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11.4.16 Issue

Mark Kirchhoff, Program and Communications Assistant, JFO

Author Stanley Ginsberg will be the speaker at a buffet luncheon in the JCC Auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 16 beginning at noon. The luncheon is open to the community. Cost of the meal is $12 per person with reservations required by Nov. 9. To make reservations, contact Mark Kirchhoff at or 402.334.6463.

Mr. Ginsberg is a native of Brooklyn and grew up in a close-knit neighborhood where generations lived side-by-side. He learned to cook and bake from his grandmother who lived just upstairs in the same apartment building. He will be featuring his recently released book The Rye Baker in his presentation. The book shares over 70 classic recipes that introduce bakers to the rich world of rye bread from both the old world and the new. His recipes span ryes many regions that lend to its varying characteristics. The recipes range from dark, intense Russian Borodinsky and orange-infused Swedish Gotland Rye to near-black Westphalian Pumpernickel (which gets its musky sweetness from a 24-hour bake), Spiced Honey Rye from France’s Auvergne, and the rye breads of America’s melting-pot, such as Boston Brown Bread and Old Milwaukee Rye. The book includes reader-friendly chapters on rye’s history, unique chemistry, and centuries-old baking methods in a way that can be appreciated by advanced and beginning bakers alike. The luncheon will feature a sample of bread from The Rye Baker.

Apart from baking rye breads, Mr. Ginsberg characterizes his baking repertoire as eclectic, with a bias toward traditional Yiddish breads and pastries. He has spent the greater part of his professional career as a business and financial writer, with time out for a stint on Wall Street. He co-authored a previous book, Inside the Jewish Bakery – Recipes and Memories from the Golden Age of Jewish Baking, with Norman Berg, a native of the Bronx who, at the time of writing the book, had spent 25 years as a professional baker and general manager at several bakeries that became Bronx institutions.

Following the luncheon, Mr. Ginsberg will hold a book signing in the Kripke Jewish Federation Library, where Ginsberg’s book will be available for purchase. He will then meet with the Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion Group and others who wish to join for an informal discussion.

The luncheon is the first of four author events for 2016-2017. On Feb. 2, 2017 Marjorie Ingall (columnist for Tablet Magazine, and author of Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children) will be a featured speaker at Beth El Synagogue. This will be followed on March 29, 2017 by Jason Gewirtz and April 20, 2017 by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin. Details for all these events will be publicized by all the normal sources. Be sure to mark the dates and watch for the details.