also invites you to join in decorating a sukkah—a traditional hut erected each year in front of the Museum building to celebrate the joyous Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

Yivo Virtual Jewish Food

Join us for an exploration into the heart of Jewish food, with an emphasis on the Ashkenazi table. This course features hundreds of never-before-seen archival objects, lectures by leading scholars, and video demonstrations of your favorite Jewish recipes by renowned chefs. Discover how the essence of Jewish food has remained constant even as the recipes have evolved and changed with the migration of Jews around the world

My Jewish Learning Cooking Classes

My Jewish Learning is all about empowering Jewish discovery for anyone interested in learning more. We offer thousands of articles, videos and other resources to help you navigate all aspects of Judaism and Jewish life — from food to history to beliefs and practices.

This site now offers over 20 Jewish cooking videos so that you can learn how to make traditional Jewish and Israeli dishes like shakshuka, kugel, haroset, challah, and more!

Delicious Israel Cooking Classes

Let’s get cooking! From amba to zeitim (olives!), there’s no better way to learn the ABCs of Israeli food than by doing it yourself. Our Delicious chefs bring years teaching experience straight to your kitchen to get you fired up about Israeli food.

Choose our repertoire of tried-and-true Israeli recipes perfected by our chefs and cook along in real-time to master your favorite dish or meal. Our fan favorite recipes include sabich, shawarma, whole roasted cauliflower and so much more.

SAMPLE MENU ITEMS TO CHOOSE FROM

  • Classic Shakshuka or Green Shakshuka

  • Whole-roasted Cauliflower and Israeli style salad

  • Sabich from Scratch

  • Chicken Shawarma

  • Turkish Style Malabi

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • A 1.5 hour session (can be upgraded) with your Delicious Israel Chef

  • Step-by-step guidance through preparing 1-3 Israeli dishes close to our hearts, and stomachs

  • Detailed instructions and preparation with guests

  • Recipe booklet for future use

Great Big Jewish Food Fest Online

The archives of the Great Big Jewish Food Fest, contains recorded festival sessions and more from the 10-day festival by and for people who love Jewish food.

One Table Virtual Shabbat

The global pandemic isn’t stopping the world from coming together to celebrate the Sabbath! On One Table, you can explore over 100 weekly virtual Shabbat dinners hosted by individuals and families across the nation.

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