200 plus ladies partake in community’s first ever multi-generational mega Challah bake
BY ANDREA MAIL
Jacksonville’s first multi-generational Mega Challah Bake held last month brought together 220 Jewish women from across the spectrum of the community. The women’s energetic dancing, singing and schmoozing while making challah created a positive energy which was palpable. Not only did the event attract women from bat-mitzvah age to seniors, but a sizeable number were newcomers to Jacksonville and each person was made welcome by friendly greeters, then given a name tag, colorful apron and baking ingredients.
The program included a demonstration by expert baker Ita Rabinowitz, a performance by talented musician Sarah Jacobs and door prizes given away by community Shlicha Dana Marmari.
“The root word for challah is ‘chol’ which means ordinary, explained rebbetzin Henny Fisch. “In the making of challah, we learn a foundational Jewish approach to life and it is our task to take the physical and infuse it with holiness, to elevate and we elevate by taking a portion of what we have and giving to others,” she added.
The Mega Challah Bake was part of an international program called The Shabbat Project which annually engages hundreds of thousands of people across the world.
“Learning how to bake an amazing challah was a wonderful experience, but knowing that my young daughter and I were doing it in conjunction with thousands of Jewish women made this an evening we’ll always cherish,” said volunteer Amy Kaminsky.
Special thanks goes out to each of the Jacksonville’s synagogues, WIFI and the Jewish Federation’s Women’s Division for their support. Also, thank you to the Event Committee which was comprised of Allison Jacobs, Andrea Mail, Rabbi Avi Feigenbaum, Caren Appel, Devora Feigenbaum, Henny Fisch, Sylvia Jaffa and Tammy Shumer, along with the event’s many volunteers, it generous sponsors and of course the various Synagogue’s sisterhood’s gift and Judaica shops for door prizes. Plans for next year’s Mega Challah Bake are already underway with the goal of doubling the number of women and girls participating, so prepare to set records in 2017.