The staff and volunteers at Heska Amuna Synagogue graciously let me peek inside their kosher kitchen where they prepared special foods to save for Hanukkah gatherings. The latke sizzling in oil reminded me less of my mother’s mashed potato cakes than Southern-style hash browns. Latkes are prepared with a mild blend of spices, often with a little savory onion.
Savory experiences with food help us relive sacred traditions while bonding with families and neighbors. No matter what your faith, latkes can be tasty comfort food. A growing movement of citizens believes the quality and accessibility of the food itself matters to our well-being and is even one of our human rights.