• Email
  • Pin It

Host A Joy of Kosher Cook Book Club In Israel Get A Free Book


Contributed by:



150 comments | Leave Comment


Following the amazing JOY of KOSHER Israel Launch Party at the Cinematheque in Jerusalem in December we decided that we all enjoy getting together with friends over good food too much to let too much time go by before getting together again.



So! We’re starting something new in Israel that we hope you’ll want to join. It’s a way to connect with friends, new and old, in REAL LIFE. Fancy that!

We are looking for 12 volunteers across Israel to HOST our community cookbook club dinner parties:

If you volunteer and are selected to host you will receive a FREE copy of our first selection… (listen for that drum roll)… my brand new cookbook JOY of KOSHER Fast, Fresh, Family Recipes by Jamie Geller (me!).  The book retails for $30 US and 125 NIS but as a host you will receive your copy for FREE! (I know we said that already but just wanted to clarify for all y’all).  You will then have the perfect excuse to host a fabulous Joy of Kosher dinner party with your favorite foodie friends.

joy of kosher cookbook

Q What Does a Host Do?


  • Have a wonderful time! Schedule your party any time between February 21 and March 9.
  • Invite at least 5 friends. (More would be better. That way there will be more food to taste.)
  • Cook from the book. Each guest will cook a recipe from the book to bring to the party.
  • Take pictures of the party, including the food and your friends and email the photos to us and tell us about your party, no later than March 17th, for inclusion in a future article on JoyofKosher.com.

A few more suggestions to help you host your cookbook club:

Q: Who makes what?

A: Usually the host makes the main course and assigns each guest a dish to make and bring to the party. But this is not a hard and fast rule. (There aren’t so many hard and fast rules in my kitchen.) So, as the host you have the option to plan the menu and assign each dish, but it’s also fun not knowing what everyone will make. So you can just assign each guest a category – soups, starters, sides, salads, mains or desserts. (Someone can even bake a bread or challah from the challah chapter!)

Q: Can I share the book with my club?

A:  Sure. You can either pass around your cookbook, or each person can buy his or her own copy (pretty please!) – they are available in Israel at all good Jewish bookshops, or if you can’t find one email us and we’ll track one down for you.

Q: What do we do at the party?

A:  Eat and discuss amongst yourselves. And eat some more. Seriously, we want you to talk about the food and about the book.  You can rate the recipes you each made, discuss what you liked or how you would tweak each dish.  Hopefully everyone will have had a chance to read through the stories in the book too, so along with the food discussion, you can talk about your own experiences with some of the issues I write about – epic kitchen disasters, for instance, or the “what’s for dinner” debate, your favorite family heirloom recipes, and there’s lots more. (Like sleep deprivation, mother of the year award, play date lunches, brisket a love story, dessert before the meal, the power of a smile etc….) As host, you can lead the discussion with a story of your own, if you like; then go round the table to share the thoughts and experiences of others. We’re especially interested in hearing the best (and best value) food subs you make in Israel for American products.

Q: How can I volunteer to be a host?

A: Put your name and town/city in the comments below.  Around February 6th we will select 12 people at random from across Israel to be our hosts and mail you the book so you can start planning.

We did this in the US and everyone had a great time, check out this cookbook club recap article to see what they did.


Update on 2/13 – So excited to see so many areas of the country included!! I wish I could give you all books and I hope you all consider hosting book club parties anyway. We spread it out and picked randomly and here are the winners – look for an email today:

1. Beth Saar, Ra’anana
2. Mina Yocheved, Eilat
3. Yael Maoz Rehovot
4 Sonia Esther Soltani Tel Aviv
5. Bracha Goldman Beersheva
6. Sara Mor – Bet Shemesh Nofei Aviv
7. Sue Epstein Efrat
8. Hadassah Levy Eli
9. Daniella Tannenwald Modiin
10.Tziona – Hispin (Golan)
11. Dave and Miri Bender – Tzfat
12. Marissa – Netanya

