Ellie Rudee (she/her) is the marketing and content manager for the Union for Reform Judaism. Since graduating from Scripps College in 2015, she made aliyah to Israel and has worked as a journalist focusing on global Jewry and culinary arts, and in marketing and PR. She is a trained culinary tour guide of Jerusalem, started the Jerusalem Cooking Club for young Jerusalemites, and has hosted local and international cooking workshops and retreats. Her first cookbook, Tastes of Freedom: A Passover Cookbook, was published in 2022 and was translated to Spanish and Russian. She loves to teach people about the intersections of food, culture, and Jewish peoplehood. Follow her adventures in Israel on Instagram at @foodierudee.
The saying goes, "tell me what you eat, and I'll tell you who you are." Food is not only fuel for our bodies, it's also a conduit of culture, storytelling, and identity. The Jewish people know this well. Our culinary traditions have preserved our stories and history, from generation to generation.
Third-year Hebrew Union College-NYC student Jesse Epstein hopes to make Judaism more accessible, meaningful, and relevant for today’s Jewish community – through beer. He recently became the owner of Shmaltz Brewing Company, a beer-brewing brand aimed at providing community members with a mode and environment for consumption steeped in Jewish ethics, text, and tradition.
Tips to Fill Your Cup: 36 Ideas for a Rejuvenating Shabbat
Ease into the intentional space of Shabbat through some preparatory cooking and baking, reading up on the parashah, making pre-Shabbat well wishes, and doing some self-care.
Beyond Sufganiyot and Latkes: 6 Delicious Recipes to Add Some Sephardic Flavor to Your Table
As Hanukkah is deeply entwined with food, especially fried food, we've found some delicious Sephardic recipes to add to your celebration, sourced with permission from Hélène Jawhara Piñer's cookbook, Sephardi: Cooking the History.
Interview with Beejhy Barhany, Owner of Tsion Café in Harlem
Beejhy Barhany (she/her) is an entrepreneur and activist who was born in Ethiopia, raised in Israel, and currently resides in New York. Today, she is the chef and owner of an eclectic Ethiopian restaurant in Harlem, New York, Tsion Café, that incorporates cuisine from the many places that have influenced her journey.