OC Mega Challah Bake

Amazing Mitzvah

Today was an incredible day for our community and especially for our children! Here is the story behind the idea of today’s event… Last year I had the privilege of working with my best friend, Nicky Colley, on the OC MEGA CHALLAH BAKE. It was an insanely huge undertaking with only 10 weeks to plan […]

One People with One Heart

It was breathtaking. A huge room, filled with purple, teal and black balloons, coupled with multicolored lights, served as the backdrop. Women of all ages, sometimes multiple generations together, united for one purpose – to perform a basic mitzvah. There were 1,400 of them, making it the biggest women’s event in Orange County. The 2016 […]

Bringing Women Together

Unifying all Orange County Jewish Women as “One People with One Heart,” the OC Mega Challah Bake will bring together more than 1,000 women on November 10 at 7 P.M., at the Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine. The event is a chance to connect and celebrate with local friends and the global Jewish women’s […]

One People with One Heart

“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. […]

Collective Energy

Sixteen hundred Orange County women and girls did more than don pink aprons, reach into big bowls of ingredients and learn the basics of baking challah. They reached into the core of their Jewish souls to do a mitzvah and achieve a spiritual high. The OC Mega Challah Bake drew participants from every corner of […]

Keeping It Together

In 2013 Dr. Warren Goldstein, the Chief Rabbi of South Africa, launched the Shabbos Project to bring the Jewish community in his country together to celebrate Shabbos (Shabbat) halachically (according to Jewish law) on one particular weekend in October. The project came with instructions, and a year later Jews all over the world embraced the […]

A Miracle Grows in Orange County

The stars were twinkling brightly overhead in Southern California this past Thursday night, but they could not compete with the glow generated by the souls of the more than 800 women who attended the OC Mega Challah Bake in Irvine as part of the first world-wide Keeping it Together Shabbos Project. Fourteen heroic women put […]


The Shabbos Project is a mosaic of many types of Jewish people, in many countries, each having one purpose – to prepare for and keep the Jewish Sabbath on October 24 and 25, 2014. This is the story of the project and how it affected the Orange County community in California as it simultaneously affected […]

Walking the Walk

Type A gets a gift. I have too much work to do. I’m on deadline. How could I possibly take 25 hours off? I wasn’t raised that way. All my life, there have been excuses. I jokingly talked about being “nailed” in my red convertible on Shabbat in a neighborhood full of people walking to […]