Tikvat Israel Congregation Rockville MD

A Friendly, Participatory and Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, Maryland

A Seat at the Table

Liz Alpern & Jeffrey Yoskowitz

On Sunday, June 14 fifteen Women’s Network members met to discuss the online YIVO class called “A Seat at the Table: A Journey into Jewish Food.” YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, is the world’s premier institution for the study of Eastern European Jewry and of those Jewish communities such as that in the United States that primarily derive from the migration of Eastern European Jews. YIVO is located in New York city.

The online class explores the history of Jewish food through the lens of Ashkenazi traditions. It features personalities and scholars in the Jewish food world, like Darra Goldstein, Lior Lev Sercarz, Adeena Sussman, Leah Koenig, Niki Russ Federman, Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz along with materials from YIVO’s archives. Recipes are demonstrated and discussed. The course, in seven sessions started May 1 and because of the coronavirus pandemic, the course is free of charge.

The Women’s Network discussion centered around what they learned online and what they were making in their own kitchens. Foods such as challah, hamantashen, pickles, matzah ball soup, stuffed cabbage, cholent and chopped liver dominated the discussion. Many of those present spoke fondly of memories cooking with relatives and using grinders and other cooking utensils that had been handed down from previous generations.

The seven session course can be found here and is free though August 31, 2020.