JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen A Chocolate Jewish Adventure: JGSLA, Tuesday, March 12 - 8PM with Rabbi Debbie Prinz in Los Angeles #general

Pamela Weisberger

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles invites all
chocoholic-history buffs to a delectable program:

"On the Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews,
History, Travel, Religion and Rituals to the Magic of Cacao"

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 8:00PM
Skirball Cultural Center - Magnin Auditorium
2701 No. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles , CA 90049

During this gastronomic talk for chocolate-lovers of all backgrounds,
writer and educator Rabbi Deborah Prinz will share stories of Jews in
the early chocolate trade and examine into how Jews, Pre-Columbians,
Catholics, and Protestants all connected through chocolate's religious
rituals and narratives. Also find out how chocolate outed the Jews in
Mexico after the Inquisition, why Israelis are meshuga for chocolate,

- Some people - including French (Bayonne) chocolate makers - believe
that Jews brought chocolate making to France.
- The bishop of Chiapas, Mexico, was poisoned because he prohibited
local women >from drinking chocolate during Mass.
- Although Quakers do not observe Easter, it was a Quaker-owned
chocolate company - Fry's - that claimed to have created the first
chocolate Easter egg in the United Kingdom.
- A born-again Christian businessman in the Midwest marketed his
caramel chocolate bar as a "Noshie," after the Yiddish word for
- Chocolate Chanukah gelt may have developed >from St. Nicholas customs.
- The Mayan "Book of Counsel" taught that gods created humans from
chocolate and maize.

A Q&A and book signing of Prinz's new book, "On the Chocolate Trail,"
follow the program.

Traffic in unpredictable, so come early for dinner! The Skirball Food
Cart will be available starting at 6:30PM. The JGSLA traveling
library will be open for research & free assistance with your
questions starting at 7:15PM.

Reservations required! Tickets are $10 with a $1 reservation fee.
(JGSLA & Skirball members are free.)

This link takes you to the Skirball program information and reservation sit=

You can also phone the Skirball during business hours to buy tickets:
(310) 440-4599 or (877) 722-4849. More information is also on the
JGSLA site:

Barton's famous chocolate kosher kisses will be distributed at the
program's end for a sweet farewell!

Pamela Weisberger
Program Chair, Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles
Santa Monica, CA

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