Posted in

About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




150 Responses to Host A Joy of Kosher Cook Book Club In Israel Get A Free Book

  1. avatar says: shlomia

    My name: Shlomi Ashuri
    Town/City: Zerufa (or Tzrufa)

  2. avatar says: Marissa

    Would LOVE this! I own both the first books, I have a cookbook collection of about 70 books and I love reading and re-reading my cookbooks. My collection was the first thing I considered when we were talking about making aliya and we basically sent a lift to bring all my books (and my kids toys, of course).
    I live in Netanya, lots of young foodies around here and I LOVE cooking! Please pick me :)

  3. Hi! I would like to host the Joy of Kosher cookbook club! Sharona Halickman, Jerusalem

  4. avatar says: tamar

    Hi! I’m Tamar Veres from Jerusalem and would love to host a dinner party for friends showcasing these delicious recipes!

  5. avatar says: Ruth

    Hi, I’m Ruth and I’m a cookbook (and cookery) addict. I would love to get a free copy of Jamie Geller’s new cookbook. I’m in Jerusalem.

  6. Linda Nechamkin-Sinvani

    Jerusalem, Israel (BAKA)

  7. I live in Modiin and would love to host a Joy of Kosher Cookbook club!

  8. avatar says: Devo K

    Devo Kessin. I live in Ariel.

  9. Hi-
    We’re a family of foodies who love to entertain. Our home in Tzfat is well known for its hospitality, eclectic company, and terrific food.
    Hope to hear from you!

  10. This is sucha great Idea- I live in Ariel and have quite a few friends here who are foodies or love to cook.
    Id also love the cookbook, I have a collection of cookbooks, Love them for cooking and for reading!

    Thanks for considering me!

  11. It would be a great honour to be a hostess in Beersheva!! You have many fans here, and I am an addicted cookbook experimenter, and experienced cook and hostess. SO sorry I missed the evening in Jerusalem – distance and logistics precluded attending.

  12. avatar says: Hudi

    Mitzpeh Yericho

  13. My name is Chava Kovacs and I live in Kochav Yaakov and would love to host!

  14. Wow! What an unbelievable and fun Idea! I would LOVE to host. I live in Harnof, Jerusalem

    • So happy you think it’s unbelievably fun — we do too! Best of luck and say hi to Toby Katz and Rebbetzin Debbie Winter in Har Nof if you know either of them!

  15. I would like to host but have been kosher vegetarian for 45 years.

  16. PS Nachlaot, Jerusalem

  17. avatar says: Melissa

    Melissa Pursell, Be’er Sheva, Israel

    I would love to host and I love to cook.

  18. How about a Joy of Kosher Party in the Golan???

  19. B’H I live in Ramot Bet Jerusalem and would love to host a cookbook club!

  20. Mina here representing Eilat!!!!

  21. Hi Jamie!! I would love to host this. I live in Hashmonaim. Hope all is well by you. Hugs!

  22. Hi, my name is Marcia & I live in Maale Adumim & I’d love to host!

  23. avatar says: yye

    I would love to host a dinner party. I live in Betar.

  24. Hi Jamie,
    As an olah chadasha (arrived 8/13/13) I watched your Joy of Aliyah series waiting for it to be my turn. I get your enewsletter & subscribed to the magazine in America. I really miss getting it!
    I moved to Efrat & would live to host, especially for all my former Teaneck friends & family living here too. Thanks!

    • WHOOOOOHOOOOO!!!! Welcome Home! Thank you so much Debbie. Efrat/Teaneck is now in the running. Great luck and great to hear from you. Please let me know if I can help at all with your klita. Wishing you bracha and hatzlacha!!!!!

  25. Hi Jamie, my name is Rachael Newman and I live in Chashmonaim, Israel. We love to cook and entertain and think this would be a lot of fun. Hoping to hear from you.

