Sus­te­nance: A Tal­mu­dic and Culi­nary Explo­ration of Women in Judaism

Thursday, June 1, 2023

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 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 Cook­bookBeyond Chopped Liv­er: 59 Jew­ish Recipes Get a Veg­an Health MakeoverFeed­ing 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.” sof​t​asarock​.com.

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.