From schwarma and hummus to chopped liver and knishes, it was a celebration of all things Kosher on the grounds of Ohev Shalom Sunday.
The congregation’s bi-annual KosherFest brought approximately 2,000 people to the Prairie Village synagogue, where attendees got a first-hand look — and taste – of Israeli and Eastern European culture.
“A lot of grandparents like to bring their Jewish grandkids out and show them what they remember eating growing up and the music they listen to,” said festival chair Kelly Jackson.
Donna Oberstein, one of the co-chairs in charge of food for the event, said that the congregation had brought in two out-of-state chefs, experts in Middle Eastern food, to help with food preparation. In addition to the food, KosherFest featured traditional Eastern European dancing and music.
First started in 2007, the event went from annual to bi-annual after the 2008 festival. Jackson estimated that 75 percent of the approximately 225 households that are Ohev Shalom members work on the festival in some way.
“It’s a huge undertaking,” Oberstein said. “We like the call ourselves the little congregation that can.”