  26. avatar says: Tami Ross

    Tami Ross in Modiin

  27. Hi Jamie,

    We think that this is a wonderful idea. We live in Karnei Shomron and would love to host an event like this. Please be in touch.
    Shoshana and Michelle

  28. I live in Modiin and would love to host!

  29. Hi there! My name is Abby Buchnick, I live in Hashmonaim, and I’d love to host!!

  30. I love cooking, Would love to host a party! Givat Shaul, Jerusalem.

  31. This is right up my alley! Marion Rosen, Ma’ale Adumim. (And I promise I’ll invite Marcia…)

  32. avatar says: Yael Maoz

    Hi, I’m Yael and I live in Rehovot. I am a scientist and I work with many other scientists visiting Israel for 1-3 years from around the world. We have a network of women scientists that meet regularly for professional support but also for fun! We have already planned an upcoming dinner party in February and this would be the perfect topic. Two of us in the group keep kosher and the other ladies are wanting to know more and what types of wonderful cuisine can be served and still keep kosher. This would be a great way to show off just how great it could be…and their comments coming from so many places and backgrounds could be very interesting and enlightening :) Cheers!

  33. I am in Ra’anana. Sounds like fun!

  34. avatar says: Amy

    I live in Beit Shemesh and would love to host a get together of ladies here.

  35. avatar says: Gabriella

    My name is Gabriella and I would love to host a party. I enjoy trying new recipes and finding new family favorites. I live in Beit Shemesh.

  36. As a former columnist for JTA in which I featured recipes and cookbooks, this sounds like a fun idea.
    I live in Jerusalem in Ramot.

  37. avatar says: Elisheva

    I Would love to host a cookbook party a my home in Hod Hasharon. I love this great idea! Can it be adopted for other cookbooks as well or is it copyright proteced :-)

    • LOL! Go for it – we think it’s a great idea and hope that we can even facilitate future cookbook clubs. I went to Alexander Muss High School in Israel in Hod Hasharon. Great luck!

  38. avatar says: Cindy

    Hi I’m from the Sheinfeld neighborhood in Beit Shemesh and would love to host ladies here.

  39. avatar says: Ayala

    My name is Ayala and I live in the San Simon area of Jerusalem. My husband and I love to cook and think it would be a lot of fun to host this event.

  40. Shalom! What an amazing idea and a way to make new friends and meet fellow gourmands. I am an olah chadasha (less than three weeks), love hosting and cooking (born in France, lived in London for over a decade and travelled a lot to learn about local cultures) and I live with a Greek flatmate who’s also passionate about tasty, healthy and colourful cuisine. I am a writer (travel and food are two of my main areas) and love nothing more than a good party. I live in Tel Aviv and keep kosher. Whoever ends up hosting, have fun! Esther

    • Esther!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a story!!!! Thank you SO much for entering! And say hey to your Greek flatmate! OH and WELCOME HOME! Wishing you an easy amazing klita.

      • Thank you so much for picking me! Can’t wait to tell flatmates and start plotting guest list,menu and colour scheme for the table. Thanks for the kind wishes. Very happy to be home! Shabbat shalom, Esther PS something to look forward in the post!

  41. Hi, I’m from Ma’ale Adumim. Would love to host.

  42. Hadassah Levy, Eli. Any excuse to get together with some friends and some good food.

  43. avatar says: Alana

    Alana, Jerusalem. Would love to host a cookbook dinner :-)

  44. Sounds like fun! We live in Modi’in.

  45. avatar says: Sarah

    This sounds wonderful! My name is Sarah and I live in Kiryat Hasharon (Netanya)

  46. I live in Aderet (a moshav near Bet Shemesh) and love cooking, though normally only entertain on Shabbat. It would be a real joy to host a cookbook dinner party!

  47. avatar says: Jeanne

    What fun! Jeanne in Zichron Ya’akov, I’d love to be a part of this.

