Moroccan Sfinj

The Best Lunch I Had This Week- All Thanks To Har Hashem Youth Program

This past Wednesday, Congregation Har Hashem’s Confirmation class hosted Yoav Filo, one of JEWISHcolorado’s teen Israeli emissaries (in Hebrew: Shinshinim) to teach a traditional Israeli cooking class.

About a dozen students learned how to cook some of our favorite foods including Bourekas (a filo dough pastry filled with all kinds of ingredients – cheese, potatoes, pizza filling and more), Sfinj (an old-fashioned Moroccan donut with powdered sugar on top), Jerusalem-style bagels with za’atar and sesame seeds on top, and Shakshuka (cooked egg dipped in tomato sauce).

Our favorite part about Yoav’s class (besides being delicious!) was that it showed how much Israeli culture draws from many traditions and from the melting pot that Israel represents. Whether it is food, rituals, history, or language, those things that have brought people to Israel from all over the world are what makes my country special to me.

And the same is true for Yoav. “Cooking food that feels so traditional to me with people who don’t always know the food before the class is a really special experience,” he said. “Food brings people together, and I could really feel that.”

Jerusalem Styled Bagels

A bonus: Yoav was really nice and brought me leftovers, which is why on Thursday, I enjoyed the best lunch of my entire week!

Baking Bourkas!

About Shinshinim

Hey everyone! My name is Noa Kurlender and I am one of the four new Shinshinim in Colorado. A Shinshin is the Hebrew shortcut for "Shnat Shierot"- A year of service, a program that allows us to postpone our mandatory IDF service by a year and volunteer. There are many different kinds of Shinshinim in Israel, but I really wanted to experience the difference between Israel and the U.S, and bring the Jewish community in Colorado closer to Israel, and hopefully the bring Colorado back to Israel with me. The Shinshinim work at Jewish clubs at public high schools, at Denver Jewish Day School, at CU boulder, CSU and DU Hillel, at the Boulder JCC, and many different synagogues in Denver and Boulder. Being a Shinshin definitely means learning something you every day- about ourselves, about America and about our homeland. I am so thankful for the right I've been given to spend my Shinshin here in Colorado, and especially to share my journey with you. Until we leave after summer camps and go back to Israel to serve in IDF, I will document some of the amazing things we get to do here and share them with you. A little bit about myself- I am the oldest of 3. My family lives in Atlit, a town 10 minutes away from Haifa, just by the beach. I graduated high school a few months ago. I majored in Computer Science and Physics, and hope that my army service will have something to do with these subjects. I love reading books and going on hikes, and enjoy Colorado views so much!

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