Elmira’s Jewish Food Memories

2016 Fall Folk Arts Workshops:

Jewish Heritage in Elmira

The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes is hosting a series of workshops in collaboration with the Jewish Center and Federation of the Twin Tiers and Congregation Kol Ami in Elmira. These workshops will encourage people to share experiences of their own heritage and will offer tools for documenting memories, traditions, and objects that tell the stories of a community. Workshops are open to the general public.

Do you have stories about growing up in a Jewish neighborhood? Recipes for special Jewish foods? Holiday traditions? Historical information about Jewish life in Elmira? Are you interested in learning about Jewish life in Elmira? Join us for one or all of the following workshops this fall.

  • Oct


    The Art of Celebration: Sukkoth, Family, and Food

    gberlingerGuest speaker Dr. Gabi Berlinger (American Studies, Jewish Studies, Folklore, UNC Chapel Hill) will join us via internet to share photographs and stories of the holiday of Sukkoth among immigrant communities in Israel. What artistic traditions make celebrations unique, and how does your family celebrate?

    Monday, October 17, 2016, 7:00 pm

  • Nov


    Jewish History in Elmira: Objects and Archives of the Past

    imagesChemung Valley History Museum curator Erin Doane and archivist Rachel Dworkin will discuss objects currently in the collections of the museum and the synagogue. Do you have objects worth preserving? What stories do they have to tell about Jewish Heritage in Elmira?

    Wednesday, November 02, 2016, 7:00 pm

  • Nov


    Movie and Story Sharing: Number Our Days by Barbara Myerhoff

    numberdvd_webBarbara Myerhoff’s documentary of elderly Jewish people shows how important it is to recognize the stories and history living in the memories of people in the midst of our own communities. Are there stories you want to record?

    Sunday, November 20, 2016, 3:00 pm

  • Dec


    Baking Workshop with Suzanne Hesselson

    img_4421We will bake babka together! Learn how to bake delicious Jewish breads or pastries and take some home. Limited to 25. Please email folkarts@earts.org/ to reserve a space.Participants are encouraged to bring a favorite recipe or cookbook to discuss with the group while the bread is baking.

    Sunday, December 04, 2016, 1:00 pm

All events take place at
Congregation Kol Ami
1008 W Water St, Elmira, NY 14905.

Registration is not required for most workshops, but an RSVP to folkarts@earts.org/ is appreciated.

Events are organized by Maria Kennedy and The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes in collaboration with Jewish Center and Federation of the Twin Tiers.

Call the Folk Arts Coordinator at 607-962-1332 ext 206 or email folkarts@earts.org/ for more info.

This project is funded by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes and The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.