Archive for January, 2011

Safe Refuge for Today’s Challah (phew!)

“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”-Creed of US Postal Service

We had this in mind this morning when we got a call from our challah delivery driver. He had our fresh baked challah on the van, but couldn’t get down the unplowed road leading to our warehouse. This made for an interesting mission indeed!

Josh Moritz

Josh Moritz, pulling a challah-laden sled over 2 feet of snow.

I guess a dash of creativity combined with our love of you, our dear customer, helped us bring our yummy challah to safe refuge. Click to buy some fresh challah!

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For Tu B’Shvat, Help Plant Trees in Israel

We Will Donate 5% of Every Tu B’Shvat Order to
Operation Carmel Renewal
Shop With Code: BEAUTY

Tu B’Shvat, also known as Jewish Arbor Day, marks the New Year of the Trees. This celebration of trees and nature at large is on January 20. This year, Tu B’Shvat has special meaning.

Here at Challah Connection we embrace this holiday as a beautiful gesture to the miracle that provides our world with beauty, shelter, nourishment and healthy air.
Unfortunately, as a result of living our modern lives, we forget to appreciate trees and even destroy them. This past December, over 12,500 acres of trees were destroyed, along with 44 people killed, in the Carmel fire, the worst in Israel’s history.

We ask you to help replant these trees by sending
Tu B’Shvat gifts to friends and family. We will donate 5% of every order to Operation Carmel Renewal: From Black to Green, an organization created for this effort by the Jewish National Fund.

We look forward to your support of this important gesture. To do so, place your orders now. On January 20, let’s remember to look at our trees with new appreciation and love.

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Actress Naomi Watts & Actor Liev Schreiber Plant A Tree In Israel With Jewish National Fund

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Happy New Year–2011 is going to be Big

Yesterday’s yoga class really hit the nail on the head for the coming year: “Wish big, Breath Big, Think Big.” Here at Challah Connection, we are thinking BIG for 2011. Check out our plans:

1) Bigger Warehouse Space: We are planning a move into a new warehouse space that will be about 5 times our existing space. After 4 consecutive years of 20%+ growth each year, it’s time. We’ll be adding more staff, more merchandise and better procedures designed to increased quality control.

2) More catalogs: We tested a holiday catalog for Hanukkah/Holiday ’10 and apparently there are many of you who prefer catalog shopping to online shopping. We respect those who prefer to stick with the web for environmental reasons, but we are pleased to provide others this new way to shop for our terrific products. Click here to request our upcoming catalog for Purim Gifts.

3) New Products: You have been loving all of the new gifts we have been creating for you so we have great, big new product ideas for 2011. Over the recent holidays, in addition to our scrumptious holiday food gifts, you bought lots of baseball merchandise, Hanukkah ornaments, Judaica, books (lots of How to Raise a Jewish Dog!), Money clips, Jewish placemats and Jewish fine art. We will continue to expand our products with the goal of ensuring our spot as your favorite gift shop for all of your recipients–Jewish or not! Speaking of scrumptious holiday food gifts, in addition to our holiday gift baskets you “ate” up our kosher gift towers and fresh fruit baskets; both brand new categories introduced for Hanukkah & Christmas 2010.

4) Not Just Jewish! Did you know that Challah Connection has become a true destination for Christmas Gift Baskets? It’s true! “Jewish” baked goods such as challah, babka, rugelach and black and white cookies are popular for Christmas and Easter. As a matter of fact our Challah Maven French Toast Kit and Challah Variety Pack fed many happy families on Christmas morning. This is really exciting to us and we are kvelling that our gifts are in such demand by those outside our Jewish family. From a happy customer:

Your customer service has always been fantastic and everyone I have ever spoken to very helpful. You are a great alternative to places like Harry and David. Keep up the good work.”

We have tremendous respect for our friends Harry & David (another Jewish company–their last name is Rosenberg), but hey guys–here we come!

Thank you all for a terrific 2010 and we look forward to a prosperous 2011.
“Wish big, Breath Big, Think Big.”

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