Abbie Rosner writes about the multicultural culinary landscape of the Galilee for publications including Gastronomica and Wine Spectator and on her blog, Galilee Seasonality. She also established and operates “Culinary Tours of the Galilee,” which introduces visitors to Israel to the foods of the Galilee and the diverse cultures that prepare them.
Abby Cherner took her love of entertaining and cooking and founded At Home With Abby in 2012. Her classes capture her entertaining aesthetic and provide students with a carefully selected menu, interactive cooking demonstrations, tabletop ideas and serving and presentation tips designed to build confidence in cooking and entertaining. Classes encourage students to open their homes, roll up their sleeves and enjoy home-cooked food with family and friends.
Alexandra Dawson (left) is a Washington, DC-based nutritionist, wellness warrior, mama bird and the writer and photographer behind celebrated plant-based lifestyle and recipe website inmybowl.com and Instagram, @tallulahalexandra. Atara Bernstein has worked for years as a food educator, teaching children across the country to love real food. Through her work in the food justice space, Atara has single handedly converted thousands of picky eaters into herbivores. She shares her food journey on her blog, The Fennel Frond, and on Instagram.
Andrew Friedman is an attorney in Washington, DC. He writes about food, nutrition and veganism on his blog, The Avocadbro (@TheAvocadbro on Insta). He loves animals, but doesn’t love eating them. Allison Friedman is the communications director for GatherDC. After 25 years of life as an omnivore, Allison now finds herself living in a “vegan home” with her husband, The Avocadbro.
Allison is a marketing executive by day, Jewish community aficionado by night. Her lifelong passion for Jewish culture, tradition, and food has followed her from the far away land of Potomac, Maryland to Ann Arbor, Michigan (go blue!) and now to our nation’s capital. After 25 years of life as an omnivore, Allison now finds herself unwittingly living in a “vegan home” in the rolling hills of Cleveland Park with Avocadbro.
Allison Sarnoff Soffer is the author of Apple Days – A Rosh Hashanah Story recently published by Kar-Ben. In addition to writing, Allison is passionate about teaching at Temple Sinai Nursery School where she weaves music and ritual into her work in the classroom. Allison especially enjoys writing for and about children. Apple Days is her first book.
Allyson is Maryland transplant living in NYC as a magazine editor. An avid traveler and foodie, she’s always on the hunt for her next adventure and a good bite to eat. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @allyren.
Amy Kritzer is an award-winning food writer, recipe developer and founder of the cooking blog What Jew Wanna Eat. After moving from New York to Austin, she discovered her love of queso, country music and cooking and left the business world to attend Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School. Her recipes and writing have been featured in numerous publications and websites including The Today Show, Cosmopolitan and Bon Appetit.
A food lover and self-proclaimed great talker, Amy Zitelman joined her two sisters and a brother-in-law to launch Soom Foods in 2012. Soom Foods sources sesame seeds in Ethiopia and manufactures delicious, nutritious sesame products in Israel for distribution in the US.
Andrew Friedman is an attorney in Washington, DC. He writes about food, nutrition and veganism on his blog, The Avocadbro. He loves animals, but doesn’t love eating them.
Andy Meyrowitz is the beverage director and sommelier at The Wine Harvest and The Wine Harvest at Park Potomac, a profession he has enjoyed for over 10 years. He studied hospitality at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and received his First Level Sommelier certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Andy thrives on connecting his professional passion to his love of Jewish tradition, culture and community. As a specialist of alcoholic beverages, he always tries to focus each drink with the right situation, connecting this to his Jewish upbringing where there was wine on the table on Friday and Saturday nights for Shabbat, Passover and in other times of celebration as well as mourning. For Andy, moderation is the key to a happy life of enjoying wine.
Annabel grew up in Germany, in a family where love has always evolved and revolved around the kitchen table. She now cooks in her tiny dorm kitchen at The George Washington University and tries to perfect her baking as a pastry assistant at Cowbell Kitchen. Follow her cooking adventures on Instagram. She loves eggs, eggplant and dill more than anything.
Audrey Rothstein is a native Washingtonian whose family Seders always include at least 60 people and the best kugels in town. Audrey is a nonprofit communications consultant and photographer who especially enjoys helping nonprofits tell their stories with photos. She serves as vice chair of Hospice Caring, Inc.
