Naturally Passover: Tradition, Tofu and the Tribe kicks off YPD’s “Brew House” series.

(St. Louis, February 23, 2012) St. Louis based natural foods chef Elisheva (Eli) Margulies and Central Reform Congregation (CRC) Rabbi Susan Talve will lead a Passover discussion and food tasting as the first event in Jewish Federation’s 2012 Young Professionals Division (YPD) “Brew House” educational series. The evening will include a food tasting with Chef Eli and discussion with Rabbi Talve, delving into “why we eat what we eat” on Passover. The event is Wednesday, March 14, 7pm at the Jewish Community Center Arts and Education building. Admission is $10 including snacks and drinks.

Chef Eli, a Chicago native, trained at the Natural Institute for Health & Culinary Arts in New York City, the nation’s leading culinary school focusing on healthy, whole-foods cuisine. She is a certified Holistic Health Counselor, food blogger, and owner of “Eat with Eli,” a health-supportive natural foods service. Her culinary inspiration stems from local, seasonal and sustainable cuisine. Eli will prepare a variety of “charoset” recipes, a traditional Passover food typically made of fruit and nuts.

Rabbi Susan Talve is the founding rabbi of CRC, a reform congregation in the city of St. Louis. She is a leader in fostering interfaith and LGBT inclusivity. Rabbi Talve will lead a casual discussion on Passover food traditions, drawing on heritage, history and culture.

Mass education chairs are E.B. Solomont, Doug Snyder and Sarah Stratton. Lauren Cohen, Joel Portman and Jacob Albert served on the committee. Rachel Zucker is Vice President of Mass Education and Jeff Sparks is President of YPD.

Dietary laws observed. RSVP by March 12. For more information contact Lee’at Bachar at or (314) 442-3817.

Jewish Federation of St. Louis is the Jewish community’s central philanthropic, planning and community-building organization. Founded in 1901, it is one of the region’s most respected and effective nonprofit organizations. Federation is committed to the ongoing development and enhancement of a thriving Jewish community through a family of more than 50 local, national and international agencies, programs, services and innovative projects. Federation’s annual Community Campaign and ongoing Planned Giving opportunities raise funds necessary to provide services to engage both young families with children and young adults, support Jewish learning, educate and advocate for a strong Israel and safe Jewish world, and provide a safety net for vulnerable Jews. Jewish Federation is a proud member of the United Way.