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through it, and you kind of just pull
out the flavors," she said.
Guests discussed what qualities to
look for in a wine, what makes a
wine kosher and what to look for in
matching food with the wine choice.
"It gets into the essence of what
Reconstructionism is all about — we
view Judaism as an evolving religious
culture and part of the notion of
religious culture is that we take the
religious aspects very seriously and
the cultural aspects very seriously,"
host Joel Goldberg said. "One
important part of any culture is its
food and its drink and its customs."
He added that while it seems to be
an American Jewish custom to have
concord grape wine for Passover, he
thinks there is merit to looking at
the tradition to see if there are alter-
natives that may be more appropri-
ate in today's context that still
respect Jewish traditions.
"We're very much interested in
respecting our Pesachdik tradition
while looking at alternative ways of
observing it," he said, adding that if
they get positive feedback they
would be interested in doing the
event again next year but open it up
to the rest of the Jewish community.
The chance to connect with havu-
rah members in a social setting
instead of in a'specifically religious
context was part of what brought
Ann Arbor resident Sally Fink to the
table last night. She said she knew it
would be a special evening both
because of the company and the
food and drink.
"I just didn't want to miss Joel and
Sally's wines and Lia's cooking," Fink
said. "It's a treat, and at 25 dollars,
it's a real bargain."
Julie Norris, who moved to Ann
Arbor last August, said she had never
been to a kosher wine tasting but
was drawn by the opportunity to
meet people in the havurah and the
chance to try something new.
"The people are warm and wel-
coming and it's interesting, it's fun
and it's different — it's a unique way
to spend an evening," she said.
Norris said she and her husband
Kevin have a seder and keep kosher
for Passover, so learning about the
variety of wines available might
impact what they serve.
"We just drank the Manishewitz
because that's what we've always
had," she said. "We'll still probably
have it for tradition, but we won't be
limited to it."
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