Tucson’s third annual Mega Challah Bake to celebrate Shabbat tradition

(L-R) Fanny Bangoura, Kim Boling and Ellie Boling roll dough in preparation for braiding at the 2015 Mega Challah Bake at the Tucson Jewish Community Center.

Women and girls ages 9 and up will come together for the Mega Challah Bake on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center.

The event is a joint initiative of Chabad Tucson and the Tucson J with the participation of local congregations and organizations. It is held annually to coincide with The Shabbos Project, “motivating Jews around the world to experience the beauty and serenity of Shabbat,” says Feigie Ceitlin, program director of Chabad Tucson. Last year, 250 women participated in Tucson’s Mega Challah Bake and organizers are expecting 300 this year.

Participants will learn to prepare and braid challah dough, creating two loaves each to take home to bake, as well as learning about the spiritual meaning behind the mitzvah (commandment) of making and separating challah.

The event is for all women, whether it is their first attempt at making challah or they have been making this staple of the Jewish table for decades.

A buffet with many flavors of challah and dips and an opportunity to join in dancing around the ballroom will round out the evening.

The admission fee includes a personal apron, ingredients and the buffet. An $18 early bird ticket is available with registration before Nov. 1; after that, the price is $25. A table hosting package at $225 includes 9 tickets and a table photo. RSVP at megachallahtucson.com or call 326-8362.