As you can imagine, we really love food at ACCFB, and even more than just because it’s delicious and nourishing. We love enjoying food in community and as a way of connecting with others. So, we asked our staff for some of their favorite holiday recipes so we could share them with you and spend some time in the kitchen together. You can see the rest of our staff recipes here. Enjoy!

From Michael Altfest, Director of Community Engagement & Marketing:

latkes Latkes are one of a few traditional foods fried in oil to be enjoyed during Chanukah. The use of oil symbolizes the Chanukah miracle when only a days’ worth of oil kept the menorah in Jerusalem Temple lit for 8 days (long enough to make more oil). This latke recipe is pretty common–and simple! It just happens to be the one used by my Grandma when we celebrated Chanukah at her house–and is the one our whole family still uses to this day. WARNING: Your kitchen will smell like latkes for at least a week after cooking these!

Altfest Family Chanukah Latkes


  • Oil
  • 4 Russet potatoes (soak in water ~1 hour)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 onion
  • optional: grated carrots (to make it look healthy)
  • Mix together:
    • 2 cups flour
    • 2 tablespoons baking powder (optional)
    • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil (hot!)
  2. Mix eggs, potatoes and half flour mixture (save as eggs/potatoes gets soupy)
  3. Put in oil ~2 minutes/stop sizzling
  4. Turn… 2 more minutes
  5. Drain on single layer of paper towel