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Shabbat comes around every week and Jews prepare their finest dishes to greet it. Come tour the busy Jerusalemite culinary markets and see the best supplies they have to offer. We will window shop for the local, delicious and affordable supplies to prepare a tasty Shabbat meal; freshly baked Challah bread in the ultra Orthodox neighborhoods, Jerusalemite Jewish Kugel and Chulent, selective local wines and the best endemic deserts you’ve ever tasted!
Come listen to the traditions behind each dish, and taste the wide selections of flavors of the Jewish Middle East!
What Will I Experience?
Sample tasting of fresh food being prepared for Shabbat
More than Just Ritual Wine
Grapes are one of the 7 fruits Israel was blessed. The combination of the Jewish tradition of blessing and celebrating with wine makes the wine industry quite active here in the Holy Land. Come see the wide selection of Wines and Cheeses Israel has to offer. Among the bottles we will discuss the history of wine. Why is it a Jewish custom to bless the wine? And how has it affected the other monotheistic cultures?
Sweet Challah Bread
In the heart of the ultra orthodox neighborhood lies a secular bakery that puts all sweet Challah to shame. Here politics are put aside and the Challah dough speaks. Come visit the unique bakery of Meah Shearim and see how cultures mix and mesh creating the perfect ingredients for the Sabbath Challah. What is Challah? Where did it develop such an artistic form? What are its origins?
Ethnic Persian and Buchari bread
Being around for over a 100 years in a rapid changing country like Israel will leave a mark- A delicious one for that matter. Let’s taste the authentic breads brought across sea by the different ethnic groups that make up Israel. What is the significance of the Bread? How did it develop in each culture? What customs does each culture have for the bread?
The Jewish Mothers Kitchen
Eastern European Jewish mothers are known for their distinct Jewish dishes like the moist Gefilte fish, the salty Jerusalemite Kugel and the legendary Chulent. Come smell and taste the homemade Jewish Kitchen in the ultra orthodox community of Geula. Why did the Eastern European Jewish Kitchen develop these specific dishes? What are the different customs for making and eating them? What are the Jewish Secret Ingredients?
Halva Kingdom: Master of the Halva Trade
Halva in the market is an art. Fresh and homemade, we will see a selection of Halva that will blow your mind away; cinnamon halva, cappuccino halva, pecan halva, chocolate chip halva, craison halva, pistachio halva – and that is only 6 among the dozens that are displayed daily! Sample delectable halva you never even knew existed, and learn about this treat’s origins and how it is is created.
The Legendary Rugelach
Rugelach’s are the Eastern European muffin equivalents. They are made all over Israel, sold in stock, and handed out at every party. But one bakery stands out from all the rest. Prepare your selves for the all- time best rugelach’s your lips have ever tasted.
The Best Butchers & Fruits of the Machane Yehuda Market
Meat is sold fresh and fruits are sold by season. Visit the most popular stands and see how competition is won with music of original prices and drums of their low prices.
The Best Incense for “Havdalah”
Like everything, all good things come to an end and Havdalah is the Jewish religious ceremony that marks the symbolic end of Shabbat and ushers in the new week. We will check out the amazing spice shops and candle stores that help supply goods for the ceremony. What does the ceremony symbolize in Judaism and why does it have the fire, incense and wine elements?
How early should I have my coffee?
rise n’ shine for the exciting day ahead
The group will meet at 9:00am outside “Ima’s” restaurant on the bottom of Agripas Street near the Central Bus Station
Anything else I need to know?
a few important tips for your tour
-Comfy shoes are the best fit for walking through the markets
-Dress properly for the Ultra Orthodox neighborhoods (covered shoulders, knee-length shorts for men & skirts for women)
-This tour is 2.5 hours long
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