Welcome to the Chabad of Stamford, where Leah Shem Tov, aka Morah Leah, extended an invitation to attend a Chabad Rosh Hashanah dinner, held on Sunday, September 29, where all were welcome—moms and dads and children as well as those without families in the area.
Morah Leah said that this dinner was planned “because no one should be alone on Rosh Hashanah. We should all be eating, davening and enjoying being together.”
In preparation for Rosh Hashanah, and building on the success of the popular challah bakes for women that now take place all over the world, Chabad introduced its first-ever pre-Rosh Hashanah mega family challah bake—for men, women and children, for families and singles, for young and old. Morah Leah made sure to remind attendees that the original challah bake, held in January 2009, had 118 women in attendance; last year’s Stamford challah bake attracted over 500 women and this year’s Rosh Hashanah family challah bake had over 800 participants. The program consisted of children’s entertainment by Dr. Schnitzel, while parents enjoyed cocktails and a social hour. All challah ingredients were measured and set up for each participant in advance, and after the combining, kneading, shaping and rising of the dough, each person’s challah was taken home to be baked.
In the spirit of the month of Elul, the second annual Gan Yeladim “Gan Coin Drop” will continue throughout the Aseret Yemei Teshuva, daily from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., when children and parents can open their own tzedaka boxes and give charity to five different organizations: Pantry Partners of Jerusalem, Stamford Federation, Friends of the IDF, the Gan PTA and Loaves of Love—which distributes challah and soup in the area to new neighbors and new moms, friends, the sick and anyone who would benefit from “a taste of Shabbat.”
Chabad will also partner with Elayne and James Schoke Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County, preparing Rosh Hashanah food bags and honey cakes to be distributed throughout the area.
By Yvette Finkelstein