Office of the Chief Rabbi

Bristol cooks up Sephardi recipes ahead of Rosh Hashana

Event

By way of appealing to both regular and less frequent shul-goers, Bristol Hebrew Congregation invited Jewish professional chef Denise Phillips to give a culinary workshop that showcased traditional Sephardi recipes for Rosh Hashana. Participants were given an insight into the particular customs observed by Sephardim on the High Holy Days and had the chance to cook and eat their own food. It set a celebratory mood for the impending holidays.

Evaluation from Rabbi Mendy Singer:

‘This hands on cooking event attracted people that would not otherwise attend other programmes and services. Denise is an amazing presenter and really educated the attendees about Rosh Hashana customs.’

Participant Feedback:

  • ‘I thought it was great, a good reminder of why certain foods are important, a way of bringing people together who wouldn’t otherwise meet and an amazing culinary education.’
  • ‘Really fun, a great experience, the right mix of religious education and social interaction with the community.’
  • ‘It was a great opportunity to meet the local community and learn new recipes for the New Year.’
  • ‘It was lovely, fun and informative.’
  • ‘I came away with a stronger sense of community, some new kosher recipes and an understanding of how certain foods represent the themes of Rosh Hashanah.’