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Food, the Environment, and Tu B’Shvat

All Ages, Adults (18+), Young Professionals (21-45), Older Adults (65+)

Date : Sunday, Jan 28

Time : 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location : Edlavitch DCJCC
1529 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC

Long before Earth Day was ever officially established, there was Tu B’Shvat, the world’s first environmental holiday which is also called the New Year of the Trees. Join Chef Susan […]

Long before Earth Day was ever officially established, there was Tu B’Shvat, the world’s first environmental holiday which is also called the New Year of the Trees. Join Chef Susan Barocas to learn the holiday’s history, traditions, and how it is closely tied to the seven species of food found in the land of Israel at the end of the Exodus. These foods have been the foundation of the country’s agriculture, cuisine, and ritual foods for thousands of years. At this event, enjoy a Seven Species Salad food demo and tasting, a hands-on cooking experience making your own Tu B’Shvat treats, and tips for reducing your food waste.


Chef, writer, and cooking instructor Susan Barocas is passionate about healthy, no-waste cooking and Jewish food, especially Sephardic history, culture, and cuisines. She is co-founder/co-director of the innovative project Savor: A Sephardic Music & Food Experience (savorexperience.com). Founding director of the Jewish Food Experience, Susan has cooked and taught all over the world and served as guest chef for three Passover seders in the Obama White House. Follow Susan on Instagram and Facebook using her name.


This program is made possible through JCC Association of North America in partnership with Israel’s Ministry for Diaspora Affairs and Combating Antisemitism.

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