  48. Hi, Selah Gitlin here of beautiful Nahariya! Would love to be a host and will hope there are plenty of gluten-free recipes in your book!

  49. Hi! My name is Hailey and I live in Jerusalem, and I’d love to host! Thanks!

  50. avatar says: Linor

    Linor in Yerushalayim! (Can I be a vegetarian host???)

  51. avatar says: Rebecca

    I live in Oranit and would love to host!

  52. Sounds great. My name is Ariela and I live in Ramat Beit Shemesh

  53. This sounds like so much fun! Would love to host in Modiin.

  54. avatar says: Beth Saar

    Hi Jamie. I met you in Jerusalem at the Cinemateque event and would love to host a dinner party. I have all of your cookbooks
    i live in Raanana

  55. I’m a “vatika” – 52 years in Israel and just moved to Tel Aviv. I think I can host a small group in my new apt.

  56. avatar says: shoshiw

    What could be better than cooking with friends, eating with friends, sharing stories and tips with friends while looking at the mediterranean and recipes inspired by Joy of Kosher! I live in Netanya and my friends would love this!

  57. Hi Jamie, I’m a food writer/columnist/former cooking instructor in Efrat. When I lived in Atlanta we did something like this on a regular basis and it was fabulous fun. I would love to host with friends from all over Gush Etzion.

    • Hey Sue – aren’t these clubs fun! I just love the idea. Tamar Genger, Exec Editor of JoK.com had the idea to do it with our new book after seeing articles in the NY Times about such clubs. Thanks for representing the Gush. Great luck!

  58. avatar says: Debbie

    I live in Talpiyot Jerusalem and would love to host. I’d also be willing to host in New Jersey when I go there for a few months.

  59. Would love to host a block party like this. I live in Ramat Beit Shemesh.

  60. avatar says: Davina

    I live in Central Tel Aviv and love hosting dinner parties!

  61. Hi!! I have been following your website and enjoying it so!,
    Would love to host a cook food party in my home in Hoshaya. It would be lots of fun, Americans and Israelis together!!

  62. avatar says: Emma

    Such a fun idea to bring good friends and yummy food together. I’d love to host one in Tel Aviv! :)

  63. Hi Jamie, I live in Katzrin (the Golan) and it would be so wonderful to have a cookbook party for our Golan English Speaking Women’s group, and I would love to host.

  64. Shalom! I am Robin. I live on Kibbutz Tirat Zvi (from the religious kibbutz movement) in the beautiful Valley of Springs. I am a nutritionist and work at Tirat Zvi meats as a technologist. Cooking is how I express my creativity and also feed my hungry family. I’d love to host a party (perhaps we can get a cooperation going with the tasty and high quality products we produce)

  65. We’d love to host an evening like this! Both wife Miri and I love to cook and host guests, both privately, and on Shabbat/chag, as well as for our modest Bed and Breakfast here in Tzfat. We’ve been thinking of doing something like this for awhile, and this would be a fun event for all.

    • I love that you will be doing this together as a couple (and in Tzfat!!!!). Thanks for entering and please feel free to post your Bed and Breakfast info and link here so everyone will know about you!

  66. Ooh this sounds lovely! I know lots of foodies who learn at Pardes with me and I would love to host a dinner party! I’m in Katamon, Jerusalem.

  67. Hi I live in Rehovot and would love to host! We have a nice warm community and the ladies here would love a fun night together! This sounds like the Perfect opportunity :)

  68. avatar says: Naomi

    Sounds yummy! I would love to host in Tel Mond.

  69. Hi I live in modiin and would love to host. I have an enormous network and also host, once a month a W.O.M.E.N evening (women of modiin empower and network)
    I could encorporate the dinner and the evening of Women together – this way more exposure to the book and the delicious food. We have a close group of women – housewives and business women. its just awesome and always a success. warmest regards and thanks for the possible opportunity

Leave a Reply

Log in or Join For Free or leave a reply as a guest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

  Notify me of follow-up comments by email