Project Kesher

Project Kesher (Project Connection)…

…is designed to foster meaningful communal connection to Judaism. Through shared experiences, Project Kesher links us together as we learn about ourselves, our community, our history, and our culture.

During a time when we have been physically apart for so long, Project Kesher is here to bring us back together!

Join an interest group by choosing your Track. No matter your track, you’ll have 3 meaningful experiences.

All registrants must be able to participate in all 3 events pertaining to your track of choice (Kickoff event, plus 2 track experiences).

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Project Kesher is funded in part by generous grants from:

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Kick-off Event

  • Thursday, March 24 at 6:30 PM
  • All participants from all tracks will come together for a night of dinner and Jewish learning.
  • Location: Bridgewater JCC, 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater

Track One

Arts & Culture

Fee: $136/Person

Jewish culture has always been celebrated in a variety of ways, especially through the arts. This track explores Judaism through a historical, performative, and physical lens. Open to Adults 21 & older.  Please note, to participate in this track, you must be vaccinated, and masks may be required.

Included in fee: 1 dinners, 1 lunch, 1 show ticket, 2 tours and transportation to NYC and Philadelphia.

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Track Two

Food & Wine

  • Fee: $136/Person

At the center of most Jewish celebrations is food and wine! It is a significant part of Jewish history and culture. This track will explore both the history of Jewish food and its evolution to modern times. Please note, to participate in this track, you must be vaccinated,

Open to Adults 21 & older.

Included in fee: 2 dinners, 1 wine/chocolate tasting, 1 food tour and transportation to NYC.

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Track One Details: Arts & Culture

Please note, to participate in this track, you must be vaccinated, and masks may be required.

Harmony, A New Musical by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman

  • Sunday, April 10
  • Leaving the JCC at 11 AM

This musical tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, an ensemble of six talented young men in 1920 Germany who took the world by storm with their signature blend of sophisticated close harmonies and uproarious stage antics, until their inclusion of Jewish singers put them on a collision course with history. The show will be held at The National Yiddish Theatre, NYC. Lunch is on your own before the show which starts at 2 PM.


Jewish Philadelphia

  • Sunday, April 24
  • Leaving the JCC at 11 AM
  • Approximate return 6:00 PM.
  • Must be able to walk for two miles.

We will begin our day at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, founded in 1795. It is the first Ashkenazic synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. The senior Rabbi will give us a private tour of this unique 1927 Moorish Revival building on North Broad Street.
Following the tour we will enjoy a pre-ordered lunch at the synagogue from Goldies, one of Michael Solomonov’s (owner of Zahav) restaurants. The food tastes as good as the falafel in Israel!

The final portion of our day will be a two hour walking tour of Philadelphia’s Historic Jewish Quarter. Beginning in the Society Hill Neighborhood, visit the Mikvah Israel Cemetery and the Viina Shul and Society Hill Synagogue. We will stop at South Street which was the commercial hub of the immigrant Jewish Quarter. We will walk through the neighborhoods stopping to see former and current synagogues, The Hebrew School, Immigrant Bank, bath houses, theaters, union halls, restaurants and we will sample goodies from a kosher bakery.

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Track Two Details: Food & Wine

Please note, to participate in this track, you must be vaccinated.

Wine Tasting with Chocolate Pairing and Dinner

  • Thursday, March 31
  • 6:00 PM

Meet on Division Street in downtown Somerville at Carol’s Creative Chocolatez to enjoy an evening of Israeli Wine Tasting (not your Passover Manishewitz!) with chocolate pairings. Carol’s specializes in single origin chocolates from all over the world.  Tewksbury Fine Wine & Spirits specializes in small production handcrafted wines, spirits, beers from around the world. Mother and Daughter duo, Andrea and Elisabeth Maranca focus on their clientele to provide an impeccable selection for every palate, guaranteeing the perfect fit for every potential customer. Our group will be tasting five Israeli Wines and learning about them from Owner, Andrea Maranca.

Directly following the tasting we will walk over to King Tut for Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine and enjoy a family style vegetarian feast- featuring “Israeli style salads and spreads”.


Food Tour of Lower East Side Bon Appetit!

  • Sunday, April 24
  • Leaving the JCC at 9:00 AM

Join us as we explore what was once an immigrant and working-class neighborhood rich in ethnic diversity and culture. Learn about the history of the tenement buildings occupied by the poor. The neighborhood is best known for having once been a center of Jewish culture. We view historic synagogues and nosh on delicacies from the best kosher-style delis and bakeries in the city.

This three hour food walking tour includes six stops and tastings from the following nine establishments.

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Tasting locations:

  • Castillo de Jagua:
    • Authentic Caribbean Spanish Cuisine (Est. 1986)
  • Russ & Daughter’s:
    • NYC’s premier appetizing shop (Est. 1914)
  • Katz’s Delicatessen:
    • The best delicatessen in New York (Est. 1888)
  • Aranchini Bros. at Essex Market:
    • Bold, unique flavors of rice balls made from an old Sicilian family recipe.
  • North Dumpling:
    • Authentic handmade northern Chinese dumplings.
  • Economy Candy:
    • Stocking all types of candy, nuts, and dried fruit from floor-to-ceiling. “Noshers’ paradise of the Lower East Side.” (Est. 1937)
  • The Pickle Guys:
    • Pickles made the old-fashioned way. Try a half sour, full sour or new pickle. Pucker up! (Est. 2002)
  • Kossar’s Bialys:
    • The oldest bialy bakery in the United States. (Est. 1936)
  • Doughnut Plant:
    • Unique flavors and a mouthwatering family recipe. (Est. 1994)