Every Jew’s daily life involves making decisions about food and drink: for generations such common choices have been central to our lives and continue to form a major part of our cultural identity and heritage. In today’s world we find that new concerns are being discussed and developed both within the Jewish community and in the wider community: issues of sustainability, questions of Fairtrade and the ethics of animal husbandry and shechita.

Through our culinary traditions a great deal can be learned about our identity, how to maintain our identity and what challenges that involves. Also, the Jewish community tremendously enjoys many aspects of food – both production and consumption – and an exploration of such traditions is a perfect springboard for wider education and deeper enjoyment of our unique heritage.


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