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Whole Wheat Honey Challah- Plus a 6 Braid Challah How-to Video

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Whole Wheat Honey Challah- Plus a 6 Braid Challah How-to Video

4 Comments 25 August 2012

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Challah is truly a labor of love that I had the opportunity to experience when I told myself that if I actually ever won a Bosch mixer at a Chinese Auction, I would attempt this grand feat. Miraculously I did win, and I’ve been making my own ever since. I’m so glad that I found this video of Hadassah Sabo Milner braiding a six strand challah which really comes out so much prettier than the traditional three braided challah. This video wins every other one on the ‘net- I watched them all and picked the best one for us all to share. Thanks Hadassah!

There is really nothing better than the feeling of actually making your own dough, watching it rise, punching it down, braiding, brushing egg on top, separating some dough for the prayer, saying the hafrashat challah prayer, baking,cooling, warming it  before kiddush,  setting the challah on the table with a challah cover, saying hamotzie, dipping in salt (or sugar on the Rosh Hashanah table) and finally  watching the head of the rip off pieces (Syrian tradition) and throwing them in age order to each family member to FINALLY watch everyone gobble it  up. (WHEW!)

I’ve been making this Whole Wheat Honey Challah with  Zaatar  lately from the Magen David Yeshivah Chef At Home cookbook.

Contact Yvonne if you would like to purchase one. Perfect hostess gift for the upcoming Jewish holidays! The gourmet kosher cookbook also has some great recipes for your Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot menus!

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Whole Wheat Honey Challah Ingredients:

  •  2 strips of yeast
  • 4 cups of warm water
  • 1 cup plus 1 tbsp sugar, divided
  • 3 heaping tbsp coarse salt
  • 8 cups white flour
  • 8 cups whole wheat flour (note- I believe that the MDY cookbook has a misprint here- the book says 4 cups)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup cold pressed safflower oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • grease for the bowl
  • egg white to brush
  • sesame seeds, zaatar or everything spice for topping
  1. Mix yeast with warm water ( first mix the 2 cups of boiling water with 2 cups of ice cold water in the bowl, then add 1 tablespoon of sugar and then yeast)
  2. In a Kitchen Aid combine 1 cup sugar, salt, flours, eggs, honey, and oil. Mix and then add yeast mixture for 10- 12 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a large greased bowl and cover. Set aside for an hour.
  4. Remove dough and braid in 3 or braid a 6 braid challah for a prettier and more evenly cooked challah. If you family likes a doughier challah then stick with the 3 braid.
  5.  If you are adding raisins for Rosh Hashanah then rollout your braids in a long, flat shape, add raisins and  then roll into a log. Soaking the raisins in warm water first helps to make them softer and fluffier.
    photo from chabad.org
  6. Brush challah with egg white, add topping.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes, turn the tray or switch racks for another 10 minutes.
    Variation: Braided Round Challah:An easy way to make nice, round, braided challahs  for Rosh Hashanah is by taking three long strands and braiding them into a very long braid shaped log.After this has been braided, carefully tie it up as if you are making one large knot out of it, and leave it to rise.Related articles
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Gold is Here to Stay for Your Holiday Table Top!!!

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Gold is Here to Stay for Your Holiday Table Top!!!

4 Comments 09 December 2011


Thanks Karen Tawil for sharing  your GOLD table setting for your holiday table! 

I’ve been getting tired of the same old  silver, and I’m so ready for for some matte and polished GOLD  inspiration! Marlene

“Hi Marlene, I’m loving all the brushed gold that I’ve been seeing, so I got in the mood to set my table using gold accessories,which I haven’t used in a while. My house is contemporary so a lot of my old things are too traditional. I updated with a few new items, and as they say, “mix the old with the new”.

By the way the tablecloths are all custom sizes which my daughter Rachel is selling. I have two square tables and she got me gorgeous 90 by 90 squares which I have a hard time finding in a store. So to all the Jewish Hostesses, bring  out  your gold table decor, because  “Gold is Back”!!! Karen T :-)”

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A Shabbat Table That’s Pretty as a Picture

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A Shabbat Table That’s Pretty as a Picture

