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From Flour to Torah: Interpretive Challah Shaping

Vanessa Harper

Vanessa Harper is soon to be ordained as a rabbi by HUC-JIR and currently serves as Rabbinic Intern at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in NYC following a decade of experience as a Jewish educator for all ages. She is the creator of @lechlechallah, a project which uses challah as a medium for interpreting and teaching Torah and the Jewish calendar, shared through Instagram, workshops all over the country, and soon in a book to be published by the CCAR Press. Vanessa is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and was recently recognized in the NY Jewish Week's "36 Under 36" innovative young leaders.

Create edible Torah with your own hands! In this session, the creator of Instagram's @lechlechallah will teach techniques for transforming challah dough into your own interpretation of text and tradition, while exploring themes from this week's parasha (Torah reading) and some of the history and significance of challah. No artistic skill or mastery of challah dough is required. If you would like to practice the shaping techniques along with Vanessa, have a batch of challah dough that has completed its first rise ready, or have some playdoh close at hand.

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