|Faina, the most amazing ulpan teacher, center, with women from my class on the right (I'm in the back, of course) and three women from the next level on the left side.|
The event was just what it was supposed to be: a mix of old and young (and everything in between), religious and secular (and everything in between), women who were "old hands" and making challah and those who had never done it before (and...well, you get the idea). It was absolutely beautiful and Penina and I were both very glad we went.
Delightfully, Penina ended up right next to......one of Temima's sisters-in-law who came to meet our aliyah flight!!!! This sister-in-law lives in Beit Shemesh, so it wasn't as crazy as meeting up with, say, the sister from the Galilee who drove several hours to the airport, but, still, there were 1000 women there!
Can't wait to taste the finished products tomorrow night! (btw, we have nicknamed Penina's giant 6-strand challah, "The Challah that Ate New York". Ilana made hers with cinnamon and raisins to give Chana a wonderful surprise when she comes home this week for Shabbos. Although there is FABULOUS bakery challah all over the place here, we have only seen plain or sesame, not raisin).