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Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof Finds a Perfect Match with Challah from Local Company

Norwalk, CT, March 1, 2016 – When a show representative for the new Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, began searching for props she wanted to find just the right challah to be used on. The challah, a traditional braided bread, would symbolize the union of Jewish tradition and family which are such strong themes of the show. She did a quick Google search for “challah delivery” to find just the right vendor to deliver this old world baked good to Broadway night after night, and discovered Challah Connection. Based in Norwalk, CT, the company specializes in traditional Jewish foods and gifts. Challah Connection was named “Official Nosh Partner,” delivering 16 kosher challahs weekly as well as providing additional noshes for unique occasions.

“Challah Connection is about connecting people to Old World Jewish foods like challah, babka, rugelach and so much more,” says company owner Jane Moritz. “We are thrilled to be a part of this production of Fiddler on the Roof, with our signature challahs being used on stage in every production!”

“The producers of Fiddler on the Roof are thrilled to be partnering with Challah Connection. We’ve been drooling for some delicious and homemade tasting challahs over at The Broadway Theatre and are happy that our on-stage Fiddler family led by five-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein as Tevye and Tony nominee Jessica Hecht as Golde, will get to enjoy the bread 8 times a week.”

Challah Connection was launched in 2002 as a challah delivery service, helping people in and around Fairfield County, CT get weekly deliveries of this ritual bread that was, at the time, hard to find. The company expanded into offering the highest quality kosher gift baskets brimming with favorite Jewish foods. “We put thought and meaning into our baskets. Our offerings soon included acclaimed babka loaves swirled with chocolate and cinnamon, comforting rugelach from Eastern European recipes, and gift baskets with dried fruits, nuts and specialty candies,” says Moritz.

To celebrate the Fiddler connection, the company has created a new website page http://www.challahconnection.com/fiddler-gifts/ featuring new product offerings like “Tevye’s Traditions” and “Golde’s Bakery Gems.” They’re filled with classic kosher bakery goods: challah (just like the one now on stage), rich chocolatey babka, Eastern European rugelach pastries, and black and white cookies.

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Entrepreneurs are Everywhere

A few months back I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Steve Blank for his radio show, Entrepreneurs are Everywhere. We talked about the many challenges and rewards associated with starting your own business. If you’re toying with the idea of being an entrepreneur Blank’s show can be heard on Sirius XM Channel 111. And here’s my interview — hopefully good food for thought. :)

https://soundcloud.com/sgblank/jane-moritz-on-entrepreneurs-are-everywhere

 

 

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New Holiday Products

My favorite thing about my job is talking to you–our beloved customers. Whether it’s to hear of something we did with awesome greatness or about a problem where our “human-ness” got in the way, speaking to you allows me to learn more how Challah Connection can secure that special place in your heart called “online home.”

My second favorite job activity is finding new products for you. I have been having ALOT OF FUN lately! I’ve scoured the food shows, gift shows and every possible place to find you gifts that you want to share with friends and family–or for yourself! My travels have produced some exciting new kosher gifts, such as the NYC Food Tour Tower, Happy Hanukkah Chocolate Gift Box and Blissful Brownie Gift Box (we are happily working our way through the sample box sent to our office–these are GOOD). As for Jewish and Judaica gifts, we have some gorgeous new menorahs, dreidels and decorations from Emily Rosenfeld, Gary Rosenthal, Tamara Baskin and some terrific Israeli artists. We have also found a really impressive new artist, Murray Eisner, who has taken a pop art approach and applied it to some of our favorite food icons. His prints make stunning additions to your homes and offices. Finally, for all of the baseball lovers out there (and there are alot of you!), we have teamed up with Steiner Sports to offer you Ballparks of the MLB and a baseball commemorating Derek Jeter’s 3000th hit.

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Video: Shiva, the 7 Day Jewish Mourning Period

Death is part of our journey. The more we can accept that, the more free we will be to live our lives to the fullest. Here is some helpful information about Shiva, the 7 Day Jewish mourning period. May we all live to be 104, but if not, there are things we need to know…

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Let the Challah Connection Mavens Help With Your Mother’s Day Shopping

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How to Write a Sympathy Message

Writing a sympathy message is one of life’s most difficult tasks. Jane Moritz, Challah Connection owner shares with you give messages that customers have used over the last decade.

