STUDIO

The 21%: The Lives of Arab Citizens of Israel

Given the rapidly changing situation around COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 21%: The Lives of Arab Citizens of Israel program originally scheduled for March 22. We are working to secure a new date for this event in fall of 2020, and will be in touch with more details as they become available.

Given the heavy food component of the program, and the fact that our keynote guests were traveling in from out of town, the postponement seemed the most responsible course of action.

The safety and well-being of our audience, local and out of town participants, volunteers, partners, and staff is our top priority. 

For those who had registered for the program and given a pay-what-you-choose donation:

Please consider converting your purchase to a charitable gift in honor of JxJ programming. 

Or, to receive a credit for your purchase, redeemable for the re-scheduled event or any upcoming JxJ program (through the end of the calendar year: December 31, 2020), please email boxoffice@jxjdc.org by Friday, March 20. After that, refunds will be automatically issued.

Thank you for your patronage and support, and for your understanding in this challenging circumstance.

 


 

Join us for our 10th annual in-depth exploration of the daily lives and challenges of Arab Citizens of Israel. Featuring a screening of Breaking Bread followed by a moderated conversation and a Shuk.

The full program is Pay-What-You-Choose; RSVPs are required as we expect a sell-out event.

 

 

BREAKING BREAD (film) |  11:00am-12:30pm

Dir. Beth Elise Hawk
85min | Israel, USA | 2020
Documentary

Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel—the first Muslim Arab to win Israel’s MasterChef—is on a quest to make social change through food. And so, she founded the A-sham Arabic Food Festival, where pairs of Arab and Jewish chefs collaborate on traditional dishes like kishek (a Syrian yogurt soup), and qatayef (a dessert typically served during Ramadan). A film about hope, synergy and mouthwatering fare, Breaking Bread illustrates what happens when people focus on the person, rather than her religion; and on the public, rather than the politicians.

 

CONVERSATION | 12:30pm-1:00pm

Following the screening, Breaking Bread director Beth Elise Hawk will be joined by celebrity chef Gazala Halabi, who celebrates her Israeli Druze heritage through the cuisine at her two lauded NYC restaurants, Gazala’s Place and Gazala’s. The conversation will be moderated by Soupergirl co-founder, Sara Polon.

 

SHUK | 1:00pm-2:00pm

Now that Breaking Bread and the discussion that followed have whetted your appetite for good food and social change, join us for a multi-dimensional Shuk. The event will feature tastings from local Israeli and Arab restaurants (vegetarian and DC Kosher options) as well as informational booths operated by non-profits and NGOs working to create an egalitarian shared society in Israel.

 

 

Sponsored by the Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues and the Edlavitch DCJCC

Lead Support provided by The Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation and The Lois and Richard England Family Foundation

 

Schedule

Sunday, March 2211:00 AM On Rush*

*On Rush indicates that advance ticket sales to this event are currently sold out. A rush line will be available at the venue one hour prior to the start time where you may wait in line and purchase tickets as, and if, they become available.

Guests

Screening followed by a conversation between Director Beth Elise Hawk and chef Gazala Halabi, moderated by Sara Polon.

Beth Elise Hawk executive produced the MTV television series Eye Candy, based on the book by best-selling author, R. L. Stine. She produced the award-winning documentary, Fan-Demanium, and co-produced the feature documentary, I’m Rick James. Her next production – the feature narrative, What Josiah Saw, starring Robert Patrick, Nick Stahl and Tony Hale – just wrapped principal photography in Oklahoma. Breaking Bread is Beth’s directorial debut.

Gazala Halabi is the most well-known female Druze chef and entrepreneur in New York.  She grew with six siblings in Daliat el-Carmel, Israel’s largest Druze village, where her family operates a restaurant and her grandmother owns a spice shop.

Halabi’s business career began with a home-based catering company and a few years later expanded to two restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen and the Upper West Side.  Her restaurants feature typical Druze dishes as well as traditional Middle Eastern and Israeli fare, and she is widely recognized as “the chef who introduced Druze Israeli cuisine to NYC.”

Sara Polon graduated from University of Pennsylvania where she studied history.

Her career path then took many meandering twists and turns including working at an Internet start up, leading tours through the Middle East, and several years as a stand-up comic in New York.


In 2008, after reading Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, she founded Soupergirl along with her mom, Marilyn Polon (aka Soupermom /Chief Anxiety Officer). Sourcing seasonally from local farmers, the company makes a wide variety of healthy, kosher, all-natural, vegan soups that can be found all over the east coast. You can find Soupergirl products at the company’s two DC area retail locations, Whole Foods stores from Kentucky through Virginia, Giant, Lidl, Wegmans, Peapod and Costco Warehouse from Massachusetts down to Washington, DC. The company also ships soup nationwide via their Souper Meals program.


Soupergirl has received national press, and has been featured in such publications as the Washington Post, Food and Wine, O Magazine, and more. The soup duo was most recently seen on ABC’s Shark Tank, NBC’s Today Show, and CBS’ The Dish.

Topic

Print Source

Beth Elise Hawk
bethhawk1@yahoo.com

Tickets

The full program is Pay-What-You-Choose; RSVPs are required as we expect a sell-out event.

 

This event finished on March 23, 2020.

Given the rapidly changing situation around COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 21%: The Lives of Arab Citizens of Israel program originally scheduled for March 22. We are working to secure a new date for this event in fall of 2020, and will be in touch with more details as they become available.

Given the heavy food component of the program, and the fact that our keynote guests were traveling in from out of town, the postponement seemed the most responsible course of action.

The safety and well-being of our audience, local and out of town participants, volunteers, partners, and staff is our top priority. 

For those who had registered for the program and given a pay-what-you-choose donation:

Please consider converting your purchase to a charitable gift in honor of JxJ programming. 

Or, to receive a credit for your purchase, redeemable for the re-scheduled event or any upcoming JxJ program (through the end of the calendar year: December 31, 2020), please email boxoffice@jxjdc.org by Friday, March 20. After that, refunds will be automatically issued.

Thank you for your patronage and support, and for your understanding in this challenging circumstance.