Avi West is Senior Education Officer and Master Teacher at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Avi integrates accessible and inclusive Judaic content into instructional and identity-building experiences for learners of all ages. As a specialist, he is the coordinator of ROUTES, Federation’s annual community-wide day of adult study, and works to make a more robust framework for adult Jewish learning in Greater Washington.
Aviva Goldfarb is the founder of the Six O’Clock Scramble family meal planner. She is the author of four cookbooks, including The Six O’Clock Scramble, SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue and The Six O’Clock Scramble Meal Planner. Aviva is a Washington Post contributor, freelance writer, cocktail concocter and private cooking coach for children and adults who want to gain skills and confidence in the kitchen. She also helps food businesses market their products more effectively.
Beyhan is the third daughter of a Jewish mother (Beti) and Muslim father (Zeki) who immigrated with the family to the US in 1958. Her book, The Ottoman Turk and the Pretty Jewish Girl, is an outstanding Turkish/Sephardic cookbook as well as a fascinating memoir that captures a precious legacy—the “old world” family recipes which have been passed down from one generation of cooks to the next in an unbroken chain.
Cantor Ilana Wolpert, who serves as Ritual Director at B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville, is a native of Cleveland. She attended high school in Israel and graduated from Tel Aviv University with a B.A., from The Ohio State University with an M.A. and Ph.D., and in 1998 was ordained and invested as a cantor at the Hebrew Union College’s School of Sacred Music.
Cathy Barrow has held many jobs, but she’s always been a passionate cook. In 2009, she created Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Kitchen, where she focuses on food preservation, seasonal, locally sourced foods and maintaining a practical pantry, and in 2014 she released her first cookbook, Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry.
Cheryl Kollin is the principal of Full Plate Ventures, a consulting business that works with entrepreneurs and nonprofits to address the interconnected issues of local food systems, environmental sustainability and economic development. Cheryl is a founding member of the Montgomery County Food Council. She won the 2012 Adat Shalom Iron Chef contest fundraiser.
Claire Uziel has been the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington’s Assistant Archivist since 2005. When she’s not taking care of the community’s history, she takes care of the Society’s website. Claire grew up eating from Ashkenazi and Sephardic traditions and is grateful for an extended family that loves to cook.
For over 30 years Debra Moser has guided businesses in marketing and strategic positioning, currently bringing that expertise to Central Farm Markets and MeatCrafters, both founded with her husband, Mitch Berliner. She has a professional certification in pastry from L’Academie de Cuisine. Before she let her culinary spirit loose, Debra was the founding executive director of the Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts in Rockville.
Dennis M. Kirschbaum is a writer, poet and personal technology specialist. From 2001 to 2014, he served as Vice President for Campus Services at Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus life. He has traveled extensively in the US and abroad. His poetry chapbook, Clattering East, was published by Finishing Line Press.
Denyse Tannenbaum is a writer and editor who covered education, crime and business before finding the food beat. She has discovered that it’s almost as much fun to write about food as it is to eat it.
Diana Levine is an advertising and editorial photographer and a mom to a bouncing young toddler. When she’s not chasing around her son, on a shoot or spending time with family, she is in the kitchen, creating easy, vegetarian and family-friendly recipes, which she shares on her cooking blog.
Elyse Cohen is the former deputy director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, aimed at helping America raise healthier kids. She has led health communications initiatives spanning food and nutrition policy, public-private partnership development, marketing and social impact. Elyse guides companies, nonprofits and individuals on their social missions and strategic partnerships around food, nutrition and wellness. Find her on Twitter: @ElyseCohen
Emily Berg is the founder and CEO of Blue Box, a subscription service that connects Diaspora communities with Israeli small businesses. Originally from Toronto, Emily made aliyah in 2012. She currently lives in Jaffa with her husband, Ofir.
Emily Goodstein is a kugel enthusiast, reproductive justice activist, birth photographer, social media strategist and rabble-rouser living in Washington, DC. She recently photographed the Washington, DC Chef’s Table cookbook. Her favorite possession is the cobalt blue KitchenAid mixer she bought with part of her Bat Mitzvah money (still going strong!).