3 Comments 01 November 2011

How unique and creative is this table setting idea? I love how the challah was placed in the center of all of the colorful dips. I found a bunch of healthy, vegetable dips from Epicurious for all of us to whip up for a colorful edible  palette. This is truly an original Shabbat table setting that you can fancy up for any Jewish holiday or transform this idea into a kid’s birthday party! Enjoy! Marlene
Palette Place Setting:
“This place setting was designed in honor a very good friend who is an artist.  I used very bright primary colors for the  tablecloths and napkins.  An artist’s paint brush was placed on each plate or you may incorporate it with your napkin ring.  A crayon may also be used in the napkin ring or you might want to scatter an assortment of crayons across the table.
For the actual place setting,  plastic palettes were purchased at Michael’s and an assortment of colorful food dips were placed in the paint compartments.  A homemade challah was then put in the center of each palette to complete the “picture”. Chaye Biderman”

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A Sleek and Natural Rosh Hashanah Table by Paulina Ashkenazi

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A Sleek and Natural Rosh Hashanah Table by Paulina Ashkenazi

No Comments 14 September 2011

Check out the talented Paulina Ashkenazi’s new creations! Gorgeous and sleek handmade agate napkin rings for Rosh Hashanah! 
Email Paulina for more inf0.
“Hi Marlene,
The table setting for Rosh Hashanah I have created is made up of earth tones with a natural theme.  In the center of the table I filled a silver bowl with beautiful whole apples and a crystal apple filled with honey. This table setting is simple and elegant.
The leaf place mats are from Pottery Barn.
The napkin rings are one of my own designs, a lucite ring with natural color Brazillian agate stone.
These napkin rings are an easy way to add something special to your holiday table.
Due to the nature of the stone they will all vary slightly, keeping each napkin ring unique!
The stones are available in Blue,Purple,Pink,Turquoise, and Natural.”  Paulina Ashkenazi
For a complete view of all the products you can check out my Facebook page. CLICK HERE for more pics and info!
We now ship to all locations in the US and accept credit card orders!
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10 Gorgeous Shabbat Tables Sent In by our Fabulous Jewish Hostesses!

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10 Gorgeous Shabbat Tables Sent In by our Fabulous Jewish Hostesses!

3 Comments 02 September 2011

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Thank you to all of my Jewish Hostesses for sharing your Shabbat tables with other Jewish hostesses all over the world! 

Each table is an expression of the unique flair that you all have. By creating a Shabbat table that is truly your own, you are creating memories for your children that will be treasured for years to come. Ladies! Keep the pictures coming! Send them to marlene@thejewishhostess.com and be featured on The Jewish Hostess!

As a special thanks to my Jewish Hostesses- this week I will be sending the women who submitted Shabbat pics for this post, a free Jewish Hostess apron!

p.s- Check out MY Shabbat table HERE!!!

Shabbat Shalom! Marlene

1- “Hi Marlene, I love using accessories from nature for my Shabbat table.

My table has a classic white pintuck tablecloth, with coral and seashells scattered in the center. The challah cover has pink  roses.’

Jennifer Srour

2-“Hi Marlene,
Here is a picture of my shabbat table. I made challah napkin rings (inspired from one of the Susie Fishbein cookbooks) and bought some bright colored flowers.”
Michelle Dayan

3- “Hi Marlene,

I live in Baltimore, Maryland and really enjoy your website. The name of my business is Swirl. I specialize in creating handmade, beaded serving utensils and giftware. My creations are sold both in the retail market as well as the wholesale sector. Have a look at my website when you get a chance: www.swirlgifts.com
The look I am going for with this poolside Shabbat setting is along the lines of casual elegance.
Among the colorful pieces I design and have included for this shoot:

  • Challah Knife
  • Pewter Kiddush Cup
  • Shot Kiddush Cups
  • Wine Pourer decorated with summer flowers
  • Wine Goblets
  • Salt and Pepper Shakers
  • Challah Basket
  • Ice Bucket
  • Water Pitcher
  • Spreader and Spoons

The assorted colors make for a beautiful summer shabbat afternoon.
I hope you enjoy the look.
Shabbat Shalom.”
Linda Lebovic


4-” Hi Marlene, Here is a picture of my mom’s Shabbat table! Frieda”


5-  “Hi Marlene, My kids got way too excited when they heard me talking about this ‘contest’ – they insisted on creating the table with me…so we ended up with a summery kidcrafty shabbat table…which absolutely applies to us, lol! I did not put place settings out yet, since it’s outside :) You get our ‘centerpiece’ with our summer decorations and ritual items. My three year old made the kiddush cup, my six year old made the challah cover and painted the ‘tea set’ from which we used two cups as candlesticks, I made the seashell box a few years ago, and my eight year old says he thinks he needs a new apron ;)”

Lyn Anne Cutler

6- “Hi Marlene- this picture is the first course at a Friday night Shabbos table.  The sushi was made with gefilte fish from a ready made roll.  It looked lovely on the table and made a beautiful presentation.” Sara Katsen

Get this Gefilte Fish Nori Roll Recipe HERE

7- “Hi Marlene, this is my daughter’s first Shabbat in their home in Florida.”

