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Baking and Breaking Bread Together


Baking and Breaking Bread Together

On Wednesday, March 8th 2017, the film “Dough” continued with the theme of Food – Nourishing Tradition – Eating Our Way Through Jewish History was presented by the Jewish Seniors Alliance at the Unitarian Centre.

Ken Levitt, President of JSA, greeted those gathered and asked how many were members of the JSA. Then he inquired how many more will be members after the presentation. Levitt also took the opportunity of introducing our new motto – SENIORS, STRONGER TOGETHER, emphasizing the comma as it had been the topic of much discussion. Levitt also gave credit for the motto’s origin to Binny Goldman.

Gyda Chud, Convener of this third Food Empowerment Series, said she was happy to see so many women in the audience as today was International Women’s Day. Chud was wearing a scarf commemorating the event of the Women’s March in Montreal in 2000.

Michael Schwartz, Coordinator of Programs and Development of the Jewish Museum of BC and partner with JSA in all of the Empowerment sessions on food also credited women for having been responsible for many of the organizations in BC. Schwartz stressed the importance of families contributing their own bits of history to the museum to preserve the Jewish origins in BC. Schwartz asked the audience to sign up as members ensuring that they will receive the Chronicle which will keep them updated on the museum’s future events. One event is the Supper Club Cafe which will be housed on the Peretz premises. Continuing, he said: “Without further a dough we hope you enjoy the movie ‘Dough’.

‘Dough’ is a film which depicts the desperation that sometimes drives people together. Widowed and finding it hard to manage, Nat Dayan is desperate to save his London bake shop from closing.  His grandfather had opened ‘Dayan and Son’ 60 years ago. Customers are getting scarce, moving away or dying and his son, a lawyer, is not interested in continuing the family business or helping it survive.

Competition is becoming a concern with a shop next door that is selling baked goods along with groceries and Dayan’s apprentice has left to work for them.

Struggling to keep his kosher bakery open, Nat hires Ayyash, the teenage son of his cleaning lady. His mom was unaware that Ayyash has been selling drugs to help support them.

Suddenly sales at Dayan and Son soar when Ayyash accidentally drops cannabis into the challah dough mix. Long lines appear and the closing of the shop seems far off.

A warm and special friendship develops between the Muslim boy and the Jewish baker as he and his mother go to live at Nat’s when their home floods. A line in the film – ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ meets ‘Westside Story’ describes what we see developing.

Tragedy is averted when a fire set by a competitor, instead of destroying the shop as well as Nat’s dream forever, serves to bring them closer together with mutual aspirations of continuing to exist. Dayan and Son survives with the ‘son’ however being the Muslim boy. The theme is an especially moving one, of overcoming racial prejudice and bringing about closeness through the will for openness, acceptance and understanding in unexpected places.

Gyda Chud thanked the delighted audience and invited all to enjoy baked goods, however unlike the cannabis-filled ones in the movie. Huge thanks to the hardworking JSA staff for bringing this successful event to the public. Special thanks to Stan Shear for all his technical work.

Please allow us to ‘break bread‘ with you all in the future.

B’Tayavon – B’Shalom
Binny Goldman – March 2017



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