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Rye bread…musical seeds…harvesting poems…

Shavuos, the holiday of the Spring grain harvest in the Jewish tradition, will soon be upon us.

Scroll to the bottom to watch our live-streamed Culinary + Culture Salon: The Rye Edition.

We’ll do a deep dive into all things rye-related with Stan Ginsberg, aka The Rye Baker. Drawing insights from his book, The Rye Baker: Classic Breads from Europe and America, we’ll learn about the history and significance of rye/dark bread, also known as “peasant bread,” and its cultural importance as a means of comfort and sustenance in difficult times. (Pandemic sourdough craze, anyone?)

Our incredible line-up also includes Belarusian singer and musician Siarhei Douhushau beaming in from Minsk, and award-winning poet Karina Borowicz from Amherst, Massachusetts. Register with this form here and join us for this Spring celebration of artistic and culinary treats.

In advance of the event, we invite you to post your own adventures with rye on our Facebook event page.

Stanley Ginsberg, author of The Rye Baker, is also the owner-proprietor of New York Bakers, an online purveyor of professional baking ingredients, supplies and equipment to home and hobbyist bakers. His first book, Inside the Jewish Bakery (co-authored with Norman Berg), received the IACP’s 2012 Jane Grigson Award for “distinguished scholarship in the quality of its research and presentation.” Stanley also leads bread and travel enthusiasts on a curated Baltic Rye Tour, which you can read more about here. A native New Yorker, he and his wife, Sylvia Spieler Ginsberg, live in San Diego, California.

Siarhei Douhushau is a singer, musician, ethnographer, and a manager of cultural projects. He was born in Novaye Tarchylava village, Vorsha district, Belarus. In 2010 Siarhei graduated from Belarusian State Academy of Music majoring in singing. Currently he is a soloist with Belarusian State Philarmonic. He actively and relentlessly promotes Belarusian ethnic songs, organizes ethnographic expeditions, and collects Belarusian folklore. Siarhei plays guitar, Belarusian woodwind instruments, and kolavaya lira (hurdy-gurdy).

Karina Borowicz was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts. She holds degrees in writing, history, and Russian. Karina spent five years teaching in Russia and Lithuania, and has translated poetry from Russian and French. Her most recent poetry collection, Rosetta (2021), won the Ex Ophidia Prize. Proof (2014) won the Codhill Poetry Award, and The Bees Are Waiting (2012) won the Marick Press Poetry Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Poetry, the First Horizon Award, and was named a Must-Read by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Karina currently lives in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts.