120 women from across the greater Vancouver area gathered on Wednesday evening, September 10th for a ‘Community Mega Challah Bake’ at the Lubavitch Centre.
The event was a joint project of N’Shei Chabad of British Columbia, the Chabad centres of Vancouver, Downtown Vancouver, East Vancouver, Richmond, UBC and White Rock, Congregation Beth Hamidrash, and Congregation Schara Tzedeck.
First the women made and kneaded their own dough, led by Challah baking expert, Mrs. Rochie Pinson of New York. They then enjoyed mingling and refreshments and a fascinating lecture by Mrs. Pinson about the deeper significance of Challah making and Rosh Hashanah.
After that they returned to their baking stations to braid their Challah, once again led by Mrs. Pinson who demonstrated various methods of braiding.
“I had such a wonderful time and I was so happy to see the different organizations coming together for this event!” said one happy participant as she left with two beautifully braided Challahs.
“The evening surpassed all of our expectations!” said Mrs. Henya Wineberg, co-coordinator of the event. “The display of unity in the community was heartwarming to see.”
Pinson, who teaches Challah baking workshops to women across the world, will be publishing a book about Challah baking titled ‘RISING’ with an expected release date of fall/2015.