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29 May 2017


Shared Table fosters friendship

SSI clients help prepare Jewish and Iraqi meals during the Shared Table Project

A project of the Jewish Board of Deputies, the Shared Table brings together women of different cultures to cook, talk, and share stories, traditions, heritage and family heirloom recipes.

On May 1 the SSI women shared the traditional customs of the Sabbath, or Shabbat dinner, and baked fresh challah, the braided bread their Jewish hosts eat each week.

Shabbat is a festive day when Jewish people exercise their freedom from the regular labours of everyday life. It offers an opportunity to contemplate the spiritual aspects of life and to spend time with family.

The next week the SSI visitors helped prepare an Iraqi meal.

Project director Melissa Port said in her blog, “All these women have arrived into Australia in the past three to six months and have shared with us their enormous struggle to be here today.

“We are always amazed at the strength and courage of these families, who have fled terrorism for a better life for themselves and their children.”

On May 15 the SSI guests learned about some Jewish traditions, including customs when a baby boy is born, arranged marriages in the religious community, other customs when getting married, and the history relating to each celebration.

The following week the women received certificates for their participation in the program.

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