BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Jewish women from Somerset and Hunterdon counties areas will join together for an evening of mixing, kneading and camaraderie at the "NJMega Challah Bake" on Sept. 22. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC here.

Spearheaded by Chabad in Basking Ridge, Hillsborough and Hunterdon, and hosted by the SSBJCC Bridgewater, participants will learn how to mix, knead and shape their own challah, and gain an understanding of the meaning behind the traditional bread and its special significance to women.

Challah, in its more widely-known use, refers to a braided bread traditionally eaten at Shabbat and other holidays, and is considered one of the most famous Jewish foods. But in its more basic, biblical meaning, Challah is the piece of dough that is traditionally separated and consecrated while baking bread, and has been performed for more than 100 generations.

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The historic event carries added significance as Jewish communities worldwide celebrate the year of Hakhel, a once-every-seven-years opportunity to celebrate Jewish unity and learning. Throughout the year, Jewish synagogues and organizations are hosting communal gatherings for men, women and children dedicated to encouraging Jewish observance.

"Challah is a time-honored tradition, dating back to our matriarchs,” said Chaya Shemtov, one of the event coordinators. “The event underscores the unity of all Jewish women, of all backgrounds and affiliations, and presents an opportunity for women and girls from across the region to join together and share in this beautiful activity,”  . 

The event, special for women and girls aged high school and above, is open to everyone. For more information and to RSVP, visit the website.