Challah bake Oct. 26 will ready Shabbat San Diego

SAN DIEGO (Press Release)–Shabbat San Diego will be celebrating its fourth year of inclusive, uplifting, spiritually inspirational activities beginning October 26 through October 28. While the San Diego Jewish community will participate together, they will be connected to more than two million others globally from 90 countries also celebrating International Unity Shabbat.  

Michelle Lyons, this year’s co-chair of Shabbat San Diego said, “We anticipate 20 thousand members of the San Diego Jewish community uniting and engaging in this collectively meaningful religious and spiritual experience. Individuals, families, friendship groups and more from 130 organizations including synagogues, schools, community organizations and youth groups, will come together with one positive purpose – to celebrate a weekly tradition that has been observed by Jews for more than 3,500 years – the holy Shabbat.” 

The weekend spectacular begins on Thursday, October 26th, when men, women and children from all walks of Jewish life are invited to join a Challah Bake of their choice scheduled throughout the county. Challah is the traditional braided bread with rich meaning that is a part of every meal on Shabbat and holidays. Participants will be provided with the necessary ingredients and personalized instruction on how to braid the dough to take it home to bake, serve and savor with family and friends. 

“The heart of our momentous program is Shabbat, which begins at sundown on Friday, October 27 and ends at sundown on Saturday, October 28,” said this year’s Co-Chair Tamara Klein. “Following prayer services at local synagogues throughout San Diego on Friday evening, Shabbat San Diego will match guests with many congregations and private host homes to enjoy a richly prepared Shabbat dinner.” 

A special highlight this year is a communal Shabbat dinner at the San Diego History Center that will include a tour of the exhibition “Celebrate San Diego! The History and Heritage of San Diego’s Jewish Community.” 

To cap off the glorious array of heartwarming offerings, on Saturday evening, October 28, there will be a Havdalah concert, free of charge, featuring the internationally celebrated “Moshav Band,” followed by an open dessert reception for all attendees. “Havdalah is a personally meaningful ceremony that marks the end of Shabbat and welcomes the coming of a new week,” explained Lyons.  

To participate fully in these activities, Shabbat San Diego requests everyone register by going to 

Shabbat San Diego is underwritten by the Mizel Family Foundation and includes additional major sponsors such as the Leichtag Foundation, San Diego Private Bank, Sunroad Automotive, Isakow Foundation, Westfield, and the Jewish Federation of San Diego County.

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