Victoria Arnold

8- Hi
I love your web site!
I’ve attached my Shabbat table pictures, but I must confess that I am a simple hostess and these pics were taken after a minor flood & BIG MESS.
Keep up the good work!
Tamara Moser


9- Here’s a first-ever  Shabbat table set  for the Gindi family!!!  by  Ruthie Tawil!

p.s. Ruthie also cooked her first-ever delicious authentic Allepian Syrian meal for her parents and brothers!!

Great job- Ruthie!!

10- And last but not least- Another unique  Shabbat table by Shelly Anteby . Give Shelly a hand for always creating a brand new Shabbat table setting every week!

Check out her Facebook page for weekly sample sales in NYC!!


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My Summery Lavender and Blues Shabbat Table

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My Summery Lavender and Blues Shabbat Table

8 Comments 14 August 2011


First of all, I would like to thank all of my Jewish Hostesses for sending in their beautiful summery Shabbat table pics for our “Summery Shabbat Table Contest”.

I also knew that if I didn’t post my own Summery Shabbat table pics pretty soon then I would probably get officially fired as “The Jewish Hostess” by all of my wonderful readers, so here goes:

I decided to see if I could mix all of the  purple, lavender and blue tabletop items in my house,and see if I could whip up a “Summery Shabbat” table for my family to enjoy.
On Tuesday I was lucky enough to receive a gorgeous bouquet of hydrangeas and roses from a friend(by Sheila Bibi Fine Flowers).  The flowers were still so pretty and alive by Friday morning, I decided to separate them and divide them up into short blue juice glasses that I’ve had forever.

I placed them on gold leaf trays that I bought last summer from One Kings Lane.The blue flower candle holders are also from One Kings Lane.

I always find great table top treasures from that site when I don’t have time to shop around in the stores. I placed tea lights in blue glass votive that I found in Pier One imports about 10 years ago.

Atop the mauve laquered dining room table( that one belonged to my parents), I placed three cool tablecloths that were also purchased from One Kings Lane.

(They were originally labeled as towels, so I bought them thinking they were cool as kitchen towels. When they came in HUGE I decided to use them as tablecloths instead of returning them.)

In the center of the table below I placed some flowers atop a gold sprayed mosaic tray that my daughter made in summer camp a couple of years ago.


Note the artwork by Irene Mamiye in the background above.


My homemade napkin rings top off each plain white Pottery Barn Caterer’s plate below. 

 HERE’S HOW to make THESE pretty floral napkin rings yourself.



Purple glass goblets and place mats (above) purchased last summer.
Shabbat Challah cover below purchased in Israel made by children with special needs.

Crate and Barrel buffet platters below:

Colorful glass shot glasses by Surrey Lane in Deal, N.J.

Phew!!!! All done! Shabbat  Shalom!!!

Love, Marlene

 HERE’S HOW to make THESE pretty floral napkin rings yourself.



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Announcing a Summery Shabbat Table Contest!

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Announcing a Summery Shabbat Table Contest!

4 Comments 04 August 2010



Beautify your Shabbat  with a little splash of  SUMMER thrown in!

Send me your SUMMERY shabbat table pics-CLICK HERE to email me!

The photos must include your kiddush cup, challah cover and some summery elements!


Use your imagination!

CLICK HEREfor some SHABBAT  TABLES to get you started!

Lets all be inspired from one another!

Do you have friends in OTHER STATES?? OTHER COUNTRIES??

Forward  this link and lets see how everyone celebrates Shabbat all over the world!


I have a prize for every submission!

Thank you for being a part of The Jewish Hostess family!



p.s. “Everyone is gifted – but some people never open their package”~ Unknown


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Unique Modern Judaica  for Mom on Mother’s Day

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Unique Modern Judaica for Mom on Mother’s Day

2 Comments 30 April 2010

We’ve scoured the marketplace to bring you gifts for your  mom that will be treasured for years to come. Each gift is designed with skilled precison and talent by a Jewish artist.

Lets promote Jewish community  e-commerce. Shop and click just in time for mother’s day!

