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Polish cuisine wins Israeli hearts and stomachs

Polish Culinary Week offered a tasty step toward restoring Israeli cultural relations with Poland, which for many Israelis is a source of both nostalgia and pain.
מתכוני קיץ פולני שף שמיל הולנד והדיי עפאים צילום דן פרץ

How do you encourage Israelis to change their perceptions of today's Poland? November's Polish Culinary Week, which took place in restaurants, bakeries and bars in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem, was a unique first attempt at redefining Israeli relations with the Polish people. For this ambitious festival, a first-of-its-kind culinary event, the Polish Institute invited chefs, restaurant owners, culinary experts and journalists from Poland to bridge the two cultures and expose Israelis to Polish contemporary cuisine. Poland was home to the largest Jewish community in Europe up until the Holocaust.

The man behind the initiative is Aryeh Rosen, director of cultural programs at the Polish Institute.

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