Jewish Center & Federation
of the Twin Tiers
Elmira - Corning - Watkins Glen - Waverly - Sayre
Joan Nathan to speak before Simchat Torah

Jewish cooking expert and cookbook author Joan Nathan will speak at Congregation Kol Ami on Sunday, September 30, before a dinner featuring some of her recipes.

There will be a reception and book-signing after her talk, and the dinner leads into a Simchat Torah celebration. The full schedule of events is:

  • Lecture by Joan Nathan at 3:00 p.m.
  • Reception and book-signing
  • Dinner with introduction by Ms. Nathan at 5:30 p.m.
  • Simchat Torah celebration at 7:00 p.m.

The dinner menu (kosher) includes Sweet and Sour Salmon, Caponata Siciliana di Melanzane alla Giudia, Spanakit Spinach Salad, and treats from the Jewish Food Festival.

The event is being presented in conjunction with the At the Jewish Table exhibit at the Chemung Valley History Museum. Its sponsors are the Jewish Center & Federation, the Chemung County Historical Society, and the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. Ms. Nathan’s appearance is made possible in part by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

All events are open to the public. Only the dinner at 5:30 p.m. requires reservations and payment. Dinner tickets are $23 per adult, $15 for children under age 13.

You can also purchase tickets online at, or call the JCF office, (607) 734-8122.

Because of anticipated high interest in this event, please make reservations as soon as possible. Payment will be required prior to the event, so please send or bring your check (payable to JCF) to the JCF office.

Joan Nathan is America’s foremost Jewish cookbook author. She has travelled the world to gather the most interesting and unique recipes, and is the author of eleven cookbooks, including her latest work King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World, released in April 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf. It was named one of the ten best cookbooks of 2017 by The Washington Post and received the 2018 IACP award for Best International Cookbook.  She is a regular contributor to The New York Times and Tablet Magazine and the recipient of the coveted Grande Dame Award for Les Dames D’Escoffier.