Exploring Creativity Through Cooking with Jewish Care’s Disability Residents

May 23, 2016 by Jenna Chaitowitz
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Galit Ben David’s cooking passion started at home.Both of her parents, of Persian and Moroccan background, were excellent cooks who taught Galit the love for fresh ingredients, vibrant spices and varieties of tastes.

Resident Shabtai Zicband (right) enjoys making chocolate covered strawberries with Galit Ben David.

Resident Shabtai Zicband (right) enjoys making chocolate covered strawberries with Galit Ben David.

“One of my first childhood memories,” said Galit, “is of my great-grandmother who lived with us. She used to sit down in front of a huge silver dish to make couscous dough from scratch. She was in her early 90s.”

Today Galit takes care of her own family including 3 children under the age of 7 while also working as Jewish Care’s Employment Consultant.

In addition, she runs cooking demonstrations in the community and facilitates cooking sessions for Jewish Care’s disability residents.

Coming to their home for 3-hour sessions, Galit brings with her new recipes and inspiration allowing people with disability to try new things, become more independent and enjoy a delicious meal in the company of friends and family.

“The age of my students ranges from 20 to 65 years old. They have different disabilities, personalities and talents,” said Galit. “We explore our creative sides through cooking together, having discussions about healthy eating, textures and tastes… I also share presentation tips about serving food on beautiful platters. It’s a whole experience.”

From baked salmon with dukkah to garden salads and chocolate-covered strawberries, every session is a new, exciting journey.

“At the end of my classes, participants rush to hug me or give me flowers… It touches your heart and makes you realise that while it’s great to give back, you also gain so much more than what you give,” said Galit.

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