Taught by Malka Foshner

Estero, Florida

How to Make your own Challah

Malka will teach you how easy it can be to bake your challah, the Jewish traditional bread, made in honour of the Sabbath. She will guide you through the steps of mixing  and kneading the doug, right up until it's ready to rise (imagine that, in just 20 minutes!) 


You can either proceed on your own from there, from a PDF that will provided to you, on how to "take challah" (the real "blessing" part), braid, and bake... OR, you can watch this first segment, get a feel for the process, then put it all together, so to speak, when Part II, "Braiding and Baking" appears here at SĀGE. 

What you need to participate in this session

  1. If you plan to bake along with Malka, have your 7 ingredients ready (list will be provided upon registration) and have on hand a large mixing bowl, a set of basic measuring cups, and a pinch of chutzpah. Otherwise, just come, watch, and enjoy... until you're actually ready to try it yourself!.


Malka teaches you the secret to baking this Jewish traditional food. She will guide you through the steps of mixing the matter, kneading the dough and preparing it to rise, and then show you how to create a 3 and 6 braider challah. Attendees can also prepare rope or string to practise along with her, to complete later when their bread is ready for the final steps.

What you need to participate in this session

  1. Have the ingredients ready. You will receive a list of what to have ready prior to the class.

What you will get out of this class

You will have learned how to make and braid a 3 and 6 braid challah and have some rolls ready to eat!

You will have also learned some of the reasons and spirituality behind Challah, and the practise of making it.


Malka has been baking challah every week for the past 30+ years. She started baking weekly about 2 years, when she began delivering Fresh rolls to the Jewish residents at an assisted living facility. When she isn't baking challah or teaching sewing classes here on SĀGE, Malka also teaches at a public elementary schools in Florida, where she resides.

Malka grew up in Chevy Chase, MD and went to Brandeis University and then FIT. She's done many interesting things in her life, and now works in public elementary school in SW Florida.