Reclaiming Our Roots: Tu Bi Shevat with The Prodigal Vegan
Friday, January 26 at 6:30pm
W121st St. (near A,B,C,D). RSVP for exact address
Tu Bi Shevat is often referred to as the “birthday of the trees,” a time when we are taught to ponder about our connection to the earth and fruits that it yields. For playwright and storyteller Lisa Huberman, growing up in a vegan household meant that eating and thinking about weird, exotic fruits was not merely a once a year affair, but a daily preoccupation.
In her solo The Prodigal Vegan Lisa takes her audience on a colorful, comic, interactive culinary journey through her relationship with plant-based eating. Growing up as a third-generation vegetarian in suburban Ohio, for her family healthy eating wasn’t just about following trends—it was an integral part of their bond and identity. And crafting a salad, digging a compost pile, and harvesting the garden was a process that carried with it ritual, performance, and a generous helping of vegan Jewish guilt. Though her own food choices as an adult do not always conform to her parents’ nutritional expectations, Lisa maintains a mystical belief in the power of plant-based eating to create a sense of community and transcendence. This Tu Bi Shevat, Lisa will lead us on a sensory Shabbat experience that will explore our relationships to food, and how by reclaiming our own roots we can sow the seeds for a Jewish future we believe in.
Photo credit: Jody Christopherson