Spring 2017 Shtetl Skills Workshops

All workshops are $10-$20 suggested donation. Nobody turned away due to lack of funds. Some workshops have an additional materials fee.

Sourdough 101 w/ Fikira Bakery

Sunday May 28th; 1:00 PM- 3:30 PM  |  5020 Cedar Ave.

In the spirit of Shavuot, we're celebrating wheat and partnering with Fikira Bakery to bring you... Sourdough! It's got the loudest flavor, and is the easiest bread to make at home--if you have a good starter.


Al, founder of Fikira Bakery, and co-chef J.A., founder of foodeveryonedeserves, will share their very own multigenerational, whole grain starter, and walk you through every step of the awesome sourdough process. You'll gain pro knowledge about bread making and local sourcing in Philadelphia, and have the opportunity to meet two radical Philly foodmakers. We'll have time to taste five varieties of locally grown & baked sourdough from Fikira & fed, and you'll be sent home with your own starter (jars provided).


A $5 materials fee, in addition to the suggested donation, is required for this workshop.


Edible Plant Walk w/ Marian Dalke

Sunday June 4; 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM  |  Springfield Ave & Cobbs Creek Parkway.

In honor of bikkurim, honoring the first fruits during the celebration of Shavuot, join the Jewish Farm School for this guided Edible Plant Walk through West Philadelphia's Cobb's Creek Park. Participants will learn plant identification skills and will delight while sampling wild edible foods.


Instructor Marian Dalke is a Community Herbalist and Urban Garden Manager at Norris Square Neighborhood Project. Her passion for the natural world began as a child, and she believes that food and health belong in people’s hands. Marian works towards a just food system where all people have access to healthy, nutritious, & culturally affirming foods.


Making Fresh Goat Cheese w/ Alex Jones

Thursday June 15; 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM  |  5020 Cedar Ave.

In honor of Shavuot, Jewish Farm School invites to you join us in learning to make delicious fresh cheeses from raw goat's milk at home. Cheesemonger, food writer, and recipe developer Alex Jones will walk you through recipes like yogurt, ricotta, and chèvre, adapted for the home kitchen.


Why exactly do many Jews eat dairy on Shavuot? Sign up for this workshop to find out!


A $5 materials fee, in addition to the suggested donation, is required for this workshop.




Shtetl Skills workshops are co-sponsored by Kol Tzedek Synagogue and generously supported by the Natan Fund,

the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia,
and the Lisa and Maury Friedman Foundation.


Learn about our past workshops.