One People with One Heart

OC Mega Challah Bake 2016 is grassroots, intergenerational event that brings together an eclectic group of women

“One People with One Heart” is the theme of the OC Mega Challah Bake, a grassroots, intergenerational, contemporary Jewish women’s identity movement unifying all Orange County Jewish Women. The event, which is expected to attract more than 1,000 women, will be held November 10 at 7 P.M., at the Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine.

The OC Mega Challah Bake is a chance to connect and celebrate with local friends and the global Jewish women’s community. Orange County will be joined by 465 cities globally to observe the mitzvah of challah in conjunction with the International Shabbos Project.

Now in its third year, the OC Mega Challah Bake has become a unifying event for women from every Jewish background. There will be an eclectic mix of women of all ages from all over Orange County, some in long skirts and wigs, others in shorts and flip flops. They will come together to bake, bond and empower one another. The event belongs to every woman.

“It is a time to unite Jewish women and empower them with pride, and teach them one of the three commandments specific to women,” explained Roberta Carasso of Irvine. “Words cannot describe this, but the energy of the support, love, and unity could definitely be felt deep down to the core of our souls,” said Sima Staav of Yorba Linda. Bonnie Curkin of Laguna Beach described it as “A beautiful community event — touching, spiritual, meaningful.”

This year’s event will include an opportunity to buy snacks, beverages and cocktails prior to the challah baking, during on-site check-in, starting at 5:30 P.M. The venue offers excellent lighting and acoustics, according to the organizers.

“This is a joint community initiative with something for everyone,” said Shana Segall of Irvine, one of the organizers. “It’s a grassroots consortium of Jewish women. We represent every denomination and organization of Judaism, as well as the unaffiliated. It’s unifying to stand together and do what Jewish women have done for centuries.”

The cost is $18 per person. To register for OC Mega Challah Bake, visit For more information, contact or call (949) 385-1551.

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