Lectures

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Not everyone is able to witness firsthand traditional foodways in the stunning Galilee countryside, just as they are on the verge of disappearing.  This is an opportunity to invite Abbie Rosner to present a fascinating photo/lecture highlighting the agricultural landscape of the Galilee and the people who practice traditional foodways in ways that have changed little over the millennia.

Suitable for synagogue or church groups, foodies, and anyone interested in connecting to the sustaining powers of this extraordinary land.

A Time to Plant – A Time to Reap – The Biblical Agricultural Cycle in the Contemporary Galilee Landscape.         In this one-hour presentation, Abbie brings together ancient texts and vivid photographs to provide context and insight into the way life was lived and sustained in biblical times.  The early and late rains, bitter herbs, parched grain, and fruit honey are some of the topics that will be covered. The presentation is followed by a tasting of Galilee specialties.

Beyond Milk and Honey – Contemporary Encounters with the Foods of the Bible – The bounty of the Promised Land is legendary – but what is the real story behind well-known staples like olive oil and honey, or the more enigmatic parched grain and mandrakes we find in the Biblical narratives? In this one-hour presentation, Abbie brings together Biblical texts and vivid photographs to provide context and insight into the bitter herbs, fruit honey, fig cakes, and other foods that have sustained the local populations of the Galilee from biblical times until today. The presentation is followed by a tasting of Galilee specialties.

 

Lecture Schedule

Oct. 8, 2017, Germantown Jewish Centre  – Of Sukkot and Other Harvest Holidays in the Contemporary Galilee Landscape

Nov. 13, 2017, Center for Israel Studies, American University – Conference on Israeli Cuisine as a Reflection of Israeli Society – Participation in Panel on “Living off the Land – From the Bible Until Today”

Jan. 27, 2018, Temple Beth Hillel, Philadelphia – TBA