In Berlin, Building Bridges Through Food


In response to the recent increase in anti-Semitism in Europe, some Jewish communities have responded with added security measures, some with rallies, some with political lobbying.

In Berlin, they baked challahs.

The Jewish Education Centre of the Chabad-Lubavitch chasidic movement sponsored a Kosher Festival on Sunday at the Hotel Intercontinental. The all-day event featured a variety of baking workshops and demonstrations, a display of the types of kosher food and the kashrut regulations that guide their production, and a nod to the increasing number of kosher products and Israeli goods available in the city.

“More than matzahs and gefilte fish,” one newspaper headline about the Festival declared.

A sushi chef, above, shows how to make some of the pareve delicacy so popular at Jewish events. The sign around his neck means “Kosher sushi for all occasions.”

Challah-baking workshops were particularly popular. Several hundred women participated in a “Mega Challah Baking” workshop.

“We wanted to bring light into the darkness,” Rabbi Yehudah Teichtal, a Lubavitch emissary who has served in Berlin nearly two decades, told the Tagesspiegel newspaper. “We wanted to do something positive.”