Why do Syrian Jews eat leeks, Swiss chard, and gourds on Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year?) What are Boerewors and Bobotie? How do you make the ultimate chicken tagine? Find out this spring. The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC will launch two new programs celebrating the diversity of food traditions within the BC Jewish community.

The Chosen Food Supper Club (April – September 2017)

From all corners of the world – Baghdad to Bangalore, Kiev to Cape Town – Jewish families have made a home here in BC, bringing with them a wealth of culinary traditions. Guests attending The Chosen Food Supper Club will have a chance to try these foods and learn the stories behind them.

From April through September, this series will run on select Sundays. Enjoy a full Kosher-style (not certified kosher) dinner while hearing firsthand stories from members of the Jewish community. Tickets are $40 per person per meal, and will be available online.

The Kitchen Stories (Podcast)

More than just nourishment, food is a means of communication. Members of the community will share stories on a new podcast called The Kitchen Stories, where they will talk about what it was like to be Jewish in places as far-flung as Eritrea, Chile, and India; the challenges of maintaining family food traditions after migrating to a new country, and the pressure of fitting in or standing out. The 12-episode series will launch this spring and will be available for download on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud, and on the Jewish Museum website.


Win two (2) tickets to one of The Chosen Food Supper Club dinners of your choice (full schedule here). To enter, answer this trivia question in the comments below. What is the name of the braided bread traditionally eaten on Shabbat?


District Local is a proud media sponsor for this series of cultural programming. We will be sharing highlights on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter – follow along for the latest updates.


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