Emily Landsman is the former Chief Creative Officer and brand ambassador at Catoctin Creek Distilling Company in Purcellville, Virginia. She is a freelance media consultant by day and spirited cocktail connoisseur by night. Emily has a BA and MPA from The George Washington University.
Esther Schuster (mom) is a recently retired social worker and the former executive director of Collat Jewish Family Services in Birmingham, AL. She now enjoys having time for grocery shopping and cooking in daylight hours, mahjong and other new pursuits. Esther thrives on throwing dinner parties for 40 + people, which “ain’t no thang” in Alabama. She is the mother of one daughter, three refrigerators and four freezers. Crucial in-stock food items for her include canned tomatoes, shelled walnuts and pine nuts, Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips (she has over 30 pounds in the laundry room freezer right now…seriously), EVOO, black beans and Jarlsberg cheese. She loves Costco and olives.
Evan Caplan hails from the second Jewish homeland: New York. After a stint in the Peace Corps, he settled in the District and loves calling this fascinating slice of America home. He’s a travel and food writer when not at his day job working in international development.
Gracie Goldberg is originally from Ross, California, and has lived in DC for about six years. In her spare time, she loves to explore DC’s culinary scene and post about her restaurant experience and recipes on her blog, The Brisket Diaries, and Instagram @thebrisketdiaries. Gracie loves using cooking as a way to preserve her family’s traditions and Jewish culture and is passionate about modernizing shtetl cooking.
Heather Bien works in digital content and copywriting by day and lifestyle and travel blogging by night. While she’d never had a latke before meeting her fiancé, Adam, and she’s still working on cooking shakshuka with perfectly runny eggs, she’s fully embracing Jewish culture and food one recipe at a time. You can find her on social media @hmbien and online at www.heatherbien.com.
Hillary Busis is Mashable’s deputy entertainment editor and a former editor at Entertainment Weekly. Her work has appeared on Vulture, Slate, The Wall Street Journal and Jewcy, among other publications. She blogs at And Such Small Portions. She lives in Brooklyn with her fiancé and too many books.
Ilana Schatz is the founding director of Fair Trade Judaica, a nonprofit building a fair trade movement in the Jewish community. She has been active in Jewish social justice for over 30 years, focusing on community economic development, affordable housing, homelessness and community investing. Ilana was a lay spiritual leader at Kehilla Community Synagogue in Oakland, California, for 15 years before starting FTJ.
After graduating university in 1971, Ira, a native Washingtonian, hitchhiked around the world for two years. While in Communist Romania, he visited the kosher restaurant of the Cluj community. The warmth of that experience inspired him to organize the Kosher Kitchen restaurant in Washington. Ira has lived in Jerusalem since 1979 and represented many Jewish Federations, including Washington from 1995 to 2002.
Jane Yamaykin lives in Takoma Park and is passionate about Judaism, social justice and food. She has worked for nonprofit organizations for more than ten years and stays actively involved in community organizing and direct-service volunteer opportunities. She loves to relax by cooking with farmers market finds and inviting friends over to share the meal.
Jeff Rum is president and chief creative officer at SPARK Experience Design, a full-service digital agency that focuses on user experience design. Jeff recently led the digital marketing and web design efforts for the Knightsbridge Restaurant Group that includes world-renowned restaurants such as Rasika, Bibiana, Oval Room, Ardeo+Bardeo, Bombay Club and 701. Jeff was profiled in SmartCEO Magazine and regularly serves as an online panelist for CMSWire. He has been featured in HP’s blog, Input Output and he is a contributor to the updated version of Letting Go of the Words by Janice (Ginny) Redish, a world-renowned author and content specialist.
Jenna Weissman Joselit is the Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies & Professor of History at The George Washington University, where she also directs its Program in Judaic Studies and MA in Jewish Cultural Arts.
Jessica Grosman is a registered dietitian, recipe developer and culinary nutrition educator in addition being a devoted wife, mom and yogi. Her goal is to educate people, to get them excited to cook their own food and find better health through the food they prepare for themselves. When not in the kitchen creating deliciously nourishing recipes, Jessica enjoys reading, exercising and traveling with her family.
