August 18, 2013 – Today was a big day for Noor Aida. We hosted a fabulous group of 27 Americans from “Interfaith Peace Builders” for a short cooking demonstration and then lunch. It was our first such event, so we learned a lot from the planning and preparing. The event went very well, and the group was delightful. We showed them how to make krass, and everyone pitched in. Then we all enjoyed a big meal of Arabic salad, mujadara, krass (made by the students), basbussa, coffee and tea.
August 8, 2013 – We hosted a wonderful group of 20 scouts from Italy for a one night homestay. Since it was the last day of Ramadan – Eid – the female scouts participated in a cooking class to prepare the final “iftar” feast, and then all of the scouts, together with the homestay family, enjoyed an iftar dinner together. During the day, the scouts gathered the disabled children of the women participating in the project, along with the able-bodied kids from the families and the neighborhood, and played games, sang songs and shared a fun and touching time together outdoors. We were very moved by seeing all of our kids – disabled and able-bodied – playing together and sharing a joyous moment.
July 27, 2013 – We hosted our very first Ramadan cooking class. Late in the afternoon, our students helped us to make an iftar dinner which we enjoyed with the family once the day’s fast ended. The class was a bit challenging since we were quite tired from fasting all day, but it was a great class, and we were very happy to have hosted it.
July 13, 2013 – One of our cooking class students, Andrew James Ferris, Freelance Videographer (Falling Satellite Productions – www.fallingsatelliteproductions.com), produced a beautiful video of the class he attended. You can find it here: “Noor Women Empowerment Group” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXikzkndnxA&feature=youtu.be
July 1, 2013 – We were featured today in “This Week in Palestine.” (See Link on our “Noor in the Media” page). We hope to host many more students/guests at our cooking classes and homestays.
June 15, 2013 – We had a great cooking class with internationals, including Americans and Canadians, from Be’er Sheva Medical School. Class was lively and fun and featured a delicious helba for dessert. Two of our students have cooking blogs that sound great! Links to their blogs (which will appear below) are coming soon. Maybe they’ll even write about their experience at their Noor Aida cooking class.
- Katherine Martinelli, Food and Travel Writer, Photographer and Wanderer: http://www.katherinemartinelli.com/blog/2013/helba-semolina-fenugreek-cake-and-a-bethlehem-cooking-class/
April 2013 – Using funds we’ve raised through our cooking classes and homestays, we took Noor Aida families and their kids to Nablus for a day of swimming and fun.