Until we can resume holding in-person luncheons,
JFS is offering virtual programs via Zoom.

We will also use this space to promote virtual events from other organizations
if we think they might appeal to our virtual program audience.
All events listed here are free of charge unless otherwise indicated.

Past virtual programs may be viewed via our YouTube channel.


Presentation by Dr. Nancy Koppelman: “Understanding Israel”

Thursday, Dec. 9, at noon

Join Dr. Nancy Koppelman as she explores 12 features of Israel’s history, diverse ethnic and religious ways of life, governance and justice structures, and educational system. This talk, co-sponsored by JFS and Humanities Washington, sheds light on the people who reside in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories and aims to provide history and context for this complex nation.

About the speaker:

Dr. Koppelman has been a faculty member at Evergreen State College in Olympia for 26 years. She teaches interdisciplinary programs that combine American history, literature, philosophy, and writing, among other fields. She holds a three-year appointment as Visiting Research Scholar with the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, where she was a faculty fellow in 2019.

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JFS Zoom Social Hour

Thursday, Dec. 30, at noon

At our last virtual schmooze of 2021, share your resolutions or intentions for the year to come, kvell about your New Year’s Eve plans (or kvetch about your lack thereof), or just grab a mug of hot tea and catch up a bit with your fellow community members.


Presentation by Naomi Tomky: “Jews and Chinese food on Christmas”

Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at noon

Seattle-based Jewish food writer Naomi Tomky uses her unrelenting enthusiasm as an eater, photographer, and writer to propel herself around the world. From trailing a street food hawker in Singapore to navigating the ancient roads of the Mayan jungle, she explores the world with a hungry eye — and mouth.

During our first virtual program of the new year, Naomi will discuss one of her favorite topics: the phenomenon of Jews eating Chinese food on Christmas, which she has written about for Jewish in Seattle magazine.

About the speaker:

The author of The Pacific Northwest Cookbook, Naomi Tomky writes about food and travel for publications including Saveur, The New York Times, Fortune, Food & Wine, and many more. She has contributed to various guides, guidebooks, and Lucky Peach’s book All About Eggs. 

Naomi Tomky won a Lowell Thomas Award for Culinary Travel Writing in 2019, the Association of Food Journalists “Best Food and Travel Writing” award for 2016, and was a nominee for a 2017 writing award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Her writing was selected for in 2017 edition of the Best Food Writing anthology.


*Programs are subject to change