"An Online Baking Phenomena."
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"The most engaging event I've experienced during the pandemic."
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About the ZoomChallahBake
We started these #ZoomChallahBakes at the beginning of the pandemic as a way to bring people together during lockdown. They quickly turned into an extremely powerful and grounding ritual of people from all over the country and globe coming together each week to talk about the pandemic, the movements for racial justice, the elections, and everything else happening in our world...all while baking challah together.
Each ZoomChallahBake features a special guest (doctors, scientists, authors, rabbis, celebrity chefs) to help us navigate these challenging times. Recent guests have included Dr. Angela Duckworth, NYTimes best-selling author Roxane Gay, podcaster Debbie Millman, Rabbis Sydney Mintz and Amichai Lau-Levi, Krista Tippett, the Challah Prince from Berlin, and even Tiffany's mom, Dr. Carole Lewis, a licensed therapist who offered a little group therapy the Friday after the election.
Don't worry if you have never made bread or challah before (even some of our special guests haven't!). And don't worry if you're not Jewish. People of all different backgrounds join. Everyone's invited. We'll teach you. It's easy. It's healing. We look forward to baking together!
THE "EVERYTHING" CHALLAH RECIPE
by Tiffany, Odessa & Blooma
This is the one recipe in my book 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week. In 24/6, I share my family's decade long practice of turning off screens one day a week which we call
our "Technology Shabbats."
Ingredients: yeast (I use packet, or 2-1/4 tsp), sugar, salt, flour, eggs, oil, and love.
Optional: The "everything" from an everything bagel. Trader Joe's now has one or you can mix poppy seeds, sesame seeds, toasted garlic, Kosher salt.
National Day of Unplugging Zoom Challah Bake - March 5, 2021
To Kick Off National Day of Unplugging Friday March 5 10amPT /1pm ET we invited a group of inspiring teens from different backgrounds who all uplug on the weekends to talk about the power of it. Our special teen guests include Odessa Goldberg, Amy Crouch, Zevi Samet and Jack Brustkern. To invite people to join, we relaunched our Dear Student video with a new ending.
Jan 29 Zoom Challah Bake
Join us for a special bake with Jewish Community Federation's Philanthropy Festival. We'll be joined by special guests Laura Lauder, Roselyne C. Swig, and Alexander Fromm Lurie to discuss giving donations as a family, multigenerational engagement, legacy, leadership, and of course, challah.
Dec 18 Challah-Day Challah Bake
Special Guests Irving (father) and Benny (son) Greisman showed us how to make their famous San Francisco-based challah! In 2002, they created Irving's Premium Challah. As Irving told me, "Baking bread has always been a passion, but making challah has been a joy. Challah is not just bread, it is an integral part of Shabbat."
Nov 7 - Post-election Group Therapy!
Special guest: Tiffany's Mom, Dr. Carole Lewis, a group therapist
Oct 2 - Tiffany talks about Tech Shabbats, the power of unplugging one day a week,
and why the practice has been so powerful during the pandemic.
Special guests: PJ Library families from across the country
Aug 28 - Paul Golin and Rabbi Denise,
with special appearance by Jake Cohen to teach us round challah
July 17 - In Partnership with SF Jewish Film Festival
Rabbi Sydney Mintz is the founder of the award winning Late Shabbat Program at Congregation Emanu-El where she has served as Rabbi since her ordination in 1997. She serves on the National Board of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, on the 360 Leadership Council for the Reimagine End of Life Festival and is the recipient of the San Francisco Film Institute's Artist Residency. Her one woman show: "You May Think I'm Funny, But It's Not" premiered and sold out at the Marsh Theatre in San Francisco and is a continuing work in progress! She is gluten-free aspirational, which means she has never eaten a gluten free challah that she enjoyed, but remains hopeful.
Idan Chabasov, aka The Challah Prince, was born in Tel Aviv, and lives in Berlin. For the past 5 years he has baked Challa every Friday. His Instagram account "Challah Prince" centers itself around the Jewish Shabbat's (Saturday) main star- The Challah bread. Prior to his Challah career, he studied Animation and Film in an Art school, worked in PR and had become a professional Ballet dancer by the age of 23.
