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VIRTUALLY YOURS | Edition 15 | June 29 - July 10

Arts + Culture with Brandy from the Tampa JCCs & Federation


We hope that you are enjoying Arts + Culture virtual series. The events and information will be unique in genre and artistic category, and will embrace a Jewish lens. Each week you will receive information via our A + C newsletter and by direct e-mail. You will also be able to find the details to Virtually Yours through Shalom Tampa.

Watch movies, learn about works of art, create culinary masterpieces, discuss award-winning literature, and engage in all things on and off Broadway and in our own city and simply enjoy culture!




Tuesday, July 7 / 12:00 noon

Simply click the link below to pre-order/RSVP.

You will then be able to watch the film any time during the time listed above. in your selected window.


LINK: https://watch.eventive.org/abebluefox/play/5ef4ed1f6a4ace003e472698

Synopsis: "Abe" is a 12-year-old half Israeli and half Palestinian kid from Brooklyn driven by his passion for food, who has never had a dinner without a family fight. Abe escapes from a stupid summer cooking camp and is mentored by the Afro Brazilian Chef "Chico", who specializes in serving fusion food at pop up food fairs. One side of the family prefers to call him "Avraham" (in Hebrew), the other side "Ibrahim" (in Arab), while his agnostic atheist parents call him "Abraham", in English. But he prefers Abe, just Abe.

Recipe for disaster, from the movie ABE

The Featured Film for this edition of Virtually Yours is ABE, which is about a 12 year old boy who is an aspiring chef. Abe is not a seasoned chef. The film depicts his failures as well as his triumphs. “The Thanksgiving lunch scene is Abe’s attempt at integrating both parts of his family. He uses the symbolism of Thanksgiving to support his initiative. He sets himself out to deal with family feuds with an intensity that does not give any room for perfectionism. His dishes are charmingly imperfect.


Ingredients: For the sauce: 1 tablespoon sumac 1 teaspoon zaatar 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses salt and olive oil to taste 1 garlic clove macerated with a bit of salt

For salad: 4 firm red tomatoes cut into ¾ inch cubes 2 Japanese cucumbers cut into ¾ inch cubes ½ medium-sized onion cut into ¾ inch cubes 5 semi-peeled radishes cut in quarters 10 hand-torn leaves of iceberg lettuce ½ cup fresh spearmint leaves 3 tablespoons chopped parsley

To serve: 2 rectangles of matzah, hand-broken and lightly oven-toasted 1 cup of pomegranate seeds to drizzle


1. Prepare the sauce mixing the pomegranate molasses, sumac, zaatar, garlic, salt and oil.

2. Separately, mix the salad ingredients and season them with the sauce.

3. Mix it well so that all the ingredients are soaked with the sauce.

4. Finalize the dish with the toasted bread, decorate it with the pomegranate seeds and serve immediately. Serves 4.




July 8 @ 7:00 PM

Join us for Jewish Cooking Around the World, a six-part Zoom series featuring the culinary stylings of Chef Eric Azoulai. In each bi-weekly program, Chef Eric will be your tour guide, walking you through the preparation and cooking process step by step while sharing insights about the regions in which his dishes are based. You can cook along with the chef or just watch and learn.


It’s totally free to participate! All sessions begin at 7:00 pm. The chef will be available for a Q&A at the conclusion of each presentation.

Explore the Pyrenees

You’ll learn how to select, clean, filet and prepare fish. We’ll make two mouth-watering fish entrees, one featuring a unique sauce that originated in Pays Basque, a little area in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain.

Register at: https://orlandojcc.org/cooking



LIVE Author discussion

Sunday, July 12 at 6:30 PM

We welcome Author Jennifer Rosner of The Yellow Bird Sings


Discussion with the Author ZOOM directions

Go to Zoom.us |Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 847 6769 7861

Password: 366037

In Poland, as World War II rages, a mother hides with her young daughter, a musical prodigy whose slightest sound may cost them their lives.

As Nazi soldiers round up the Jews in their town, Róza and her 5-year-old daughter, Shira, flee, seeking shelter in a neighbor’s barn. Hidden in the hayloft day and night, Shira struggles to stay still and quiet, as music pulses through her and the farmyard outside beckons. To soothe her daughter and pass the time, Róza tells her a story about a girl in an enchanted garden:

The girl is forbidden from making a sound, so the yellow bird sings. He sings whatever the girl composes in her head: high-pitched trills of piccolo; low-throated growls of contrabassoon. Music helps the flowers bloom.