Welcoming. Connecting. Thriving. Ensuring our future.

The pandemic has changed many things and challenged the JCC and the community we serve. Our mission remains the same: we are the open tent of the Jewish community that brings people of all backgrounds together through best-in-class programs.

Join us for our ‘We are the J!’ Initiative, a year of programming built on our central values of Community (Kehilah), Tradition (Masoret), Wellness (Bri’ut) and Kindness (Chesed).

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How to Participate

  • Purchase your challah kit for $18 
  • Collect your ingredients
  • At your convenience, prep your dough by following along with the community-led video (Sent after challah Kit purchase)
  • LIVE Challah braiding, shaping, and expert tips on February 7 at 4pM

How does it work?

Purchase a Challah Kit online, and pick up at one of the three JCC sites on February 5 between 1pm and 3pm. Pay special attention to your ordering location!

Your kit will contain:

  • a community challah recipe
  • useful tips, ingredient substitution ideas, suggestions for possible interesting toppings
  • printed blessings over the challah to keep handy for Shabbat
  • 2 individual loaf pans for baking
  • yeast packets
  • honey
  • JCC swag to use in your challah preparations! 

What comes next?

Look at the recipe in your kit and make sure you have the basic ingredients in your home. We will also email you a copy of the recipe ahead of time in case you need a grocery run, but we’re providing the yeast! 

On Friday, February 5 you will receive an email with a link to our Challah-prep recorded video, starring many familiar faces! Watch this video and prepare dough at your convenience any time before Sunday afternoon. You can pause, rewind, or rewatch as many times as you would like.

On Sunday, February 7 at 4pm, join our LIVE demonstration where our community experts will teach braiding techniques, baking tips, and gourmet toppings/fillings for your challah!

Is this for me?

This JCC Home Cooking event is for all ages and experience levels! If you have spent the pandemic baking away your stress – come share your expertise! If you have never made challah before – now is the time to learn! Join community members from all over Central Ohio in this collective baking opportunity. Kids (with supervision), teens, and adults are all invited to be a part of this special challah-day.

We are the J…today & tomorrow

Supporting kindness, community, wellness, and tradition.

The JCC’s current reality is nothing like we have ever experienced. As the needs have grown, our JCC has always adapted and expanded. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are having to redesign our community’s experiences.


For over 100 years, the JCC has been the hub of the thriving Jewish Community in Columbus, Ohio. Several generations have started their Jewish journeys here at the JCC through early childhood education, summer camp, after-school programs, and sports leagues. Our programs connect the community through every stage of life. Today, the JCC serves over 200,000 people on an annual basis, in person, and now also virtually.