The Jewish Palate: The flavors of the ‚Island of Dreams‘

28.12.2010                     21.Tevet, 5771


The Jewish Palate: The flavors of the 'Island of Dreams'

A column about Jewish history and Jewish food. This week: The Jews and Muslims of Djerba live side by side, giving their food an exotic twist and taste.

Tradition claims that  Jews have lived  on the Island of Djerba since the fall of the Second Temple( 70 C.E). Another, more popular tradition argues that a Jewish Community has existed there ever since the the fall of the First Temple (in 586 B.C.E). Now, which ever tradition may hold true, the fact of the matter is that the exotic island  Djerba – off the coast of Tunisia – is home to one of the oldest Jewish Communities in the World. No small feat considering that it is located in the heart of Muslim North Africa….