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Chef Eitan Bernath Learns About Jewish Cuisine, History From Mexico City in New Docuseries

Eitan Bernath in a scene from “Eitan Explores: Mexico City.” Photo: Eitan Productions

Jewish chef and cookbook author Eitan Bernath is hosting a new original digital series that follows him as he samples Jewish cuisine around Mexico City, cooks with natives, and learns about the culinary history of the city’s Jewish Mexican community.

Among his adventures in “Eitan Explores: Mexico City,” which premieres on Monday, Bernath prepares a traditional Shabbat stew called “Sobremesa,” tries Mexico street food, and visits sites and synagogues that are part of the city’s Jewish community. He also meets locals, eats with them, and learns more about the city’s Jewish roots. Each two-minute episode of the series will highlight the diverse Jewish life, culture, and food found in Mexico City, from the kitchens, restaurants, and homes in Mexico’s capital.

In the show’s premiere episode, Bernath meets Estrella Jafif, a native CDMX chef who has Lebanese and Cuban roots. Estrella takes Bernath on a Friday to her favorite local market where they taste local produce and Oaxacan cheeses and buy ingredients to cook a traditional meal for Shabbat. They also see Jewish kippah-wearing customers shop for themselves before Shabbat begins.

In one episode, Bernath tastes vegetarian Mexican street foods at a tented taco stand owned by a non-Jewish woman named Elsa who has been serving the local Jewish community since the 1960s. She tells Bernath about how Jewish locals requested meat-free options from her mom, the founder of the taco stand, so they can eat there. It has now become a neighborhood staple.

The seven-episode docuseries was produced by Eitan Productions and distributed in partnership with Tastemade. It will stream on Tastemade’s Instagram account, with an episode being released daily through May 19.

“I can’t wait for viewers to experience the people, food, and culture like I did in CDMX,” said Bernath, who is also the principal culinary contributor on “The Drew Barrymore Show” and the author of the cookbook Eitan Eats the World.

“Mexico City’s rich culture has defined and left a meaningful mark on its one-of-a-kind Jewish community,” he added. “I’m honored to introduce audiences around the world to these storied dishes, flavors, and people.”

Jewish presence in Mexico dates back to the 16th century, and there are over 40,000 Jews living in Mexico City.

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OCAD University student is seeking $1M in damages—alleging a lack of protection from threats and abuse

Samantha Kline, 22, presented photos of antisemitic graffiti she says targeted her.

The post OCAD University student is seeking $1M in damages—alleging a lack of protection from threats and abuse appeared first on The Canadian Jewish News.

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Palestinian Islamic Jihad Releases New Propaganda Video of Israeli Hostage

Israeli hostage Alexander (Sasha) Trufanov as seen in a propaganda video released by Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Photo: Screenshot

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group on Tuesday released a short propaganda video featuring Israeli hostage Alexander (Sasha) Trufanov, 28, who was kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists during Hamas’ Oct. 7 massacre across southern Israel.

The 30-second undated video shows Trufanov, an Amazon employee, identifying himself and saying that he will soon discuss what has happened to him and other hostages in Gaza.

Similar videos have been released by terrorists groups in Gaza. Israel has lambasted them as psychological warfare.

Trufanov’s mother said in a video released by the family that she was happy to see her son after all this time, but “it was heartbreaking” that he had been a hostage for so long.

Trufanov was an engineer at the Israeli microelectronics company Annapurna Labs, which Amazon owns.

Hamas-led Palestinian terrorists abducted over 250 people during their Oct. 7 onslaught. Trufanov was kidnapped alongside his mother, grandmother, and girlfriend.

All three were released as part of a temporary ceasefire agreement negotiated in November. His father, Vitaly Trufanov, was one of the 1,200 people killed during the Hamas massacre.

“The proof of life from Alexsander (Sasha) Trufanov is additional evidence that the Israeli government must give a significant mandate to the negotiating team,” the Hostages Families Forum, which represents the families of the hostages, said in a statement.

More than 120 hostages remain in Gaza, which is ruled by Hamas. Islamic Jihad is a separate but allied terrorist organization in the Palestinian enclave. Both are backed by Iran, which provides them with money, weapons, and training.

Negotiations brokered by Qatar, Egypt, and the US to reach a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas in Gaza have been stalled for weeks.

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Gal Gadot’s Action Movie Nabs Second Place on Netflix List of Most Watched Films in Second Half of 2023

Gal Gadot as Rachel Stone in a scene from the trailer for “Heart of Stone.” Photo: YouTube screenshot

Netflix released its engagement report that details the films with the most views from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2023, and Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s action thriller Heart of Stone secured the number two spot with 109.6 million views.

The film — starring Gadot alongside Jamie Dornan and Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt in leading roles — was the runner-up to Leave the World Behind, the drama starring Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, and Ethan Hawke that garnered 121 million views on Netflix.

Heart of Stone, directed by Tom Harper, was released on the streaming giant on Aug. 11 of last year. The action film is about international intelligence operative Rachel Stone, played by Gadot, who goes on a mission to protect an artificial intelligence system, known as The Heart, from falling in the wrong hands. The film was produced by Pilot Wave, a company founded by Gadot and her husband Jaron Varsano.

Gadot also stars in Netflix’s most popular film of all time, Red Notice, alongside Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds.

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