Beth Israel Congregation

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

Beth Israel Congregation
Bloomsburg, PA

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Members of Beth Israel Congregation are opening our doors to our neighbors, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, to teach them how to make challah, the delicious braided bread that is one of the highlights of Shabbat and the High Holidays.

This fund-raiser will help our tiny, synagogue — the only one left in Columbia and Montour counties — keep its eternal light burning.

Participants will also learn about the symbolic meaning of the bread and its role in the Jewish story.

Afterward, we'll enjoy a homemade meal of traditional Jewish foods, including matzoh ball soup, salad, apple cake, and of course, fresh-baked challah with honey.

Participants will each get to take home the loaf they make.

You also have the option of an additional twist - how to make chocolate or other filled challahs, an invention by one of our members!

We have two sessions, each limited to 12 students. We also have a waiting list, in case someone cancels. How do you get on the waiting list? Send an email to Susan Schwartz at

Tickets are non-refundable unless a replacement participant is available - but we'll do our best to find a replacement student for you!

Can't afford the fee? Contact Treasurer Susan Schwartz at 570-441-2774. We will be offering some scholarships. You can also call if you want to participate but don't feel comfortable paying for tickets online.

Can't attend but would like to support us or the scholarship fund? Please send donations to Congregation Beth Israel, c.o. Susan Schwartz, 226 E. Fifth St., Bloomsburg PA 17815. Unused scholarship money will go to the synagogue's general fund.


When: Sunday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Where: Beth Israel Congregation, 114 E. Fourth St., Bloomsburg, PA

Price: $50, includes light lunch and loaf of bread to take home.

Tickets: Click here.

Seeking a scholarship: Contact Susan Schwartz, 570-441-2774,

Want to get on a wait list? Contact Susan Schwartz, 570-441-2774,