"Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food"

Sunday, March 19th   2PM at Temple Sinai, Middletown

RSVP online here - $25 includes tastings of a variety of knishes. $30 at the door.

The knish is an icon of Ashkenazic Jewish cuisine. These delectable buns filled with potatoes, kasha, spinach, and other tasty stuffings delight the taste buds and thicken the waistline. When the author’s favorite knish shop, Mrs. Stahl’s in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, closed, Laura Silver embarked on a quest to track down the origin of this wonderful pastry. Her trip took her from Brooklyn to an Italian pasta maker in New Jersey and across the world.

Laura Silver is an award-winning journalist whose writing on food and culture has appeared in The New York Times and the Forward and on NPR. Laura has been a writer in residence at the Millay Colony, the Banff Centre, and the New York Public Library. She is considered the world’s leading expert on the knish.

What is Israeli cuisine? After watching the film of how Chef Michael Solomonov explored the more than 100 cultures that make up Israel today through the very personal language of food, a huge crowd sampled some the recipes from Solomonov’s award-winning Zahav Cookbook and many original recipes as well. The delicious food was prepared by Allan and Tatyana Abbad of Allan’s Falafel in Chester.


Many, many thanks to all who made the evening a success and to our host, Congregation Eitz Chaim and their President, Diane Soss. Thanks to Gail Conklin for these fantastic photos!