Taste of Israel

An Israeli culinary tour. No passport required.

Israeli food is so much more than hummus and falafel.

This melting pot of diverse cuisines – Moroccan, Yemenite, French, Bukharan, Russian, Iraqi, Ethiopian, Druze, and many others – contributes to the diverse Israeli culinary landscape. It is this delicious diversity that may well explain why Israeli food is having its current burst in popularity.  In 2019,  JArts created  Taste of Israel, Boston’s first Israeli restaurant week, as an opportunity for Boston-area diners to sample Israeli culinary culture without paying for airfare.  

While there are a handful of Israeli restaurants already in Boston, Taste of Israel  features restaurants from all culinary persuasions presenting their unique take on Israeli cuisine – and in so doing, educating us about facets of Israeli life with every bite. Each restaurant creates  3-5 special dishes that will be on the menu for the duration of the week.

An estimated  5,000 diners took part in the  first two years of the programs. 


The Classic Israeli Dessert You Never Heard Of
To kick off Taste of Israel 2020 Forverts Editor Rukhl Schaechter made a classic Israeli dessert: tea biscuit cake, or ugat biskvitim (עוגת ביסקויטים) as it’s known in Hebrew.
JLive with Ilan Barniv
Ilan Barniv is the chef and entrepreneur behind BONAPITA Mediterranean bakery and grill with locations in West Roxbury and Downtown Boston that participate in Taste of Israel every year.



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