Please join us in welcoming Dr. Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus, Professor of Religion and Program Coordinator for Jewish Studies at Wheaton College, for a discussion of culinary history and culture in Judaism. Jonathan's research and teaching explore the intersections of religion, tradition and food. Jonathan connects sacred Jewish rituals with contemporary narratives about why we eat what we eat and brings medieval Jewish texts to bear on this present moment. He is currently working on a book about the history and culture of Jewish food.
"Rituals in general, and eating together in particular, prompt us to reflect deeply about the connections between what we’re doing, with whom, and why we’re doing it... I’m convinced that rituals, especially the rituals of eating together, make communities—regardless of whether they’re secular or religious." Read more at Wheaton Quarterly.
Jonathan conducts an informal weekly Torah study session, "Lunch and Lernen with the Rabbi," at Wheaton College. He is a contributor to the blog The Jew and the Carrot: Jews, Food, and Contemporary Issues. He has lectured on Islam for the "Understanding the Modern Middle East" program of the Massachusetts Foundation fo the Humanities and served as a visiting rabbi at multiple synagogues. For more on Jonathan, click here.
Our morning also includes Sunday school and Adult Service.