Guest Lecture: Rabbi Miriyam Glazer's "Kosher, Treyf, and Chinese — Jewish Food and Spirituality"

March 12, 2012

Title of Lecture: Kosher, Treyf, and Chinese:  Jewish Food and Spirituality

Rabbi Miriyam Glazer will explore the complex, and sometimes contradictory, approaches to food by Jews. For instance, some foods that Judaism declares “treyf” (taboo) are deemed “kosher” (acceptable) by Jews, while others considered kosher according to Judaism, such as white bread and mayonnaise, are regarded “un-Jewish” by Jews.

Rabbi Glazer is the Chair of the Department of Literature, Communications and Media at American Jewish University. She is the co-author of The Essential Book of Jewish Festival Cooking: 200 Seasonal Recipes and their Traditions. In addition to her interests in American, Jewish, and Israeli poetry and fiction as well as ancient and modern religious poetry, Rabbi creates both new translations of traditional prayers and new prayers and ceremonies. She is also interested in, what she calls, “Judaism: Body and Soul”: the matrix of spirituality, food, environmentalism and health. An award-winning teacher and widely published writer who serves as a Scholar in Residence throughout the United States, Europe and Israel, Rabbi Glazer has been a Greenfaith Fellow and a visiting scholar at Hebrew University, UCLA, and USC.

Her talk will begin at 7 p.m. (note the earlier-than-usual time) at the Alpert Jewish Community Center. As always, the lecture series is free and open to the public.

There is no need to RSVP.

Sponsors: The Jewish Studies Program, the Alpert Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Federation of Greater Long Beach and West Orange County

For more information, contact Dr. Jeffrey Blutinger at or 562.985.2916.