A simple yet beautiful candlestick holder, Loop, designed by London designers Martin Blum and Dan Black, is inspired by the Fibonacci curve that is seen throughout nature and looks correct and balanced to the human eye.  Made of polished stainless steel, Loop candlesticks will not tarnish. Comes in Gold.$115

.More candlestick styles available at The Jewish Museum Shops:


Dani Schwartz Laser Cut Stainless Steel Candlesticks:

We love these Shabbat candlesticks. Dani Schwartz is an Israeli architect who began creating modern Judaica out of laser cut stainless steel. The steel stands hold glass cups sized for tealights. The candlesticks are approximately 4″ high. Click views to see them in a table setting. Made in Israel.


Glass Leaves Challah Tray: 14″ at The Urban Mensch

Yair Emanuel at Eichler’s:

These colorful hand painted travel Shabbat candle holders are an essential gift for the mom who travels!



Gary Rosenthal:

Gary Rosenthal has been sculpting in welded metals for over 20 years. He is self-taught and his popular style is unique and reflects a rare sensitivity to both his materials and his subject.
Rosenthal sculpture has been commissioned by the International Special Olympics Committee for the 1978 World Games, the Miss Dance America Trophy and the annual membership awards for B’nai Brith International. Mr. Rosenthal’s art has also been used as presentations for individuals as varied as Presidents Carter and Clinton, John Travolta and musician Issac Stern.

This challah tray is a chic modern classic.


Emily Rosenfeld:

This Jewish charity box is made of linden wood and has a pewter detail on the top and front. The pomegranate symbolizes abundance and sustenance while the tree of life connects to all mankind. It is a contemporary interpretation of the tradition, with a slot on top for change and a hinged top for access. Perfect for your mom’s vanity or next to her Shabbat candleticks, as it is custom to give charity before a jewish woman lights candles on Friday night.


Amalya Nini Birchat Habayit- Blessing for the Home:

Home Blessing Birchat Habayit Harvest Round Papercuts Unframed Amalya Nini

Translation of the text is:

“May this home be a place of happiness and heath, of contentment, generousity and hope, a home of creativity and kindness. May those who visit and those who live here know only blessing and peace.”


Gad Almaliah:

Internationally known artist Gad Almaliah was born and raised in Jerusalem and attended the Bezalel Academy of Art. His designs are seen on coins, medals for the Israeli Government, postal service stamps, sculpture and KETUBOT. He created the emblem for the Six Day War. Kolbo is proud to feature the many works of Gad Almaliah. This unique Woman of Valor plaque will be treasured by the special mom in your life.


Mickie Caspi:

Beautifully illuminated roses add a classic elegance to the biblical quote ( Proverbs 31:10-31 ) that is traditionally sung by a husband to his wife on Friday night. The Woman of Valor is a wonderul gift from a husband to wife or from a woman’s children for Mother’s day.


9in x 13in


20in x 16in
Designs in raw silk are appliqued and attached with embroidery.
Made in Israel.


Rimon Glass Painted Candlesticks:

These pomegranate design candlesticks really make a statement and will add a flair to any Shabbat table.

Size: Approximately 3.5″

Material: Hand Painted Glass


By Israeli artist Enya Keshet.

Home blessing art in two layers cut and raised in Hebrew and English. Classic and Elegant:

Dimensions: Approximately 10″ x 10″


This beautifully crafted basket by Talila Abraham recreates a 16th-century Brussels bobbin lace pattern in contemporary, etched stainless steel  for a modern elegance that can only be found in peices made by true artisans.  Use it for challah or fill it with fruit for an attractive centerpiece on your table. At The Jewish Museum.:


Also comes as a gorgeous Matzoh tray by Talila Abraham at The Jewish Museum Gift Shop.:



Challah Board ,Knife and Salt Holder:



This cleverly designed Challah board has raised strips for the crumbs to fall through, and a Challah knife fitted to the frame:

Made in Israel.

Dimensions: 17.5″ x 14.5″

Material: Wood


Though this is not exactly Judaica, we couldnt resist this charming tote by Israeli artist Barbara Shaw, features the Hebrew wordIma in the center, surrounded by a heart. Ima is the Hebrew word for mom, making this a thoughtful gift for the mom in your life. The heart is filled with expressions in both Hebrew and English relating to moms, such as “Oh’ Mama”, “Mamale” (Hebrew for mommy), “Red Hot Mama”, “Mama Mia” and “A joyful mother of children”.  Made in Israel.
Shaw was born in Australia to Polish and Hungarian immigrants. In the 1980’s her family moved to Jerusalem. Shaw now pulls all of her inspiration from Jersulam and her Jewish heritage. The focus of her work is to mix tradition with ultra modern colors and shapes. At The Jewish Museum:


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