Food for the Soul

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Featured RecipeChocolate and Caramel Covered Matzah
Chocolate and Caramel Covered Matzah

Recipe submitted by Anonymous

Passover celebrates the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt. Because they had to leave Egypt quickly, they did not have time to wait for their bread dough to rise. To help us commemorate this story, we eat matzah and avoid all leavened foods during Passover. At the Passover seder, we also refer to matzah as the “bread of affliction”. It’s dry and crackly texture reminds us of the difficulties our ancestors faced when they were slaves in Egypt.

Orthodox Jews eat only shmurah, or “guarded” matzo made from grains that had been watched by a Jewish official from the moment of harvest to ensure that they never came into contact with a liquid that would lead to accidental leavening. According to rabbinic law, once the flour is combined with water, matzo dough must be kneaded, rolled and baked within 18 minutes — otherwise it will begin to rise.

Traditionally, matzah was only eaten as part of the Passover seder and as a bread substitute during the week of Passover. However, modern Jews have discovered that matzah can be transformed into delicious and surprising desserts. The following recipe is representative of the creative use of matzah.

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About Food for the Soul

Welcome! It is our hope that congregants will use this page to both submit and make recipes that are part of our Jewish experience, family history or prepared during holidays and life cycle events throughout the year.

Jewish cooking has simmered in every corner of the world since the Diaspora many centuries ago. Congregant-submitted recipes will likely represent the cultural diversity in our community and can be a common bond among members of Central Synagogue, as well as the community beyond our own Synagogue “walls”.

We anticipate the Food for the Soul initiative will enhance:

  • interactions between new and old members and might even lead to cooking classes, dining events, lectures and more
  • the Jewish experience for converting or newly converted Jews who are interested in learning about the traditions in Jewish cooking
  • religious school education by teaching our students about Jewish diversity and how food is connected to ritual and biblical events
  • our experience with the CSA program many of us access during the summer months
  • inter-generational activities through the use of preparing these recipes and providing an opportunity for bonding, learning and a Jewish experience among all generations of our community
  • our outreach beyond Central Synagogue by allowing Jews and non-Jews in the larger community to participate with us in this initiative.

Submitting and Making Recipes

We welcome our congregants to submit recipes (yes, even more than one!) to this webpage by accessing and completing the Recipe Submission Form (on this website). We will be featuring one recipe at a time but all recipes will be archived and remain available to you on the webpage.

We encourage you to submit favorite family recipes, especially those you cherish making for Jewish holidays, life cycle events or those that bring back fond memories of growing up in a Jewish home.

The recipes will not be “tested” in our kitchen so please be as accurate as possible when submitting them. It is also our understanding that submitted recipes are original or otherwise in the public domain.

Central Synagogue cannot be responsible for any adverse events as a result of making or eating these foods. Please avoid eating any ingredients that might cause known allergic reactions.

So, let’s begin!!