Join JNF Future in preparation for the holidays with a Challah Baking webinar!

The webinar will focus on braiding, shaping and topping the challah. A video will be sent out in advance on preparing the dough with the recipe and instructions, and a Zoom link will be sent out prior to the event.

This is a FREE webinar, however we are collecting donations in support of the JNF Future fundraising project this year, Jaffa Daled After School Education and Enrichment Center program expansion.

About Riva and Her Famous Challah

For nearly 30 years, Riva Gold has been experimenting and making challah. Her daughter Kortney, a member of the JNF Future Toronto Board, would welcome the fragrant smell permeating the house from the freshly baked challahs prepared for Shabbat. Now in her own home, Kortney continues on with this tradition passed on by her mom.

Over the years, Riva has given challah baking classes on a 1:1, in a store-front setting to small groups of women, and more recently, over Zoom during lockdown. A few weeks prior to Pesach, Riva was asked to teach a friend and her daughter over FaceTime how to make challah. The following week, they required a refresher course. Soon after, another friend and her children requested a challah tutorial over Zoom, followed by another. The challah Zoom tutorial grew into a weekly social *virtual* gathering between Riva’s daughter, their friends, old and new as well as family members.

Riva has been leading a challah baking group on Friday mornings over Zoom, and her challah Recipe continues to be shared among their friends, including in New York City, Boca Raton and Washington DC, where Kortney’s friends and new mother-in-law share in challah baking!
We are thrilled to have Riva and Kortney join us for a special and intimate pre-Rosh Hashanah webinar, guiding us how to shape our challot from the traditional 3-braid and 4-braid, to a round sweet challah for the chag (the holiday). They will also be sharing their favourite challah toppings.

Challah baking has endless possibilities, both sweet, savoury, with a multitude of shapes and sizes. There is no better gift to bring to a Shabbat or holiday table than a freshly baked home-made Challah.

A message from Riva:

There are many variations of challah recipes, and mine is just one of many out there! I initially tried many recipes until I adapted one to suit my taste. It is an ongoing journey for me! I have also found that COVID-19 has united many people online, and many are experimenting with challah shapes and designs globally!

Challah for Shabbat and the Yom Tovim is something we are familiar with and look forward to! For me, Friday Shabbat dinner imparts a special atmosphere that is in every way separate and unique from the remainder of the week. I hope you enjoy this challah baking tutorial. I am very grateful I was able to participate in this webinar with my daughter Kortney! – Riva M. Gold
Chag Sameach!

About The Project

Donations will go to support The Jaffa Daled After-School Educational Enrichment Center which provides educational, nutritional, recreational and therapeutic support to at-risk children and teenagers, 70% of whom are of Ethiopian descent. Maintaining a balance of children from Ethiopian families and those from other ethnic backgrounds avoids isolating the children and teenagers of Ethiopian descent and encourages their integration into Israeli society.

While the Center currently serves 30 children, there remains a critical need within the community to assist additional children and teenagers and their families. The neighborhood in which the Center operates is one of the most deprived and poverty stricken areas in Israel, with 50% of the population living below the poverty line. 53% of the children in this area drop out of school before completing the 12th grade.

To address these challenges, the money being raised from this event will help to expand programs to help marginalized children and teenagers at Jaffa Daled to enjoy the full benefit of the Jaffa Daled Enrichment Programs. In the after-school and early evening hours, the Center will house new educational enrichment groups designed to meet the needs of teenagers who have been involved in dangerous situations as a result of their troubled backgrounds. The staff will provide these youth with emotional support and tools to cope with the challenges of adolescence.

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