Flyer to promote the Persian Cuisine Night at the JLIC Technion CommunityAt the Technion, where innovation thrives and diversity is celebrated, the recent Persian Cuisine Night event, held on 3/14/24, illuminated the campus with a blend of culture, cuisine, and camaraderie. Coordinated by JLIC Directors Rav Evan and Tova Levine, known for their engaging culture and cuisine evenings, this particular event was uniquely tied to the upcoming holiday of Purim, drawing parallels to the historical setting of the Purim story in ancient Persia, modern-day Iran.

The star of the evening was undoubtedly Tannaz, whose journey from Iran to Israel added a personal touch to the event.  Tannaz showcased her culinary skills, weaving together flavors and traditions from her homeland to create a delightful feast for the senses. Each dish, meticulously prepared with care, not only looked exquisite but also transported everyone present on a gastronomic journey through Persian cuisine.

Students preparing food for the Persian Cuisine Night at the JLIC Technion Community

Tannaz’s presence was more than just culinary prowess; it was a testament to the rich tapestry of backgrounds that make up the Technion community. Her willingness to share her roots, and her passion for her culture added layers of depth to the evening, fostering an atmosphere of understanding and appreciation.

Some of the food from the Persian Cuisine Night at the JLIC Technion CommunitySome of the food from the Persian Cuisine Night at the JLIC Technion CommunitySome of the food from the Persian Cuisine Night at the JLIC Technion Community

As plates were filled and conversations flowed, Rav Evan guided a discussion intertwined with the themes of Purim and Persian Jewish culture. Through engaging dialogue, participants gained insights into the historical connections between the holiday of Purim and the land of Persia, deepening their understanding of the traditions they were celebrating.

What truly made the evening memorable was the sense of community that enveloped the gathering. Twenty members of the JLIC Technion Community came together, not just to partake in a meal, but to forge connections, share stories, and celebrate diversity. In a world often marked by division, events like Persian Cuisine Night serve as reminders of the power of unity and the richness that comes from embracing different cultures and backgrounds.

For Tannaz, the evening was a chance to not only showcase her culinary heritage but also to find a sense of belonging in her new home. Her journey from Iran to Israel is a testament to resilience and the universal human desire for a better future. Through her participation in events like Persian Night, Tannaz found a platform to share her experiences, bridging the gap between past and present, and weaving new connections in her adopted community.

Students speaking at the Persian Cuisine Night at the JLIC Technion Community

This event marked the second Purim celebration organized by the Technion Community, following a student-led initiative the previous week. In honor of International Women’s Day, students rallied together to support the families of those kidnapped on October 7th. Led by Tova and Jenny their team baked over 400 hamentashen to be sold with proceeds going towards aiding the affected families.

Students from the JLIC Technion Community baking hamentashen Some of the hamentashen prepared by JLIC Technion students

These initiatives underscore the Technion community’s dedication to making a tangible difference in the lives of others, both locally and globally. Through acts of kindness, solidarity, and cultural exchange, they are not only enriching their own lives but also leaving an indelible mark on the world around them.

As the evening drew to a close, filled with laughter, shared memories, and the lingering aroma of Persian spices, it was evident that Persian Night had left an indelible mark on all who attended. Beyond the delicious food and stimulating discussions, the event served as a celebration of diversity, a tribute to the bonds that unite us, and a reminder of the beauty that emerges when different cultures come together in harmony.

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