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Chow x Judaism

  • MOFAD Lab 62 Bayard Street Brooklyn, NY, 11222 United States (map)

This holiday season, we wonder: Did Jews discover Chinese food on Christmas, or did Chinese restaurants discover Jewish customers?

Join MOFAD and special guests in this immersive culinary and cultural experience to learn more about how these two communities found a seat at the same table. Visitors will explore this rich topic through comedy and lively conversations, and gain insight into the ways in which the migrations of global communities influenced what is now an annual tradition in New York City and throughout the nation.

What to expect:

  • Live Chef Demo by Chef Julie Cole (Operations Manager & Chef, Nom Wah Nolita) and tastings prepared by MOFAD's executive chef

  • Engaging Presentation by Rabbi Joshua Eli Plaut, Ph.D. (Author, A Kosher Christmas: 'Tis the Season to Be Jewish)

  • Storytelling by Beth Kaiserman (Food and drinks writer in Brooklyn)

  • Comedy by the Asian, Not Asian podcast duo

  • Complimentary beer provided by Brooklyn Brewery

America boasts a culturally and ethnically diverse population, which gives way to amazing hybrids in an evolving culinary landscape. Be part of this phenomenal after-hours event, including a lively conversation kicked off by a hilariously irreverent comedy set and unexpected food and beverage pairings.

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Last call at 8:30. Tickets include museum admission, light bites prepared by MOFAD's executive chef and other guests in our Culinary Studio and Kosher Chinese Night Market , and Brooklyn Brewery beer. Ages 21 and over. This program is part of our Chow x series.

Shabbat Shalom!

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About Julie Cole

Chef Julie Cole is currently the Operations Manager and Chef at Nom Wah Nolita. Drawing from her experiences at various New York kitchens, Julie defines her cooking style as one that is balanced in flavor and spices, accented with low- and high-brow Japanese influences.

Prior to joining Nom Wah, Julie was the Executive Chef at the highly acclaimed Greenpoint Fish and Lobster Co. in Brooklyn. She has also held posts at Neta, Kin Shop, and Ippudo.

In her spare time, Julie prefers to carb load… while reading her many cookbooks.


About Rabbi Joshua Eli Plaut, Ph.D.

Rabbi Joshua Eli Plaut, Ph.D. is the executive director of the American Friends of Rabin Medical Center, a national nonprofit charity helping to raise funds and awareness for Israel's premier hospital, the Rabin Medical Center of Greater Tel Aviv. Ordained in 1986 by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Plaut also has a doctorate from New York University. He is the author of A Kosher Christmas: 'Tis the Season to Be Jewish (Rutgers University, 2012) and Greek Jewry in the Twentieth Century (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1996). One of the chapters in his book, A Kosher Christmas, traces the history and contemporary relationship between Jews, Chinese food, and Christmas. For over thirty years, Joshua Plaut has also been an acclaimed photographer of Jewish life in the diaspora.

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About Asian, Not Asian

Welcome to Asian, not Asian, a podcast by two Asian comedians not from Asia talking about American issues no Americans seem to care about. Each week, Fumi Abe and Mic Nguyen will discuss race, politics, media, funny stuff, food pics, peace signs, model minority myths, urban myths, and urban outfitters.

Most of the episodes consist of sometimes silly, sometimes serious commentary around events in the Asian-American community.

The podcast has been featured on Banana Magazine, Hyphen Magazine, The Slant, Stellar Underground, as well as received unofficial endorsements from Eddie Huang and @AikaLovesCloset on Instagram.

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About Beth Kaiserman

Beth Kaiserman is a food and drinks writer in Brooklyn. She is a freelance contributor to and has written for Brooklyn Magazine, Edible Queens, The Journal News and others. She was a featured journalist on Muck Rack in August 2018. Last year she produced the Latke Festival at Brooklyn Museum with Great Performances to raise money for The Sylvia Center. She is a member of the outreach committee for Central Brooklyn Food Coop. She is also a tap dancer, which is as jolly as it sounds. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @bak251.

About OneTable

OneTable is an online and in-person community, empowering post-college people in their 20s and 30s find, enjoy and share Shabbat dinners to make the most of their Friday night and enjoy the best of life together. OneTable makes it easy for hosts to welcome people to a Shabbat dinner at home, for guests to savor a Friday meal, and for all to experience unique events for Shabbat dinner out. There’s nothing better than a great dinner with people you love. Join OneTable for slowing down, joining together, and sharing stories.