2015-04-24 / Community

STRIVE starts new chapter with project

STRIVE secured the funds to purchase the building at 28 Foden Road in November of 2014 and officials are now ready to embark on the next phase of the endeavor – a 16-week expansion project.

A groundbreaking was scheduled for this week.

This project will add 3,300 square feet of classroom and program space for programs. The space will allow for each program to have its own room, rather than share one space. It will also include health and safety improvements, such as an internal wheelchair ramp, full sprinkler system, hoods for each stove and air conditioning. The renovations will also modernize the building and include a focus on assistive technology throughout. based on her book, the first ever on this topic, “On the Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao,” now in its second printing.

Prinz lectures about chocolate and religion around the world. “On the Chocolate Trail” is being used in adult study, classroom settings, book clubs and chocolate tastings. Prinz blogs at The Huffington Post, The Forward’s Jew and the Carrot, Jewish Journal and onthechocolatetrail.org. She was awarded several fellowships to research the project using information gathered from travel in several countries, including Belgium, England, France, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland and the United States.

Programs with book signings are open to the public as follows: Friday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.: Erev Shabbat Services, “Jews on the Chocolate Trail”; Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m.: Torah Study,” Questions Rabbis Ask About Chocolate: Text Study of Responsa”; Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m.: Shabbat Morning Service; Saturday, May 2, 11:30 a.m.: Lunch & Learn, “Jews and Chocolate In Colonial America”; Saturday, May 2, 5:30 p.m.: Havdalah, “The Ethics of Chocolate: What is the Best Chocolate?”

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