On September 21, 2020, Tzedek DC, a DC legal services organization will hold Eat Well, Do Justice: Bagel Ballot! The event raises funds for Tzedek DC, a nonprofit organization headquartered at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law with the mission of safeguarding the rights and interests of DC residents with low incomes facing often unjust debt collection lawsuits and other predatory consumer crises.
The event will be held virtually, though the competing bagel dishes will be provided for attendees via
pickup. Five acclaimed DC-area bagel chefs will create their own take on the bagel, a traditional Jewish
staple. After sampling each creation, attendees will vote to determine the winning dish along with a
panel of judges.
The one-hour virtual program will be emceed by Emmy Award-winning television journalist and author
David Gregory and will feature special musical performances from Grammy Award-winning band The
War on Drugs and Vocalist Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell, who specializes in Yiddish song.
The five local chefs who will be featured at the event are:
Jeremiah Cohen, Bullfrog Bagels
Andrew Dana & Daniela Moreira, Call Your Mother
Mark Furstenberg, Bread Furst Bakery
Yael Krigman, Baked By Yael
Rob Rubba, Scrappy’s Bagel Bar
The guest judges who will determine the celebrity chef winner along with event attendees include:
Chef Ed Hardy, Cookology, and EWDJ 2019 Winner
Judy Lichtman, National Partnership for Women & Families
Michelle Singletary, The Washington Post’s Color of Money Column
“Tzedek DC’s focus is fundamentally on a civil rights issue, serving the communities where predatory
abuses in lending and lawsuits have been most prevalent,” says Ariel Levinson-Waldman, Founding
President and Director-Counsel for Tzedek DC. “This event is an entertaining way to raise funds for this
work, as now and in the wake of the pandemic in which we are inspired by the ancient command from
the Book of Deuteronomy: “Tzedek, Tzedek tirdof,” or “justice, justice you shall pursue.”