Chocolate Challah for the Quarantined Soul

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It was a chocolate-filled Shabbat for over dozens of families across Orange County as Chana Burston baked more than 60 chocolate crumb challahs for the Chocolate-themed Shabbat care packages. The packages were distributed via Chabad Cares by Chabad of Orange County, led by Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston.  

“Shabbat is a highlight of the week for a Jewish family, often celebrated with family and friends, and for many Shabbat has been lonely throughout the quarantine.  We wanted to create a unique Shabbat package that would add sweetness to all who received it,” said Chana Burston.

   Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston called this initiative “Chocolate Challah for the Quarantined Soul” and included a large Chocolate crumb challah, chocolate spread, chocolate liquor, chocolate rugalach and a set of Shabbat candles and matches.  All was presented in an elegant Shabbat box.   The package was free of charge.  Many volunteers helped deliver packages.

   Chabad Cares also distributed several hundred home-cooked and healthful frozen kosher meals to community members in need. These initiatives were made possible through Chabad Cares, with sponsorship of Dr. Ira and Karen Kanis, as well as through a grant from Community Foundation of Orange & Sullivan.

To learn more about Chabad’s outreach activities and resources during the pandemic visit

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Rabbi Pesach & Chana Burston hold ‘Chocolate Challah for the Quarantined Soul’ packages that were distributed in the community.

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Chabad Cares volunteer Brigitte Glasser, of Chester, delivers kosher meals to families in need.


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