Diaspora Dinners
Diaspora Dinners
Chicago-based pop-up dinner series that explores the food and history of the Jewish Diaspora.
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Diaspora Dinners and Reboot Present: Death Over Dinner

This special event is a collaboration between Reboot and Diaspora Dinners. The dinner deviates from the typical Shabbat dinner format and will be structured as an extended guided conversation.

The way we die is the most important conversation Americans aren’t having. Death over Dinner-Jewish Edition (DOD-JE) facilitates live programming to address end-of-life matters over a meal. The project places these important questions in the center of a dinner and asks participants to consider, debate and discuss what their intentions are for living and dying.  Whether you are a Jewish insider, more on the margins, or Jewish-adjacent, we welcome you to join us in tapping into some age-old Jewish wisdom around grieving and ritual, living and dying. We will be using materials and a facilitation guide for a dinner that  will be engaging, empowering, and even uplifting.      

The meal is hosted by Rachel Ellison (Bat Sarah Press) with food by Chris Reed (The Rice Table) and Dylan Maysick (formerly of Front Room Donuts). Becky Adelberg, from Reboot, will be facilitating the discussion. The menu is inspired by Eastern European Jewish cooking, with particular emphasis on the cooking of Fania Lewando (ZT’L), author of the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook. Lewando was a restaurateur, vegetarian chef, and one of many Lithuanian Jews murdered in the Holocaust. Her legacy lives on through her contributions to cuisine and writing. Join us for dinner on Friday, January 18th. BYOB.  

Check out this video to learn more about Death Over Dinner-JE

*Exact location will be released via digital receipt upon ticket purchase.*


pickled vegetables 
whitefish salad with rye toast

poppy seed challah
whiskey or tea with honey

hunter's stew with beef and sauerkraut
stuffed cabbage with tomato sauce 
assorted dumplings

broiled eggplant 
red cabbage salad 
cold beet soup with dill, potatoes, and cream

honey cake

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Earlier Event: December 22
Jewish Christmas Dinner
Later Event: January 27
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