Sustenance: A Talmudic and Culinary Exploration of Women in Judaism
Sustenance: A Talmudic and Culinary Exploration of Women in Judaism

Sustenance: A Talmudic and Culinary Exploration of Women in Judaism

Thursday, June 1
6:00 - 8:45 PM Eastern


Yeshivat Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023



Join us for an evening of learning and food-tasting as we explore stories and recipes from Feeding Women of the Talmud, Feeding Ourselves, recipient of the Natan Notable Book Award, in partnership with the Jewish Book Council. This book creatively winds together Talmudic narrative, modern thought, and culinary interpretation as it pays homage to the women represented in the Talmud. The evening will include food made from the book’s recipes, an exploration of texts about Jewish women with Hadar faculty, and an opportunity to hear from the book’s editor, Kenden Alfond, along with book contributors Sarah Chandler, Professor Sarit Kattan Gribetz, and Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish.

This program is brought to you by Hadar, The Natan Fund, and the Jewish Book Council.



  • 6:00-6:45 PM: Cocktail hour featuring food made from book recipes
  • 6:45-8:00 PM: Panel conversation and learning with Kenden Alfond, editor, Sarah Chandler, Professor Sarit Kattan Gribetz, and Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish
  • 8:00-8:15 PM: Arvit
  • 8:00-8:45 PM: Book Signing & Desserts


Kenden Alfond started Jewish Food Hero in 2015 to connect healthy food and modern Jewish life. She is the author of the following books: The Jewish Food Hero Cookbook, Beyond Chopped Liver: 59 Jewish Recipes Get a Vegan Health Makeover, Feeding Women of the Bible, Feeding Ourselves, Feeding Women of the Talmud, Feeding Ourselves (winner of the Natan Notable Book Award, Fall 2022), and Kosher Macros: 63 Recipes for Eating Everything (Kosher) for Physical Health and Emotional Balance. In 2005 she was an American Jewish World Service volunteer in Chennai, India, has worked in various humanitarian settings for the United Nations, and currently works as a  psychotherapist and Leadership & Coaching Consultant for international organizations. Kenden holds a BA in Literature from Brown University and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. She currently lives in Paris, France with her husband and daughter.



Sarah Chandler aka Kohenet Shamirah is a Brooklyn-based Jewish educator, artist, activist, healer, and poet. She holds a M.A. in Jewish Education and a M.A. in Hebrew Bible from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and a certificate in Non-Profit Management and Jewish Communal Leadership from Columbia University. Previously, Sarah served as the Director of Romemu Yeshiva, Chief Compassion Officer of Jewish Initiative for Animals, and Director of Earth Based Spiritual Practices at Hazon's Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. An advanced student of Kabbalistic dream work at The School of Images, Sarah is the founder and lead trainer for "Soft as a Rock: Public Speaking for Sensitive Souls."


Sarit Kattan Gribetz is Associate Professor in the Theology Department at Fordham University and Co-Director of Fordham's Center for Jewish Studies. She is also a Faculty Fellow at the Jewish Theological Seminary and a student in the Advanced Kollel at Yeshivat Maharat. Her book Time and Difference in Rabbinic Judaism (2020) received a National Jewish Book Award in Scholarship.


Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish is faculty at Hadar and a Senior Coach for Pedagogy of Partnership. She holds a PhD in Rabbinics from Harvard University. Her interests include rabbinic approaches to gender, parenting, and education. She has published several articles, including, "Upending the Curse of Eve: Reframing Maternal Breastfeeding in BT Ketubot" (2017). Rabbi Walfish has taught Tanakh, Talmud, and Jewish Law in numerous settings including the Conservative Yeshiva, Hadar, Harvard University, Hebrew College, and the National Havurah Committee's summer institute. She revels in the process of learning Torah with and from her students.



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