Israeli chef to prepare dinner for Israel @ 70 celebration

Chef Morris Zrihen, owner of The Breakfast Club restaurant at Moshav Shavei Zion in Israel, returns to Dayton to prepare dinner for the Jewish community’s Israel @ 70 celebration on Sunday, April 15 at the Boonshoft Center for Jewish Culture and Education in Centerville.

Zrihen last visited Dayton in 2015 to oversee the menu for the JCC’s first Women’s Seder; his visits are projects of Partnership2Gether, a program of Jewish Federations and the Jewish Agency for Israel to promote people-to-people relationships among American Jews and Israelis.

Dayton and 11 other communities in the central United States are in Partnership2Gether with the Western Galilee.

Moshav Shavei Zion, the site of Zrihen’s restaurant, is a cooperative community on the Mediterranean between Acco and Nahariya in Israel’s north.

Zrihen’s menu for the dinner, which begins at 5 p.m., includes:

• Shakshuka with pita bread;

• A “Bonfire Plate,” baked potatoes with crème fraîche, artichoke, whitefish, and capers;

• Sania, cooked potatoes, cauliflower, eggplant, artichoke, and peppers with tahini and herbs;

• Eggplant Carpaccio with avocado salsa, tomatoes, and pita bread;

• Special Pancakes with Fruit for dessert.

Helping Zrihen prepare the Israeli dinner will be his kitchen director and pastry chef at The Breakfast Club, Hadas Hay.

The JCC will also provide pita pizzas for children’s meals.

The Israel @ 70 celebration runs from 4 to 6 p.m. and will feature a DJ and dance floor with Israeli pop music, Israeli dancing and singing, and a performance by the Dayton Jewish Chorale.

PJ Library will offer concurrent activities for children as part of the celebration.

A highlight of the program will be an exhibit of the photography of Rudi Weissenstein, the celebrated documentary photographer who captured the history of Israel and its people, primarily from the mid-1930s through the early 1970s.

Weissenstein was the official photographer of Israel’s Declaration of Independence ceremony on May 14, 1948, led by Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

The Weissenstein photos will be on exhibit at area synagogues and Jewish community organizations following the Israel @ 70 celebration, and will then be available for purchase.

During the Israel @ 70 celebration, participants will be able to help synagogues and Jewish community organizations work on Israeli-themed mosaic art for display at their facilities, overseen by local mosaic artist Jessica McMillan.

Community organizations partnering on the Israel @ 70 event along with the JCC are Beth Abraham Synagogue, Beth Jacob Congregation, Chabad, the Dayton Jewish Chorale, Hadassah, Hillel Academy, Jewish War Veterans Post #587, Temple Beth Or, and Temple Israel.

Admission, which includes dinner, is $10 in advance, $15 at the door, free for those 18 and under. R.S.V.P. at or call 610-1555.

— Marshall Weiss

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