In this lesson, which I adapt to different courses, students explore Centropa’s web page with Jewish recipes curated by Jayne Cohen, and read In Memory’s Kitchen, a collection of recipes women gathered while in the Nazi camps. As a way to learn about pre-war Jewish culture, and to bring that learning from the intellect to their senses, students are asked to find a recipe that they then cook with their parents.
Students interviewed and took pictures of a relative while they prepared a favorite family recipe. The students then created a PowerPoint presentation that included their relative preparing the dish; background information about the recipe and the family member; and a recipe from Centropa that will highlight the similarities in Jewish cooking. Students’ interactions through family collaborative tasks can provide opportunities for them to acquire knowledge that may ultimately influence their personal development and growth.