Adult Ed Culinary Series – Pickle Making Class

Sunday, February 9, 2020 • 14 Sh’vat 5780
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Social Hall

Who doesn’t love a crunchy kosher pickle? From Katz’s Deli in New York, to Cantor’s In Los Angeles, to our own local deli Benjie’s, have you ever wondered why pickles are served at these traditional Jewish restaurants and what their connection is to Judaism? Did you know that pickle juice is referenced in the Talmud, and cucumbers are mentioned twice in the Torah (spoiler alert: in Numbers and Isaiah). Here’s where you will find those answers!!

The history of pickles goes back more than 3000 years, and in this class you will learn about the historical connection of pickles to our European ancestors, and their subsequent bringing them to North America. Our guide on this briney journey Avram, will not only share with us the history of pickles, he will also teach us the “how-to” of pickle-making. He will show us how to make a proper brine in the Jewish tradition, a proportioned mixture of salt, sugar and water essential for the pickling process. You’ll be instructed on how to recognize the use of various spices to create a specific flavor profile, the proper technique for cutting the cucumbers, and the pickling process itself. Think about it?

Making fresh homemade pickles for your next holiday party?

Our instructor: Avram Mandell

Since 1995, Avram Mandell has professionally facilitated team building skills exercises for large and intimate settings. He has professionally trained with Tom Leahy of Leahy Associates Inc. Avram has run team skills sessions for intimate groups and for large conferences. He always brings a sense of humor to his work, but takes what he does very seriously. He received a Master of Arts degree in Education and his B.S. in Marketing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. For nearly twenty years, he has taught adults and youth in a variety of settings, including conferences, youth groups, summer camps, schools. Avram’s hobbies include basketball, improv comedy and standup comedy.

This program is partially funded by a grant from the Albert and Rhonda Weissman Arts Endowment Fund, a joint program of the Jewish Community Foundation Orange County and Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County.

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