Virtual breakfast explores Israel’s new JNF culinary center

Virtual breakfast explores Israel’s new JNF culinary center

Lior Lev Sercarz (Courtesy JNF)
Lior Lev Sercarz (Courtesy JNF)

The Jewish National Fund-USA is working to develop the Galilee region, often referred to as the “Tuscany of Israel,” into the culinary capital of the world. The organization’s Galilee Culinary Institute, GCI by JNF, hopes to reinvent culinary education and revolutionize the culinary arts scene in northern Israel when it opens in 2023.

As part of JNF-USA’s strategic initiatives supporting the Galilee region’s economy and infrastructure and with a goal of attracting 300,000 new residents to the area, GCI by JNF is working to transform Kiryat Shmona and the culinary industry with its intensive total immersion program, which is designed to help students acquire a combination of practical skills and a broad understanding of the major themes affecting the food world today.

Lior Lev Sercarz is a well-known chef and award-winning cookbook author, the owner of New York’s La Boîte spices and biscuit shop, and a co-founder and the chief culinary officer of GCI by JNF. He will speak online on Sunday, March 6, at 11 a.m., for a JNF-USA virtual Breakfast for Israel program. He’ll talk about the vision for the culinary institute in the heart of the region where he grew up, and its impact on the land and people of Israel.

The program’s co-chairs are Anne and Adrian Kroll.

To register for the free central New Jersey virtual community program, or if you have questions, go to; email Anna Millstein at, or call (973) 593-0095, ext. 826.

Recipes from GCI by JNF including shakshuka, hummus, salmon ceviche, tahini shortbread cookies, hazelnut chocolate babka, and more can also be found at

You can listen to GCI by JNF’s podcast, “What’s Burning,” at

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