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Adva Chattler

Managing Director of Engagement and Innovation

Adva Chattler (she/her) is an Israeli-Mizrahi Jew, born and raised in Be’er-Sheva, Israel. She loves to create meaningful experiences through her cooking and baking that prompt sharing stories, teachings and rituals about Judaism, Israel and Mizrahi Jewish cultures and heritage. Her rituals, prayers and poems were published on Ritualwell. Adva is passionate about bringing people together in ways that spark relationship-building and connecting to others on a deeper level, both in the challenging and ever-changing world of online gatherings and in person. She holds a MA in Conflict Resolution and Management from Ben Gurion University of the Negev and a BA in Public Administration and Management from Sapir College in Sderot, Israel. With her experience in teaching and curriculum building, she supports facilitators and presenters for Ritualwell and Reconstructing Judaism and encourages them to bring not only their best self but best practices and tools for successful teaching online. Adva lives in Del Rio, Tx., with her husband, two daughters, and their dog.

Got Kubbah? Add this Iraqi dish to your Passover Menu

During Passover, in my family’s Iraqi kitchen, we always make kubbah. For us, like in other middle eastern kitchens, Kubbah is a big deal. Its not just a food, it’s an artform,  and it’s eaten year-round, cooked, or fried, with different fillings and wrappings, seasonings and textures.

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Kavannah for Washing Hands in a Time of Climate Change

Washing our hands is an ancient Jewish practice, going back to the days of the Temple, when the priests purified themselves before performing rituals. Today, we are also called to wash and purify our hands before we perform rituals such as the ones during the Passover seder. During the seder, traditionally, we wash our hands three times: No matter how many times we wash your hands during the seder, this kavannah will bring important intention to our ritual washings.

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Person cutting open aruk (Iraqi latke) next to apple sauce, hummus and sour cream.

Aruk – Iraqi Vegetable Fried Patties

Have you ever made aruk for Hanukkah? While there is no requirement to make any specific dish on Hanukkah, it’s customary for us to remember the miracle of the oil by eating fried foods. A well-loved recipe in my house, aruk are Iraqi vegetable fried patties – very similar to their cousin, the latkes. Aruk are delicious, easy to make and will be a great addition to your latke platter.

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