Scholar-in-Residence "Chocolate" Weekend

With Artist-in-Residence

Rabbi Deborah Prinz
Friday, January 31 - Saturday, February 1, 2020

Mark your calendar and RSVP now for Friday and/or Saturday evenings -- there are events for everyone!

Friday: Chinese & Chocolate Erev Shabbat

6:15 PM, Kosher Chinese Shabbat Dinner
Join us for a congregational Shabbat Dinner catered by Holy Chow glatt kosher Chinese restaurant. Open to all congregants. Cost is $8/adult, $5/child age 6-12 and children under 6 attend free.* Please RSVP for dinner using the form below; RSVPs required by January 24 (Hurry – limited to the first 80 RSVPs!)

7:15 PM, Erev Shabbat Services with Guest Speaker Rabbi Deborah Prinz (note special time for services)
During Erev Shabbat services, Rabbi Prinz will speak on What is the Best Chocolate? Jewish Ethics Mix into our Chocolate Eating. Faced with a mélange of options when selecting our chocolate, chocolate lovers might be informed by our Jewish values. We’ll explore the complexities that surface when measuring our food values against our chocolate choices and consumption.

Saturday: Jews on the Chocolate Trail and CHOCOLATE PARTY!

7:00 PM, Jews on the Chocolate Trail
Rabbi Prinz will share with us a captivating presentation entitled Jews on the Chocolate Trail. We’ll explore the surprising Jewish historical connections to chocolate in this gastronomic adventure and overview. 

Following: Special Potluck CHOCOLATE PARTY!
Please RSVP & sign up at this link ASAP to bring your favorite chocolate dessert or an alcoholic beverage to share! (If you don't eat chocolate, you are welcome to bring a different dessert.) Because alcohol will be served, this event is limited to ages 21+.

About Rabbi Prinz

Rabbi Deborah Prinz lectures about chocolate and religion around the world. Her book, On the Chocolate Trail is being used in adult study, classroom settings, book clubs and chocolate tastings. Prinz blogs at, the Huffington Post, the Forward and ReformJudaism. org. She was awarded a Starkoff Fellowship and a Director’s Fellowship from the American Jewish Archives as well as a Gilder Lehrman Fellowship from the Rockefeller Library to pursue this research. This project stirs age-old passions for chocolate and religion using information gathered from travel in several countries, including Belgium, Canada, England, France, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. It spans several cultures, countries, centuries, and convictions, exploring how faith traditions share consumption, ritual and business interests in chocolate.


Please contact the Adult Program Committee Co-Chairs, or the CBE office at (703) 860-4515 ext 101 or [email protected].

*Dinner partially subsidized by the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund.


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Kosher Chinese Shabbat Dinner
$5/child ages 6-12
Children under 6 eat free!
If paying by check, please make out to Congregation Beth Emeth.
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