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Challah Braiding Workshop

On Thursday, Jan. 27, author, food columnist, chef and award-winning cooking instructor Tina Wasserman will conduct a challah braiding workshop. Participants will learn how to make a six-strand braided challah bread, among other shapes.

On her website,, Wasserman recalls learning the braiding technique herself: “When my husband’s grandmother was 90 years old she sat me down at her kitchen table and handed me six strands of thread. With those six strands she taught me the traditional way to braid a challah (the ceremonial bread for the Jewish sabbath commonly referred to as egg braid in bakeries).

It is a custom to serve two loaves of bread side by side when welcoming the beginning of shabbat. The torah describes the specific way the 12 tribes of Israel were to present their loaves of bread to the priests in the Temple – in two rows, six loaves in each row.

Specializing in contemporary kosher cuisine and trained in nutrition and education, Wasserman holds degrees from Syracuse University and New York University and is a popular food educator in her own cooking school and as a scholar-in-residence in communities across North America. In 1994, she was elected to Les Dames d’Escoffier, an international culinary society that honors women in the food and beverage industry. She is one of only four Dames in the country honored as an expert in Jewish cooking and culinary history. 

Wasserman is the author of “Entrée to Judaism: A Culinary Exploration of the Jewish Diaspora.” She has been the food columnist for Reform Judaism magazine since 2003. Her writing has been featured in newspapers and magazines throughout the country, and she has appeared on live radio and television and featured on Good Morning America. She currently lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband, HWS Trustee Dr. Richard L. Wasserman ’70, and is the proud mother of two grown children.

The workshop is sponsored by the Abbe Center for Jewish Life and will be held at the Abbe Center , at 7 p.m. For more information contact: Director of the Abbe Center Lorinda Weinstock,