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The Complicated Relationship between Jews and Pork
Congregation Rodeph Sholom
New York, NY
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"The Complicated Relationship Between Jews and Pork"
Jeffrey Yoskowitz

The Jewish people have had a long, antagonistic, relationship with pigs and their forbidden white meat. For thousands of years, the prohibition against eating pork separated the Jewish community from its neighbors and was fodder for anti-Semitism in Europe. In contemporary Israel, where it remains illegal for the most part to raise pigs, the rise of pork consumption offers a snapshot of a nation grappling to reconcile tradition with modernity.

Jeffrey Yoskowitz will examine the nuanced and symbolic relationship between Jews and pork, offering insight into Jewish identity past and present. He will explore how prohibition evolved into a full-fledged taboo that some Jews have "eaten around" by creating a tradition of kosher cured meats mimicking regional pork specialties.

The reception will feature a selection of specialties that are pork-free, but tell part of the story of Jewish adaptation in a swine-centric world.

Jeffrey Yoskowitz, co-owner of The Gefilteria in Brooklyn, is a writer on Jewish food and culture whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Slate, Tablet, and Meatpaper. He has written widely on Jews and pork, and specifically on Israel's underground pork industry; his first book, The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Jewish Foods, will be published by Flatiron Books in 2016.

7 West 83rd Street (between Central Park West and Columbus)

Time: 6:30 pm Check-in and reception | 7:00 pm Lecture

Fee: $25 CHNY and Rodeph Sholom Members | $22 CHNY and Rodeph Sholom Senior Members | $40 Non-Members and Guests | $10 full-time students with ID

Save the date: Monday, April 13, 2015 -- Rachel Laudan, "The History of Rules for Eating"  

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Congregation Rodeph Sholom (View)
7 West 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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