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Learning to Bake Challah and Connecting with Other Jewish Women

Renee Eder on Tuesday, November 1, 2016

I love Jewish foods. I love to read about them, write about them, and of course, eat them. But cooking them, not so much. In fact, the last time I attempted to make a challah, it didn’t even bother to rise.

I also love events where I can meet and connect with other women. I feel so energized and exhilarated afterwards! This, and my desire to learn how to make challah will make the first Northern Virginia Great Big Challah Bake on Thursday, November 10 at 7pm at Congregation Olam Tikvah a perfect event for me!

When I read about The Northern Virginia Great Big Challah Bake, the idea of enjoying the aroma, taste, and spirituality of making challah bread with a diverse group of local Jewish women really captured my senses. I am hoping to feel the “Flour Power,” as I knead, braid, and share in the wonderful tradition of making and baking Shabbat challah with other local Jewish women!

I can’t believe that, for only $18, I get baking supplies, instructions, braiding demos, music, light refreshments, an apron and a take-home package. And the challah baking is great for a non-cook like me, because everything is pre-measured out for you in a bowl! I am also able to give a $36 donation if I choose to honor my mother or sister, or someone who is special to me!

The most incredible part about the event, in my opinion, is that when the dough is ready, together all the women who participated will say the 4,000 year old traditional blessings that the biblical matriarch Sarah said as the first Jews baked challah. The best part for my family is that they will be able to enjoy the challah I take and bake in my home.

Lastly, and I’m not sure if you knew this. . . our local event is part of something a lot bigger! It’s a precursor to a larger, international event on Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12, a coordinated action taking place at the same time in 500 cities around the world that all Jews can be part of (but is not necessary to attend this event).

I hope to see you at The Northern Virginia Great Big Challah Bake. To register for this empowering experience, visit

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