One day.

Seven hours.

Sixty sessions of great conversations about nearly everything Jewish—from comedy to text study with stops at music, mysticism, storytelling, local history, politics, tikkun olam, archaeology, family histories, and much more…including cooking, of course!

All this can be found at ROUTES: A Day of Jewish Learning on Sunday, April 14, from 10 am-5 pm at American University in DC.

Sponsored by the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning since 2009, ROUTES is unique way for the area’s diverse Jewish community to come together and explore old and new connections to Judaism—whether intellectual, spiritual or cultural—in accessible 50-minute sessions.

Among this year’s many offerings are four focused on food. JFE’s own project director, Susan Barocas, a long-time ROUTES teacher, will talk about the delicious history of noodles in “Noodles—The Long, Short and Curly Story” at 11:05 am.

Cookbook author Sheilah Kaufman presents a little known part of Jewish food history in “The History of Jews and Chocolate” at 10 am.

Afternoon sessions feature Mike Tabor, who has run Licking Creek Bend Farm in Pennsylvania since 1972, talking about “Chocolate, Brisket, Knishes and Arugula: How a Jewish Farmer who Grew Up in Brooklyn Struggles with the Realities of Making a Living and of Better Food Choices.”

At 1:40 pm, Sara Portman Milner presents “Much More than Mandelbread! Sunflower Bakery’s Sweet Successes.” She is the bakery’s co-founder and director of training and program.

American University is easily accessible from the Tenleytown/AU stop on the Metro Red Line. AU runs free shuttles from the Metro to the campus. There is also free parking in Nebraska Avenue lot across from the campus. More information is at the ROUTES website.

General admission for the entire day and unlimited ROUTES sessions is $18 in advance or $25 at the door. High school and undergraduate students are free with valid student ID. To register for ROUTES, please click here.

Just come prepared because the most challenging part of the day is undoubtedly picking which of the many exciting sessions to attend and hoping the ones you miss will be offered again at next year’s ROUTES.