Michael Leventhal

Charity Work

In 2009 I was the founder of the Jewish food charity Gefiltefest. I’m extremely proud of the annual Gefiltefest festival that was held at the Moishe House, the London Jewish Cultural Centre and at the JW3 centre. Together with an army of incredible volunteers, the event attracted speakers and visitors from Europe, Israel and America, including Joan Nathan, Poopa Dweck, Gil Hovav and many more talented and knowledgeable cooks and writers. To watch me talking about Gefiltefest, click here.

Working with the the publisher Grub Street, a fundraising cookbook was published with a foreword by Claudia Roden, patron of Gefiltefest. The charity also organised a fundraising bike ride from Lands End to John O’ Groats, with 14 Rabbis each cycling a stretch of the journey. You can read about the bike journey here

I’ve chaired a number of food-related panels and interviewed food writers for London’s Jewish Museum the UK Jewish Film Festival, the Eden School Tree of Knowledge and the Gefiltefest festival. 

I’ve organised fundraising supper clubs and acted as a consultant on different charity cookbooks.

In 2011, I published The Hand of History, a collection of quotations from more than 100 well-known historians. To date, the book has raised more than £10,000 for Parkinson’s research. 

In 2021, Green Bean Books published Babka, Boulou & Blintzes: Jewish Chocolate Recipes From Around the World, which raised almost £20,000 for Chai Cancer Care.

In 2025, Green Bean will publish The Little Book of Cheesecake which, again, will be raising money for Chai Cancer Care

Rabbi Relay Ride
Our cuisine celebrated, thanks to Mr Gefiltefest

Food, Exile, and Memory Panel Discussion at the Jewish Museum

Gefiltefest: a taste of Kosher London