Blowing hot and cold at Zest as JW3 offers Ukrainian experience

Restaurant links with World Jewish Relief in food and educational venture


There has been a chill in the air at the JW3 community centre on Finchley Road as, in partnership with World Jewish Relief, its Zest kosher restaurant has been offering diners a Taste of Ukraine.

For in addition to choosing from a menu featuring borsht, chicken Kiev and latkes, guests can take a 4D virtual reality experience, giving the feel of the brutal Ukranian winter, as well as showcasing WJR’s work.

“I thought it was inspiring and would make people donate money,” said ten-year-old Ollie Kanerick.

A voluntary £2 donation to WJR will be added to bills.

WJR’s Rafi Cooper said: “Our work is vital, supporting older people who have often been left lonely and isolated by devalued pensions and a society not set up to support them. Their children face unprecedented economic turbulence and a struggle to find employment.”

The charity partnered with Zest for a successful Taste of Syria last year and JW3 CEO Raymond Simonson was excited by the latest collaboration, which runs until November 4.

“So many members of our community have roots within Eastern Europe. Therefore, Taste of Ukraine is for many a taste of what their relatives only a couple of generations ago would have eaten.”

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