2018 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.

Making Goat's Milk Feta with Alex Jones

Tuesday, May 15, 6-8:30 pm  |  5020 Cedar Ave

In honor of Shavuot, Jewish Farm School invites to you join us in learning to make delicious feta from raw goat's milk at home. This workshop will be led by Alex Jones, a cheesemonger, writer, food educator, and regional food systems advocate who has been working with farmers and artisans in Pennsylvania for the past eight years. She is one-third of the team behind Collective Creamery, a women-powered artisan cheese subscription based in southeast Pennsylvania, and has written for publications like CivilEats.com, BillyPenn.com, Edible Philly, Edible Jersey, and Grid. She is a regular contributor to Foobooz.com, Philadelphia magazine's food and drink blog. Alex teaches cheese appreciation and pairing as well as home cheesemaking in and around Philadelphia.


Why exactly do many Jews eat dairy on Shavuot? How can we connect ourselves, our families, and our communities to local and seasonal dairy? Sign up for this workshop to find out!


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


Sourdough 101 with Fikira Bakery

Sunday, June 3, 2-5 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 (fed), 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 four varieties of locally grown & baked sourdough from Fikira & fed, and you'll be sent home with your own starter (jars provided). 


Join us in June for part 1, and stay tuned for Sourdough 201!


This workshop has a required $5 materials fee for each participant in addition to the suggested donation of $10-$20. Everyone will go home with a sourdough starter.


Homebrewing with Dock Street Brewery

Wednesday, May 16, 6-9 pm  |  707 S. 50th Street

You've threshed and winnowed and tithed to the great temple all you could this year but the new harvest has just come in and you STILL have all this leftover grain? We have the perfect solution! Come join the Jewish Farm School in partnership with our new neighbors, Dock Street Brewery, for a homebrewing workshop and brewery tour!


A seasoned Dock Street brewer and tour guide will lead us through the steps of brewing beer in a home kitchen, and together we'll explore the methods, minutia, and magic of this milenia-old process. And as an added bonus, we'll get a quick and dirty tour of Dock Street's commercial-scale brewing operation!



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.