"An Online Baking Phenomena."
The J Weekly

"The reason I haven't deleted Zoom." 
Salt and Sumac

"The most engaging event I've experienced during the pandemic." 
NPR's Inflection Point 

We started these #ZoomChallahBakes at the beginning of the pandemic as a way to bring people together during lockdown. They quickly turned into an extremely powerful and grounding ritual of people from all over the country and globe coming together each week to talk about the pandemic, the movements for racial justice, the elections, and everything else happening in our world...all while baking challah together.

 

Each ZoomChallahBake features a special guest (doctors, scientists, authors, rabbis, celebrity chefs) to help us navigate these challenging times. Recent guests include Dr. Angela Duckworth, NYTimes best-selling author Roxane Gay, podcaster Debbie Millman, Rabbis Sydney Mintz and Amichai Lau-Levi, Krista Tippett, the Challah Prince from Berlin, and even Tiffany's mom, Dr. Carole Lewis, a licensed therapist who offered a little group therapy the Friday after the election.

 

Don't worry if you have never made bread or challah before (even some of our special guests haven't!). And don't worry if you're not Jewish. People of all different backgrounds join. Everyone's welcome. We'll teach you. It's easy. It's healing. We look forward to baking together!

xo
Tiffany

About the ZoomChallahBake

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The Recipe

This "everything challah" is the one recipe in my book 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week.

Every Friday, my family and I turn off all screens for 24 hours, for what we call out "Tech Shabbat." We've been doing it every week for 11 years, and it has completely transformed my life. Every week the ritual begins by baking this challah. 

​​Ingredients: yeast (I use packet, or 2-1/4 tsp), sugar, salt, flour, eggs, oil, and love.
Optional: 
The "everything" from an everything bagel. Trader Joe's now has one or you can mix poppy seeds, sesame seeds, toasted garlic, Kosher salt.

Watch Past Bakes

Teens Who Unplug
March 2021

​To Kick Off National Day of Unplugging Friday March 5 10amPT /1pm ET we invited a group of inspiring teens from different backgrounds who all uplug on the weekends to talk about the power of it. Our special teen guests include Odessa Goldberg, Amy Crouch, Zevi Samet and Jack Brustkern. To invite people to join, we relaunched our Dear Student video with a new ending.

Ritual and Family
Jan 2021

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We teamed up with the Jewish Community Federation's Philanthropy Festival for a great bake featuring special guests Laura Lauder, Roselyne C. Swig, and Alexander Fromm Lurie. We  to talked about family ritual, multigenerational engagement, leadership, and of course, challah.

Irving's Famous Challah!
Dec 2020

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Special Guests Irving (father) and Benny (son) Greisman showed us how to make their famous San Francisco-based challah! In 2002, they created Irving's Premium Challah. As Irving told me, "Baking bread has always been a passion, but making challah has been a joy.  Challah is not just bread, it is an integral part of Shabbat."

Post-Election Group Therapy 
With Dr. Carole Lewis (aka Tiffany's mom)
Nov 2020

The Friday of election week, Tiffany's mom joined us as special guest for some group therapy! We talked about strategies for stress, anxiety, uncertainty, and even how to talk to neighbors and family about the election.

The Pandemic and Tech Shabbat
Oct 2020

Six months into the pandemic, Tiffany talks about her family's Tech Shabbats, and why the practice of unplugging one day a week has been extraordinarily powerful during the pandemic. Special guests: PJ Library families from across the country 

Round Challah, Ritual, and Being Jewish Today
Aug 2020

With a special appearanceby Jake Cohen to teach us round challah, this week's bake was all about ritual, gathering, and both atheism and spirituality in today's world.

The Challah Prince of Berlin
July 2020

We teamed up with The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival for this special bake featuring Rabbi Sydney Mintz and Idan Chabasov, aka The Challah Prince. 
 

Dr. Angela Duckworth
June 2020

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Dr. Angela Duckworth is a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and the founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance scientific insights that help children thrive. A 2013 MacArthur Fellow, Angela has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Angela’s TED talk is among the most-viewed of all time. Her book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is a #1 New York Times best seller. Angela is also co-host, with Stephen Dubner, of the podcast No Stupid Questions.

Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie + Professor Ken Goldberg
Special Visit from Krista Tippett

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3 very special guests: Rabbi Amichai-Lau Levi of Lab/Shul in NYC; the brilliant and wise Krista Tippett of On Being as a special visitor; and my best friend and husband, Professor Ken Goldberg. While Ken is a robotics professor by day, he makes a delicious roast chicken for Shabbat every Friday, which he shared for the very first time. 

Other Special Guests Have Included:

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01/19 - 01/23

Roxane Gay & Debbie Millman
Best-selling author and podcast host

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01/19 - 01/23

Dr. Michael Rich - Harvard's Digital Wellness Lab Founder and Director

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01/19 - 01/23

Author David Sax

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01/19 - 01/23

Chef Katie Morford

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01/19 - 01/23

Jake Cohen, Author of Jewish

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01/19 - 01/23

Sarah Waxman, Founder At The Well

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01/19 - 01/23

Challah Hub's Elina Tilipman & Sarah Klegman

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01/19 - 01/23

Gefilteria's Jeffrey Yoskowitz & Liz Alpern 

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