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Included below are some options to engage the women in your community about the importance and spirituality that encompasses the Shabbat. Each of the options below can be specifically tailored to your community or family!





Here are two recipes to try and some helpful challah baking tips from the pros!challah2

Makes approximately 4 loaves


1. In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water and let sit until it dissolves.
2. Add sugar, salt and half the flour. Mix well.
3. Stir in the eggs and oil; add the remaining flour slowly.
4. Turn out dough onto a floured board and knead for 10 minutes. If dough is too moist, add a little more flour.
5. When ready to rise, put dough in a large bowl, smear top with oil, cover, and let rise for 1 hour.
6. Separate small “challah portion” of dough.
7. Braid remaining dough into a loaf and let rise for 1 hour. Brush with egg glaze; sprinkle with seeds if desired.
8. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 for 1 hour or until golden brown.

Print a PDF Version of this Recipe Here


Submitted by Meira Albert

1. Combine yeast, warm water, and sugar in a large mixing bowl and let sit for 10 minutes until bubbly.
2. Add 1 Cup whole-wheat flour to yeast mixture and mix, add remaining 2 Cups whole-wheat flour and mix.
3.Add the oil, honey and egg, and mix.
4. Add 1 Cup regular flour and mix, and then add remaining 2 Cups regular flour and mix.
5. Place dough ball in clean, oiled bowl and cover; set the bowl in a warm dry place to rise for 3 hours.
6. Punch dough and set aside to rise for an additional 1/2 hour.
7. Knead and braid dough as desired.
8. If dough is too gooey add more whole-wheat flour as needed.
9. Spray pam on pans and then sprinkle bottom and sides with cinnamon sugar mix.
10. Bake at 350 degrees for a 1/2 hr. or until desired doughiness.

Print a PDF Version of this Recipe Here


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