New dishes at Cafe Asif
Photo by: Itamar Ginsburg. Styling: Einav Reichner

New Beginnings at Asif

What’s New at Asif and Our Favorite Hanukkah Recipes From Around the World

By צוות אסיף |

Since the start of the war, Asif has transformed itself. We closed our cafe and turned the first floor of the center into a large kitchen where volunteers have gathered to make nearly 1,500 meals a day for those in need, including families evacuated from their homes, homebound individuals, Holocaust survivors, and soldiers. But, as more services restart and demand for meals like these decreases, we are preparing to transition once again into a culinary center that’s open to all. 

On December 10, Cafe Asif will reopen, Sunday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m and Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our new menu includes house favorites like fish siniyeh inspired by a recipe from Julia Zaher, the former owner of Al Arz Tahini. There are also new dishes on the menu like a lamb stew on flatbread, a comforting chicken soup, and a chocolate ‘salami.’ Make a reservation.

Desserts at Cafe Asif
photo by: Itamar Ginsburg

Even as some parts of our lives start to return to what they looked like before the war, many of us are still living in a state of emergency. At Asif, we know that a kitchen can be a healing place. We are hosting free cooking workshops for evaluated families led by chefs and writers like Liza Panelim, Oz Telem, and Shaily Lipa.

Another area of society that has been hit particularly hard by the war is Israeli agriculture. Find out how you can support small farmers and producers in this guide. Not sure what to do with all of this produce? Our baladi collection includes recipes we gathered from farmers like shakshuka made with squash and dried fig and date snacks. You can also find vegetable recipes like ones for cabbage schnitzel and avocado soup inspired by cookbooks published during Israel’s Tzena, an era of austerity in the state’s early years.

Another area of society that has been hit particularly hard by the war is Israeli agriculture. Find out how you can support small farmers and producers in this guide. Not sure what to do with all of this produce? Our baladi collection includes recipes we gathered from farmers like shakshuka made with squash and dried fig and date snacks. You can also find vegetable recipes like ones for cabbage schnitzel and avocado soup inspired by cookbooks published during Israel’s Tzena, an era of austerity in the state’s early years. 

Sufganiyot
Sufganiyot. photographer: Armando Rafael. Food Stylist: Mariana Velasquez

Hanukkah is nearly here and more than ever, we hope that the ancient holiday brings us light. We’ve gathered some of our favorite Hanukkah recipes from our partners at the Jewish Food Society. There are Moroccan sfinj with rosewater pastry cream, latkes topped with cheese, fried potato blintzes, and many more to make this holiday season.

Winter is also on its way and while it’s a short season in Israel, it provides plenty of days with heavy rains, wind, and above all, a desire for cozy evenings with a pot simmering on the stove. Try a recipes for Nechama Rivlin’s lentil soup or Elazar Tamano’s Ethiopian hamin, and for dessert, Muzna Bishara’s strawberry and za’atar crumble. Asif’s winter recipes collection.