The success of Baltimore’s challah bake from last year has also spread to Columbia in Howard County.
The Jewish Federation of Howard County hopes to attract 100 women from across the community for its first challah bake at the Lubavitch Center of Howard County on Oct. 22.
“When you think about it globally and what is going on, it’s so spiritual that all these women will be doing the same thing,” said Sophie Novinsky, director of adult life at the Federation. “We decided it would be a great
The Federation hopes to instill a sense of solidarity into the community similar to Rabbi Warren Goldstein, chief rabbi of South Africa, who inspired the International Shabbos Project two years ago with his idea to bring an entire community together for a single Shabbat.
“As a passionate challah baker myself, one of the things making challah teaches us is how to slow down and do things with intention,” said Rabbi Craig Axler of Temple Isaiah. “Mixing and kneading the dough, allowing it to develop and rise, all of these things are crucial to pour our love into this bread.”
Axler added that the challah’s unique look, which comes from the way it is braided, is to help make it look more distinct than an everyday loaf of bread.
Much like the Baltimore-based challah bake last year, the Federation has set up the event with a committee of several lay leaders who came together in mid-August. Novinsky said the goal of the event is to build solidarity not only among Jewish women in Howard County, but also with the global Jewish community.
Said Novinsky: “I want people to realize more than anything, the connection with other Jewish women and how powerful it is.”
The Great Challah Bake
Jewish Federation of Howard County
Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Lubavitch Center of Howard County
770 Howes Lane, Columbia
To register, visit jewishhowardcounty.org/challah-bake
For information, contact Sophie Novinsky at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-730-4976, ext. 103