The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington and its Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum preserve, chronicle and present the story of the local Jewish community through archival collections, exhibits, educational programs, publications, and the restoration and preservation of the oldest synagogue building in the nation’s capital. The Museum is located in the historic 1876 Adas Israel Synagogue—the oldest in the Washington, D.C., area. The synagogue is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites (PDF), and the Historic American Buildings Survey. It is an Official Project of the Save America’s Treasures program.
Joan Nathan is the author of 11 cookbooks including her newest, King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World (Knopf). Her previous cookbook, Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France (Knopf), was named one of the 10 best cookbooks of 2010 by NPR, Food and Wine and Bon Appétit magazines. She is a regular contributor to the New York Times and Tablet Magazine. She has won James Beard Awards and IACP Awards and was named Grande Dame by Les Dames d’Escoffier in 2015.
Jodi Balis is a cooking teacher, food writer, community dietitian and mother of two girls. As owner of Red Lentil Consulting, she helps families simplify food routines, streamline the kitchen and find a meal repertoire and cooking rhythm that fits into busy schedules. Jodi also works at the Capital Area Food Bank, helping to bring healthy food to underserved communities in the DC metro area.
Jodi Ochstein is a social media strategist and owner of Ochstein Strategies. She is a longtime activist and has worked for nonprofit organizations and volunteered for over 10 years. Jodi cofounded a Potluck Shabbat group and started a social group for Jewish adults called L’Chaim v’Yayin (To Life and Wine).
Joshua E. London writes a weekly column on kosher wines and distilled spirits for the Washington Jewish Week. A resident of Potomac, MD, Josh has lived in the DC Metro area since 1998.
Joshua Rosenstein is a Baltimore-based foodie, farmer and farm-to-table cook and educator. He runs Edible Eden Baltimore Foodscapes, LLC, which designs, installs and maintains food gardens and edible landscaping for homeowners, businesses and schools. He gets most excited teaching people what to do with vegetables no one has ever heard of and creating exotic pickled products.
Judith Rontal hails from wintry Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she grew up in a family that always managed to eat dinner together. She’s continued that connection between food, family and culture in her blog, Aluminum Foiled Kitchen, and in her daily life in DC. When not in the kitchen working on a new recipe, you can find Judith sweating it out at yoga or on the Rock Creek Park trails. Follow her food adventures on Twitter and Instagram.
Part-time farmer and full-time food-maker Julia Kann is the creator of Julia’s Rooted Kitchen, a food blog devoted to “what’s in season and what to do about it.” Originally from San Francisco, she moved to DC in 2010 to participate in AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. Since then she has worked at and managed many local farmers markets and worked on a nearby farm. She loves making seasonal food for friends and family and sharing her food knowledge with others.
Coming from a long line of fabulous Jewish culinarians, Julie Silverstein is committed to inventing new dishes and bringing fresh and local ingredients with unique international flavors to her table. After serving as the speechwriter for the Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations and a conflict resolution instructor at Harvard, a crisis in the kitchen doesn’t ruffle her apron. Julie lives in Washingto0,n DC with her in-house taste testers—her husband, Rusty, and three young children.
Kara Elder grew up playing in the kitchen and reading cookbooks for fun. After graduating with a degree in Russian, her love for food led her to start a food blog with her mother and sister. Now Kara works for Joan Nathan and at Bazaar Spices in DC’s Union Market. You can read more of her work at Spicy DC.
Kerry Brodie is a DC native and daughter of a big South African foodie family. She and her husband love to cook and entertain large groups of friends—though they often bite off a bit more than they can chew! Kerry loves playing around in the kitchen with her family, getting sage advice and trying not to make too much of a mess.
Laura Kumin is a food writer, cooking coach and the creator of MotherWouldKnow, a website that encourages and helps readers to become confident home cooks, and The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating & Entertaining in Hamilton’s World (Post Hill Press, 2017). She is not embarrassed by the number of spatulas, graters and cookbooks that she owns, or the fact that she buys chocolate in one-pound (or more) bars.
Laura Silver is an award-winning journalist whose writing on food and culture has appeared in the New York Times, the Forward, the Jerusalem Report and on NPR. The author of Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food (Brandeis, 2014), she is considered the world’s leading knish expert.
