2016-07-20 / Voice at the Shore

Israeli cooking demo, July 26, features recipes by emerging chefs, says Weis

By ELLEN WEISMAN STRENGER
Voice shore editor


Rabbi David Weis demonstrates his best Israeli recipes. Rabbi David Weis demonstrates his best Israeli recipes. “When our youngest was a senior in high school, my wife announced that she was retiring from the kitchen,” said Rabbi David Weis. Although she was only kidding, Weis decided it was his turn to do the cooking— and he ended up loving it. Israeli foods are among his favorites to prepare.

Weis will be sharing his love of cooking and his favorite Israeli recipes at a special Israeli cooking demonstration and tasting— titled “In the Kitchen with Rabbi Weis”— at Congregation Beth Israel in Northfield on Tuesday, July 26, at 5:30 p.m.

“I have grown to love the Israeli spice palate,” said Weis, who visits Israel at least once a year and makes a habit of looking for “interesting, flavorful and visually beautiful dishes” while he’s there.

When thinking of Israeli food, “most people think only of falafel, but there is so much more,” said Weis. “Israel is becoming a real foodie country with many incredible chefs emerging. I will bring some recipes and dishes from the best of them.”

One of his favorites is a recipe for shakshuka, a Tunisian dish with eggs, vegetables and yoghurt with many options for variations. The rabbi’s preferred recipe for this and many other of his favorite Israeli foods can be found in “Jerusalem: A Cookbook,” by Yotam Ottolenghi—“one of a few great Israeli cookbooks” that Weis uses.

Weis hopes his cooking demonstration will “introduce people to the breadth and diversity of Israeli culture through its food. It will give me the opportunity to talk about Israel and its varied peoples as well,” he added. “It should be a lovely evening.”

The event, which costs $15 per person, is open to the community, although space is limited. Please RSVP to the Beth Israel office at (609) 641-3600 or email bethisrael@cbinorthfield.org. s

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