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Scholar-in-Residence to bring sweet stories to Temple Beth-El

Rabbi Deborah Prinz Rabbi Deborah Prinz Lecturer, blogger and author Rabbi Deborah Prinz will be the Scholar-in-Residence at Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Rabbi Prinz will speak on “Jews on the Chocolate Trail” based on her book, On the Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel. Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao. Published in 2013, the book is already in its third printing.

The lecture will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. at the temple, 400 S. Pasadena Ave.

Rabbi Prinz was awarded a Starkoff Fellowship and a Director’s Fellowship from the American Jewish Archives, as well as a Gilder Lehrman Fellowship from the Rockefeller Library to pursue the research for On the Chocolate Trail. The work for her book took her around the globe, including Belgium, Egypt, England, France, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland and back to the United States.

In the book, Rabbi Prinz unravels religious connections in the early chocolate trade and shows how Jewish and other religious values infuse chocolate today. With mouth-watering recipes, a glossary of chocolaty terms, tips for buying luscious, ethically produced chocolate, a list of sweet chocolate museums around the world and more, this book unwraps tasty facts such as:

• Some people – including chocolate makers – believe that Jews brought chocolate making to France.

• A born-again Christian businessman in the Midwest marketed his caramel chocolate bar as a “Noshie,” after the Yiddish word for “snack.”

• Chocolate Chanukah gelt may have developed from St. Nicholas customs.

Rabbi Prinz is Rabbi emerita of Temple Adat Shalom in Poway, CA. She served as senior Rabbi there for almost 20 years. During her tenure in California she was elected by her colleagues to various offices of the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis and assumed its presidency in 2005.

She previously was the rabbi of a synagogue in Bergen County, NJ, for seven years as well as the assistant rabbi of Central Synagogue in Manhattan.

For many years she served as a member of the executive committee of the Union for Reform Judaism and Central Conference of American Rabbis Commission on Outreach and Synagogue Community.

Rabbi Prinz recently served the Central Conference of American Rabbis as director of programming and member services and the director of the Joint Commission of Rabbinic Mentoring, having held a number of leadership positions in the national and regional Reform movement.

In 1991, Brandeis University National Women’s Committee named her Woman of the Year.

On the Chocolate Trail will be available for purchase for $18.99 at the event. For more information, please contact Temple Beth-El, (727) 347-6136.

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