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CANCELLED: Old Recipes for a New Year: Celebrating Rosh Hashanah

September 14, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Houston Arts Alliance Folklife + Civic Engagement, The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park and the Houston History Alliance regret that this program is canceled due to circumstances related to Hurricane Harvey.

Mark your calendar for the upcoming exhibition Food & Family, which runs from September 28, 2017 to January 27, 2018, at The Heritage Society Museum Gallery, 1100 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas. Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, September 28, 2017, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Food & Family is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Houston Endowment and the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

Presented by the Houston History Alliance
Houston Arts Alliance + Civic Engagement
and The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park

“Old Recipes for a New Year: Celebrating Rosh Hashanah,” Thursday, September 14th, 6:30-8:00 p.m., at The Heritage Society Tea Room at Sam Houston Park, 1100 Bagby, Houston, Texas.

“Old Recipes for a New Year” will appeal to all of the senses by featuring presentations, storytelling, music, and an edible museum. The program is a teaser for the upcoming exhibit Food and Family at The Heritage Society Museum. The exhibit will include a section on Jewish, African America, and Thai New Year traditions.

This event will explore Rosh Hashanah food traditions and is a collaborative effort with two of our Community Partners, Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and The Heritage Society.

The program will open with Janice Rubin telling stories about Texas Jewish traditions around Rosh Hashanah. Bernice Heilbrunn will offer a historical look back to the early twentieth century tracing food traditions of Jewish women through community cookbooks, with the first one dating to 1909. Both will offer insight into what we learn about food, family, and women passing on cultural traditions. The audience will then be treated to a musical performance by Janice Rubin related to the New Year. This will be followed by Q&A and a presentation and sampling of Rosh Hashanah foods frequently found in homes of Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jewish families.  The program will be videotaped and made available through the HHA website.

This presentation is part of the Edible Museum, a public program series of Food and Family, which opens September 28th, at The Heritage Society.

Food and Family is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Houston Endowment, and the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

Our Presenters

Bernice Heilbrunn received a BA and MA in History and a JD from Harvard University.  She earned a PhD in History from UH, where she helped to establish Jewish Studies and created and taught two Jewish Studies courses. She is a popular instructor of adult learners in the Melton Program at the ERJCC and the Jewish Learning Project at Congregation Beth Yeshurun. A recent popular lecture series brought together her legal and historical interests, focusing on Jewish Supreme Court justices. She has spoken about the history of Houston’s Jewish cookbooks in several venues, including the Rice University/JTS Jewish Women’s University for a Day.  Among current projects, Heilbrunn is creating new courses on Jewish artists and Sephardic legacies, and she is working on a biography of Emil G. Hirsch and Chicago Jewish Progressives.

Janice Rubin received her degree in Art and Architecture at Rice University and has been a Houston-based photographer since 1976. Specializing in corporate and editorial photography, she is known for creating warm, intimate portraits with strong emotional content, and graphic, poignant editorial images. Her work has been published in publications such as Smithsonian, Newsweek, The New York Times, Texas Monthly, and Rolling Stone. Her work has appeared multiple international exhibits and is included in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston permanent collection. In addition, Rubin is a teacher, musician specializing in Yiddish folk music, singer, meditation facilitator, and part-time chaplain at the Texas Medical Center.  A tireless volunteer, she produces events and creative projects for institutions.


September 14, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Heritage Society Tea Room at Sam Houston Park
1100 Bagby St.
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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