Meet Becky Davidoff, owner, and creator of Yalla for Challah. Becky began her Challah journey in March 2020. Making each Shabbat special, even when Chicago Jewish life was virtual. Learn more about Yalla for Challah!
Where are you from?
I am from West Hartford, Connecticut, and moved to Chicago 3 years ago to work for Jewish National Fund-USA!
What did you do Jewish growing up?
I grew up in a Jewish household in a primarily Jewish town. My family celebrates all of the holidays & takes on all the traditional, delicious meals! I worked at a JCC camp for 5 years and was very involved with Hillel, I traveled to Israel 6 times in college, twice with JNF-USA on Alternative Winter Break. Now, I work with young professionals passionate about Israel and plan amazing events to engage them with JNF-USA!
What baking did you do growing up? ANY Jewish BAKING?
My family has quite the sweet tooth, so growing up we always had plenty of homemade baked goods around and still do! We are always trying new recipes, but my favorites are the traditional holiday specialties. Hamentashen & Mandel Bread are a staple in the Davidoff household, nothing is better than baked goods made with love!
How did you get in the Challah baking game?
Beginning in March 2020, every Shabbat I’d participated in a JNFuture virtual Shabbat, where I’d celebrate Shabbat with my peers from across the country, this is where my love of challah developed!
I found that kneading the challah dough allowed me the time to reflect on my week, meditate, and recharge! What other way to spread my love of Judaism than to bake traditional Jewish foods!
The encouragement of my friends and family led me to start Yalla For Challah! Being able to bake and spread the love of Shabbat for the Chicago community is incredible.
What does Jewish food mean to you?
Food brings so much happiness to friends and family. Food is the epicenter for most Jewish families and breaking bread is an opportunity to educate and start a conversation with people through food!
Tell us more about the name Yalla for Challah
The word Yalla means “Let’s Go”, In Israel you often hear “Yalla, Yalla- lets go lets go” Yalla For Challah’s meaning to us is: Let’s go have Challah! Shabbat is a time to take a break, but however you celebrate, why not do it with a great Challah! People will love our challah so much they’ll Yalla for Challah!
What products do you offer?
We have a variety of flavors. Our most popular are Cinnamon Sugar & Everything. We also offer: Plain, Za’atar (my personal favorite), and sesame! We will be rolling out new flavors soon!
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