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Connecticut Magazine calls us “The Amazon of the Jewish Gift Basket world”

Have you seen this coverage in Connecticut Magazine? We love how the author thinks of Challah Connection! Click below to read the whole article. Enjoy!CT Mag Press

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Kosher Gift Baskets –Baskets of Jewish Tradition For All Your Friends & Family

JoinouremaillistKosher Bakery Classics Care Package Challah Connection has been shipping kosher gift baskets since 2002. In that time, we have learned what people want in a kosher gift basket. Simply put, they want delicious, edible tradition. Jewish baked goods such as challah, babka, rugelach, rainbow cookies and black and whites are the core of our most popular kosher baskets. Whether for Jewish holidays, birthday, shiva, college care package or other occasions, kosher bakery favorites resonate deeply with recipients. We have found that whether or not the recipient keeps kosher, most Jewish people—and non-Jews as well–love these kosher bakery favorites. Other Jewish favorites such as lox and bagels and kosher deli are also treasured.

Many of the bakery favorites were brought to America by immigrants from Eastern Europe at the turn of the 20th century and have tremendous nostalgia value for many Jews. They have become traditional favorites by many who “grew up” with them and now want to share them with their own children. Here are some quotes from our customers when they were asked to share thoughts and feelings about babka (the loaf shaped coffee cake-like dessert shown above, that is one of our best sellers):

NYC Brunch Basket, Lox and Bagel Basket-“Babka represents family and holidays”
-“Kosher baked goods are so important”
-“My grandmother, from Germany, would make the best babka, and every time I eat it I think of her”
“I remember my grandma rolling out the dough on the kitchen table, and the smells that went thru the house”
-“Babka=Jewish. It symbolizes Bubbee and is a good Jewish staple that most people love.

Through these quotes you can see the deep connection people have with Jewish foods—foods with rich traditions that are included in our kosher gift baskets. A kosher gift basket will bring your Jewish friend or family member a deeper connection to your gift and therefore greater appreciation for your generosity.

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Introducing Camp Care Packages

With the school year winding down and hot weather rolling in, it seems that everyone is gearing up for summer. The kids won’t be home for long though, as before it you’ll be helping them pack for summer camp. Whether it is their first or fifth summer away from home, being away from mom and dad for an extended period of time is never easy. Here at Challah Connection we want to make this transition a little smoother, which is why we are introducing Camp Care Packages. We offer a large variety of products, which are sure to fulfill the desires of each and every camper!


Who doesn’t love cookies? Nights spent out in the woods can be rough, but make them a little sweeter with our Assorted Cookie Tin. Each tin is complete with six scrumptious flavors including Chocolate Chunk, Double Chocolate Chunk, Ginger Molasses, M&M, Macadamia White Chunk, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter with Reese’s Chips, Pecan Chocolate Chunk, Gourmet Sugar Cookies.




Maybe what they’re really craving after days of camp food is a classic kosher meal. The Jewish Deli Gift Crate includes many of the Jewish deli classics packed securely into a wooden keepsake crate. Included are: 2 pounds of Hebrew National salami, 8 authentic, Lower East Side Black and White cookies, Eli’s European Rye Bread, 2 cans of Dr. Brown’s soda and much more!





Who doesn’t love babka and challah? Put a smile on your campers face with the Kosher Bakery Classics Care Package. This package includes: fresh baked challah, fresh baked babka, assorted rugelach, and black and white cookies. These goodies will definitely last them a while; that is of course if their friends don’t see what mom and dad sent them!


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The True Meaning of Camp

Camp Keewaydin
Way back during our dating days, in addition to how many kids we wanted to have, where to live and more, my husband and I discussed–and agreed–that we wanted our kids to go to camp. We both had had life changing experiences there. I learned lots about strength and resilience at my Canadian swimming camp where the motto was “we don’t sew beads on belts.” Josh made friends that are still an important part of his life.

In 2000, Sam, our first son, went off to camp, leading his two brothers, who followed shortly after. There is no doubt that after over 20 collective years of camp, all three boys love it deeply and have taken the essence of it into their everyday lives. Sam, almost 21, just started his third year on staff. Harry, 19, is leaving soon for a 6 week cross country camping trip. My “little” 15 year old, Mike, just started his eighth and last summer there. Lessons like “help the other fellow” and others that are gleaned from 17 day canoeing trips in Canada have shaped them in so many ways. Our camp, Keewaydin, is all about fun, adventures and challenges through rugged trips and outdoor living. It is truly a remarkable place.

This article, “A Lost World of Family Time,” written by Michael Thompson, author of “Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys,” really brings to life the spirit of camp that Josh and I were looking for when envisioning the lives of our future children.

Please share with us your thoughts and experiences about camp by posting on our blog. I know everyone in the Challah Connection Community will find them interesting.

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Packing for Camp

Ugh! There are lots of household tasks that do not make my list of “Top 10 Things To Do.” Right up top is cleaning the house. Followed closely by planning dinner EVERY day for my family. (I don’t mind the cooking part, it’s the “What’s for dinner?” question running through my head that puts me on edge.)

Right behind those two is PACKING – for a vacation, a business trip, or worse, CAMP. How am I – a total organizational control-freak – supposed to pack everything my kid could possibly need over the next month? Shorts, t-shirts, underwear, swimsuits – no problem. Sunscreen? How many bottles? Bug spray? Is it buggy in Maine? How would I know? A nice outfit? And the ever-plaguing question – which shoes should we pack? How many pairs? How much money is going to be spent when they all come back trashed and I have to go buy all new shoes and clothes in August? And HOW am I going to get it all washed, dried, folded, labeled, and packed into two duffle bags, BY SATURDAY MORNING???

Okay – deep breath. For starters, I find that it is more fun to think about what I am going to send my kid while she’s AT camp – cute note cards, care packages, small snack items, things to make her smile (but not homesick). Of course, the first place I “shop” is on our own Challah Connection website. I’ve already put aside the Camp Bunk Box of Questions.
Surely a bag of black and white cookies and rugelach will be making its way to Maine this summer. And as for other fun things, I always “shop” our DIY (Do-It-Yourself Basket) department.

How about some fun ways to communicate with my kid? I remember a few special ways my mom used to write to me at camp. There was the balloon letter – she would blow it up at home, write her letter on it in permanent marker, deflate it, and stick it in an envelope. I had to blow it up to read it. There was also the circular letter – she would start writing at the outside of the page and then keep turning the paper so the words made a huge maze-like circle (kind of like those huge twisted lollipops on a stick). Those are the two I remember most clearly (and it feels like it was a VERY LONG TIME AGO).

Do you have any good tips for how to communicate with kids at camp, or great camp care package ideas? I’d love to hear them!

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