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Chocolate, Coffee and Judaism

Chocolate, Coffee & Judaism
An Illuminating & Delectable Experience

In Conjunction with the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Exhibition:
“Bitter/Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate”

Sunday, February 26, 2017 • 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Pricing: $38 members | $45 general admission

A Day At The DIA

3:30 p.m. The Essence

Special guest Rabbi Deborah Prinz
Jews on the Chocolate Trail

Join Rabbi Prinz on a delightful adventure connecting Jews, religions, history, travel, rituals and recipes to the magic of cacao. Explore the surprising Jewish historical connections to the world of chocolate.

Professor Howard Lupovitch
Jews and Coffee: A Stimulating History

Professor Lupovitch will weave two dramatically different histories of how coffee affected Jewish life. One story revolves around the coffeehouses as a gathering spot for the cosmopolitan Jew; in contrast, the Jewish scholars and Kabbalists benefitted from the stimulating effects of coffee by encouraging night-time study and mystical mediation.

5:15 p.m. A Taste of Bitter/Sweet (Chocolate Buffet)

Delight in the sweet pleasures of our kosher chocolate buffet; smell the enticing aromas and savor the rich flavors from a selection of gourmet coffees; or sip a delightfully delicate cup of tea.

While enjoying delectable desserts, Curator Dr. Yao-Fen You will present a “behind the scenes” talk on the Detroit Institute of Arts’ special exhibition Bitter/Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate.

Meet Rabbi Deborah Prinz, author of On the Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao. Her book will be available for purchase and signing.

6:30 p.m. Private Tour

After hours viewing of the Detroit Institute of Arts Special Exhibition Bitter/Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate

“Bitter/Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate” is the first exhibition at the Detroit
Institute of Arts to engage all five senses. In addition to seeing art, you will have opportunities to touch, to hear, to smell, and even to taste!

Featured Speakers


Rabbi Deborah Prinz’s book, “On the Chocolate Trail” was published in 2013 by Jewish Lights and is in its third printing. Rabbi Prinz is a Senior Fellow at the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems. The Rabbi Emerita of Temple Adat Shalom, Poway, California, she served as its Senior Rabbi for almost twenty years. The author of several articles, she has published in scholarly, professional and popular journals. Rabbi Prinz blogs at, The Huffington Post, The Forward and


dia-speaker2Professor Howard Lupovitch received a Ph.D. in Jewish History from Columbia University. He has taught at Cornell University, Colby College, the University of Western Ontario and U of M where he was also a fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies. He is currently Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at Wayne State University. Professor Lupovitch is the 2009 winner of the Benard L. Maas Prize for Achievement in Jewish Culture and Continuity in the Area of Humanities.


dia-speaker1Dr. Yao-Fen You is Associate Curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Detroit Institute of Arts, specializing in the arts of Northern Europe, polychrome sculpture, the history of collecting, and the art of dining. Bitter/Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate, and its accompanying exhibition catalogue, Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate: Consuming the World, grew out of her interest in the connections between food and decorative arts. She earned her Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.


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