On Oct. 25, the Jewish Federation of Howard County joined hundreds of other Jewish communities around the world  for the “Great Challah Bake.”

A program of the federation’s FEDWomen Division, the Challah Bake was held at Laurel Park and drew more than 250 women. Jmore was the media sponsor of the event.

This year marked the fourth year that Howard County’s Jewish community participated in the Challah Bake, which is part of the Shabbat Project, an international grassroots initiative that brings Jews together to celebrate the Sabbath as one people.

“The power of Jewish women [was] palpable in the room as we unite and celebrate this ancient and sacred tradition together in our new and expanded space,” said Hedy Tanenholtz, the federation’s vice president of programming. “Every year, I look forward to sharing this ritual with over 200 Howard County women and girls, as well as thousands of others from around the world.”

The event featured entertainment by DJ Michael Pachino, aka “DJ Mike on the Mic.”

Baltimore’s Challah Bake this year was held at the Owings Mills Jewish Community Center on Oct. 24. The following day, the Owings Mills JCC was the site of the “Great Pink Challah Bake.” In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Sharsheret and Myriad offered educational resources. BRCA screening and testing by a local provider was available before the event.