Cooking for a Cause: Combining Traditional Jewish Mitzvot and Modern Jewish Students

Did you know that traditionally Jews must donate 10% of their income to those in need, also known as ma’sar kesafim?

When it comes to Etgar, these things are honoured and adapted so that most things done in the Etgar program are not only incredibly enjoyable, but the participants are doing a mitzvah as well.

This week we spoke to a few of the members of the Cooking for a Cause team and discovered some fascinating information. Down in the Shuk kitchens, 16 diligent students are working hard, preparing delicious food every Friday afternoon. Led by Ian Poyser, they learn new recipes and cooking techniques that will support them in the near future. These skills include learning how to use knives properly, boiling food or putting something in the oven, and learning how to check if the food is ready. Although these may seem like basic skills, they will allow the students to cook more complex food in the future. “To me, Etgar means learning new skills that will help you in life,” says a member of the Cooking for a Cause team.

Last Friday they made scrumptious blueberry, strawberry, and dark chocolate muffins. “I chose to do this elective because I really enjoy cooking,” said another member of the group. “And it’s even better to do it for a good cause!” Another student said that in cooking for a cause, “You learn how to cook while providing food for those in need.” She also explained that “at the moment [they] aren’t actually giving it to the charities because of coronavirus, but [they] have the people that [they] would be donating to in mind as [they] make the food.”

By Ashley B, Helena M and Ruth P

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