June 26 - Dr. Angela Duckworth
Dr. Angela Duckworth is a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and the founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance scientific insights that help children thrive. A 2013 MacArthur Fellow, Angela has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Angela’s TED talk is among the most-viewed of all time. Her book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is a #1 New York Times best seller. Angela is also co-host, with Stephen Dubner, of the podcast No Stupid Questions.
June 19 - Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie + Professor Ken Goldberg,
with special visit from Krista Tippett
On June 19, we had 3 very special guests: the amazing Rabbi Amichai-Lau Levi of Lab/Shul in NYC; the brilliant and wise Krista Tippett of On Being as a special visitor; and my best friend and husband, Professor Ken Goldberg. While Ken is a robotics professor by day, he makes a delicious roast chicken for Shabbat every Friday, which he shared for the very first time.
Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie is the Founding Spiritual Leader of Lab/Shul NYC and the creator of Storahtelling, Inc. An Israeli-born Jewish educator, writer, and performance artist, he received his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2016. Rabbi Amichai is a member of the Global Justice Fellowship of the American Jewish World Service, and serves on the faculty of the Reboot Network.
Professor Ken Goldberg is an artist, inventor, and roboticist. He is William S. Floyd Jr
Distinguished Chair in Engineering at UC Berkeley and Chief Scientist at Ambidextrous Robotics. Ken is on the Editorial Board of the journal Science Robotics, served as Chair of the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department, and co-founded the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering.
June 12 - Kimberly Ellis and Tanya Selvaratnam joined us
to talk about the upcoming election.
Kimberly Ellis is a nationally recognized Progressive leader who most recently was a candidate for Chair of the California Democratic Party. She has utilized her law degree to uplift people and encourage activists to get involved in the political process. She is also the former Executive Director of Emerge California – the state’s mosts effective training program for Democratic women to run for and win elected office.
Tanya Selvaratnam is a writer and an Emmy-nominated and Webby-winning producer, who has worked with Planned Parenthood (and Tiffany Shlain directing the UNSTOPPABLE video!), Aubin Pictures, Vision & Justice Project, Anna Deavere Smith, Mickalene Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, Rubell Family Collection, Beijing Women’s Conference, and Glamour Women of the Year. She is the author of The Big Lie; and her essays have been published in the New York Times, Vogue, CNN, and McSweeney’s. Her next book Assume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence will launch in early 2021.
Roxane Gay is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women, and the New York Times bestselling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She has several books forthcoming and is also at work on television and film projects.
Debbie Millman is a writer, designer, educator, artist, brand consultant and host of the podcast Design Matters, one of the world's very first podcasts. Broadcasting independently for 15 years, the show is about how incredibly creative people design the arc of their lives.
Other ZoomChallahBake Special Guests Have Included
Dr. Michael Rich from
Dr. Michael Rich is a pediatrician, researcher, father, and filmmaker. He is the Founder and Director of the Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH) and the first evidence-based medical program addressing physical, mental and social health issues associated with digital technology, the Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders (CIMAID). As The Mediatrician®, Dr. Rich offers research-based, balanced and practical answers to parents’, teachers’, and clinicians’ questions about children’s media use and the positive and negative implications for their health and development.
Author David Sax
David Sax is the author of the new book The Soul of an Entrepreneur, as well as the James Beard award winning Save the Deli, which makes him an authority on challah (also a lifetime of challah eating).
Chef Katie Morford
Katie Sullivan Morford is a food writer with a passion for bringing good food and good nutrition to the plate. She is the author of three cookbooks and has written and developed recipes for a number of publications. She is the Nutrition Editor for Simply Recipes and founder of the blog Mom’s Kitchen Handbook.
Founder of At the Well, Sarah Waxman
Sarah Waxman, Founder of At The Well, joined us for a lively and deep conversation about ritual and challah and community. At the Well connects women around the world with transformative Jewish practices.
Food Writer and Cookbook Author Jake Cohen
Jake Cohen is a NYC-based food writer. His first cookbook, Jew-ish, comes 2021.
Gefilteria's Jeffrey Yoskowitz & Liz Alpern
We had a blast making home-made Matzah bread for Passover with special guest bakers from the famed Gefilteria in New York,
Jeffrey Yoskowitz & Liz Alpern.
Challah Hub's Elina Tilipman & Sarah Klegman