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Greenville Jewish Federation hosting three events in January to highlight Jewish cooking and heritage!

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Greenville Jewish Federation is hosting three events this month that highlight the way Jewish traditions have helped shape southern cooking for generations.

A new cookbook by Rachel Gordon Barnett and Lyssa Klingman Harvey, Kugels and Collards: Stories of Food, Family, and Tradition in Jewish South Carolina, shares recipes and stories of Jewish food and heritage in the state. 

Kugels and Collards started in 2016 when Barnett and Harvey started a blog with that name where they gathered Jewish recipes and family stories from across South Carolina. Four years later, they’d accumulated enough South Carolina Jewish recipes and stories for a cookbook with more than 80 recipes, including brisket, potato latkes, different kinds of challah, and more.

Barnett and Harvey will be signing books and doing meet and greets to celebrate the launch of their new cookbook. All three events are taking place on January 28. They are:

  • Brunch and Learn, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., The Cook’s Station, 515 Buncombe Street, Greenville: VIP experience where guests will enjoy an intimate brunch and learning hour with a demonstration and sampling of recipes. Seating for this event is limited.

  • Book Signing, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., The Cook’s Station, 515 Buncombe Street, Greenville: Following the VIP event, the authors will move to the Cooks Station cafe area to sign books for those who have pre-ordered. A limited number of books will be available for purchase at the signing

  • Book Signing and Tasting, 3 p.m.-5 p.m., Temple B’nai Israel, Heywood 146 Avenue, Spartanburg: Features a question and answer session, sampling, and signing event. Hear from Barnett and Harvey and try Grandma Ida's Lokshen Kugel before getting a copy or two of the book signed.

See more details and get tickets here.

“Preserving the Southern Jewish table is so important for our state heritage,” said Courtney Tessler, CEO of the Greenville Jewish Federation. “We hope as much of the community, Jewish or not, comes out to learn and taste some Jewish history.”

About the Greenville Jewish Federation

The Greenville Jewish Federation is a dynamic organization dedicated to serving and strengthening the Jewish community in Greenville and neighboring counties. With a rich philanthropy and community-building history, the Federation works tirelessly to support educational programs, social services, cultural events, and advocacy efforts that promote Jewish values, heritage, and unity.  

To learn more about the Greenville Jewish Federation's initiatives and upcoming programs, visit


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