May 16

Fine Wine and Food for Thought

Ambler, Pennsylvania

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Philadelphia Chapter
Negev Forum
You Are What You Eat: Understanding Israel Through its Unique Cuisine
Dr. Nir Avieli
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
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Monday, May 16, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Hosted in a private home.
Event Hosts
Shelley and Bruce Menkowitz
Maribeth and Steven Lerner

Join us for cocktail reception and presentation.



R.S.V.P. to, or 215-884-4510 and receive location information.


Dr. Nir Avieli, a senior lecturer in BGU’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology, is a cultural anthropologist primarily interested in food and in tourism. Dr. Avieli has conducted research in Thailand, India, Singapore, Vietnam, and Israel. His book, Rice Talks: Food and Community in a Vietnamese Town was published by Indiana University Press in 2012. Dr. Avieli is currently compiling a culinary ethnography of Israel, focused on issues of food and power.

He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, and the Department of Behavioral Sciences at BGU. Dr. Avieli completed his Ph.D. in 2004 in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Avieli is currently on sabbatical at Middlebury College in Vermont.


The Negev Forum is an AABGU initiative for professionals in their 50s and early 60s. The primary objective of the Negev Forum is to increase awareness and support for Ben-Gurion University and Negev development among this segment of our community, through educational programs and special events.

Negev Forum Co-Chairs:
– Roslyn and Chuck Epstein
– Jodi and Sam Greenblatt
– Maribeth and Steven Lerner
– Holly and Norm Nelson