Baking for Balance: You Knead to Learn How to Braid Challah and Talk

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What if you could bake bread once a week, every week? What if the smell of fresh baking bread could turn your house into a home? And what if the act of making the bread―mixing and kneading, watching and waiting―could heal your heartache and your emptiness, your sense of being overwhelmed? It can.

End Mental Health Awareness Month this May by joining Jewish Teens Thrive, the Blue Dove Foundation and speaker and four-time award-winning author of Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs, Beth Ricanati, MD, for a live virtual self-care Challah making community gathering.

Sunday, May 31
1:00 pm EST / 10:00am PST

This program will focus on connecting with our mental health while following along with Beth while she demos her Challah recipe as she shares how this thousands-year-old ritual connects to our everyday self-care and mental health.

You are welcome to listen in or join us for hands-on Challah making in your own kitchen.
The ingredients list will be shared in your registration confirmation email.


The first 50 bakers who volunteer to plan a future challah-making community gathering for teens or parents (of any size) will receive a copy of the book and a gratitude gift from Blue Dove.

According to NAMI.org, 1 in 5 US adults experience a mental illness.
Given the current crisis in the world, this program is offered free of charge and is a community gathering contribution to the global response. We believe bringing Jewish ritual and mental health together can support our community.
Learn more about connecting Judaism and mental health.


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Beth built her medical career around bringing wellness into everyday life, especially for busy women juggling work, children, and their relationships. While at Cleveland Clinic, she helped build a groundbreaking lifestyle modification program to treat chronic diseases with nutrition, exercise and stress management. Today, Beth is an award-winning author and highly renowned speaker focusing on the issues of health and wellness with women.

Grab your copy of Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs

The Blue Dove Foundation was created to help address the issues of mental illness and substance abuse in the Jewish community and beyond. Based in Atlanta, they work with people and organizations across the United States and around the world. Their mission is to educate, equip, and ignite our Jewish community with tools to understand, support, and overcome the challenges presented by mental illness and substance abuse.

Grab your copy of #QuietingTheSilence: Personal Stories 

Jewish Teens Thrive is an initiative of the Jewish Teen Education & Engagement Funder Collaborative an innovative philanthropic experiment whereby national and local funders work together to develop, nurture and scale new approaches to teen engagement. The teen initiatives are informed by up-to-the-minute research and data, and draw on the collective strength of local organizations. The professional teams driving each initiative has embarked on responsive approaches informed by rich, ongoing conversation with community stakeholders, local organizations, collaborative colleagues and teens themselves.

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