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“Israeli Cuisine as a Reflection of Israeli Society” 

2017 Conference Schedule


An evening with Israeli Celebrity Chefs – PRIVATE INVITE Open to AU students, invited faculty and guests, and Friends of the Center for Israel Studies (Friends are donors of $250+ by November 1)
Location: American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center


7:30 PM 
Peter Starr, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Michael Brenner, Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies


, Tom Franz and Michael Solomonov will discuss worldwide interest in Israeli cuisine, history Lior Lev SercarzOsama DalalEinat Admony, 2017 James Beard Chef of the year, followed by Chef’s Roundtable Discussion. Israeli chefs Michael SolomonovKeynote Address by 
and innovations in the cuisine and being a “food ambassador” with Bonnie Benwick, Deputy Food Editor, Washington Post.



Location: American University East Campus Constitution Hall


8:30-9:20 AM 
Registration & Israeli continental breakfast


9:20 AM
Welcome: Laura Cutler, Managing Director, Center for Israel Studies


9:30-11:00 AM
Panel 1: “Living Off the Land from Biblical Times to Today”
Rafi Grosglik, University of California, Davis
Orit Rozin, Tel Aviv University
Abbie Rosner, Culinary Historian
Tom Franz, chef
Moderator: Michael Brenner, American University


11:00-11:15 AM    


11:15 AM -12:45 PM  Panel 2: “Cuisine as an Expression of Modern Israeli Culture”

 Chef/Lior Lev SercarzYael Raviv, author of Falafel Nation: Cuisine and the Making of National Identity in IsraelChef? Restaurateur Einat Admony
Michael Solomonov, Chef, Restaurateur
Yahil Zaban, Tel Aviv University
Moderator: Mitchell Davis, Executive Director, James Beard Foundation


12:45-2:00 PM                    
Israeli Lunch and Cookbook Signing            


2:00-3:30 PM
Panel 3: “Israeli-Arab Food Politics”
Nir Avieli, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Osama Dalal, chef/restaurateur, Maiar
Ronald Ranta, Kingston University
Ronit Vered, food researcher, journalist
Moderator: Johanna Mendelson Forman, American University   


3:30-3:45 PM                      


Followed by
Panel 4:  Film screening In Search of Israeli Cuisine
3:45-6:00 PM
discussion with director Roger Sherman and producer Dorothy Kalins
Moderator: Susan Barocas




Center for Israel Studies




Jewish Studies Program
SIS Conflict Cuisine Program




American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU)
Embassy of Israel

Jewish Food Experience

Soom Foods

Adas Israel Congregation

Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation

Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School

Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue

Ohr Kodesh Congregation

Temple Micah