During the Center for Jewish History’s closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an idea began to percolate. Since we could no longer kibitz with our colleagues over coffee and rugelach, we needed to find a way to come together. What better way than through food?
“We asked the staff and volunteers to share their favorite recipes in a collective effort to support the Center. The challenge was met with a healthy appetite,” said Julie Kaplan, Manager of Public Programs and Volunteers. “Food connects us. It comforts us, and it is fundamental to Jewish culture, rituals, and history.”
For a donation of any amount, supporters will receive a digital version of CJH at Home, the Center’s new cookbook. The CJH at Home cookbook features family recipes along with historical documents and photographs. There are recipes for kasha varnishkes, noodle kugel, and (many!) for brisket. Supporters will find appetizers, desserts, and everything in between.
“This cookbook will transport people to places like Israel and Eastern Europe during their culinary exploration, and they will feel enriched by the stories told inside,” said Kaplan.
While the Center for Jewish History remains closed, we have been developing new ways to connect with each other and our supporters from a distance. Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will help with that outreach.