Friends of the Center Brunch

Watch our 2019 Friends of the Center Brunch video:

Thank you for an incredible event!

Sunday, March 3, 2019
with Special Guest,
Michael W. Twitty
Kosher Soul and The Cooking Gene

The 2019 Friends of the Center Brunch featured Michael W. Twitty, a James Beard Award-Winning Author, independent scholar, culinary historian, and historical interpreter. Twitty prepares, preserves, and promotes African-American foodways and its parent traditions in Africa and throughout the African Diaspora, including its legacy in the food culture of the American South. Michael is a Judaic studies teacher from the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area.

The Cooking Gene is Michael’s personal mission to document the connection between food history and family history from Africa to America, from slavery to freedom. Initiated in 2011, the project successfully garnered funding and significant media attention in 2012 to initiate a journey known as The Southern Discomfort Tour. Follow him on twitter @koshersoul.

The 2019 Friends of the Center Brunch is sponsored in part by:


The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Family Fund of OJCF/Arlene Schnitzer and Jordan Schnitzer

Bob and Rita Philip

John Emshwiller and Deborah Yaeger
Gayle and Paul Romain *
Jonathan Singer of Barg Singer PC

Aspen Mitzvah Fund of OJCF
Ruben and Elizabeth Menashe
Lois Schnitzer
Lynn and Jeff Wolfstone
Jay and Diane Zidell

Josh and Amy Frankel
Jay Holzman
Jeanne Newmark
Bunny and Jerry Sadis
Rob and Mara Shlachter
Jerry & Helen Stern Grandchildren’s Fund of OJCF/Anna and Eric Kodesch

Steve Albert and Janie Goldenberg
John and Beth Germain
Jonathan and Sarah Glass
Tony and Priscilla Kostiner
Jim and Lora Meyer
Stan and Madelle Rosenfeld Family Foundation
Faye Samuels
LV Wasserman Family Fund of OJCF

Daniel and Eleanor Albert
Barry and Karla Benson
Keith Berne
Amy and Doug Blauer
Rabbi Michael and Cantor Ida Rae Cahana
Julie and Tom Diamond Family Fund of OJCF
Ben Drucker and Andrea Sanchez
Eric and Robin Flamm
Bob and Lesley Glasgow
Marni Glick and Hank Kaplan
Merrill and Perry Hendin
Sheldon Klapper and Sue Hickey
Gail Mandel and Steven Klein
Lisa and Glen Levy
Molly Newcomer and Mike Adler
Jeff, Anne, Josh and Sol Nudelman
Sue Perkel
Irv and Arlene Potter
David and Diane Rosencrantz
Kyle and Becky Rotenberg
Carolyn Weinstein, Principal Broker, Hasson Company
Zeidman Family
Mark and Mindy Zeitzer

*Sponsorship support provided through a philanthropic fund of OJCF.


Avi Ben-Zaken + UD+P Urban Development Partners
Geffen Mesher
Radler White Parks & Alexander, LLP

Cedar Sinai Park Senior Day Care
JD Fulwiler & Co. Insurance
Bruce and Louise Magun
Jimm and Vickie Pierson of Morgan Stanley
Woods Environmental Consulting


Tal Caspi,

Carrie Wynkoop,
Cellar 503

Sonia Marie and Theo Leikam,
Leikam Brewing

Lisa Schroeder,
Mother’s Bistro

Chef Greg,
Seasons & Regions Seafood Grill