September 17, 2016, 220 Jewish women from all over Charlotte gathered together to bake challah. It was a beautiful, inspiring and uplifting experience. This year, join over 300 Jewish women and bake challah together just in time for Rosh Hashanah. We will be baking for ourselves plus one extra for Jewish Family Services to distribute.

The halachic definition of challah is a reference to a positive mitzvah. It entails separating a section of dough from your kneading and giving it to a kohen. This piece of dough is called “challah.” Any dough which is made of wheat, barley, spelt, oat or rye is obligated in this mitzvah.

Biblically speaking, the mitzvah of challah is observed only in the Land of Israel. Furthermore, according to most halachic authorities, the mitzvah of challah was a requirement only in the times of the Temple. Today, no Temple, no challah. But the rabbis reinstituted the practice of challah — even outside the Land of Israel — to commemorate this special mitzvah. Jewish women through the centuries knead homemade dough, and then separate a piece of the dough and burn it. All kosher bakeries do the same — they separate a piece of dough from each batch, and throw it on the floor of the oven. 

When the challah is separated a blessing is recited. This is a special time to ask God for anything that you need, blessings for your family, friends and community. Imagine what we can accomplish by joining together with over 200 Jewish women to make challah and say the blessing.

Special thanks to the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte Impact Fund for their support.

Sunday, September 10

Doors open at 6 PM. Program begins at 6:30 PM.

Extravaganza Depot, 1610 N Tryon St.

$36 per person

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ballantyne kneading challah

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