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Some 1,128 Jewish children and a total of 1,489 participants broke the record for the world’s largest baking lesson on Tuesday, January 12, at the New York Hilton in Midtown.

The “Kids Mega Challah Bake” – the brainchild of a diverse group of Jewish mothers – saw children ages 5-13 learn how to mix, knead, and shape their own challah using 1,000 eggs, 1,000 pounds of flour, and 7,000 ounces of water.


“We were able to bring together the Jewish community, regardless of level of observance,” said Dara Godfrey, one of the challah bake’s organizers. “What unites us is that we have a common Jewish core.”

The event’s sponsors included Hellmann’s Mayo,, JCC Manhattan, PJ Library, and UJA Federation of New York, with children coming from such institutions as Anshe Chesed, Beit Rabban, Brotherhood Synagogue, Chabad of Battery Park, Fifth Avenue Synagogue, Habonim, Kivun, New York Hebrew, Park Avenue Synagogue, Park East Day School, Preschool of the Arts Alumni, Ramaz, Temple Emanu-El, The Village Temple, and Sutton Place Synagogue.



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Elliot Resnick is the former chief editor of The Jewish Press and the author and editor of several books including, most recently, “Movers & Shakers, Vol. 3.”