Lauren Fedewa is currently serving as the AmeriCorps VISTA member to the Jewish Social Service Agency’s Holocaust Survivor Program. She studies history and German, and is an avid fan of Forrest Gump and Brazil soccer. Her fondest food memories are baking apple pies with her sister to share at family Thanksgivings.
Leah Hadad once worked as a lawyer, but her lifelong love for cooking and baking led her to start Tribes-a-Dozen and develop its signature product, Voilà! Hallah, a line of all-natural, kosher challah bread mixes. Her calling now is to revive the tradition of baking challah at home. Leah draws on her Yemenite-Israeli roots as she is mixin’ traditions in her kitchen for family and friends in Washington, DC.
Linda Wolpert is a food photographer and works for The Six O’Clock Scramble, an online recipe service that specializes in healthful food that is quick to prepare. When not walking her dog or playing tennis, she is cooking for friends and family and searching for fun new recipes.
Lisa, a self-confessed fresser, started professional life as a lawyer and has enormous passion for food, cooking and preserving recipes. She has a great understanding of, and connection to, the Jewish community, and since 2006 has been Chief Pot Stirrer of the Monday Morning Cooking Club. This project has changed Lisa’s life and taken her obsession with food to a whole new level.
Lori Fish Bard is a board-certified health and wellness counselor who helps people reach their health goals in a highly supportive and delicious way. Founder of Healthy Heartbeet Nutrition Counseling, Lori has been featured in the WashingtonPost Express and Delight Gluten Free. She is the head chef of her household of five and lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
Lori Gardner is passionate about dining out. She is the founder of Been There, Eaten That, a popular restaurant review blog that highlight restaurants in the DC area. She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and is on the host committee for Jewish Food Experience®. She is also the senior director of communications and marketing for the Association of Community Cancer Centers.
Marcella Kriebel is an artist, illustrator and cookbook author based in Washington, DC. She is currently working on her second illustrated cookbook project, all about Cuban cuisine. This book follows Mi Comida Latina, her debut illustrated recipe collection, comprised of recipes from her travels throughout Latin America in the 2000s.
Marcia Friedman is the author of Meatballs and Matzah Balls: Recipes and Reflections from a Jewish and Italian Life, a cookbook featuring more than 100 Jewish and Italian recipes, all of which can be made kosher. A convert to Judaism, Marcia enjoys speaking about her journey to groups and continues exploring the intersection of Jewish and Italian food and life on her blog.
For over 20 years, Dr. Marion Usher has helped Jewish interfaith couples examine the role of love and religion in their relationships. She has worked with over 600 interfaith couples, as well as parents and grandparents, in workshops and reached many more through her website and blog. A professor of psychiatry with a private practice, Marion is also a grandmother who delights in preparing Shabbat and holiday meals for her family.
Melissa Amster lives in Silver Spring, MD, with her husband, two sons and daughter. She has worked at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington since 2009. She enjoys reading, blogging, watching her favorite shows on TV and baking challah and desserts. Follow her on Twitter.
Merav Levkowitz is JFE’s digital content manager and editor and an independent writer, editor and content strategist. The daughter of an Israeli and a Colombian, Merav speaks six languages and has eaten her way around the globe. At any moment, Merav is planning either her next meal or her next trip—or both.
Michele Amira is a journalist who writes for Bethesda Magazine, Washington Jewish Week, The Source Magazine and other notable magazines. When she is not writing, she can be found doing Israeli dancing, Zumba, yoga and making mimosas.
Natasha Nadel is a journalist and author focusing on the intersection of healthy food, family and community. She is the author of Healthy Family, Healthy You: The Healthy Mama’s Guide to feeding your family well – simply and sanely! and The Healthy Family Healthy You Cookbook. You can find her free e-book, Five Easy Weeknight Meals: Your 7 Day Family Makeover, and healthy and creative ideas for your family on her blog.
Nava Atlas is the author of many vegetarian and vegan cookbooks and the founder of VegKitchen, a leading resource for all things plant-based. Nava is also visual artist whose work deals with women’s issues, social justice and animal advocacy. Her work has been shown in numerous museum, university and gallery exhibits. Learn more at Nava Atlas Art and Literary Ladies Guide. Nava lives and works in the Hudson Valley region of New York.
