In a normal year, nearly 300 women gather to prepare for the high holidays at the Jewish Women’s Circle’s annual Mega Challah Bake at the Chabad Jewish Center in Franklin Lakes.
This year, because of mandated social distanced, only 100 could join, but the reservations for the bake were filled in one day.
The bake was held in the rear of Chabad’s property, under a large tent with a carpeted floor and floral arrangements. The women had dinner, prepped to bake, heard inspirational speeches and videos produced for this year’s event and songs by Sorah Shaffren, and shared the camaraderie of friends and community for the first time in months.
The Jewish Women’s Circle is a local grass-roots organization, sponsored by Chabad, that brings Jewish women in northwest Bergen County together for social and educational events. JWC also maintains a private Facebook page.