All About Honey: Jewish, Polish, and Ukrainian Traditions

This special edition of TJHTalks coincides with the world premiere of Remember This, at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival on July 24.

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022
PDT: 11:30 a.m.
EDT: 2:30 p.m.
UK: 7:30 p.m.
CET: 8:30 p.m.
Israel: 9:30 p.m.

Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is a world-renowned scholar, cultural anthropologist, author, and museologist. Her work merges performance studies, history, and museums to create engaging and memorable visitor experiences. She is the Ronald S. Lauder Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition of the award-winning POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and Professor Emerita at New York University. She was decorated with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017, and honored with the Dan David Prize in 2020. She holds one of the largest collections of Jewish cookbooks in private hands, writes often about Jewish food and cookbooks, and is a passionate cook.

Kamil Baj has been passionate about beekeeping since the 1990s. Formerly a corporate employee, Kamil began taking beekeeping seriously in 2013. Together with his wife, Agnieszka, they created Pszczelarium, an organization focused on urban bees and setting up urban apiaries. Having started with 10 hives in Warsaw, Pszczelarium now has apiaries in more than 40 Polish cities and takes care of nearly 550 hives. The bees repay him with extraordinary urban honey with a unique taste and aroma. In addition, Kamil and Agnieszka give lectures and conduct courses and workshops

Monika Kucia, a graduate of the Theater Studies Department at the Warsaw Theater Academy, is a journalist, educator, curator, and artist. An author at “Przekrój” magazine and the portal, Monika promotes regional flavors and designs international culinary study visits. She is also a curator and a member of the Program Council of the New Epiphanies Festival. She has organized cultural events promoting Polish cuisine and regional produce and created her own artistic performative events around Polish culinary culture in Poland and in the United States

Anna Rok, born in Warsaw, is a relative newcomer to beekeeping.  By profession, Anna is a sound engineer and has worked on several documentary films, among them “Communion” and “Bucolic.”   She graduated from Documentary Filmmaking School in Lussas, France, and earned a master’s degree in theater studies at Warsaw State Academy. In 2021, Anna undertook a year-long program in beekeeping and passed the national exam. Since 2019, she has been nurturing two beehives in Warsaw’s Jewish Cemetery.

Olena Volodymyrivna Soboleva is an ethnologist and a senior researcher at the Research Institute of Ukrainian Studies of the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science. Her range of academic interests comprises the traditional culture of the Crimean Tatars, modern ethnocultural processes in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Islam, and the anthropology of science and knowledge. She is the author of the monograph “Wedding of the Crimean Tatars: Traditional Forms and Transformations” (2015) and the book ”Crimean Tatar Cuisine“ (2019). She serves as the head of the NGO Center for Applied Anthropology and is a member of the National Association of Ethnographers in Ukraine.

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