Shtetl Skills Workshops: Fall 2018/5779

All workshops are sliding scale suggested donation. Nobody turned away due to lack of funds. Some workshops have an additional materials fee.

Community Economics Panel and Workshop with PACA

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Sunday, October 21  |  1-3:30 pm

In this panel discussion and workshop, we will learn from activists, educators, and practitioners dedicated to transforming communities through new models of economics, as they guide us through an exploration of new, old, and liberated ways to relate to money. We will ground into ancestral Jewish understandings of economics as they relate to agriculture and communal interdependency, and from there explore community economic models as they exist today. We will glimpse and learn about networks of informality, cooperation, and community-oriented finance that are growing and thriving in Philly, and how we can connect into them.


We will be joined by Jamila Medley, Director of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA), Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, Director of the Social Justice Organizing Program at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and Jena Harris, organizer of FoodEveryoneDeserves (FED). The panel will be moderated by activist extraordinaire and founder of Fikira Bakery, Al Pascal.

Hannukah Candle-Making

Wednesday, November 7  |  7-9 pm

Prepare for Hanukah with sustainability and self-reliance! Join JFS for an evening introduction to at-home candlemaking. We’ll use pure beeswax and all-natural supplies to create our very own set of Hanukah Candles. 


Led by Alex Voynow, Jewish Farm School's JOFEE Fellow, we'll explore practical, ceremonial, and mystical aspects of candles, light, Hanukkah, and beeswax!


This workshop has a required $5 materials fee for each participant in addition to the suggested donation of $10-$20.

Menorah Making with Black Hound Clay Studio

Sunday, November 11  |  6-8:30 pm

In this fun Sunday night workshop, you’ll make your very own customized handbuilt menorah to celebrate Hanukkah. No experience working in clay required! We will provide step by step instructions that are easy for all ages to follow. You will select a glaze and then it will be fired and available for pick up within two weeks.


BYOB if you wish! A fun night for kids, parents, friends, spouses and partners.


This workshop will be led be Zach Ozma, Black Hound studio manager and exemplary potter.

Chocolate Gelt from Scratch!

Sunday, December 2  |  2-5 pm

Learn everything it takes to go from raw, ethically-sourced cacao beans to wrapped Hanukkah gelt in this hands-on, DIY workshop!


Led by Alex, professional-chocolate-maker-turned-jewish-educator and current Jewish Farm School JOFEE Fellow, we will explore the fascinating history of the jewish relationship to chocolate, and learn how to make chocolate from scratch without anything more complicated than an oven, a blender, wind, and lots of finger strength!


This workshop has a required $5 materials fee for each participant in addition to the suggested donation of $10-$20.

Winter Medicine Making with Kelly McCarthy

Wednesday, December 5  |  6:30-8:30 pm

In this workshop we'll talk about common kitchen herbs that can boost immunity and ease symptoms of a winter cold. Together we'll make a cough syrup and sinus steam, and we will cover cold- and flu-fighting properties of other herbs and how to use them. If you have an extra 4-8 oz jar, bring that along!


Kelly McCarthy is a clinical herbalist and educator who brings years of training and a deep love for accessible medicine to her work. She runs her own business, Attic Apothecary, based in West Philly.


This workshop has a required $5 materials fee for each participant in addition to the suggested donation of $10-$20.

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 Shtetl Skills workshops are generously supported by the

the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia,
and the Moses Feldman Family Foundation.