If you like food-related events, then you’ll have plenty to do in November! From a family Hanukkah program to talks, tastings, films and more, explore Jewish connections to food from flavors to fair trade.

JFE Community Partnership Grants are supporting many of the events including Chocolate and Jewish Values: A Fair Trade Experience at Tikvat Israel Congregation this weekend, November 1-3. Overseas fair trade will be explored in the context of Jewish values through speakers, a film, chocolate tasting, community meals, an artisan bazaar and more. JFE project director Susan Barocas is speaking on Sunday as part of that day’s artisan fair.  Some events require tickets.

No need to take a break after your fair trade experience. Head straight over to Magen David Sephardic Congregation for Culinary Dreams of Bagdad: Transformation of Iraqi Jewish Food Traditions in AmericaNorma Baumel Joseph will analyze the effects of food and gender on the identity of an Iraqi Jewish community living in Montreal. The program is presented by the Foundation for Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by JFE and the synagogue.

On Sunday, November 10, Make Room for Latkes with a morning of hands-on Hanukkah fun for Jewish and interfaith families with children age 3 and up. Activities will include crafts, singing, making edible menorahs, a mitzvah (good deeds) project and, of course, eating latkes. There will be time to learn and practice the blessing over the Hanukkah candles and share ideas for hosting easy and fun Hanukkah parties at home.  JFE is presenting this program with PJ Library, Love and Religion, the Washington DCJCC and the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA).

November @MakomDC at Adas Israel Congregation is all about cooking, eating and exploring the connections to Judaism and food.  JFE is co-sposoring this month of talks, film, discussions and more. The keynote program on Tuesday, November 5, is An Evening of Food Exploration with “Soupergirl” Sara Polon and her mother Marilyn. They will talk about food, ethics, spiritual eating and how to make a delectable vegan cream.

Other programs throughout the month are:

Wednesday, November 13 – The film Oma and Bella with a discussion led by Barocas. A story of food and survival, the film follows two octogenarian survivors as they shop, cook and talk about food, family, history and more food with filmmaker Alexa Karolinski, Oma’s granddaughter.

Sunday, November 17 – Beth Kanter presents Meals and Memories, behind-the-scene stories from some of the city’s most popular restaurants and food trucks, and a workshop on writing and preserving food memories.  Beth is the author of Washington, DC Cheff’s Table and a JFE Host Committee member.

Tuesday, November 19 – An Evening with Paula Shoyer features the owner of Paula’s Parisian Pastries Cooking School, talking about her books The Kosher Baker: 160 Dairy-Free Desserts from Traditional to Trend, and her newly released The Kosher Holiday Baker. Shoyer is a member of the JFE Advisory Council.

Sundays, November 3, 10 and 17 – Communty educator Norman Shore will lead Berachot (Blessings), Rituals and Food: Bringing the Holy and Ordinary Together, a stimulating class and text study that focuses on food and how it fits into our Jewish lives.

Information on these and many more upcoming programs and events can always be found on the JFE online calendar.