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New for 2012: Yiddish Yoga Hanukkah Gift Baskets

An Inspiring Jewish Holiday Gift for Fun and Fitness

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Boy did we love putting these Hanukkah gift baskets together as a new product this year! I had fun making this combination of Yoga and Yiddish – I just think it makes a super Jewish holiday gift for just about any fitness-minded person on your gift list.

This new kosher Hanukkah gift is an inspiration for the older person on your list especially. It includes a fun book, “Yiddish Yoga,” about a yoga skeptic whose granddaughter gives her a gift of yoga classes. Kvetching, stretching and schvitzing follows as Bubbe starts to find yoga exhilarating. As a yoga lover myself, I know how she feels! The grandma winds up meeting new friends and even changing her outlook on her future – all from a gift given by her granddaughter. Now that’s an inspiring Jewish holiday gift!

Who wouldn’t love to receive this great Hannukkah gift that combines this sweet story with a Yiddish mug, tea with Sarabeth’s honey, and snacks for after yoga? Keep it in mind for any health-conscious people on your Hanukkah gift list. It’s really super for a  young-at-heart grandmother, but I really think anyone who likes yoga would love this Chanukah gift basket!

Get it There by December 8th (First Night of Hanukkah)!

Remember, when you sign up for the Challah Connection newsletter, you automatically get holiday discounts and shipping priority. This means if you are on our list we will ensure your kosher Hanukkah gifts arrive by the 1st night of Chanukkah (December 8th), if that’s what you request. Don’t forget to sign up!

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Going Gluten-Free and Kosher Too!

The spirit of the Jewish holidays is in full swing at Challah Connection. We welcomed Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and embraced the more solemn occasion of Yom Kippur. Not far behind was the applause for the fall harvest during Succos and the joyous holiday of Simchat Torah. We now look forward to finishing the year with more festivities, starting with Thanksgiving and concluding with Hanukkah.

As we prepare our holiday meals, we are focusing on healthy eating. In our own families, we have become very aware of Celiac disease (CD), also referred to as gluten-sensitive enteropathy (GSE), which is intolerance to gluten. According to, it is considered to be the most under-diagnosed common disease today, potentially affecting 1 in every 133 people in the United States.

Healthy eating, however, does not mean compromising good taste. Sherry Jonas, Challah Connection Director of Customer Service, made our noodle kugel recipe for Rosh Hashana, but substituted egg noodles with gluten-free brown rice penne for her mother, who has Celiac disease. The response from her family was overwhelmingly positive. Her mother enjoyed it as did her two daughters, ages 7 and 10. She brought some leftovers to work and I concur, it was delicious! Gluten-free kugel is now a part of her family’s holiday tradition and she will make this again and again.

We plan to add more gluten-free products to our current offerings of nuts, cookies and an apple pie snack bar. Our Divine Kosher Cookbook includes over 450 recipes including 70 gluten-free and 300 lactose-free (pareve). Do you have any gluten-free recipe suggestions? Please leave them in the comments section.

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