ROCKLEIGH, N.J. -- Under the banner of "achdut” — unity — in the community, an estimated 1,400 women from all walks of Jewish life gathered at the Rockleigh County Club to participate in the "Great Big Challah Bake Off."
"We mixed with friends (old and new) and then mixed our ingredients to take home and bake two homemade Challahs," said Carla Silver, publicity director of Temple Emeth following the Oct. 22 event.
Proceeds from the Shabbos Project go directly to the WIZO (Women's International Zionist Organization) Shelter for Battered Women in Jerusalem.
The project is built on a Jewish unity initiative launched in South Africa two years ago by the country’s chief rabbi, Warren Goldstein, and was brought to Bergen County by Daniel Rothner of Teaneck, founding director of the youth outreach program Areyvut.
Several participants came from the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project, which brings women with limited Jewish educational backgrounds to Israel each year.
This year's Bergen County turnout was nearly five times as much as last year's, said organizers, who began getting the word out early and received support from sponsors, supporters and volunteers.
Among the organizations that participated: Women’s International Zionist Organization, the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, the Federation of Northern New Jersey’s Women’s Philanthropy Group, Sharsheret, Hadassah of Northern New Jersey, the Bergen County division of the National Council of Jewish Women, the Israeli American Council, Lubavitch on the Palisades, the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, the Rockleigh Country Club, the Shabbos Project, BBYO, and NCSY.
Sponsorship or support also came from Tofutti, Amazing Savings and Main Event.
For an $18 admission, participants got an apron, ingredients for two challahs, mixing bowls, measuring cups, trays, and covering towels.
Given how well this year's event went, organizers hope to attract nearly 5,000 participants. next year
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