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US bake sale against antisemitism draws Jewish foodies, few non-Jewish allies

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05.06.2021

When Daniela Weiner heard about a virtual bake sale against antisemitism, the Chicago pastry chef and food photographer didn’t think twice about joining.

Weiner is not Jewish. But she has participated in benefit bake sales before, raising $1,500 last year for racial justice causes, and she also knew that some of her Jewish friends in the food world were alarmed by a recent spate of antisemitic incidents.

“Seeing a friend talk about this, crying on social media that she is afraid… I cannot even imagine,” said Weiner, who is originally from Austria and shares her creations on Instagram. “For me it was an instinct to join.”

Few other non-Jewish foodies made the same decision. It’s a dynamic that organizers of the bake sale say reflects a broader trend of Jews being left to fight antisemitism alone despite a social justice environment that prizes allyship.

Whitney Fisch, a longtime food blogger who is one of the organizers, said she knows of only two non-Jews on the roster of participants for Bake a Stand: Bake to End Antisemitism, which begins Friday. That’s not because they weren’t asked, she said.

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“I’ve had people say no, I don’t know if I’m comfortable with this,” Fisch said. “There definitely have been people who claim to be allies for social justice and civil rights just straight-up ignore me.”

Fisch and the sale’s other organizers said they are pleased by the turnout among Jewish food personalities, who will sell or auction baked goods and other products to benefit an Ohio Holocaust museum. Participants include Instagram food celebrities such as Jake Cohen, who plans to auction a copy of his “Jew-Ish” cookbook to his 346,000 followers, and Adeena Sussman, who has 130,000 followers for her posts about Israeli food. They also include dozens of people with much more modest followings: One woman in Houston, for example, is selling challahs for $18 and boxes of cookies for $10 to her 500 followers.

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