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ELC’s Jerusalem Challah Bake Recap Video and Feedback

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Stories that Touch the Heart

Thank you to those who sent me warm words and stories of what you experienced at our grand ELC Jerusalem Challah Bake the week of the Shabbos Project. It was so meaningful to me to read your stories. Below are a few that I have permission to share.

If you have more feedback you can still share it with me. I would love to hear from you!

Dear Mrs. Ansh,

I just wanted to write and thank you for the wonderful evening at the Great Challah Bake.  In addition to the incredible feeing of bonding with so many other Jewish ladies and girls, and doing a mitzvah I have never been able to do before with a bracha,  I felt that the evening was personally healing to me.

I was there with my daughter, who had a difficult teenage-hood and is not necessarily 100% with frumkeit anymore, although she is trying her best and I’m really proud of her.  Standing together, kneading our doughs together, saying our own personal tefillos, we experienced a bond which had been missing for so long.

I could not stop crying, and she couldn’t stop hugging me.

When we took the bus home, before she got off at her stop she kissed me and said, “Mommy I love you so much. I want you to know you are my main role model.”

In addition to strengthening the bond between me and my daughter, I felt that my own bond with Yiddishkeit/Hashem which had been strained during the difficulties of the last years was renewed. I am so grateful to you for providing the environment for this to take place. Many thanks…


Dear Tamar,

I was at The Pavilion last Thursday evening for the Challah Bake and I would like to thank you and the whole team who prepared such a wonderful experience for us all.  I always try and go to hear Rabbanit Yemimah Mizrachi whenever possible and she was the icing on the challah! Together with the Kallah!

However, I would like to thank you, Tamar, for such an inspirational evening.  I make challah every so often but now I am inspired to try it every week.  Your explanations on the ingredients and your guide whilst we were all making the dough were amazing. 

It was indescribable to attend this event with so many other women, all there for one purpose and all making challah together.  Your words of Chizuk, your professionalism, and your spirituality in what making challah meant to you were all a great lesson to me.

Not only did I enjoy the evening, I enjoyed telling other people about it, and I enjoyed the whole mitzvah of making them, kneading them, Hafrashat Challah, plaiting them, and ultimately, eating them.  I really felt the mitzvah.

Tizku L’Mitzvot, Telchi Mi Choyil Ad Choyil,