"There is wine and there is wine, so also there is a cup and there is a cup, and all is, this for good and this for evil." - Zohar II:256B
You’ve seen wine paired with food, but how about wine paired with text? Help us launch LABA East Bay by joining local artists, an ancient text scholar, and a sommelier as we explore the complexities and contradictions of inebriation. There will be teachings, tastings, and performances. A sensual mash-up not to be missed.
LEARNING: LABA East Bay teacher Rabbi Josh Ladon will present four short teachings about what happens when we drink. These stories, all pulled from ancient Jewish text, will explore wine as a vehicle for giddiness, honesty, deception, mysticism, and despair—sometimes all at once.
DRINKING: Our wine expert for the evening is one of Covenant Winery's winemakers, Jonathan Hajdu. One of of Wine Enthusiast’s 40 Under 40 "tastemakers," Hajdu is a winemaker who has worked at top wineries around the world. Along with Jeff Morgan, Covenant's founder, Hajdu manages Covenant's wine production, which produces about 7,000 cases a year. Hajdu will present four wines which will, in our mouths and minds, converse with the four texts.
ART: In addition to the wine and text-tasting, the 2020 LABA East Bay fellows will be presenting short works. There will be poetry, music, monologues, and, if we are lucky, juggling. Featuring work by Sara Felder, Caroline Kessler, Kiki Lipsett, Jake Marmer, Dan Schifrin, Sarah Stone and other special guests.
DRUNK originated at LABA in New York, where it has been a sold-out event for five years and running.
"The whole experience was a constant oscillation between solemn and silly, sacred and secular, purity and evil, beautiful and profane," wrote the Forward's Laura E. Adkins in her review of DRUNK in New York.
Our sponsor and event-partner for the event is Covenant Wines.
In 2003, Covenant founders Jeff Morgan and the late Leslie Rudd wondered if they could make a great Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that also happened to be kosher. Upon release of that first vintage, the pundits concurred that Covenant was, indeed, an outstanding example of what Napa Valley can achieve in terms of wine quality. Today, Covenant’s 7,000-square foot urban winery is now situated in Berkeley, CA, also home to other urban wineries and breweries. Covenant’s sister winery, Covenant Israel, was founded in 2013 and is located in Israel’s Galilee region. Covenant wines are made from exceptional vineyards that stretch from Napa Valley, Sonoma, Lake County and Lodi in Northern California, to the Galilee and Golan Heights in Israel. We ferment all our wines with native yeast, and many are unrefined and unfiltered. These winemaking techniques highlight what the land gives us naturally.
(Images below from DRUNK in New York City, 2017.)
Sat, November 23, 2019
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM PST
JCC East Bay
1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
JCC East Bay Member: $25, General: $30