Great Big Virtual Challah Bake 2020

Baking challah together builds community

Join us from your own kitchen and bake along with others during the Boulder JCC’s Great Big Virtual Challah Bake presented by Women of the J. If you are a weekly challah baker, or if you have never baked one before, please join us and participate in this amazing, powerful, and inspiring event! 

Baking sessions will be offered via Zoom from November 8 – 13. Sessions offered include recipes for traditional, gluten-free, vegan, and a rainbow challah. We are also offering sessions designed for teens, families with young children, and young professionals. We will also offer demo sessions with advanced challah techniques. Join us for one or more sessions during the week.

The week will culminate with a virtual community-wide Shabbat celebration on Friday, November 13 from 4 – 4:30 pm. We will celebrate Shabbat together and share our challahs from the week.

In the past, this program offered the opportunity to contribute a challah for those in need. This year, we are offering participants the opportunity to purchase a $3.50 challah from Moe’s for people experiencing food insecurity.

Most sessions cost $18 which includes virtual challah baking instruction, a basic braiding video, printable recipe, and a conversion chart. Ingredient lists and recipes will be shared the week prior to the session. You will be responsible for purchasing your own ingredients unless you want to purchase and pick up a dry ingredient kit. A basic dry ingredient kit for the traditional challah classes is available for $5. The kit will include pre-measured flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. Not for use with the gluten-free or vegan classes. You will be able to pick up your kit at the JCC the week before the Challah Bake. Must order by October 30. Thank you to Moe’s Bagel Bakery for donating these kits. 

We want to ensure our programs are available to everyone in our community. Please contact Jodi Zicklin at if you need assistance to participate.


Click the box below to register for Challah Bake virtual sessions! Spaces are limited!

Traditional Challah Bake
Bake a traditional challah with Women of the J Board members Eti Young and Debbie Garelick. 

Sunday, November 8 | 4 - 6 pm
Wednesday, November 11 | 10 - 11:30 am
Thursday, November 12 | 7 - 8:30 pm
$18 per household


Rainbow Challah for Young Families
Join Karli and Kayla Sherwinter from Israel to learn how to make a colorful Rainbow Challah! This class is geared towards ages 4 - 12, baking along with a parent or caregiver. 

Sunday, November 8 | 9:30 - 11 am
$18 per household


Gluten-Free Oat Challah
With Mitten Lowe, Founder of Journey To Wellness

Bake along with Mitten to make a delicious, gluten-free, dairy-free challah sweetened with honey or date paste. This oat flour bread can be used for the hamotzi blessing on Shabbat or other times.

Sunday, November 8 | 6 - 7:15 pm
$18 per household


Stuffed Challah Demonstration
Join Mandy Silverman, founder of Mandylicious, and known as The Challah Guru, for an interactive demonstration on baking delicious sweet and savory stuffed challahs and a two-toned chocolate Zebra challah! Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn how to make your challahs unique! If you’d like to bake along with Mandy, please come with pre-prepared dough or watch and bake later.

Mandy Silverman founded Mandylicious in 2013 in Sharon, MA. Since then, she has created over 300 unique challah and babka recipes and has developed a worldwide following, including over 25,000 Instagram followers. Find her at @mandyliciouschallah on Instagram!

Monday, November 9 | 6:30 - 7:30 pm
$10 per household 


Advanced Challah Braiding Techniques Demonstration
Join Eti to learn how to shape multiple strand challahs, round holiday challahs, and lunchbox buns.  If you’d like to braid along with Eti, please come with pre-prepared dough or watch and braid later.

Tuesday, November 10 | 4 - 5 pm
$10 per household


Vegan Challah
Learn to make Vegan Challah by “baking along” with Miche Bacher, head of R&D at Know Brainer, chef and recipe developer.  

Tuesday,  November 10 | 7 - 8:30 pm
$18 per household


Teen Challah Bake
Bake challah along with your friends and Katie Rona during this teen challah bake session. This session is for ages 13+.

Wednesday, November 11 | 4:30 - 6 pm
$18 per household


Flatiron Tribe Challah Bake
Join other young professionals to bake challah together with Audrey Kelly from Moe’s Bagel Bakery.

Wednesday, November 11 | 6 - 7:30 pm
$18 per household


Gluten-Free Challah
Learn how to make your own Gluten Free Challah by "baking along" with Dianne Fishel from the Village Nosh Bakery. To bake along with Dianne, you must have a food scale that measures in grams and a specific Gluten-Free flour (Steve's Gluten Free Flour Blend) that is available for purchase online. 

Thursday, November 12 | 4 - 5:30 pm
$18 per household


Challah Shabbat Celebration (Virtual)

The week will culminate with a virtual community-wide Shabbat celebration. We will celebrate Shabbat together and share our challahs from the week.

Friday, November 13 | 4 - 4:30 pm


Thank you to our generous 2020 Great Big Virtual Challah Bake Sponsors:

Boulder JCC 2020 Annual Sponsor
Design Studio & Front Range Design Center

Advocate Sponsor
Kantor and Company

Challah Bake Sponsors
Debra and Robert Garelick and HomeSmart Realty

Friend of the Challah Bake
Colorado Capital Management

In-Kind Partner
Moe’s Bagel Bakery