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Preparing for Passover, Beyond the Brisket

JaneChaibraceletFrom Jane Moritz, Chief Maven Officer, Challah Connection:
Now that our 3 sons are out of the house, my husband and I are cleaning out and packing up our house as we get ready for our next home in our next life phase. With the dumpster filling up outside our garage and my no-tchotcke-left-unturned focus, I was particularly moved when I received a recent email, “From Purim to Passover,” about preparing for Passover. The author, Nigel Savage, President of Hazon beautifully discusses prep that is well beyond the brisket. I wanted to share it with you and whether you are Jewish or not or religious or not, these are thoughts that we can all make use of. Here is an excerpt from his email:

From Nigel Savage, President, Hazon.org:
nigel-savage“I think of the period from seder night until Shavuot as a sustained reflection on the nature of freedom, and in particular about traveling from freedom from (want, oppression, slavery) to freedom to (make a difference in the world, exercise choice, restrain oneself in certain ways.)
The period from Purim to seder night is thus preparation for this. It’s the work we need to do to be able to start to leave our own enslavement and to think freshly and confidently about our freedom.

And the tradition’s great insight – hidden in plain view – is that a significant part of that process is about getting rid of stuff.
Certainly this involves removing chametz, traditionally understood – bread and beer and whisky and other fermented products. But the deeper gift of this period – certainly in our time, certainly in the west – is the deeper notion that we have too much stuff of all sorts, and that if we truly want to be free – if we want even to begin to imagine our true freedom – the road to doing so involves getting rid not only of literal chametz but of existential chametz – the superfluities that hinder our freedom.

So in our household we do kasher our home in the traditional sense; we keep a fairly strictly kosher kitchen and that is important to us. But as well as the traditional koshering, we take the opportunity to try to get rid of stuff. We take stuff to goodwill, or to the office. Give things to friends. Throw things out.” For Nigel’s complete letter, click here.

Happy Passover!

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Help Your College Student Celebrate Passover

Spring Break was early this year. Or maybe Passover is late. Either way, the eight-day holiday begins at sundown on Friday, April 22, about a week after classes resume. If your kids attend an out-of-town college, they may be celebrating without you.

SederEssLGCampus Hillel programs and other Jewish organizations do a good job of organizing at least one seder for students. You may want to do a little research in advance, to be sure your student signs up. If your kid tends to procrastinate, he or she might wake up on April 22 and realize that there is no place reserved at the seder table. And college students seldom have the facilities, ingredients – or frankly, the skills – to create a last-minute seder on their own.

PassMealLGHere’s one way to be sure that your college kids have a positive Passover experience at school: Send a seder in a box from Challah Connection. They get it all: the Haggadah, matzah, grape juice, dessert – even a seder plate. Everything is kosher for Passover, so they’ll have everything to make a seder, except the festive meal.

But wait! Challah Connection has the meal too! Order by April 11, and we’ll send your college student a complete Passover dinner on April 21, to feed four to six people: matzo ball soup, roast chicken, brisket, potato pancakes and tzimmes, a stew of sweet potatoes and carrots. This marvelous meal is an amazing treat for students – and you can order it for yourself, too! That way, you won’t have to spend all day in the kitchen before your guests arrive.

CandyMacPlatterLGIf your kids are anything like mine, they are eager to dig into those traditional Passover foods, as they ask the time-honored fifth question of the seder: “When do we eat?” They’ll stuff themselves, but they always seem to make room for those amazing desserts! Be sure your Passover order includes a platter of Pesadich cookies, candy and macaroons, or decadent, chocolate-covered matzo, to make their seder experience complete.

Visit www.challahconnection.com and browse our selection of kosher for Passover gift baskets, for your students, your family and for yourself. Join our mailing list, and receive holiday reminders, delicious recipes, and special, money-saving offers. Happy Passover!

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Passover Hostess Gifts Made Easy

You’re invited for the seder! Mazel tov! Someone else will do the cooking and the worrying. You just have to show up. Right? Well, yes, but it’s so nice to bring a gift for your host or hostess.

