When I registered to participate in the cooking class at Hillel with Andrea Bock from Jewish Federation, I never expected to get anything more than a few Hamentaschen out of it. When we first arrived, the table was set up beautifully with step-by-step directions, ingredients measured out, and place settings for each person. You could tell that Andrea put a lot of heart and soul into her preparation for the lesson. From the very beginning, I could tell that this was going to be so much more than just cooking.

Andrea asked us several questions throughout the two hours. She asked us how we learned to cook, what our favorite family recipes are, what food means to our family, and she shared her story. She also asked us about our personal experiences with anti-Semitism. She talked about her grandmother would never measure anything out when she was baking, but baking