The Kitchen Chevruta | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

The Kitchen Chevruta

Tue, September 15, 2020 7:00 pm

This program has been postponed for Summer/Fall 2020 due to the coronavirus. Please check back for the reschedule date to be announced soon. Thank you for supporting our programs. 

Bourekas Two Ways and Mirroring at Sinai 

Our most sacred scene: revelation at Sinai, shows the Israelites and God in a kind of mirroring dance, each echoing the other. What can we learn about intimacy and relationships from that -- and from a pair of delicious bourekas (an Israeli pastry of Sephardic origin) that look similar and are prepared similarly yet whose contents are utterly different? 

This class will use a structure of hands-on food preparation, a lively and spirited text discussion, and finishing the food - tasting and reflecting on the lessons of the day - both culinary and intellectual/spiritual. The class themes and recipe take inspiration from the holiday of Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day). 

One of the great things about Torah is that every story operates both as a narrative and as a kind of metaphorical filter to help us see and name the world around us. Whenever you’re studying the Torah, in other words, you’re also studying human nature and unpacking an ancient and wise way of understanding the world. 

Other disciplines operate in the same way: when you learn how to cook, you’re not just learning how to combine ingredients to make a great dish. You’re learning ways to see the world. How to find balance. How to surprise, delight, nourish and satisfy. And you’re learning that it’s not just the food - but also who feeds us - that gets us fed. 

As it turns out, Torah and cooking have a great deal in common, and by selecting themes that each has in common, we can increase our depth of Torah -- and learn some great lessons for the kitchen.



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Kurland Lounge

Single Tickets:

Advance Ticket: $25

Day of Ticket: $35

WHAT TO EXPECT: An innovative program in which Jewish text and cooking are integrated for a soul-nourishing, delicious evening.

TIPS: Attendance for this class is extremely limited. You are encouraged to purchase your ticket in advance.


Gabi Moskowitz is the creator of the nationally-acclaimed budget cooking blog BrokeAss Gourmet (, author of four books, and the co-producer of Freeform's Young & Hungry, inspired by her life and writing. Gabi's work can also be found in The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Jewish Week, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Lenny Letter. She lives in Novato, California with her husband and daughter, and is at work on her fifth book.


Evan Wolkenstein is a high school teacher and writer. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Hebrew University, and the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies. His work can be found in Tablet Magazine, the Washington Post, and, and his first novel, Turtle Boy, will be published by Random House in May of 2020. He lives with his wife and daughter in Novato.


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