Aish Detroit Gets 800 People Baking Challah For The Global Shabbat Project



More than 800 participants — each with a table setting with an apron, mixing bowl, measuring cup and ingredients — took part in the annual “Great Big Challah Bake” at the Royal Oak Farmers Market on Nov. 10.

Acting as lead sponsor, Aish HaTorah Detroit organized the event with community partners the Birmingham Bloomfield Chai Center and Partners Detroit. The activity was part of the Shabbat Project, a global event that originated in Johannesburg, South Africa, three years ago. This year, the project reached 1,150 cities in 94 countries, with an estimated 1 million people participating.

In Detroit, attendees included friends, relatives, newcomers and many generations all in one family. The baking was fun and messy, but the results were delicious. 

Other sponsors included Kroger, One Stop Kosher, Pegasus and Star Trax.

Photos by Jerry Zolynsky

Aish Detroit member Rachel Rosenthal of Oak Park introduces Elizabeth Kurtz, food columnist and creator of, to direct the recipe.
Annette Kaner of West Bloomfield and Amy Sternfeld of Bloomfield Hills mix their ingredients in a plastic bag.
Eliana Israilov, 10, of West Bloomfield adds eggs while her mother, Angela, looks on.
Dena Stein is the loser in a flour fight with Leah Hellerstein, both of Southfield.
Participants enjoy a little dance time while they wait for their dough to rise.
Volunteer Deborah Snow of Southfield with empty flour and sugar bags
Devorah Magier takes a selfie with Yaffa and Sara Magier, all of Southfield, Natalie Kahn of Huntington Woods and Shifra Cahan of Oak Park.
Michele Gershonowicz of Detroit shows she is all in when it comes to kneading dough.
Sisters Bonnie Growe and Mimi Gross, both of Oak Park, and Marrin Itenberg of Huntington Woods show their braided loaves.
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Birmingham Bloomfield Chai Center also hosted a community Shabbat dinner for 130 people with great singing, an uplifting Dvar Totah and delicious food. BBCC also held a community Havdallah concert in partnership with the Woodward Avenue Shul where the Jerusalem Sound Factory played to a full house. What a Shabbos Project weekend! Thank you to all who came out to make the Challah Bake, Shabbat dinner and Havdallah concert such huge successes!