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November 28, 2021
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This Chanukah, we’re giving you the world.

As you light your own menorah at home, get an inside look at the customs, rich history, and unique traditions that make global Jewish life so diverse and special.

Special Guests

Join our celebration and welcome Chanukah with some very special guests.

Dara Horn

Dara Horn

Award-winning author

Dara Horn is the award-winning author of six books, including the novels In the Image (Norton 2002), The World to Come (Norton 2006), All Other Nights (Norton 2009), A Guide for the Perplexed (Norton 2013), and Eternal Life (Norton 2018), and the essay collection People Love Dead Jews (Norton 2021). One of Granta magazine’s Best Young American Novelists, she is the recipient of two National Jewish Book Awards, the Edward Lewis Wallant Award, the Harold U. Ribalow Award, and the Reform Judaism Fiction Prize, and she was a finalist for the JW Wingate Prize, the Simpson Family Literary Prize, and the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

Her books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books, Booklist’s Best 25 Books of the Decade, and San Francisco Chronicle’s Best Books of the Year, and have been translated into eleven languages. Her nonfiction work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Smithsonian, and The Jewish Review of Books, among many other publications, and she is a regular columnist for Tablet. Horn received her doctorate in Yiddish and Hebrew literature from Harvard University. She has taught courses in these subjects at Sarah Lawrence College and Yeshiva University, and has held the Gerald Weinstock Visiting Professorship in Jewish Studies at Harvard. She has lectured for audiences in hundreds of venues throughout North America, Israel and Australia. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children.

Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove

Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove

Senior Rabbi of Park Avenue Synagogue

Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove is Senior Rabbi of Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City. He was ordained in 1999 at The Jewish Theological Seminary, and subsequently earned a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago Divinity School. An officer of the New York Board of Rabbis, he serves on the boards of the American Jewish Distribution Committee, the Hillels of University of Michigan and Pennsylvania and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of eleven volumes of sermons and the editor of Jewish Theology in Our Time.
Molly Yeh

Molly Yeh

Star of Food Network’s “Girl Meets Farm”

Molly Yeh is the star of Food Network’s series Girl Meets Farm, which first appeared in June 2018 and is currently in its 6th season. Girl Meets Farm celebrates the very best of Molly’s food, with recipes inspired by her Jewish and Chinese heritage and a taste of the Midwest. In 2019, Molly was nominated for both a James Beard Foundation Media Award for “Outstanding Personality/Host” and a daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Culinary Host.”

Molly rose to national prominence with the debut of her memoir, Molly On The Range: Recipes and Stories from an Unlikely Life on a Farm. Her cookbook was selected by the New York Times as one of the fall’s top releases of 2016 and was the winner of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), “Judge’s Award.” The book was also selected by NPR as one of their “Great Reads of 2016.” In March 2018, Molly followed the release with Yogurt by Short Stack Editions, featuring recipes dedicated to an ingredient she calls “the duct tape of food.”

She is also the creator of the critically-acclaimed and highly popular food and lifestyle brand, www.mynameisyeh.com, which has been recognized by Saveur and Yahoo as “Food Blog of the Year.” Molly has been featured by the New York Times, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Wall Street Journal Magazine and New York Magazine, and has contributed to Vanity Fair, Saveur, Condé Nast Traveler, Food52, and The Jewish Daily Forward. She was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list for 2017 and *Apartment Therapy’*s 10 under 40 list.

Outside the kitchen, Molly is a Juilliard-trained percussionist and has performed with orchestras around the world, in off-Broadway theatre, and as the glockenspielist for the pop-band San Fermin. She lives on a sugar beet farm on the North Dakota-Minnesota border with her fifth-generation farmer husband, Nick, their daughter, Bernie, and a little flock of chickens.

Nissim Black

Nissim Black

Hasidic Rapper

Nissim Black has been a gangsta rapper, a gang member, and a faith seeker. But his current incarnation that is here to stay: an African American Hasidic Jew who brings sharp beats and hook-filled rhymes to the masses.

