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Rosh Hashanah in Rome’s Jewish Kitchen

Wednesday, September 6
12:00pm Pacific Time | 3:00pm Eastern Time
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Explore the flavors of Rome’s centuries-old Jewish community and create your Rosh Hashanah menu with classics of the Roman Jewish repertoire

As a leading authority on Jewish food, Leah Koenig celebrates la cucina Ebraica Romana, one of Europe’s oldest Jewish communities. Rome’s Jewish residents have endured many hardships, including 300 years of persecution inside the Roman Jewish Ghetto. Out of this strife grew resilience, a deeply knit community, and a uniquely beguiling cuisine.

Today, the community thrives on Via del Portico d’Ottavia – the main road in Rome’s Ghetto neighborhood—and beyond. Leah Koenig’s recipes showcase the cuisine’s elegantly understated vegetables, saucy braised meats and stews, rustic pastas, resplendent olive oil–fried foods, and never-too-sweet desserts. Find inspiration this Rosh Hashanah and create a menu with classics of the Roman Jewish repertoire or discover something with AJU’s Michelle Starkman and author Leah Koenig. Buy the book HERE.


Cost: Free


Guest: Leah Koenig

Leah Koenig  is the author of six cookbooks, including The Jewish Cookbook and Modern Jewish Cooking. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Food & Wine, Epicurious, Food52, and more. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family. Learn more on Leah’s website HERE.

Host: Michelle Starkman

Michelle Starkman was appointed AJU’s Vice President of Communications in March 2020. In this position, Michelle is responsible for leading the university’s internal and external communications strategies, including media relations. Michelle also oversees digital content, manages the University’s marketing strategy, advertising, and serves on the university’s senior team. Prior to joining AJU in 2017, Michelle served as Admissions and Marketing Director of a local Jewish day school, and as the Director of Marketing and Communications for a local management consulting firm. Michelle holds an MBA from Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business, and an M.A. and B.A. in Political Science from Cal State Northridge.