Life came full circle for me last fall when I visited Israel for the first time on a women’s mission for the Jewish Renaissance Women’s Project. I was invited as part of a Denver delegation organized by The Jewish Experience and led by the extraordinary Eve Levy. I came to know Eve when she taught a pre-Bat Mitzvah class to my daughter and several other girls in our community. I was at once taken by Eve’s warmth, knowledge, personal history as the grandchild of Holocaust survivors, and most of all, her pure faith. Eve lived in Israel for a number of years so to have the opportunity to taste Israel with her was an unforgettable experience.
Food is a vibrant part of the Israeli culture.
From the sweetness of the Halva
To the exotic spices
To the vivid everyday colors and textures
To eat in Israel is to taste life fully — history, identity, religion, faith, art, language, and the melding of so many cultures.
Sacred places, sacred foods. While we feel this most significantly traveling to another country such as Israel, it is possible to replicate this at home. The Jewish Experience did just that at its annual Wine, Cheese and Chocolate event. The theme this year was Home Sweet Home, to celebrate the organization’s new physical home and allow for guests to reflect deeply upon their own sacred spaces, physical and spiritual.
Seven teams took part in creating edible dwellings. Here is “Avraham’s Tent,” which received the Judges’ Award.
And here is “All Roads Lead to Home,” which won the People’s Choice Award.
What are the foods and places most sacred to you?