Piqua Synagogue’s yearly Judaism 101 class

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Gretchen Johnson

PIQUA – On Saturday, April 13, members of Congregation Anshe Emeth, Piqua, welcome the public to our yearly Judaism 101 class. It will be held from 1:30 – 2:30 PM. The class, taught by our Rabbinic Intern, Gretchen Johnson provides a new perspective on teaching Judaism by sharing Jewish history through cookbooks.

Jewish Americans have been part of American history since colonial times. Jews arrived
from different parts of the world. We will look at four early Jewish American cookbooks, the
first of which was published in 1871. These will teach us about the values and
lifestyles of Jews in each of these waves of immigration. We will learn a little bit about Jewish American history, including some humorous incidents, and maybe sample a tasty recipe or two.

Offered at no cost, all are welcome. The class will be offered in person and also by Zoom.
Registration is needed at ansheemeth@gmail.com for in-person attendance or the Zoom
link.

The goal of the Judaism 101 classes is to share information, not impose beliefs.

Gretchen Johnson is a 4th year rabbinical and education student at the Hebrew Union
College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati. She expects to be ordained in
May of 2025. She is excited to have this opportunity to teach Jewish American history
through the lens of early Jewish American cookbooks