CBSRZ Medieval Banquet

Sunday, December 17, 2017
3:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Adult Education Committee



Please join us on Sunday afternoon, December 17, at 3 pm, for a trip back through time and space to Rav Avraham’s Court where we will treat ourselves to a medieval Jewish feast, with foods gleaned from 11th to 14th century France, England, Italy and Germany.

We will sample ware such as Erbolat, Frumenty, assorted Bruens, Figey, Leche Lombard and, of course, what was referred to in Italy as the Jewish ham, Goose. We will drink Ypocras and other spirits. And, with Hanukkah in full swing, try different levivot, or latkes – all made without potatoes, which of course had not yet made their way to Europe in the Middle Ages.  So what were latkes made of? Come and find out!

As has been true through the ages, Jewish cookery drew from the cuisine of the region in which Jews found themselves with the necessary adjustments made to follow kashrut. But Jews were not simply influenced by the people surrounding them. They contributed their own special gift to the cuisine of their neighbours. Fois gras and chopped liver? Ravioli a Jewish dish? You’d be surprised at what you learn!

We encourage those of you who enjoy dressing up for such occasions to come in your best Medieval garb (gowns (or long skirts) for the ladies, robes for the gentlemen – or even tunics and tights for the daring). If there are jongleurs or jesters among you, feel free to join in the entertainment. Medieval music will be played and many of the original medieval recipes, in both their original form AND in translation, will be displayed.

Please let the office know if you are planning on coming – we need to know how many people to cook for. And, as always, we would love to have help from the cooks among you who would like to try their hand at medieval cooking. We will be happy to send recipes to anyone willing to give it a try. Just email Ellen Nodelman ( and we’ll get a recipe to you several weeks before the event.

We look forward to seeing you at Rav Avraham’s Court! Please RSVP no later than December 1st.

There is no charge for this event, but please register below to confirm your attendance so we’ll know how much food to prepare.





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