Nikki Salzman is a Communications Manager at Washington Hebrew Congregation. A self-described foodie, she enjoys making (and eating!) reimagined Ashkenazi dishes. She resides in Washington, DC.
In addition to Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas, which is a PJ Library selection, Pamela Ehrenberg is the author of the young readers’ novels Ethan, Suspended and Tillmon County Fire and the PJ Library board book Planting Parsley. She works at the National Association for the Education of Young Children and lives with her daughter and son near the National Zoo; she can be found online at www.pamelaehrenberg.com, @PamelaEhrenberg and https://www.facebook.com/PamelaEhrenbergAuthor/.
Born in Indonesia and raised in Singapore, Pat Tanumihardja has been a food and lifestyle writer for over a decade. Her cookbooks include Farm to Table Asian Secrets and The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook. She lives in Springfield, VA, with her husband and son. Find Pat on Twitter: @PicklesandTea, Instagram: @Pickles.and.Tea and online: SmithsonianAPA.org/PicklesandTea.
Only after Pati Jinich got her dream job as a policy analyst did she realize, with a nudge from her husband, that food is really her first love. Nostalgia for her childhood meals in Mexico City inspires her mission to teach true Mexican cooking through classes, her public television show Pati’s Mexican Table and her blog and cookbook.
Paul Entis, JFE director, is passionate about all things culinary: good food, kitchen gadgets, hosting brunches, ordering artisanal ingredients online, adapting recipes, watching Top Chef, you name it. He’s worked in the nonprofit world for close to 20 years as a fundraiser, event planner, administrator and program director. Paul served as the Site Director for AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps’ DC site and Hillel Director at the University of Southern California and UMass/Amherst. He is interested in food as a social justice issue and volunteers at N Street Village helping prepare a monthly meal for the agency’s clients.
French-trained pastry chef Paula Shoyer wrote The Kosher Baker: Over 160 Dairy-Free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy to start a kosher baking revolution. A former attorney, Paula teaches baking in DC and across the US and Canada. A frequent guest on local and national television and radio, her second book, The Holiday Kosher Baker, was released October 2013.
Rabbi Adam J. Raskin has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Har Shalom since 2011. He earned his BA in Jewish Studies at The Ohio State University and received the Wexner Graduate Fellowship for his studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and Jerusalem. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
Rabbi Dahlia Bernstein loves weaving together her passion for Jewish living and mindful eating. You can see this in action by reading her blog, Weight Watcher Rabbi, and visiting the Bellmore Jewish Center where she has served as the spiritual leader since 2013. She strives to communicate a Judaism that invites people to connect with a deep past that can transform their present.
Rabbi Hannah L. Goldstein was ordained as a Reform rabbi from Hebrew Union College-Institute of Religion in New York City. She currently serves as an associate rabbi at Temple Sinai in Washington, DC. Rabbi Goldstein works on Sinai’s social justice initiatives, teaches, learns from community members of all ages and is building the 20s/30s programming at Sinai. She loves shopping at the Dupont Circle farmers market (when there’s no Sunday school!).
Rabbi James is the Director of Chaplaincy & Jewish Engagement at the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA), where he employs Jewish wisdom to empower and nourish individuals and families confronting major life challenges, along with the staff that serve them. He is a fellow of CLAL’s Rabbis Without Borders and a graduate of Hebrew College Rabbinical School. He lives in Maryland with his wife and two boys.
Rabbi Sarah Tasman is the Director of InterfaithFamily/DC which is a national organization funded locally by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington to help interfaith couples and families connect with Jewish Life. Rabbi Sarah is also a yoga teacher, mikveh (ritual immersion) guide/educator and life cycle officiant. She was ordained by the rabbinical school of Hebrew College in Newton Centre, Massachusetts.
Rabbi Susan N. Shankman has served as a rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation since 2001. In addition to officiating at services and life cycle events, she focuses on adult education, confirmation, youth programming, engaging young families, social action and Sisterhood. Rabbi Shankman joined The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Board of Directors in 2014. She and her husband, Rabbi Michael Namath, have three children.
Rachel is a writer, cook, chocolatier and self-described celebrationist. She loves to create memorable, fun and delicious experiences through imaginative food and menus. Writing about the recipes, and occasions they are prepared for, is her way of savoring the memories long after the dishes have been washed. Find Rachel’s stories and recipes on her website.
