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More Than Matzo: Cooking for Passover with Rabbi Kevin Bemel

  • Pacific Food and Beverage Museum 731 S. Pacific Ave. San Pedro, CA 90731 United States (map)

Pacific Taste is an ongoing series of culinary demos, talks, and workshops hosted by the Pacific Food & Beverage Museum in Los Angeles. A wide range of culinary professionals, cookbook authors, PacFAB curators, and others deliver lively lectures and lead tastings and hands-on workshops demonstrating the rich culinary traditions and distinctive cuisines of the American West, Pacific Rim, and beyond.

More Than Matzo: Cooking for Passover with Rabbi Kevin Bemel

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They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Passover, the annual holiday commemorating the Jewish people's liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt, suggests the same can be said for the Divine. On Sunday, April 14, at LA's Pacific Food & Beverage Museum, join Rabbi Kevin Bemel as he answers age-old kosher culinary questions, including: "Does it have to be Manischewitz?," "What was matzo really like?," and "Why gefilte fish?" After the program, enjoy several Passover dishes featuring fresh fare from Melissa's Produce and sample a selection of kosher wines.



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Kevin Bemel is the President of The Bemel Company, Inc., where he helps veterans become financially secure by training them to find high paying jobs and start businesses. His book, The 8 Deadly Sins of Job Hunting: Avoid Employment Hell Using the Five Steps to a High-Paying Job - Veterans Edition, is currently being considered for publication by several publishers. He writes and speaks on this topic, as well as marriage and relationships, leadership, ethics, kosher food and beverages, and social and cultural history.

His work on veteran reintegration is an outgrowth of his service as a chaplain in the United States Navy where he helped sailors and Marines in naval aviation, a submarine squadron, special operations, and others advance their careers and work through issues such as infidelity, criminality, and abuse. Currently Kevin is the Deputy Command Chaplain for a special warfare unit.

Kevin has over 40 years of experience as an educator and administrator developing and delivering training live, on video, online, and via webinars. He has been involved in educational organizations of all levels including University Synagogue Religious School, the American Heart Association, Real Estate Trainers, the United Jewish Appeal, UCLA Extension, the United States Marine Corps, and the United States Navy. He holds a Master’s of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, a Master’s of Religious Studies from Aish Hatorah Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Southern California.

Prior to joining the navy, Kevin ran his own commercial real estate firm for 20 years. During that time his company managed and consulted on over $1 billion of industrial, retail, hospitality, gaming, and residential income property in the southern and western United States and Alaska. Concurrent with running his real estate business, Kevin was involved in the film industry managing emerging writers, handling the business affairs of writers and producers, and producing shorts and a feature film for the college and direct-to video markets.

He is married to Melanie Chana née Faulkner, a registered nurse. They have a daughter, Madeleine Rachel, and a previously peripatetic canine of unknown breeding name LT Kelly Post, callsign Bordeaux. 

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