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With fusion Emirati-Jewish dishes, a kosher chef blossoms in Dubai


March 12, 2021

Kriel, who is from South Africa, came to Dubai in 2013.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (JTA) - Last year, Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed a treaty establishing diplomatic relations. But for more than a year earlier, diners in the UAE had already been finding their way to Jewish culture - via the home cooking of a South African expatriate.

Elli Kriel, a sociologist by training who moved here in 2013 when her husband was transferred to the Emirates for work, began serving kosher food to Jewish tourists years ago out of her home kitchen. Now she has become the go-to kosher chef in the UAE at a time when Israeli tourists have begun streaming...

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