Welcome to…

Virtually Yours: Arts + Culture with Brandy from the

Tampa JCCs & Federation

Edition 10 June 1- 5


Welcome to our new Arts + Culture virtual series. The events will be unique in genre and artistic category, and will embrace a Jewish lens. Each week you will receive a comprehensive virtual line-up of cultural happenings and opportunities. The information delivered will come via our A + C newsletter and by direct e-mail. You will also be able to find the details Shalom Tampa.

Watch audience choice award movies, learn about works of art, create our own masterpieces, discuss award-winning literature, try out celebrity chef recipes and  engage in all things on and off Broadway!


Please e-mail brandy.gold@jewishtampa.com to be added to the Arts + Culture e-mail newsletter. The newsletter will be updated weekly with ZOOM links for movie and book discussions.




Welcome to the Jewish Film Institute. The Jewish Film Institute inspires communities in San Francisco and around the world to expand their understanding of Jewish life through film, media, and dialogue.

Enjoy a wide array of fabulous Jewish short films.

Follow the link below to see the catalogue:






Aviv Grinberg


Aviv Grinberg is an interdisciplinary artist, currently lives and works in Tel Aviv. Grinberg received his BFA at the Shenkar Multidisciplinary Art School in 2017. Following his graduation he won the Margaret and Sylvan Adams Family Foundation award for art graduates and was chosen as promising emerging artist by the Edmond De Rothschild Foundation. Grinberg’s work has been exhibited in Zumu The Travelling Museum, Hanut Gallery, Mansion House and Fresh Paint art fair. He participated in Facebook Artist in Residence Program and created an artist workshop for Microsoft as part of the OFFF TLV design festival. Grinberg Recently chosen as one of Forbes-Israel's 30 under 30 most influential individuals.

Interview with Grinberg | https://www.avivgrinberg.com/media

Grinberg’s Website |  https://www.avivgrinberg.com/






Yotem Ottolenghi

Ottolenghi served as a pastry chef at three London restaurants: the Michelin-starred Capital Restaurant, Kensington Place, and Launceston Place in Kensington New Town. In 1999, he became head pastry chef at the artisanal pastry shop Baker and Spice, where he met the Arab-Palestinian chef Sami Tamimi, who grew up in Jerusalem's Old City. Ottolenghi and Tamimi bonded over a shared language—Hebrew—and a joint "incomprehension of traditional English food". In 2002, the duo (in collaboration with Noam Bar) founded the eponymous delicatessen Ottolenghi in the Notting Hill district of London. The deli quickly gained a cult following due to its inventive dishes, characterized by the foregrounding of vegetables, unorthodox flavor combinations, and the abundance of "noisy" Middle Eastern ingredients such as rose water, za'atar, and pomegranate molasses.


When asked to explain his cooking philosophy, Ottolenghi said, "I want drama in the mouth." The Ottolenghi brand has since expanded to include two more delis (in Kensington and Belgravia), a formal restaurant in Islington, a brasserie named NOPI in Soho, and a vegetable-centric restaurant named Rovi, which opened in Fitzrovia in June 2018. In 2006, Ottolenghi began writing a weekly column for The Guardian titled "The New Vegetarian," though he himself is not a vegetarian and has sometimes noted where a vegetable-centric recipe would pair well with a particular cut of meat. Influenced by the straightforward, culturally-grounded food writing of Nigella Lawson and Claudia Roden, Ottolenghi's recipes rarely fit within traditional dietary or cultural categories. He explained that his mission is to "celebrat[e] vegetables or pulses without making them taste like meat, or as complements to meat, but to be what they are. It does no favour to vegetarians, making vegetables second best."

His debut cookbook Ottolenghi was published in 2008 and has sold over 100,000 copies  and six volumes have followed.


Peach, Rosemary and Lime Galette



Bridget Jones's pan-fried salmon with pine nut salsa


The dish Patrick Dempsey’s character tells Renée Zellweger’s Bridget Jones that he would have brought her on their imaginary second date in Bridget Jones’s Baby. ‘From Ottolenghi,’ says Dempsey, ‘delicious and healthy!’ And easy, we might add! What sounded like a bit of product placement on our part was in fact no such thing. The recipe didn’t even exist on our menu, so this is a retrospective acknowledgement.









This smash-hit political thriller tells the true and widely unknown story of how Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul, and her husband, social scientist Terje Rød-Larsen, planned and orchestrated top-secret meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, culminating in the historic 1993 Oslo Accords. Through back-channel talks, unlikely friendships and quiet heroics, common ground between the Israeli and Palestinian envoys is carefully unearthed. Oslo is a deeply personal story set against a complex historical canvas, a story about the individuals behind world history and their all too human ambitions.


Panel moderated by journalist Elizabeth Rubin, director Bartlett Sher, playwright J.T. Rogers, and Rød-Larsen discussed the play, which was hailed as a “disarmingly funny masterpiece” (Huffington Post) when it opened off-Broadway.








Each week you will receive three suggested pieces of literature hand selected by your Tampa Jewish Book Festival committee. Then tune in via ZOOM every other Sunday at 6:30 pm to discuss the first Featured Book listed. Discussions will have guest Authors visiting and talks will be led by Debbie Doliner via ZOOM.


We welcome Author Yvette Corporan via ZOOM!


Something Beautiful Happened by Yvette Corporan

Sunday, May 31 @ 6:30 PM

Grab your glass and ZOOM in with Author Yvette Corporan moderated by Debbie Doliner  

ZOOM directions

Go To Zoom.us

Meeting ID 859-3669-7440

Meeting Password 354130

Seventy years after her grandmother helped hide a Jewish family on a Greek island during World War II, a woman sets out to track down their descendants—and discovers a new way to understand tragedy, forgiveness, and the power of kindness in “an engrossing peek into a little-known chapter of World War II, and one family’s harrowing tale of finding the lost pieces of its own history”.



  1. All My Mother's Lovers by Ilana Masad
  2. Cilka's Journey by Heather Morris
  3. The Book of V. by Anna Solomon