Feinstein Center for American Jewish History
On October 2, 2012 in conjunction with Congregation Rodelph Shalom’s sukkah, a consortium of Philadelphia Jewish institutions launched an important new conversation around the pressing question, “What is Your Food Worth?” The event inaugurated a two-year series of events that the Feinstein Center for the Study of Jewish History will host in conjunction with Congregation Rodeph Shalom, the National Museum of American Jewish History, and The Gershman Y, focusing on food, ethics, sustainability, and eating Jewish.
"What Is Your Food Worth?" represents a unique and important collaboration. Bringing together for the first time four of Philadelphia’s leading cultural and educational institutions, it aims to draw different constituencies together and to create far-reaching conversations about the choices each of us confronts in our everyday lives as we try to square what we eat with what we believe and what we can afford. Why is cheap food cheap? What are the costs of cheap? What are the costs of kosher food and the kosher industry? What should the people who make and grow our food earn? What is a healthy diet? Is this the same as an ethical diet? And are these—a healthy diet and an ethical diet—the same as a Jewish diet?
Over the course of the next two years of talk, debate, and inquiry, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, the National Museum of American Jewish History, the Gershman Y, and the Feinstein Center will pose and answer the question, “What is Your Food Worth?” The public will be invited to engage in the discussion – in fact it will be asked to help create the conversation -- through a series of programs bringing together historians, scholars of religion, kosher bakers, organic farmers, labor activists, watchdogs, current-day muckrakers, chefs, and foodies to investigate how American Jewish life and thought is articulated, contested, marketed, lived and digested.
The New York Times’ Mark Bittman, best-selling author and journalist Sue Fishkoff, and noted New York University scholar, Hasia Diner will be among those people leading the discussion about eating and ethics over the next two years.
For more information about all the events associated with What is Your Food Worth, please contact Bryant Simon, acting director of the Feinstein Center (firstname.lastname@example.org) and consult www.temple.edu/feinsteinctr, “What Is Your Food Worth?” on Facebook and Twitter, and (soon) online at atwhatisyourfoodworth.com