What should you bring? Passover hostess gifts can be tricky. If your hosts observe the holiday traditions, they have been working very hard to clean the house and banish all traces of chametz (leavening.) You may love to cook or bake, but they may not be in a position to accept home-prepared food items. Flowers are nice, but the first seder night is on Shabbat, so the Sabbath-observant hosts may not want to handle cut flowers after the sun goes down.

A thoughtful seder guest does have some nice, worry-free options when it comes to Passover hostess gifts:

MoradDuoLgKosher wine is a welcome seder gift, as guests are obliged to drink four cups of wine during the ritual meal. Don’t worry, you are not limited to the syrupy-sweet Concord wines of your grandparents’ generation. Many stores now carry fine kosher wines to please the most sophisticated palate. Choices include Israeli imports, derived from Merlot, Cabernet, Chardonnay and other popular varietals. Choose a white wine to complement the gefilte fish, and a red to go with the brisket. Be sure the wine is clearly labeled “kosher for Passover.”

Passover Cookie Platter, Challah ConnectionPassover desserts also make a lovely gift. Never in the 3,000-plus years of Passover observance has a single Jew complained that there were too many desserts. Bring or send a basket of their favorites: rainbow cookies, macaroons, chocolate-covered matzah, seven-layer cake, candy, nuts, fruit and more. You’ll be invited back every year!

Frog Toothpick holderPassover Judaica items are the way to go, if you prefer to give a gift that will last beyond one evening, Challah Connection offers a beautiful selection of Passover Judaica. Trivets from Israel can be a beautiful addition to the seder table, and a decorative match box cover will remind them of you every time they light Shabbos and yontif candles, all year round. If the seder guests include young children, some Passover games and books will keep them engaged and make the seder a fun, educational experience for the kids and their parents.

Challah Connection will deliver your gift directly to the hosts’ home, so you don’t have to schlep. And every Passover gift basket at challahconnection.com is certified kosher for Passover. You can share the joy of the holiday and experience the freedom of knowing your gift will surprise and delight your hosts.

Visit www.challahconnection.com and order your hostess gift. Then buy a gift for yourself, too. Enjoy!

* Passover begins on Friday evening, April 22 in the year 5776 (also known as 2016)

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A More Beautiful Passover Seder

This year, Passover begins at sundown on Friday, April 22. Whether you are a host or a guest, chances are you’ll be attending a seder, as Passover is the most widely celebrated of all Jewish holidays.

The seder is so much more than a meal. It is an experience that engages all of our senses: taste is primary, but we also hear the ancient story and our favorite holiday songs, smell the horseradish, and lean on a pillow, as we raise up the matzah and seder plate for all to see.

MDSPLargeThere is a principle of Judaism called “hiddur mitzvah,” beautifying or enhancing the mitzvah. When we perform a mitzvah — a religious obligation – it is not meant to be unpleasant. We strive to enhance the experience, and to make it even more memorable in every way. For example, Jewish tradition tells us to refrain from eating matzah until the seder itself, so that we can savor that first taste — which is much improved when you haven’t eaten it in a long time!

One way to add to the beauty and enjoyment of the holiday is to purchase Passover Judaica – ritual objects and books that are unique to the holiday – and use them in your seder, this year and every year.

If you are hosting a seder this year, you will want to have a beautiful seder plate. If you have a seder plate, think about adding a special matzah plate and a matzah cover, Elijah’s cup, even a new serving bowl or decorative utensil, can add to your experience.

This could be the year to replace your mismatched Haggadah “set” that you picked up for free at the local supermarket, and finally buy a beautifully illustrated Haggadah – or a whole set – to use and cherish at this seder and all the ones to come.

If you already have a full complement of Passover Judaica, Challah Connection offers a beautiful selection of Judaica items that are suitable for any occasion. Trivets from Israel can be a beautiful addition to the seder table, and a decorative match box cover will enhance your enjoyment of Shabbos and yontif candle lighting, all year round.

If you will be a guest at the home of friends or family, consider bringing or sending a beautiful Judaica item as a hostess gift. Challah Connection will deliver your gift directly to the hosts’ home, so you don’t have to schlep.

Visit www.challahconnection.com and browse our Judaica items, as well as our marvelous selection of kosher for Passover gift baskets. And have a beautiful Passover!

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