Cooking Your Jewish Customs: Culinary Action for Self, Community, and Society

Food has long been an expression of Jewish culture and identity, but it can also be a powerful tool for social justice. Join food historian and University of Minnesota Graduate student, Sara Gardner for this 6-session class to explore how Jewish culinary heritage affirms and reflects diverse expressions of Jewish identity throughout the diaspora.

As we cook authentic recipes from global Jewish communities, we will gain deeper understandings of the ways in which food and cuisine represent the uniqueness of these communities that make up the Jewish diaspora. From the Ethiopian Jewish buna (coffee) ceremony to Ashkenazi blintzes and Sephardic borekas, we’ll discuss how food can act as a powerful tool for social change, healing, and connection. Each session will explore a different cuisine and culinary community of the Jewish diaspora through a variety of texts including art, literature, rabbinic texts, and — of course — recipes. We will also work together to construct our own individual “culinary action plans,” enacting change in our kitchens and beyond.

Generous financial assistance is available. Contact [email protected] to learn more.


November 14
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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