The first single of 2020, “Mothaland Bounce” is a confluence of everything he’s ever done, and everywhere he’s ever been. The vibe is old school, but the song is thoroughly fresh, pairing big beats, an African hook, and a catchy chorus with a video that has already garnered 4 million views on YouTube.

With “Best Friend,” his latest single, and other new tracks, Black has reset his sound to better reflect his past and his present. “’Best Friend’ is a love song to music itself which does so much for the Human soul. We fall in love with music before we know how to speak, it befriends all of us at an early age.” Black says. “Through life’s ups and downs it always has the right tune or words to comfort us.”

The new tunes feature Black’s melodic singing mixed with silky smooth beats and his nimble verbal sparring; Black’s music has always leaned heavily on melody, but he had to wait for hip hop to catch up. After a long discovery process, both musically and personally, Black has finally found his true identity. “All of those journeys—being in a gang, being on the football team was a part of me trying to say, ‘I belong to something great- er than myself, I don’t know where, but I belong somewhere,’” he says. “It’s almost like trying to find that home.”

Ariel Zwang

Ariel Zwang

JDC CEO

Ariel Zwang, the dynamic and widely recognized American nonprofit executive, is CEO of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the global Jewish humanitarian organization operating in 70 countries worldwide. In January 2021, Ariel took the helm of JDC and its team of hundreds of professionals.

Ariel previously led Safe Horizon, one of America’s leading social service agencies, where she served with distinction as CEO for twelve years. Her mastery of complex organizational dynamics and multi-faceted operations helped transform the organization, as she doubled its size and enhanced its financial, operational, programmatic, and strategic health. Ariel led its thousand-person staff, a $100 million budget (including tens of millions in government contracts and grants), and programs impacting 250,000 vulnerable people annually.

Her distinguished career in the human and public service sectors includes her tenure as Executive Director of New York Cares, New York City’s largest volunteering organization; as a White House Fellow in the Department of Housing and Urban Development; as Vice President of the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation in the South Bronx; and as Special Assistant to the Chancellor of the New York City Board of Education. Ariel began her career with Morgan Stanley and the Boston Consulting Group.

As a noted expert in social support for vulnerable populations and volunteerism advocate, Ariel has regularly appeared in media discussing these trends. She was a board member of the Human Services Council of New York, and the Points of Light Foundation, and was ranked the “2nd most powerful nonprofit leader in New York State” on City and State’s Annual Power List.

A passionate Jewish leader hailing from a family of rabbis and Jewish educators, Ariel has held numerous community leadership positions, underscoring her commitment to Jewish practice, pluralism, and the diversity of Jewish life. She is a Vice President of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in Manhattan, and has served in a variety lay roles at UJA-Federation of New York, as a Board Member of Jewish Coalition for Service, and with the New York Committee for Harvard Hillel.

Ariel received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College. She and her husband, Gordon Mehler, are the parents of two young-adult daughters and reside in Manhattan.

Dara Horn

Dara Horn

Award-winning author

Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove

Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove

Senior Rabbi of Park Avenue Synagogue

Molly Yeh

Molly Yeh

Star of Food Network’s “Girl Meets Farm”

Nissim Black

Nissim Black

Hasidic Rapper

Ariel Zwang

Ariel Zwang

JDC CEO

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A Taste of New York City

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Ariel Zwang
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8 Nights. 8 Locations.

Celebrate with Jewish communities in New York City, Morocco, Ukraine, Estonia, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Poland, and Latin America.

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Miss a night? Watch below for videos from each stop on our Chanukah journey.

New York City

November 28, 2021  |  7 p.m. EST

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Morocco

November 29, 2021  |  7 p.m. EST

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Ukraine

November 30, 2021  |  7 p.m. EST

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Estonia

December 1, 2021  |  7 p.m. EST

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United Arab Emirates

December 2, 2021  |  7 p.m. EST

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Israel

December 3, 2021  |  3 p.m. EST

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Poland

December 4, 2021  |  7 p.m. EST

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Latin America

December 5, 2021  |  7 p.m. EST

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