Jew- ish: An Introduction to Jewish Culture through Food

HOUSECS 59.01

Spring 2019

Mondays, 6 - 7:30 PM, Few GG101

The goal of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to engage with Jewish culture through the lens of food, an aspect which is integral to the culture. Class content will include learning to cook classic Jewish foods, learning about the Jewish experience with food, and examining the presence of Jewish food in popular culture. Guest speakers will be invited throughout the course to speak in-depth on relevant topics, including Israeli/Yiddish recipes, the histories behind certain dishes (challah bread, latkes, etc.), and the role food plays as a unifier in the Jewish community.
Students of all backgrounds -- Jewish and non-Jewish -- are welcome, and all readings will include necessary background information for those with less prior knowledge about the Jewish culture. One of the instructors of the course, Hannah Ahrendt, identifies as Jewish, while the other, Jill Jones, does not.

Instructor(s): 
  • Hannah Ahrendt, hannah.ahrendt@duke.edu
  • Jill Jones, jkj15@duke.edu
Sponsor/Department: 
  • Laura Lieber, Religious Studies
Class Limit: 
18