Muslim children join in a challah bake

October 24, 2017 by Fiona Ozana
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Muslims and Jewish children have come together to bake challah and pita for the Shabbat Project 2017.

Photo: Giselle Haber

Director of  Sydney’s Emanauel Woollahra Preschool, Fiona Ozana told J-Wire:“ We are a  progressive Jewish preschool located in Woollahra in the eastern suburbs and as a part of the Jewish upcoming Shabbat project, I have been working on an interfaith programme with a Muslim centre. For multiple reasons and after contacting multiple preschools, and after multiple rejections, we are so happy to say that this initiative  actually has taken place at our preschool  this week, supporting the world initiative of The Shabbat project.

Together Jewish children, Muslim children and their parents and grand parents spent the morning  breaking barriers by baking traditional breads . We have called the project CHALLAH YA’ALLAH PITA BAKE .”

Heather Fagan from Issra, helped to gather this group of like-minded people to join together for this initiative.

An intermate group of open-minded Muslim and Jewish parents have taken the first steps forward in celebrating and respecting each other’s cultures and heritage.

Parents at the Emanuel Woollahra Preschool Erez and Nic from Sabbab  demonstrated the baking of pita and Melissa Don Port baked the challah.

Melissa was the inspiration behind Fiona’s drive to implement this initiative as she has worked with many communities on inter-cultural cooking projects over many years.

Azura stated : “ I am so excited as I have never met a Jewish person in my life before.”

In the same light there were many Jewish parents who attended who have too never had the opportunity of sharing challah and pita, or chatting and discussing the many similarities the two groups have.

This is the first initiative towards a continued relationship with Fatima who co-organised todays event with Fiona  saying “ today is not about our differences but really about our similarities!”

Every child went home to their families with a freshly baked challah and pita to share with their families for  this Shabbat and the Shabbat Project 2017.

All photos: Giselle Haber for J-Wire



3 Responses to “Muslim children join in a challah bake”
  1. Jenifer H Soicher says:

    As Principal at a multi racial preprimary school in South Africa, where we celebrate diversity recognising all the various cultural festivals, I commend you on this wonderful and forward thinking project.

  2. Zena Khattab says:

    Great initiative! And so many beautiful smiles all round. May the next generation continue to teach us and achieve excellence WITH each other x Salams



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