Miami Presents: Cultural Traditions with Susan Barocas and Hillel

Presented on: Tuesday, November 17th at 12:00 PM EST

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Join us for a special presentation as we help introduce Whitney Fisch, the Executive Director of Hillel at Miami University. Whitney will be joined by Susan Barocas, chef, writer and the parent of a Miami alum. The event will be hosted by Amy Shaiman '91, Application Team Leader at Miami.  

The group looks forward to a lively discussion on topics ranging from Jewish life in Ohio to the diversity of Jewish food, life as Jewish food community influencers and the role of food in building Jewish identity and connections. As part of the program, Susan will talk about Sephardic food and other non-Ashkenazic cuisines and demo preparation of a traditional dish that dates back centuries to the Jews and secret Jews of Spain. 

You can download this recipe and Susan's easy Challah from the resources section.  Ways to stay connected:

Hillel at Miami:
Instagram - @HillelatMU
Email Whitney -
Susan Barocas:
Instagram - @SusanBarocas
Participant Bios:

SUSAN BAROCAS is a writer, chef and cooking instructor with a passion for healthy cooking and Jewish history and food, especially Sephardic cuisines, cultures and history. She served as the guest chef for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Passover seders in the Obama White House. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Lilith, Moment and online with The Nosher among other outlets. After many years as a documentary filmmaker and serving as the director of the Washington Jewish Film Festival, in 2012 she became the founding director of the Jewish Food Experience. At the time an innovative project of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, JFE and its award-winning website led the way for organizations to use food to build Jewish identity and community. Susan is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Les Dames d’Escoffier  women's culinary society and the task force of the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington at Adas Israel Congregation, where she also co-chairs the Hesed (Lovingkindness) Cooking Committee. She is currently at work on a long-awaited cookbook. Susan the mother of Sam Phillips, a 2018 Miami grad.  

WHITNEY FISCH received her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan and spent the last 6 Director of Health and Wellness at Milken Community Day School in Los Angeles, CA. Before her time in LA, Whitney was a middle school counselor at Scheck Hillel Community Day School in North Miami Beach. Currently, Whitney is the Executive Director of the Hillel at Miami University in Oxford, OH. When not dealing with the holy work of running a Hillel in Southwest Ohio, Whitney is at home dealing with the trials and tribulations of her 3 young children as well as cooking... a lot. She blogs about all things food and life on her blog, Jewhungry was a Top 5 finalist in 2013 for the Kitchn's Homie Awards for Best Health & Diet blog and in 2014, Whitney co-authored a Passover e-cookbook that same year with fellow Jewish food bloggers, Amy Kritzer, Sarah Lasry and Liz Reuven called, "4 Bloggers Dish: Passover - Modern Twists on Traditional Recipes". Whitney contributed recipes and blog posts to, The Huffington Post, and The Nosher. You can follow Whitney's adventures in food and family on Instagram at @jewhungry or learn more about health and wellness tips and tools on her teen advocacy Instagram account, @whitneyfischmsw.