Rachel Kliger is a DC communications pro working at a global public relations agency in the health, science and agriculture sectors. She has a love for food, health and wellness and in her non-professional time, enjoys shopping at the farmers market (religiously) and cooking, spiralizing and fermenting veggies. Rachel also considers herself a novel kombucha brewer and bean sprout-er.
Rahel Musleah was born in Calcutta, India, the seventh generation of a Calcutta Jewish family that traces its roots to 17th-century Baghdad. Rahel is an award-winning journalist with hundreds of published articles to her credit as well as the author of several critically acclaimed books. She leads Jewish tours of India and speaks to groups about the communities.
Rinny Yourman worked as a labor lawyer before retiring to manage her two most demanding clients—her children. Rinny loves to hit the open road whenever possible; in the last ten years, she and her husband have logged roughly 30,000 miles with two young kids (and no digital diversions).
Sala Levin is a writer for Moment Magazine, the nation’s largest independent Jewish publication, covering Jewish politics, culture and religion. She’s written about Israeli street food, Jewish ghosts, famous heretics and much more. Sala first fell in love with cooking in college, when 11 am classes left her lots of time to putter in the kitchen. Now, she’s more often found bookmarking her favorite recipes online and trying frantically to cook them all in her free time.
Sam Rosenbaum is volunteer coordinator at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Jconnect. He has worked with volunteers, students and clients in a community service setting since 1998. Originally from Canada, he joined The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington in 2004 to begin the Jewish Volunteer Connection volunteer clearinghouse, which has grown into Jconnect, a comprehensive community outreach program. He lives in Silver Spring, MD with his wife, daughter, and two cats.
Sam Bass has been involved with the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington since 2011 and currently serves as program coordinator. She is responsible for educational programs and tours, special events and membership outreach. A Wisconsin native, she loves frozen custard and all things food-related, which she documents on her food history blog.
Sara Solomon is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and a qualified Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) instructor. She is the founder of Silver Spring based Your Inner Kitchen LLC. She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and board certified by the American Society of Drugless Practitioners. Her practice focuses on bio-individuality and healing through a whole foods eating approach. For more information on upcoming events and classes visit www.yourinnerkitchen.org.
Sarah Newman is the founder of Neesh Noosh: Finding Faith in Food. She recently worked with JFE® to put together value cards representing essential values we can explore, practice and reflect upon every time we eat.
Scott Hertzberg lives on a vegetable and flower farm in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Along with his wife Tanya, he also runs Israeli Harvest, which imports unique products, like Makura olive oil, from small and mid-sized Israeli farms and supplies them to stores and congregation gift shops.
Shaina Shealy (daughter) is currently spending a year in Jerusalem where she’s exploring abundant vegetables at Israel’s many markets and studying for a Masters Degree in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Hebrew University in conjunction with The George Washington University. She’s prone to existential crises every two weeks and spends 20 percent of her 20-something life washing, peeling, cooking or eating vegetables. Known to throw elaborate dinner parties with her housemates, her pantry is always stocked with extra virgin coconut oil, tahini, raw almonds and Himalayan sea salt. She hates olives.
Award-winning author of 26 cookbooks, Sheilah Kaufman has taught and lectured from Alaska to Mexico and around the world for 40 years, demystifying cooking with her fearless and fussless international recipes. As a partner in the Cookbook Construction Crew, she mentors and collaborates with other authors on proofreading, editing, recipe testing and publishing their books.
Sherry W. Schweitzer teaches writing at UMUC and was formerly the editor-in-chief of The Teachers Edition, a weekly online newsletter for educators from the U.S. Department of Education. She has written freelance articles for several newspapers, including a food memoir about her grandparents’ delicatessen, Weinstein’s, for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She is an occasional blogger for her own food blog.
Shulie Madnick is an Israeli Indian living in the DC area. Her parents are Bnai Israel Indian Jews born and raised in and near Mumbai, India. Shulie is a food and travel writer and a photographer. Her articles and photographs have appeared in various publications and on her website.
