Holidays go hand in hand with food, and for the Jewish community that’s no exception. From chicken soup with matzah balls on Sabbath to chopped liver at Bar Mitzvahs and weddings, food is involved in every celebration, especially at the annual Jewish Food Fair hosted by Temple B’Nai Jeshurun — it’s a celebration about food, not just with food.
The Food Fair is returning to Des Moines on Sunday, May 19 and goes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 5101 Grand Ave. This is an important fundraising event for the Temple and the community activities it supports.
Volunteers have been working since early April in the Temple’s kitchen cooking up most of the dishes that will be offered. This includes dishes such as chicken soup with matzah balls, corned beef sandwiches and much more.
Food is a great way to symbolize one’s culture, as is music. As guests enjoy the variety of Jewish dishes, they can also listen to the Java Jews Klezmer Band and the Temple Choir. There will also be a fun matzah ball-eating contest, Israeli dancing and even a Jewish wedding.
Admission is $14 and free for children 6 and younger. For those who can’t stop in and enjoy all the festivities there will be a drive-up window to pick up something delicious on your way through.
Tifereth Israel Synagogue is celebrating this month, too. The Synagogue is hosting a Mishpacha Shabbat and YAD (Young Families) cookout on May 10 from 6 – 7 p.m. Shabbat is a joyful day of rest with two commandments: to remember and to observe.
The young families group will be doing just that. There will be a special service that is geared towards the children. There will be a cookout so everyone can eat and have fun. This event is open to all.
Fuel up for the festivities first with a Mocha and Midrash on May 9 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Zanzibar Coffee. This is an informal study group led by Rabbi Edleman-Blank. Everyone is invited to grab a cup of coffee and look at a variety of Jewish texts. No Hebrew knowledge is required for this event.
Food, coffee and music are classic ways of bringing people together. The people at Temple B’Nai Jeshurun and Tifereth Israel Synagogue are looking to do just that this month.
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