Stacey Viera is a purpose-driven public relations expert focused on building relationships to help advance goals and causes. She has a background in nutrition, food science and food safety, and she serves as a Master Food Volunteer with the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE). When Stacey isn’t working with clients or schlepping her two young kids, she’s volunteering at shul, updating her blog, eating, baking, cooking, knitting and snuggling her French bulldog, Tchotchke.
While Stephanie has spent the last 15+ years as a professional communications executive, her passion is food. To her, food is love. Food is cultural and food is spiritual. Food can spark intense and rewarding conversations about myriad topics and food can provide a comfortable backdrop when conversations become uncomfortable. Stephanie had a successful stint as a professional chef, where she was able to hone her craft and instill in her clients the importance in healthy, delicious eating. Stephanie believes the quality of the food we place in our bodies directly correlates to how our bodies treat us. She believes in whole, natural, organic, and delicious living, and gets an enormous sense of pride and satisfaction creating healthy versions of traditional holiday foods. Stephanie and her husband, Ilan, are the proud parents of three daughters who love food as much as they do!
Susan Barocas is passionate about family, friends, food and film. She helped launch the Jewish Food Experience® as its first project director following several years as director of the Washington Jewish Film Festival. A member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, Susan writes, teaches and talks about food as well as catering and organizing special events. She was honored to serve as the guest chef for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 White House Seders. When not in the kitchen, Susan writes and produces documentary film and consults with film festivals.
Tanya Tolchin grows vegetables and flowers on her family farm in Maryland just 20 miles from Washington, DC. She is a manager of Israeli Harvest, which supports Israeli farmers by selling their organic olive oil and dates in the US. She writes about farming, parenting and Jewish life on her blog and elsewhere.
Taryn Rosenberg, a graduate of Indiana University’s School of Journalism, is OneTable’s Communications Manager. A lover of all things creative, she is also an avid freelance photographer, photographing parties, events and headshots.
Tina Wasserman is the author of Entree to Judaism: A Culinary Exploration of the Jewish Diaspora and Entrée to Judaism for Families: Jewish Cooking and Kitchen Conversations with Children. A food writer and cooking instructor for over 40 years, her hands-on approach to food (that also happens to be kosher) and its preparation appeal equally to Jewish and non-Jewish students.
Tori Heller is an apprentice and guide to the transformative power of nature. Through her experience as an outdoor educator, naturalist and musician, she is passionate about connecting people to the land. Most recently she was a children’s outdoor program instructor and the manager of a farm-to-table cafe. She is excited to be spending her first season with Ifshin Gardens this year.
Born in Dagestan, Valeriya Nakshun has a broad background working for arts organizations in Maryland and Washington, DC. She loves to cook family recipes and posts her creations on her Instagram: @lera_aviva. She is a company dancer for Silk Road Dance Company, Community Outreach Coordinator for Sephardic Heritage International (SHIN) DC and a writer for ReOrient Magazine.
Vered Guttman is passionate about Jewish and Israeli food. She writes the popular Modern Manna food blog for for Israel’s daily newspaper, Haaretz, and her articles appear in the Washington Post and slate.com, among others. She is also chef and owner of Cardamom & Mint, a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern catering company in Washington, DC. Growing up in Israel, Vered took her first steps in Jewish cooking sitting at the table of her two grandmothers, one from Poland, the other from Iraq. To these traditional Jewish flavors, she has now added the wonders of Israel’s modern fusion kitchen to create new Israeli-inspired recipes.
A lawyer turned cooking instructor, Wendy is on a mission to make healthier and delicious home cooking easy and accessible for all: developing recipes, writing and teaching youth and adults healthier home-cooking skills. She is also a member of the Montgomery County Food Council and co-chair of its Food Literacy working group. Wendy is passionate about food, travel and family, and is happiest when she can combine all three. You can also find her on Instagram and Facebook.
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Yosef Silver is a passionate food writer and wine lover sharing his unique perspective on kosher cooking at This American Bite. He is also Director of Marketing at KosherWine.com, and he loves when people say hello to him on Twitter (@ysilver).
Zachary Paul Levine formerly worked as curator for the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, helping to develop the Society’s new museum. A native of Bethesda, he returned to Washington after ten years in New York (mostly), Hungary and Israel, places in which he cultivated his love for home brewing, mushroom goulash and hummus.